Looking to download Microsoft Office for free?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 by Atul
Are you looking for a link to download Microsoft Office for free? No, I don’t have one! But bear with me; I won’t waste your time either. Just consider my simple query. How many times have you used an equation editor, organization chart, footnoting and such tools.
Since I’ve only used Microsoft Word extensively since MS Office 97, I’d restrict myself to Word. I started with Wordstar, used Lotus Office and settled on Microsoft Office. But in all my nearly 15 years+, first as a student and then as a self-employed professional, I may have worked on more than a thousand complicated text files but perhaps, no more than 100 spreadsheets and presentations. Which is where I make this suggestion. Try the free, open source, Apache OpenOffice. It is a fully functional, feature rich, completely free office suite. It does not have a very different look or feel from Microsoft Word and there are always active online communities to help, if need be. You might find it difficult to migrate from MS Office to Apache Open Office, but trust me. Better invest some skill and use free Open Office than use pirated MS Office!
Unless you are a Microsoft Office power user, you won’t miss it. Now, who the hell is an MS Office power user? I can only suggest – ever used a Word Macro? If you haven’t, you are probably not using most of MS Office advanced features and would do as well on the free Apache Open Office.

Dictate in Hindi

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 by Atul

This is perhaps the sweetest Hindi input method. There was a time I struggled to type English by speaking to Dragon Naturally using a rickety old microphone and the result was a mess.

Not so any more. Go to Speech – India Typing. I used it on an HP Tablet with Tablet’s inbuilt microphone, nothing fancy and simply spoke in Hindi which was converted to Hindi text within seconds. Amazing!

Companies Act, 2013 – Provisions in effect from 15/26 December 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2017 by Atul

Following a Notification dated 7 December, 2016, the Central Government has notified certain provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 which shall come into force with effect from 15 December 2o16. The notification can be downloaded from this link. A simplified list of provisions notified to come into effect vide this notification can be downloaded here.

A 36 December 2016 Notification bringing Sections 248 of 252 in force is here.

How long is call data preserved in India?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2017 by Atul

Often people want to access their old mobile phone data such as call logs from the service provider. The question that naturally occurs is, how long is such data stored and retained by mobile phone service providers in India. I managed to dig this up, a Press Information Bureau press release:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Preservation of Telecom Records

26 August2010 17:3 IST

The telecommunications companies to whom Licence has been issued by the Government for providing telephone services are required to preserve the records as per provisions in the respective Licence Agreement. In this regard following stipulations have been made in the Licence Agreement(s) for Unified Access Service(UAS)/ Cellular Mobile Telephone
Service (CMTS):

  1. The LICENSEE shall invariably preserve all billing and all other accounting records (electronic as well as hard copy) for a period of THREE years from the date of publishing of duly audited & approved Accounts of the company and any dereliction thereof shall be treated as a material breach independent of any other breach,
    sufficient to give a cause for cancellation of the LICENCE.
  2. The LICENSEE shall maintain all commercial records with regard to the communications exchanged on the network. Such records shall be archived for at least one year for scrutiny by the Licensor for security reasons and may be destroyed thereafter unless directed otherwise by the licensor.
  3. The Government in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may direct the Licensee providing IPTV service to ensure preservation and retention for a period of 90 days unless specified otherwise, of different kinds of content made available to their subscribers and requires it to ensure its security and also that it is not tampered
    with during such period. The Licensee providing IPTV service may be required to produce the same to the Government or its authorized representative, as and when required and the Licensee providing IPTV service will be required to ensure compliance to all such directions


Further, in regard to records related to Lawful interception, as per Rule 419(A) of Indian Telegraph Rules, the service providers shall destroy records pertaining to directions for interception of message within two months of discontinuance of the interception of such messages and in doing so they shall maintain extreme secrecy.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today.

SOURCE: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=65325

Urkund and Google Books

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2017 by Atul

An Urkund test check and a huge relief. I’ve referred to, paraphrased  and reproduced rather liberally from Google Preview books in my paper. And the terms governing my work require the paper to be put through Urkund.

I’ve acknowledged the sources in my paper at almost every instance (except perhaps mistakenly overlooked in a few places, which I cannot deny) but some told me that Urkund doesn’t really care about attribution when giving a ‘percent match’ result, though it does separately point them out in its full report. Yet others told me my University examiners doesn’t really bother to read the full Urkund report and are concerned only with the ‘Significance’ number this Report (the percent match with published sources).

Nearly 50 odd Google Preview Books referred in my 350 page paper and 7% significance match; it appears Urkund does not check against Google Books (January, 2017) … Lord be praised! 🙂

Rupee Symbol Without Rupee Foradian Font

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2017 by Atul

This is another way to get a Indian Rupee symbol without installing the Rupeed_Foradian font. In Microsoft Word, type 0930, select these numbers and press Alt-X. They will change to a Rupee Font (presto! albeit malformed since it does not look the same as the real thing 🙂

Here, you can compare the two:



Typing Test – High Courts

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2017 by Atul

Two cases where the candidates to a Government job selection process approached the High Court on issues arising from typing test:

Arvind Kumar Vishwakarma v. State Of U.P., WRIT A No.19017 of 2008, High Court of Allahabad (21.05.2015): The candidates/petitioners had been allegedly supplied non-functional typewriters during typing test. The Allahabad High Court directed the State to consider their representations in this regard.

Vinit Kumar v. Registrar General, High Court Of Judicature at Allahabad, WRIT – A No. – 29665 of 2015: The candidates/petitioners had been supplied a computer keyboard with a different layout (compatible with Mangal font) than what was usually used in Court typing work (compatible with Kruti Dev font). By order dated 21.05.2015, the Allahabad High Court directed withholding the declaration of result of the petitioners and giving them liberty to appear in the examination till further orders.