Benefits of Green Card


Green card and thereafter up to five years

Introduction:-

Green card gives you the right to be resident of USA and you become American and non-resident of India. You are a still a citizen of India with right of voting in India but don’t have right of voting in America. This also gives you employment authorization in America and many other facilities. This article deals with how to obtain these facilities as these are your legal right as resident of this country. As resident you can live in America   with some limitations as per your will and as per law of the land without any restriction of time limit witch you had as a visitor though remaining a national of India. This card requires renewal after ten years. The facilities to be obtained are ,

 

  1. Obtain Social security number

 Soon after receiving green card you must apply to Social Security office lying in Zip code of your address as given in your application for green card.  Location can be seen on internet. For example location for Zip code 95014 is Social Security Office Information

Address: ROOM 244 2ND FLOOR
280 S FIRST STREET
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Take an appointment or walk in at   about 9 AM.  and take token no. and fill application as  per your turn. You will be asked some questions.  About where you live and  home telephone no. and  relationship with owner of residence etc. You have to take passport and green card with you. You shall get your Security card with your security number at your residence. Keep it safely and   keep secret of your security no.

 

  1. Obtain driving Licence/ Identity Card

After obtaining your Social security no. you can app[y for your driving licence/ identity card at the nearest county and can be found on internet For Santa Clara County it is located at 3665 Flora Vista Avenue. You   should take your social Security card and Passport with you. You shall be required to give driving test and if you qualify you will receive your driving licence at your home  If you do not apply for driving licence your identity card shall be sent to you.Before drivng test you must read th car manual and driving Manual of the state, It will be helpful.

  1. Open Bank account

You can open your bank account with this Driving License/ Identity card. and with your passport .  Obtain pass book,  Check book and debit card by depositing sufficient money but less than 2000 dollars if you are going to apply for Med-Cal’

4 . Obtain library card ‘

Library card is also issued to visitors on proof of residence and Passport. If  you have not already got it issued, apply for it at nearest County Library with proof of address. Driving  Licence or identity card is proof of your address as well of your age You will get the form at the Library.

  1. Obtain Star outreach for Seniors/Para transit   out Reach if you are seriously disabled.

If you are senior and have some form of disability ie use cane or walking aids or use wheel chair the Santa Clara  county/ US government provide facility of out-reach to move to your destinations within the county. f or  visitors and  residents of  Santa  Clara  county .For  Seniors  , Star out -reach is available and you may call    tel .no.  408-436-4860  for application and send the form duly filled in with proof of age and you will get a card and instructions issued to you at your home. They have 40 trips in a year only. For other counties find out the phone no on internet  at web site Outreach.com Out reach for senior citizens The rules vary from state to state and travl is allowed within county limits.

.If you are disabled you may also get Para Transit service for this you can down load form at website http://www.outreach1.org/paratransit/para_eligibility.html The American with Disability act (ADA) establishes the criteria for paraTtransit eligibility.Specifically,eligibilityis based upon t o contact your physian or licenced professionaly and authorisationour functional inability to use the bus or or light rail system, or some or all the the time.You may also get forms by calling Outreach,inc. at 1 (408 )  436 0155

Follow just two steps to apply for VTA Transit service

1 . Submit an application form!. Duly completed

2 . Participate in Phone InterviewDuring the Phone interview you will be  asked questions about your functional abilities and limitations. Within 21 days you will hear from them.And either provided withPara ransit Card or refusal.

 

  1. Obtain Clipper card

Clipper card is a card for use for travelling by bus service,  and light rail personal prepaid card where you do not have to pay hard cash every time and it is used as debit card. You can have monthly cards also. You have to down load at web site  and send it duly filled with proof of identity and address and you shall get Clipper card which can be energised on depositing amount at counter or by transfer of money on internet. This facilitates you in journey by public transport. You can correspond at address Clliper Customer Center ,PO.box 318,Concurd CA 94522-0318. Or contact at phone no. 877,878,8883 or see web  clippercard.comoe E mail custser@cllipercard.com

 

  1. Apply for Covered California for Medical benefits/ Medi-Cal  benefits  and then for Medical plans and personal doctor orVarious plans under cove. The rules vary from state to state. And you may obtain information from their websites.

Please open web site    http://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment/ and also Covered CA.com and proceed to open your account and fill electronic form.This will require your family global income in dollars and Other details of passport, property etc and all about you and your family , the passport, green card and social security number and your address in USA etc.Fill these according to instructions for filling form.

