Saturday, October 21, 2017

Prashant Mali images of Gartner Security & Risk Conference in Dubai

Prashant Mali images of Information Intelligence Conclave 2017

 My favourite picture
 my favourite portrait

Prashant Mali SKYDIVING Thrilling Experience in Dubai

Prashant Mali SKYDIVING Thrilling Experience in Dubai

16th October first day of Diwali festival in India, so when India started their Diwali celebrations i was booked for my life time experience at the Dubai Skydive i.e the agency which helps people sky dive in dubai. The cost is around Rs. 35000 which includes flying, diving and photography with storage device.
i was called to checkin at 12:00 had a long wait till 2:15 PM as i had a long rush before and a lunch break. I found many girls from Asia and americas and 20 percent boys strange but true. there 2-3 type of divers like professionals, amateurs and first timers like me. The energy in the camp is vibrant and radiant. Jumpers go and come back in regular time intervals, it is a 20 minute journey.
I dont know but i had a sheer determination and focus so even beautiful girls around me didn't bother me much nor did i was talking to any one. I waited for my chance to come, once my name was announced i found out one guy from mumbai with me too, i could than lodge my belongings to his bag as no lockers are provided.
The companion trainer and diver was allocated along with my camera lady. My companion name was Joseph Junior, he looked very serious types but confident . my camera lady took some videos of me and introduced her to me. A small electric vehicle took us to the close by airport or flying strip which runs into the ocean.
We are ready to be boarded in the plane , the air strip is noisy as the plane makes rattling noise of its 
turbo prop. In side the plane dont expect any air hostesses, its a bench type sitting on both sides. we were 15 of us, 4 were self jumpers. Every sky diver like me as 2 persons for support. first the plane flies almost horizontal and then suddenly the angle changes and some us slide down as it starts climbing. We can the picturesque buildings, the sky line of dubai below.

In the plane some are somber, some are preparing, some watching out of window and some are super excited for the jump of their life.

I was cheerful as if i jump daily, i had put complete confidence in God and my pillion diver . i was waiting for the experience

i was second in line to jump and i was prepared and tied along with my jumper, i got ready without a single point of fear in mind, frankly saying i never saw myself being so much patient and calm and that to 18000 ft up above in the sky. Probably i was feeling like Darr ke agey jeet hai.. there is a win ahead of fear. 18,000ft extreme jumps (altitude only available at CSC): approximately 90 seconds in freefall, 5-7 minutes under the parachute before landing 
i was readied to jump, my photographer went ahead to take my pictures and video of my jump, kudos to her coz when we jumped on chest she jumped on back to catch our jumping moments, she kept smiling and that made me smile to. you can see i was so tempted to jump.

After i jumped or sky dived few seconds were out of the world, the air guzzles around you as you go keep falling from the sky to the beautiful Palm islands. those few seconds are important if you loose your concentration and mind you loose the experience of your life and even the pictures taken of you will be spoilt. you need to focus on three things, what is your trainer telling you, where is your photographer and enjoy the fall and scene around you.

All good scene is accompanied with good amount of air pressure as your face is unprotected but your eyes are. The feeling of leaving the plane is similar to when you've just jumped on a trampoline and you're in mid air, starting to descend back down. It only takes a few seconds after leaving the plane for you body to reach terminal velocity. After that, it feels more like moving down a cushion of air. You can feel the pressure of the wind on your body. 
The scenic Palm, a man made island in dubai with the help of land filling is a marvellous treat to your eyes. Then comes a spin, which confused me a bit but was joyful.
The best picture which i have, where i was smiling as if i only smiled through the diving experience was one below. i even used it as diwali greetings and as DP on my WhatsApp.
One of the other scenes you see is the incomplete Dubai World islands, the other ambitious project which seems to be stalled as of date. the small islands which you see below me in next picture is the Dubai World project where there would be islands in the shape of countries.
The picture below depicts the pressure on my face, when i opened it to smile for the camera. you can zoom to see it. It's too loud to carry on a conversation, but not loud enough that you have to wear earplugs in freefall. You may be able to hear screams, but that's about it. Once the parachute opens, it's actually pretty quiet, with the sound of a light breeze. You will be able to speak in a normal voice with your instructor while flying the canopy
The best part is when the parachute opens and the fall stabilises, i small thud a pull and the parachute opens which also tightens your gear around you. It doesn't hurt. The harness is adjusted to you before your jump and tightened so that there's no real shock from it pulling when the parachute opens. Grab your belt and pull your pants up. It's about like that.You suddenly are in standing and then sitting position carrying your weight. The scene becomes awesome when the parachute goes around the Dubai skyline. I felt a bit fearful when the partner was loosening the harness, i felt like the harness would but cut loose and i may go down.

