Broadband service in Bangalore

I’ve been using Tata Indicom (VSNL) Broadband service in Bangalore for the past few months. And I’m really happy with it. I have the Explore Plus 1000 plan, where I get 512kbps speed and 1 GB download limit per month. The speed’s good (I usually get that much download rate).

The best thing about them is the customer service. Any problem I’ve had till now, they’ve followed it up well and rectified the problem within a day in most cases. They also give a call once they’ve rectified the problem.

The downside: they spray cables all over your locality. The DSL cable that comes to my home jumps over trees and electric poles. One of the poles was removed recently, and the Electricity guys (BESCOM) just clipped the cable. (Needless to say, the Tata guys responded within a very short time to get the thing up). However, this just is not good management of the cables. There also is some 30 feet of cable lying wound up on the terrace (for future expansion?). Ah, just hope they get that bit of detail sorted out..

Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha

My first shot from the Canon Powershot A610. It has been resized to 1024×768 by Flickr. I’ll check if I can post the original.

This is the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore. Observe closely… somewhere written are the words ‘Government Work is God’s Work’. Hope the politicians notice that soon as well!

Update: I’ve put up the full-sized image on my website. Here: Vidhana Soudha full-size.

Linking Tax Sops and Employment Potential

The Economic Times (of India) reports that companies wil get tax sops if they declare the jobs they will generate and the economic benefits arising from the sops.

I believe this is a great move. Almost all companies ask for tax sops. And many companies do get them [1]. The government only expected the companies to generate more revenue from the companies till now. With this move, it’ll be on paper, and the sops could be linked to performance. If a company generates 100 jobs a year and generates a revenue of $100,000 from exports, the government is definitely going to gain from the various taxes and levies. This also means the unemployment rate goes down.

A very smart move indeed.