 

After you have submitted your application for Covered California you shall receive a from its office at West Sacramento CA about important news about your health benefits either rejecting your application giving reasons of rejection or   letter  Congratulating you for qualifying  for health  Insurance  through Covered California including Med-Cal. ,you also get  your card number.

For applying for Med- Cal you have to obtain forms  from Medical Benefit Center   located  at 550 South  Boscom Avenue , San hose CA Phone no. 408-758-3800 or 877-962-3633/

The Forms desire information about your Real and Personal Property-This is to be submitted to above office along with following information and documents in support of information. .Income tax Return filled for last year in India /USA or both.., Valuation of Property, Source of Income and supporting document, Copy of Green Card, Copy of Passport, Proof of Address Copy of Security Card giving Security No. Bank Balances and other funds with details and supporting document etc to assess that you come within low income group. This has to be given now on Global basis and not for only USA . Sp only apply for Med-Cal  if you qualify under Covered California as per income and you have Bank balance  less than $ 2000/- for individual and less than three thousand dollars for two and so on. You are permitted to transfer your property to some one else before applying but concealing facts is punishable under law’ Usually wife has no property and so is allowed Med-Cal benefit and Husband enjoy benefits of Covered California Policy. . Therefore both are required to file separate applications for Med-Cal . If you are denied Med-Cal you are served with notice of action giving reasons of denial.  As ” your resources exceed the Aged and disabled rules’  These rules are called”(1931) Program General Property and Income Limitations For Low-Income group”-Cal General Property Limitations ”

Part  . 1. Med-Cal section 1931 ( B ) Program General Property And  Income Limitations For Low-Income Families which gives property limit for one individual as $ 2000/- and for two as$ 3000/- and so on and income limits as $ 931/- for individual and for family of two $ 1261/- and so on

If you are qualified then you get a Med- Cal card. Then you are required to select the plans and your personal doctor according to rules.

The Covered California  or obama care in other states

It offers Covered California health Insurance benefits as following

  1. Ambulatory patient services 2. Emergency services 3.Hospitilisation 4. Maternity  and new born care 5. Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioural health treatment. 6. Prescription drugs 7. Laboratory services 8.  Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  2. Pedriatic services, including oral and vision care.  For coverage through Covered California, you must pick a health plan

If you or someone in your family qualifies through Covered California, you must pick  a  health plan. Your coverage  will start after you pick a plan   and pay your first premium ( monthly Cost) .If you  have not already  picked  the health plan that best  fits your needs please log on to your account at www. CoveredCA.com. Then  click  the “ button located at the bottom of eligibility result screen, choose Health Plan “

You can als-J call the service centre to help you.( Medical Benefit Center  ,550 S. Boscom Avenue Sanjose.. Those who are eligible for Med-Cal need not apply for insurance under this scheme.

Covered California offers five types of Insurance  on cost sharing.(such as for deductibles, co payments and and out of pocket maximum amounts}  These health plans are subsidized and guaranteed Under Affordable Care Act 2010 popularly known as Obama Car

Term Health Insurance

?Term Health Insurance is an affordable and flexible alternative to Obamacare. Different levels of benefits among plans means you choose the right coverage for you. This flexibility makesTerm Health Insurance very affordable, typically half the cost of Obamacare plans. Theseplansoffer access to a broad range of healthcare providers, include dental discountsandcustomization from 1 month to 11 month plans.

Join the hundreds of thousands of people who currently rely on term health insurance for more affordable medical and financial protection. Term Health Insurance plans available on AgileHealthInsurance.com are from top insurance carriers, many with a financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. The AM Best rating represents an independent opinion from the leading provider of insurer ratings of a company’s financial strength and ability to meet its obligations to policyholders.

  1. Platinum Covers 90% of cost
  2. . Gold Covers 80% of cost
  3. . Silver Covers  70% of cost
  4. Bronze  Covers 60% of cost
  5. Minimum coverage plan these are designed to cover excessive medical bills  to persons below 30 years or those individuals who are experiencing financial hard ship’

These insurances  cover pre-existing health condition Regardless of present or past, at no extra cost  but it should be noted that it applies during the open enrollment period only.

