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Septemer 2013

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World Water Week: UN deputy chief urges greater international cooperation on sanitation Now is the time for accelerated, energized and concerted action on water and sanitation, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged, calling for renewed cooperation on water management and access to adequate sanitation for the more than 2.5 billion people around the world without it. In a keynote address to the World Water Week plenary session in Stockholm, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said:“Dealing effectively with the water and sanitation crisis is fundamental to fighting disease and poverty.” “In a world of population growth and pressures on water resources within and among nations, sound and fair water management is a huge task and a clear imperative for all of us,” Mr. Eliasson added. He urged the hundreds of delegates gathered for the session entitled “Building partnerships for Sanitation and Water for All” to work towards sustainable solutions and measures among actors, including national governments, local administrations, development partners, international organizations, the private sector, the research and science community and civil society. Water and sanitation are included in the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders agreed to meet by the end of 2015.

Santosh Shukla, Advocate president@nai.org.in

Average Doesn't Mean Secure Conventional wisdom is a shortcut from actual thinking. When you rely on the majority to give you career, diet and spiritual advice you avoid thinking about these issues for yourself. Often when you peel off the covering, and start to understand the systems behind it, you can come up with more satisfying and less risky solutions to your problems. When you peel off the outer layer from your career, you see that a job isn't just working for money, it's building skills that provide value in exchange for money. That's why programs designed to give people jobs, but don't provide value are insane. It's also why, if you don't produce value at your job, you are in a far riskier position than any entrepreneur. Peeling off the layers to your diet and you'll see that, while people have been omnivorous throughout their evolution, few societies have consumed the same volume of meat as people do today and none ate as much processed foods. Look closely and it makes more sense for meat to be a side-dish than the main course. Personal development, far from being a risky choice, is probably one of the safest. You can always lose your job, but only rarely can you lose your skills. Businesses can die, but the lessons learned from failed ventures make future businesses stronger. Your health can falter, but your skill in changing your habits can stay strong. If any investment of your time doesn't build internal assets, it isn't worth doing. Even the most lucrative job isn't worth the paycheck if you aren't becoming more skilled or knowledgeable as a result. One of the reasons I believe running a business is safer than working at a job is that I've learned far more from entrepreneurship than I have from any job or class. Even if my external assets fail, I've still built internal assets that can't be taken away. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men experience it as a whole. Avoiding danger, in the long-run, is no safer than outright exposure.” – Helen Keller Security doesn't come from following the masses. With an economic collapse, terrorist attacks, obesity epidemics, and third-world flood-relief efforts in an industrialized country, I don't think anyone can argue that the world is inherently safe.

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Pranab Mukherjee asks social and non-political Dr. Satish Shukla becomes President organizations to help re-build Uttarakhand of All India Surgeons Association

DEHRADUN: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Monday asked different social and non-political organizations to help mobilize resources to help rehabilitate the people of Uttarakhand who suffered loss after the natural catastrophe of June 16 and June 17. Addressing the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies' (UPES) 11th convocation, he said at a time when the Himalayan state is faced with adversity, efforts need be made not to let go the indomitable human spirit for survival and rejuvenation. Describing the deluge that struck the state as a result of ceaseless humannature struggle, Mukherjee said people should learn a lesson from the

tragedy and take it as a wake-up call to help prevent further devastation. "The more we try to disturb nature by encouraging excessive construction activities like blasting in hills, we are bound to see its more horrible and uglier face," he said. Mukherjee said organizations like Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will render its services to help rebuild and reconstruct calamity-hit districts. He said in the re-building and reconstruction phase, scientists and experts from the CSIR will not only re-build different drinking water projects for a high quality of drinking water but also provide nutritional food of high degree. "Necessity of good drinking water and nutritional food is the need of the hour for those who are still living in cut off villages or living in temporary homes after being rendered homeless," Mukherjee said. President asked UPES to do advanced research on crude oil scientists to help tide over energy crisis.