Flying, Diving and on parachute all experience are  highly recommended and i wish to do it again, i  had a perfect landing as the photo shows below, cleberating my triumph 

I have uploaded complete video on youtube and the link is below, enjoy and comment too

Monday, October 2, 2017

E-tender Landmark case judgment in Shapoorji Pallonji Co Vs State, Mhada, NIC & Ors

Final Judgement for Download

E-tender case of BDD Chawl Development project of MAHADA
Verified button pressing not registered on the software, but the tender files submitted on the server. Hon. Bombay HC asks NIC to team with MAHADA to submit the uploaded files and consider Shapoorji Pallonji Co. Pvt. Ltd as valid bidder.

This was the best landmark judgement where i (Prashant Mali) was acting as Expert Legal Counsel in e-tender matter along with Iqbal Chagla & Ravi Kadam (famous Sr. Advocates). My Legal opinion delivered earlier played a crucial role in defending the matter.
For this was one of the historical case in my carrier and also is a landmark case in e-tender and Information technology domain.

Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Pvt. Ltd. Vs State of Maharashtra, Mhada, NIC & Ors

A interesting Judgement in e-tender & technology Case of Bombay High Court
11000 Crores India Biggest Redevelopment Project of BDD Chawls in Mumbai

The bid document was to be down loaded from the e­tender website from 3rd April, 2017 to 17th May, 2017 and the bidders were advised to refer to bidders' manual kit available at for details about e­tender process to be followed. The last date of the submission of the OnLine bid was scheduled as 17th May, 2017 which was extended from time to time and lastly it was fixed as 27th July, 2017 at 13.00 hours IST. NIC was entrusted with the duty of officially hosting, designing and developing websites and servers for various governmental agencies as an expert body and hosts on its server, this particular tender for BDD Chawls was hosted for MHADA.
Shapoorji Pallonji Pvt. Ltd raised certain pre­bid queries and uploaded its technical and financial bid on 27th July, 2017 at about 12.16 hrs on e­procurement system . 

The Contention

In this case, the Shapoorji Pallonji Pvt. Ltd my client has uploaded the technical and financial documents before the bid submission end date and time. However, it was alleged that they have not clicked on the freeze button. Unless or otherwise the freeze button is clicked, the document will not be available to the tender inviting authority i.e MHADA and will remain in the area allocated for the bidder in the servers of NIC.
What was the solution:
So in Public Interest NIC was needed retrieve the encrypted bid files uploaded to their servers by my client and submit the uploaded files to MHADA for decryption and consideration for bidding .
Court held that that technology has its own glitches and the moot question is whether such glitches, which causes substantial injustice are permitted to be cured manually. Court said when as on today we have not reached a stage where the systems is full proof and gives a guarantee that it is not susceptible to any error.The impact of technology in our life today, is unimaginable. We use technology every day and it has saved us of time and efforts. Introduction of the e­-tendering system has made the cumbersome process of tenders simple, faster and also free from unnecessary human intervention. However, in a situation with which we have dealt with above, the question is whether the use of the technology has offered solutions or it has created issues. The increased dependency on modern technology has reduced our creativity and human being is dependent upon the said technology which undisputedly is an useful servant but a dangerous master. In words of Albert Einstein “human spirit must prevail over technology”. 
In the present case in hand court observes that uncertainty prevails in certain areas and no technology can make the system 'full proof' and as such a situation where the technology can err, we cannot completely exclude the element of human intervention in exceptional circumstances. Ultimately, it is the human being who controls the technology and when it errs, it is for the human being to rectify it. No solution is coming from the expert and the technology operator­ NIC as to what happens if the “freeze button is not clicked”. 
On the other hand, the NIC itself shows that once the bids are uploaded, they remain safe and saved and human intervention is not possible. Court felt it expedient to intervene in the technological procedure since we feel that the technology has failed to serve its intended purpose in the present case and interest of justice call for intervention. Every citizen has legal and fundamental rights which are required to be protected and in a digital world the said rights cannot be lost sight of but the same are to be protected by providing alternative and effective solutions, to be introduced into the modern technology/web­system and in the process of tender it is very much necessary to ensure that the bidders are not shunted out of the procedure only on account of any technical glitch and technology needs to be developed in a manner to cater to their needs without causing any delay in the scheduled time. We also makes it clear that we are inclined to grant relief to the petitioners, considering 'public interest and the fact that the bid of petitioners (technical/financial) are already sealed after their uploading and no changes are possible now, and we treat this as sealed packets submitted within date and time as per tender document.

Court issued directions to the NIC to access the files containing the bid documents of the petitioners and transfer and/or make it available to respondent no.2 MHADA which would decrypt the said files and consider the bid documents of the petitioners as a “valid bid” with the assistance of the NIC and open the technical bid of the Shapoorji Pallonji Co. Pvt Ltd..

Final Judgement for Download

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