There are are three Approved Insurance Companies in Santa Clara county 1. Antthem Blue cross  ( go to web site anthem.com/ca You may call  1-800-927-help(4357)

  1. Blue Shield of California customer service phone no  1-800-393-6130headquarters located at San-Francisco
  2. Kaiser Permanente   of California 7 Lawrence expy santaclara ca 95051     web site https//thrive.kaisepermanente.org/care-near you-/ northern-cs phone n 408-851-7300

 

You can get competitive rates from these three firms for your preferred metal level policy and pay the first premium accordingly in compliance of notice   of qualifying for covered California within time stipulated otherwise offer will lapse.

. Medical facilities granted under Federal Poverty Level assistance. This is done by center “Ability to pay program located at 770 S. Bosom Ave.  San–Jose  CA 95128. Program resources limit.

APD is a low income program that Valley medical provides It does not provide primary doctor and does not cover Ambulances, vision, Podiatry, Dental (Except for Emergency which it covers) & some others A patient can be seen  only at Valley Medical centers For Express or Urgent care call no 1-888-334-1000 from 7 AM onward for appointments. For any specialties ( a patient has to be referred by a doctor to be seen and by  approved first . Medicines are provided by VMC Pharmacies only

Apply for Ccitizenship and there after for Medicare Part ! And Part 2 etc. These will be dealt  n another article.

Conclusion

There are many items not covered by this article such as social life, clubs, senior centers and Indian community canters, parks etc where Indian seniors meet each other and places to be visited and how to utilize time These are beyond scope of this article which has mainly dealt with facilities which can be obtained by green card holders. However You can read Indian news at http://www.Samachar ,See DD News live at webcast.gov.in.

Caution ? These are according to my knowledge based on internet and personal experience  and do not depict the law of land.

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Benefits of Green Card

Green card and thereafter up to five years

Introduction:-

Green card gives you the right to be resident of USA and you become American and non-resident of India. You are a still a citizen of India with right of voting in India but don’t have right of voting in America. This also gives you employment authorization in America and many other facilities. This article deals with how to obtain these facilities as these are your legal right as resident of this country. As resident you can live in America   with some limitations as per your will and as per law of the land without any restriction of time limit witch you had as a visitor though remaining a national of India. This card requires renewal after ten years. The facilities to be obtained are ,

 

  1. Obtain Social security number

 Soon after receiving green card you must apply to Social Security office lying in Zip code of your address as given in your application for green card.  Location can be seen on internet. For example location for Zip code 95014 is Social Security Office Information

Address: ROOM 244 2ND FLOOR
280 S FIRST STREET
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Take an appointment or walk in at   about 9 AM.  and take token no. and fill application as  per your turn. You will be asked some questions.  About where you live and  home telephone no. and  relationship with owner of residence etc. You have to take passport and green card with you. You shall get your Security card with your security number at your residence. Keep it safely and   keep secret of your security no.

 

  1. Obtain driving Licence/ Identity Card

After obtaining your Social security no. you can app[y for your driving licence/ identity card at the nearest county and can be found on internet For Santa Clara County it is located at 3665 Flora Vista Avenue. You   should take your social Security card and Passport with you. You shall be required to give driving test and if you qualify you will receive your driving licence at your home  If you do not apply for driving licence your identity card shall be sent to you.Before drivng test you must read th car manual and driving Manual of the state, It will be helpful.

  1. Open Bank account

You can open your bank account with this Driving License/ Identity card. and with your passport .  Obtain pass book,  Check book and debit card by depositing sufficient money but less than 2000 dollars if you are going to apply for Med-Cal’

4 . Obtain library card ‘

Library card is also issued to visitors on proof of residence and Passport. If  you have not already got it issued, apply for it at nearest County Library with proof of address. Driving  Licence or identity card is proof of your address as well of your age You will get the form at the Library.

  1. Obtain Star outreach for Seniors/Para transit   out Reach if you are seriously disabled.

If you are senior and have some form of disability ie use cane or walking aids or use wheel chair the Santa Clara  county/ US government provide facility of out-reach to move to your destinations within the county. f or  visitors and  residents of  Santa  Clara  county .For  Seniors  , Star out -reach is available and you may call    tel .no.  408-436-4860  for application and send the form duly filled in with proof of age and you will get a card and instructions issued to you at your home. They have 40 trips in a year only. For other counties find out the phone no on internet  at web site Outreach.com Out reach for senior citizens The rules vary from state to state and travl is allowed within county limits.

