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LibreOffice: An Alternative to Microsoft Office
LibreOffice is a replacement for Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office costs a bomb and, hence, most users go for a pirated version which may not be complete and may have gaping security holes which can be exploited. 
 
LibreOffice is the most powerful free and open source office suite in the market. They have all the popular tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in LibreOffice. Besides, you also have drawing tools, math formulas and databases which make the office suite complete.  It is totally free to use and you get a public licence to operate it. Plus, you also get online updates, from time to time, which enhance its security. Most Microsoft Office documents can be opened and saved by LibreOffice, so compatibility is no longer an issue. The software is extremely light and easy to use with the most popular menus incorporated in the user interface. Now is the time to switch to LibreOffice and work efficiently, virus-free and legal! Just visit www.libreoffice.org and download it for immediate use. 

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Bapoo Malcolm

11 months ago

Thanks, Pierre. Maybe it was the names for the incorrect impression. Memory fades after years. Will try the new one. And let you know if I get the e mail address.Thanks again.

Bapoo Malcolm

11 months ago

The Chinese one is Kingsoft

Bapoo Malcolm

11 months ago

Have been trying Libra Office, think it's French as had seen a photograph of their team. It's quoite nice and helping them will make replacement easier. All they need are a few extra features like insertions and watermarks. But then that is what I miss. Others may know more. But it is definitely worth a try. Go to the Majorgeeks.com site. Will find other office suits also. There is Chinese suite w-.... but it is shareware after a time. MajorGeeks.Com » Files » Categories » Office Tools » Microsoft Office & Alternatives . Try it. I like Apache too.

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Pierre van Male

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 11 months ago

Dear Bapoo,

LibreOffice is managed by The Document Foundation based in Germany, but it is definitely an international project.
It does have insertion and watermark and much more. You can have a look at this book freely available for a more comprehensive introduction to LO: http://designingwithlibreoffice.com

Pierre van Male

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 11 months ago

Dear Bapoo,

LibreOffice is managed by The Document Foundation based in Germany, but it is definitely an international project.
It does have insertion and watermark and much more. You can have a look at this book freely available for a more comprehensive introduction to LO: http://designingwithlibreoffice.com

Anand Vaidya

11 months ago

I have been using LibreOffice since it was released. Actually, been a loyal user of OpenOffice.org and Sun StarOffice before that since I did not want to use pirated MS Office... LibreOffice has come a long way from the buggy StarOffice and is a fine piece of software.

Karthik Bharathi

11 months ago

I feel openoffice is somewhat better than libreoffice

Paulous Ouseph

11 months ago

Big user & supporter of LibreOffice.

I feel everyone ought to try it because it's free. One has so much to gain.

Nilesh Birajdar

11 months ago

Thank you I was about to get bombed by Microsoft office.

Pierre van Male

11 months ago

I am definitely a strong supporter of LibreOffice. Still, I believe we should avoid such kind of apologetic article about the free and open source office suite. Indeed, LibreOffice is a very interesting alternative to Microsoft Office, but it does has some limitations, including compatibility with complex MS Excel files for example. Pretending it is just perfect results with disillusion. But really: do try it if you do not know it!

RBI issues master directions on six subjects for NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday issued master directions on six subjects relating to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) under its regulation. This includes directions for exemptions from provision of the RBI Act, NBFC acceptance of public deposits, core investment companies (CICs), standalone primary dealers, miscellaneous and residuary NBFCs. 
 
"These directions consolidate and reorganise instructions issued in various circulars, directions, notifications and master circulars. The six master directions replace instructions contained in existing master circulars," the central bank said in a release.
 
The subjects on which Master Directions have been issued are:
 
i. Exemptions from the provisions of RBI Act, 1934, vide DNBR.PD.001/03.10.119/2016-17
 
ii. Non-Banking Financial Companies Acceptance of Public Deposits (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016, vide DNBR.PD.002/03.10.119/2016-17
 
iii. Core Investment Companies (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016, vide DNBR.PD.003/03.10.119/2016-17
 
iv. Standalone Primary Dealers (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016, vide DNBR. PD. 004 /03.10.119/2016-17
 
v. Miscellaneous Non-Banking Companies (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016, vide DNBR.PD.005/03.10.119/2016-17
 
vi. Residuary Non-Banking Companies (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016, vide DNBR.PD.006/03.10.119/2016-17
 
In order to streamline compliance in pursuance of the decision announced in the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy statement on 29 September 2015, RBI has started issuing master directions on all regulatory matters from January 2016.
 
