Monday, February 22, 2010

Small Banknotes "Attack" Buddhist Statues

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February 22, 2010

The Mia pagoda is a famous Buddhist relic in Vietnam, located in Son Tay town, Hanoi.

Mia is called the second best pagoda in Vietnam for its top values of culture, art and architecture among Vietnamese pagodas. The Vietnam Record Book recognizes Mia as the pagoda with the highest number of statues in the country.

However, the pagoda is being “attacked” by “modern” townsmen. Many scholars have complained about “evils” at pagodas and temples, including the construction of new works, decorating coloured lamps and spilling small-value banknotes at these relics.

Tuoi Tre took the following photos at the Mia pagoda on February 16:

Arhat statues are overflowing with banknotes, but this couple still tries to add more. The girl is holding a wad of VND1000 banknotes to spill over into the pagoda.

While wonderful statues have to hold banknotes, the charity box at the door of the pagoda is not yet full.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Zero Rupee Banknotes Issued In India

Special zero rupee banknotes have been issued by an anti-corruption campaign to challenge India’s bribe culture.

Campaigners from the Fifth Pillar charity, which confronts corrupt officials using freedom of information legislation, have issued notes bearing the image of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of its freedom struggle.

The notes are identical to Indian banknotes, but carry the slogan "Eliminate corruption at all levels" and the pledge "I promise to neither accept not give bribe".

The group claims the notes have been very successful in challenging train ticket inspectors, police officers and civil servants demanding "backsheesh" for performing their public duties.

Corruption is endemic in India, where members of the public are forced to pay cash bribes to register cars, homes, get a broadband connection installed, or even in many cases to claim benefits they are entitled to from government schemes.

The charity claims £3 billion is paid each year in bribes in India, but insiders believe the figure is considerably higher, and that several leading politicians have become billionaires through corruption.

Fifth Pillar believes the Zero Rupee note is a way for powerless people to make a stand. The note is a way for any human being to say no to corruption without the fear of facing an encounter with persons in authority.

"Next time someone asks you for a bribe, just take your country's zero currency note and hand it to them. This will let the other person know that you refuse to give or take any money to perform services required by law or to give or take money to do something illegal," the charity said in a statement.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Brazil unveils new banknotes to beat counterfeiters

February 3, 2010

Brazil's Central Bank has unveiled new banknotes with superior print quality and new security features to prevent counterfeiting.

The new bills unveiled Wednesday are in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 reais.

The new notes have different sizes and notches so that they can be easily identified by touch.

Central Bank governor Henrique Meirelles said technological upgrading is needed to make counterfeiting more difficult.

New notes of 50 and 100 reais will start circulating in the first half of 2010, while those of lesser face value will be phased in by 2012.

Those currently in circulation remain valid until complete replacement, so people do not need to rush for new notes, said Meirelles.

Info courtesy of cleo phas