.If you are disabled you may also get Para Transit service for this you can down load form at website http://www.outreach1.org/paratransit/para_eligibility.html The American with Disability act (ADA) establishes the criteria for paraTtransit eligibility.Specifically,eligibilityis based upon t o contact your physian or licenced professionaly and authorisationour functional inability to use the bus or or light rail system, or some or all the the time.You may also get forms by calling Outreach,inc. at 1 (408 )  436 0155

Follow just two steps to apply for VTA Transit service

1 . Submit an application form!. Duly completed

2 . Participate in Phone InterviewDuring the Phone interview you will be  asked questions about your functional abilities and limitations. Within 21 days you will hear from them.And either provided withPara ransit Card or refusal.

 

  1. Obtain Clipper card

Clipper card is a card for use for travelling by bus service,  and light rail personal prepaid card where you do not have to pay hard cash every time and it is used as debit card. You can have monthly cards also. You have to down load at web site  and send it duly filled with proof of identity and address and you shall get Clipper card which can be energised on depositing amount at counter or by transfer of money on internet. This facilitates you in journey by public transport. You can correspond at address Clliper Customer Center ,PO.box 318,Concurd CA 94522-0318. Or contact at phone no. 877,878,8883 or see web  clippercard.comoe E mail custser@cllipercard.com

 

  1. Apply for Covered California for Medical benefits/ Medi-Cal  benefits  and then for Medical plans and personal doctor orVarious plans under cove. The rules vary from state to state. And you may obtain information from their websites.

Please open web site    http://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment/ and also Covered CA.com and proceed to open your account and fill electronic form.This will require your family global income in dollars and Other details of passport, property etc and all about you and your family , the passport, green card and social security number and your address in USA etc.Fill these according to instructions for filling form.

 

After you have submitted your application for Covered California you shall receive a from its office at West Sacramento CA about important news about your health benefits either rejecting your application giving reasons of rejection or   letter  Congratulating you for qualifying  for health  Insurance  through Covered California including Med-Cal. ,you also get  your card number.

For applying for Med- Cal you have to obtain forms  from Medical Benefit Center   located  at 550 South  Boscom Avenue , San hose CA Phone no. 408-758-3800 or 877-962-3633/

The Forms desire information about your Real and Personal Property-This is to be submitted to above office along with following information and documents in support of information. .Income tax Return filled for last year in India /USA or both.., Valuation of Property, Source of Income and supporting document, Copy of Green Card, Copy of Passport, Proof of Address Copy of Security Card giving Security No. Bank Balances and other funds with details and supporting document etc to assess that you come within low income group. This has to be given now on Global basis and not for only USA . Sp only apply for Med-Cal  if you qualify under Covered California as per income and you have Bank balance  less than $ 2000/- for individual and less than three thousand dollars for two and so on. You are permitted to transfer your property to some one else before applying but concealing facts is punishable under law’ Usually wife has no property and so is allowed Med-Cal benefit and Husband enjoy benefits of Covered California Policy. . Therefore both are required to file separate applications for Med-Cal . If you are denied Med-Cal you are served with notice of action giving reasons of denial.  As ” your resources exceed the Aged and disabled rules’  These rules are called”(1931) Program General Property and Income Limitations For Low-Income group”-Cal General Property Limitations ”

Part  . 1. Med-Cal section 1931 ( B ) Program General Property And  Income Limitations For Low-Income Families which gives property limit for one individual as $ 2000/- and for two as$ 3000/- and so on and income limits as $ 931/- for individual and for family of two $ 1261/- and so on

If you are qualified then you get a Med- Cal card. Then you are required to select the plans and your personal doctor according to rules.

The Covered California  or obama care in other states

It offers Covered California health Insurance benefits as following

  1. Ambulatory patient services 2. Emergency services 3.Hospitilisation 4. Maternity  and new born care 5. Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioural health treatment. 6. Prescription drugs 7. Laboratory services 8.  Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  2. Pedriatic services, including oral and vision care.  For coverage through Covered California, you must pick a health plan

If you or someone in your family qualifies through Covered California, you must pick  a  health plan. Your coverage  will start after you pick a plan   and pay your first premium ( monthly Cost) .If you  have not already  picked  the health plan that best  fits your needs please log on to your account at www. CoveredCA.com. Then  click  the “ button located at the bottom of eligibility result screen, choose Health Plan “

You can als-J call the service centre to help you.( Medical Benefit Center  ,550 S. Boscom Avenue Sanjose.. Those who are eligible for Med-Cal need not apply for insurance under this scheme.