The master directions consolidate instructions on rules and regulations framed by the Reserve Bank under various Acts including issues related to non-banking financial companies. Any change in the rules, regulation or policy is communicated during the year by way of circulars or press releases. 
 
The master directions will be updated suitably and simultaneously whenever there is a change in the rules and regulations or there is a change in the policy. Explanations of rules and regulations will be issued by way of frequently asked questions (FAQs) after issue of the master directions in easy to understand language wherever necessary, the RBI added.
 

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MSRDC collected toll for 10 years without cash flow statements from contractors!
Believe it or not, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp (MSRDC) actually states in black and white that it is conducting transaction surveys to finalise the foreclosure of concessionaire claims. So, for 10 years they collected toll with no cash flow statements.
 
Last week, we wrote how MSRDC was been caught wasting tax payers’ money for repeating the video graphic traffic survey on a state highway and five entry points of Mumbai. (Read: Strangely, MSRDC once again calls for video graphic traffic count survey at Mumbai’s entry points)
 
Pune-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Sanjay Shirodkar, promptly sent a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, questioning the call for e-tenders, once again, for the same work. The state Chief Secretary had forwarded Shirodkar’s letter to the concerned department, that is, the MSRDC, to provide explanation.
 
In his reply, V Suresh Babu, Executive Engineer, MSRDC, actually admits that video graphic and transaction survey is necessary for the road over bridge (ROB) on Peth-Sangli-Miraj state highway, hold your breath, “to finalize the foreclosure of concessionaire claims.” He further says, “This survey is to be conducted as per the directives of PWD, Government of Maharashtra.” It is pertinent to note here that toll was collected for a good 10 years and after citizens’ protests, which also involved legal intervention, the toll on this 8km ROB has been stopped. 
 
So, what was MSRDC or the Public Works Department (PWD) was doing for three long years when collection was nil? More importantly, can there be a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a public-private-partnership (PPP) model where the private operator can get away by collecting toll, without giving cash flow statements, which comprises  entire financials regarding expenditure by the contractor, the MSRDC, the cost of maintenance of the stretch of road, and the predicted profits in a particular time frame?’’ “It is totally illegal,’’’ says Shirodkar, “and reeks of complete mismanagement of money collected from the public.” 
 
The above was in reply to his question: “Why should there be a toll count once again when the toll plaza of Peth-Sangli-Miraj-Mhaisal SH 138 @ 8km. 56/420, was closed after residents protested and there was a court order?’’
 
The second question that he posed was regarding the repetition of the viedographic traffic survey for all the five entry points of Mumbai, when a similar exercise has been conducted two years back by the CP Joshi Committee. This report is not being made public, instead, another one is ordered.  Why is this report, being kept a secret? 
 
The reply by Suresh Babu to Shirodkar, states, “You are aware that the report was submitted to government. The decision process is still in progress. As such, the government has jurisdiction in this regard.” 
 
Shirodkar says, “If the MSRDC itself states that the report is with the government , then why is it not taking action on that report, which I know, has the entire details of the financials of each and every toll plaza in Maharashtra? It may be noted that a video-graphic traffic survey is so large that it comprises 30 toll booths (TBs) and that is a whopping amount of public money which has already been spent, once.”
 
Indeed, it is all about allegedly saving the contractor’s skin!
 
(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)
 

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Jitesh C Rudraksha

11 months ago

We have been observing many politicians, TV channels highlighting this issue of Toll. However, till date we see no concrete actions taken on it. People like you should come forward and educate the mass about the actions. For eg. Is it compulsory to pay toll, if you live in the vicinity of 5 Kms of the Toll booth, just by displaying a PRESS plate on the dashboard can somebody be spared from paying Toll, etc..

Ashish U

11 months ago

Pathetic , I hope toll will be abolished before BMC election .

jaideep shirali

11 months ago

Whatever be the issue, the outcome seems to be depressingly the same. The law enforcers and the law makers, directly or through their cronies, are the worst abusers of any law in this country. It really is time, that citizens stopped the undue respect that both these classes have showered upon themselves, that too with public funds. We need to ask questions, the tougher the better, before we exercise our choice and power.

Kisan Karnad

11 months ago

Absolutely shocking! I have been using the MEP Vashi toll naka everyday. I have a Value based Cash Card which is not swiped half the time by the toll booth attendants. Just shows they have some predetermined daily target and not serious in collecting toll transparently.

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