Covered California offers five types of Insurance  on cost sharing.(such as for deductibles, co payments and and out of pocket maximum amounts}  These health plans are subsidized and guaranteed Under Affordable Care Act 2010 popularly known as Obama Car

Term Health Insurance

?Term Health Insurance is an affordable and flexible alternative to Obamacare. Different levels of benefits among plans means you choose the right coverage for you. This flexibility makesTerm Health Insurance very affordable, typically half the cost of Obamacare plans. Theseplansoffer access to a broad range of healthcare providers, include dental discountsandcustomization from 1 month to 11 month plans.

Join the hundreds of thousands of people who currently rely on term health insurance for more affordable medical and financial protection. Term Health Insurance plans available on AgileHealthInsurance.com are from top insurance carriers, many with a financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. The AM Best rating represents an independent opinion from the leading provider of insurer ratings of a company’s financial strength and ability to meet its obligations to policyholders.

  1. Platinum Covers 90% of cost
  2. . Gold Covers 80% of cost
  3. . Silver Covers  70% of cost
  4. Bronze  Covers 60% of cost
  5. Minimum coverage plan these are designed to cover excessive medical bills  to persons below 30 years or those individuals who are experiencing financial hard ship’

These insurances  cover pre-existing health condition Regardless of present or past, at no extra cost  but it should be noted that it applies during the open enrollment period only.

There are are three Approved Insurance Companies in Santa Clara county 1. Antthem Blue cross  ( go to web site anthem.com/ca You may call  1-800-927-help(4357)

  1. Blue Shield of California customer service phone no  1-800-393-6130headquarters located at San-Francisco
  2. Kaiser Permanente   of California 7 Lawrence expy santaclara ca 95051     web site https//thrive.kaisepermanente.org/care-near you-/ northern-cs phone n 408-851-7300

 

You can get competitive rates from these three firms for your preferred metal level policy and pay the first premium accordingly in compliance of notice   of qualifying for covered California within time stipulated otherwise offer will lapse.

. Medical facilities granted under Federal Poverty Level assistance. This is done by center “Ability to pay program located at 770 S. Bosom Ave.  San–Jose  CA 95128. Program resources limit.

APD is a low income program that Valley medical provides It does not provide primary doctor and does not cover Ambulances, vision, Podiatry, Dental (Except for Emergency which it covers) & some others A patient can be seen  only at Valley Medical centers For Express or Urgent care call no 1-888-334-1000 from 7 AM onward for appointments. For any specialties ( a patient has to be referred by a doctor to be seen and by  approved first . Medicines are provided by VMC Pharmacies only

 

 

Apply for Ccitizenship and there after for Medicare Part ! And Part 2 etc. These will be dealt  n another article.

Conclusion

There are many items not covered by this article such as social life, clubs, senior centers and Indian community canters, parks etc where Indian seniors meet each other and places to be visited and how to utilize time These are beyond scope of this article which has mainly dealt with facilities which can be obtained by green card holders. However You can read Indian news at http://www.Samachar ,See DD News live at webcast.gov.in.

Caution ? These are according to my knowledge based on internet and personal experience  and do not depict the law of land.

Avdhesh Kumar Mathur

Senior member of ICC Cupertino and Milpitas and Anandvan

 

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MEDITATION


 

TOP 100 BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

Physiological benefits:
1. It lowers oxygen consumption.

 

2. It decreases respiratory rate.

 

3. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

 

4. Increases exercise tolerance.

 

5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

 

6. Good for people with high blood pressure.

 

7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

 

8. Decreases muscle tension

 

9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

 

10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

 

11. Helps in post-operative healing.

 

12. Enhances the immune system.

 

13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

 

14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

 

15. Helps with weight loss

 

16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

 

17. Higher skin resistance

 

18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

 

20. Decreases the ageing process.

 

21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

 

22. Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases

 

23. Makes you sweat less

 

24. Cure headaches & migraines

 

25. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

 

26. Reduced Need for Medical Care

 

27. Less energy wasted

 

28. More inclined to sports, activities

 

29. Significant relief from asthma

 

30. Improved performance in athletic events

 

31. Normalizes to your ideal weight

 

32. Harmonizes our endocrine system

 

33. Relaxes our nervous system

 

34. Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

 

35. Helps cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

 

Psychological benefits:

 

36. Builds self-confidence.

 

37. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

 

38. Resolve phobias & fears

 

39. Helps control own thoughts

 

40. Helps with focus & concentration

 

41. Increase creativity

 

42. Increased brain wave coherence.

 

43. Improved learning ability and memory.

 

44. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

 

45. Increased emotional stability.

 

46. Improved relationships

 

47. Mind ages at slower rate

 

48. Easier to remove bad habits

 

49. Develops intuition

 

50. Increased Productivity

 

51. Improved relations at home & at work

 

52. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

 

53. Helps ignore petty issues

 

54. Increased ability to solve complex problems

 

55. Purifies your character

 

56. Develop will power

 

57. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

 

58. Respond more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

 

59. Increases ones perceptual ability and motor performance

 

60. Higher intelligence growth rate

 

61. Increased job satisfaction

 

62. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

 

63. Decrease in potential mental illness

 

64. Better, more sociable behaviour

 

65. Less aggressiveness

 

66. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

 

67. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

 

68. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

 

69. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

 

70. Increases sense of responsibility

 

71. Reduces road rage

 

72. Decrease in restless thinking

 

73. Decreased tendency to worry

 

74. Increases listening skills and empathy

 

75. Helps make more accurate judgements

 

76. Greater tolerance

 

77. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

 

78. Grows a stable, more balanced personality

 

79. Develops emotional maturity

 

Spiritual benefits:

 

80. Helps keep things in perspective

 

81. Provides peace of mind, happiness

 

82. Helps you discover your purpose in life

 

83. Increased self-actualization.

 

84. Increased compassion

 

85. Growing wisdom

 

86. Deeper understanding of yourself and others

 

87. Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony

 

88. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

 

89. Increased acceptance of one self

 

90. Helps learn forgiveness

 

91. Changes attitude toward life

 

92. Creates a deeper relationship with your God

 

93. Increases the synchronization in your life

 

94. Greater inner-directness

 

95. Helps living in the present moment

 

96. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

 

97. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

 

98. Experience an inner sense of Assurance or Knowings

 

99. Experience a sense of Oneness

 

100. Leads to enlightenment

 

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With children moving out for jobs, aged parents fight a lone battle


With children moving out for jobs, aged parents fight a lone battle 

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, May 22
To take care of aged parents in the state has become a major problem. As per the new census, the population of educated families in the state has turned static like in Europe and other western countries. In the coming days, there would be none to look after aged people, especially those who are above 70.

It may be recalled that due to lack of job opportunities in the state, thousands of engineers and management graduates were forced to move out in search of jobs to other states leaving behind their aged parents in isolation. It has become a compulsion for them to leave their homes and move out in search of jobs in IT and other industries.

According to information gathered by The Tribune, in educated families every third parents are living in isolation and suffering from various ailments like depression, high blood pressure and diabetes as their children are serving in cities like Bombay, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Gurgaon. In 10 per cent cases, children are also working abroad.

A senior professor from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, said 2,000 cases of deep depression had already been detected in the state. Most of the aged persons have become victims of this disease.He said majority of such patients were living in isolation and were suffering from a disease known as “psychosis” (first stage).

The situation in rural areas like Jaisinghpur, Mhahakal, Chobin, Panchrukhi, Chadiar, Thural, Alampur, Jwalamukhi, Pragpur, Sahapur, Khundian, Baroh, Bir Dehara Gopipur was quite alarming as most of the parents were scared as they are growing older. They are feeling insecure as there would be none to look after them after a few years.

Deteriorating law and order situation, increasing incidents of murder, thefts and robbery had further made the matter worse. There are instances where old people were murdered and robbed off their valuables.

A number of old couples living in lower areas of Palampur told The Tribune that their children time and again had requested them to leave villages and move to the places where they are working, but it was very difficult for them to leave their old ancestral homes.

One of the couples said if they shift to the US, the UK, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad or any other places then they have to live in more isolation as their children would come back home after long working hours.

It was also learnt that over 20,000 more youths from the state are likely to join IT and other industries in the next three years, it means that another 20,000 parents had to live alone and there would be no hope that in the near future their children would come back to their home state and get jobs here.

Even there are no old age homes in the state. The state government should initiate timely action and encourage private, charitable organisations and NGOs to come forward to set up old age homes in the state so that the aged people could be helped and looked after in a better way.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110518/himplus.htm#10

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 that due to lack of job opportunities in the state, thousands of engineers and management graduates were forced to move out in search of jobs to other states leaving behind their aged parents in isolation. It has become a compulsion for them to leave their homes and move out in search of jobs in IT and other industries.

According to information gathered by The Tribune, in educated families every third parents are living in isolation and suffering from various ailments like depression, high blood pressure and diabetes as their children are serving in cities like Bombay, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Gurgaon. In 10 per cent cases, children are also working abroad.

A senior professor from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, said 2,000 cases of deep depression had already been detected in the state. Most of the aged persons have become victims of this disease.He said majority of such patients were living in isolation and were suffering from a disease known as “psychosis” (first stage).

The situation in rural areas like Jaisinghpur, Mhahakal, Chobin, Panchrukhi, Chadiar, Thural, Alampur, Jwalamukhi, Pragpur, Sahapur, Khundian, Baroh, Bir Dehara Gopipur was quite alarming as most of the parents were scared as they are growing older. They are feeling insecure as there would be none to look after them after a few years.

Deteriorating law and order situation, increasing incidents of murder, thefts and robbery had further made the matter worse. There are instances where old people were murdered and robbed off their valuables.

A number of old couples living in lower areas of Palampur told The Tribune that their children time and again had requested them to leave villages and move to the places where they are working, but it was very difficult for them to leave their old ancestral homes.

One of the couples said if they shift to the US, the UK, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad or any other places then they have to live in more isolation as their children would come back home after long working hours.

It was also learnt that over 20,000 more youths from the state are likely to join IT and other industries in the next three years, it means that another 20,000 parents had to live alone and there would be no hope that in the near future their children would come back to their home state and get jobs here.

Even there are no old age homes in the state. The state government should initiate timely action and encourage private, charitable organisations and NGOs to come forward to set up old age homes in the state so that the aged people could be helped and looked after in a better way.

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PIO, OCI, Surrender-Certificate


Many of you may be aware, by this time, that the works relating to issue of PIO, OCI, Surrender-Certificate (Renunciation of Indian Citizenship) etc has been off-loaded by the Indian Consulate to “TRAVISA OUTSOURCING”. The procedure involved in availing facilities like OCI have not changed drastically (from what is explained earlier here in this post), there are subtle changes in a few formalities like the fee involved etc. I am reproducing these instructions in a nut-shell relating to the documents to be attached.
The following documents/copies of documents needs to be attached to Part A & Part B of your OCI application:
1. Two passport size photo copies should be affixed to your application form in the prescribed places.
2. A. Original Indian Passport.
   B.Copy of the information page. This page contains the picture and basic details of the passport and
   C. Copy of the endorsement/amendment pages. On US passport books that end with page 24, copy pages 22, 23 and 24. On US passport books that end with page 28, copy pages 25, 26 and 27.
3. A. Original Indian passport used on first lawful entry into the United States containing entry stamps showing the visa category granted (The Indian Passport in which the stamp admitting you as a permanent Resident of USA was affixed by U.S Immigration)
  B. A copy of the first three pages of the Indian passport and the last two pages of the Indian passport containing your vital information.
  C. A copy of the entry status stamp into the United States showing the visa (as a a permanent Resident of USA) category granted.
4. A copy of your U.S Naturalization Certificate.
5. Copy of first three and last two pages of the last held Indian passport.
6. Your cancelled Indian passport with stamp stating the passport is canceled due to obtaining US citizenship.
7.  a photocopy with proof of residence/address that matches the present address on the OCI application exactly. Photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID), or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) must be submitted.
8. You must provide a prepaid shipping label along with your application so your documents can be returned to you once your application has been processed. (You can send a self-addressed envelope stamped (for priority or certified mail with tracking facility)
9. Money Order or Cashier’s Check (Payable to Travisa Outsourcing) for $290.00 ($278.00 as fee + $12.00 as service fee)
10. The envelope containing all these papers have to be submitted to “Travisa India Outsourcing
Attention: OCI Mail Department – (9 Digit Application Id)
965 Mission Street Suite #320
San Francisco, CA 94103″ with the 9 digit Application Id of all applications on the bottom right of the shipping envelope for tracking purposes.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TWO SETS OF APPLICATION FORM
AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS INCLUDING THE OCI ONLINE APPLICATION  SHOULD BE SUBMITTED.

ALL COPIES OF DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SELF-ATTESTED WITH A STATEMENT THAT “THIS IS A TRUE COPY OF THE ORIGINAL” AND YOUR SIGNATURE BELOW THAT STATEMENT.
krishnaswamy.

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Men As Victims of Domestic Abuse By Connor R Sullivan


Hi

friends

please read this article i have received from our CAPS Ambassador krishnaswamy. Men As Victims of Domestic Abuse.

Some of the observations here may not be felt by families of Asian people but they are more conditioned to put up with and get on with the realities in Life. But, still, the observations in this article hold good in many families.
krishnaswamy.

Men As Victims of Domestic Abuse
By Connor R Sullivan

Naturally, men are stronger, more aggressive and more dominant than their female counterparts. Therefore, it is hard to digest that even these builders of our society can be a victim of abuse, especially from the weaker sex. Yet when you are in the field of law and order, there is no end to strange stories. It may seem to most that domestic violence and abuse is more common in under developed areas. Yet, even in the big cities, the situation is not more different. A domestic abuse attorney often works selflessly to reduce the rate of such incidents. According to a domestic violence attorney, the percentage of men in such victim is about 19%. About half of these 19% male victims are abused by their spouses.

Domestic abuse is deemed as a serious crime and there are some serious laws against it. What many people fail to understand is the possibility of a weaker person attacking a stronger one. The abuse is not only physical, but also emotional and psychological. However, many female abusers do not even refrain from physical attacks. These physical attacks include slapping, biting, hitting or any method that a person can use to physically harm someone. The victims do not necessarily have to be the spouse. It can be a son, a father in law, brother or any relative who shares the same roof. Most men do not hit back because they are too afraid to hurt the abuser more badly, or because of a history of such violence from her since childhood.

There is another dilemma in such cases. Most victims are reluctant or psychologically too scared to tell anyone about the abuse because no one can possibly believe such a story. As men are also thought to have tougher nerves, they most of the time fail to realize that they are even victims. The type of domestic abuse men usually encounter is oral and emotional. The result is a constant mental stress that leads to psychological disturbance. Studies have shown that both children and adults under such violent circumstances lack confidence and a reasonable IQ level. It is very important to understand that you are a victim and do something about it.

You are being abused, if:

• A person constantly humiliates and embarrasses you in front of family and friends.

• Your personal wishes are always regarded as selfishness.

• You have strict rules to follow around your own house and breaking them can result in beating or violence.

• You are threatened to be harmed or that person threatens to harm her own self, if you do not follow the order.

• You are not allowed to spend your own money.

• You are restricted to meet certain people even in the family.

• You are forced to do something illegal.

These are only a few examples that most people fail to recognize as domestic abuse. One should understand that he has to be a better part of the society, which is impossible under such circumstances. Some action must be taken even if you are afraid of not being believed. You never know, sometimes strangers can lend you a good ear and much advice.

Connor Sullivan was fascinated by the quality work provided by the Las Vegas domestic abuse attorney he spent time with. His daughter had a opportunity to work with a Las Vegas domestic violence attorney as a legal intern during the summer.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Connor_R_Sullivan
http://EzineArticles.com/?Men-As-Victims-of-Domestic-Abuse&id=4224222

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Are you thinking about going back to work?


Do you receive Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance?

Are you thinking about going back to work?

If so, register for this online training event which will be held next Wednesday, January 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (EST).

This webinar will present information about the Ticket to Work program and other work incentives that allow you to keep your Social Security cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid while you test out your ability to work.

Work Incentive Seminar Events are also being held around the country. Register for a seminar near you.
For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/employment/work_incentives/ticket_to_work

Have you registered for a personal account on Disability.gov? It only takes a minute. When you do, you’ll be able to vote on resources you find on the site, join groups, submit comments and even create saved searches for the subjects that interest you most.

This service is provided to you at no charge by Disability.gov. Visit us on the web at http://www.disability.gov.

P.S. If you have any questions or problems e-mail support@govdelivery.com for assistance

 




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Housing resources


HUD has announced that thousands of Americans with disabilities will receive housing assistance so they can access affordable housing. Public housing authorities across the country will distribute approximately 4,300 rental assistance vouchers. HUD is awarding nearly $33 million to fund these vouchers through its Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities Program.  These grants are part of the $40 million HUD made available in April 2010 to help public housing authorities pay for rental vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities.  For more housing resources visit Disability.gov‘s I Want to Find Housing section.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/housing/housing_assistance/vouchers

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