CM Shri Chouhan inaugurates and lays foundation stones of works at Jatara No stone left unturned for development Chief Minister Shri Shivraj S i n g h Chouhan has said that State Government has left no stone unturned to ensure development of Madhya Pradesh during last 10 years nor it will cease its untiring efforts for the same in future. Shri Chouhan stated this while inaugurating and laying foundation stones for development works at Jatara tahsil headquarters in Tikamgarh district today. He laid foundation stones for 38 construction works costing Rs. 70 crore 50 thousand and inaugurated 12 works costing Rs. 11 crore 67 lakh 80 thousand. Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Development Shri

Harishankar Khatik, MP Shri Virendra Singh Khatik, other public representatives, officers and large number of people were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that the State Government has given top priority to roads, power and drinking water works. In all, 95 thousand kilometer long roads have been constructed in the state. Similarly, large-scale works have also been done in power sector as a result of which 24X7 power supply for domestic consumers and 10 hours for agriculture is being ensured throughout the state now. He informed that 25 lakh hectare has been brought under irrigation in the state now against only 7.50 lakh hectare 10 years ago. He informed that apart form opening polytechnic college, ITI and chilling plant, large number of other development works have been done in Jatara area.

INDORE: Senior Surgeon of Indore Madhya Pradesh Dr. Satish Shukla has been elected as the President of Association of Surgeons of India that held in Chennai recent. Significantly, Over the period of 75 years history Dr. Satish Shukla got this glorious opportunity and elected as President previously, he has been head of the depart of Surgery of MGM Medical College of Indore. At present

Dr. Shukla is holding the post of Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Surgery and Chairman of Laxmi Memorial Hospital. On his being elected, The members of A l m a f a m i l y, N a t i o n a l a n d International committee congratulated him. More importantly Dr. Satish Shukla has been patron and founder member of Alma since its inception. On this occasion, Members of All India IT Association (aiita) and NGO's Association of India (NAI) along with International Brahmin Parliament congratulated.

Sonia Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

Sheila Dikshit

(President, AICC)

(Vice-President, AICC)

(Chief Minister, Delhi)

NAI family Congratulated on being nominated as

National President All India Women Congress Committee

Smt. Shobha Ojha (National President) All India Women Congress Committee

Santosh Shukla (High Court, Advocate) President, NAI


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Prof. (Dr.) Arun Bajpai (DAVV) is inaugurating NGOs Association of India Function.

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Dr. Satish Shukla is being honored by President Shri Santosh Shukla, Advocate.

Ms. Baasanthi, Ms. Anishtha Audit and Mr. Sunil Singh of Mauritius are being honored by Dr. Suchita Shukla.

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Divorce is not the worst thing: Karisma Kapoor One of India's most stylish c e l e b m o m s , Karisma Kapoor bares her heart in her motherhood book. Actor Karisma Kapoor says the journey from being a pregnant woman — heavier by 24 kilos — to the svelte mother of two she now is, was more challenging than the role she played in Zubeidaa, referring to her critically acclaimed performance in the 2001 Shyam Benegal film. We think that's enough reason to get her to share gyaan on everything from getting her sexy figure back to handling a nanny's ego. Over to her. Get the oomph back : The moment I woke up from my caesarean the first time, I promptly looked down at my stomach hoping that it had miraculously gone back to being the washboard it was before pregnancy. O b v i o u s l y, I w a s i n f o r a h u g e disappointment. Stomachs don't automatically shrink just because your baby is out. It takes time and effort to shrink them. I don't believe in the no-carb diet... I have a

theory. I think if you give up carbs, you get cranky. You must include them in your daily diet. Negotiating Nannies : Be Gentle, Be Appreciative: Maids in India have egos. Big egos. They do not like being spoken to curtly and they do not like to be abruptly instructed by a woman they do not know. They come with the feeling that they already know everything. So while training them to do things your way, speak gently and when they do it right, appreciate it. Fix Routines, Set Menus: If your daily routine is fixed and there are more or less set times for things like meals and baths and walks, the staff always knows what to do when, instead of idling around the kitchen, having tea and gossiping. Set Boundaries, Make Rules: Let the help know where they can go, what they can use, who will be in charge if there is a crisis and they can't get through to you — all this helps create better communication channels. In my house, I do not allow the children to watch TV if I'm not around. It's easy for the help to put on the TV so the kids can sit glued to it the whole day while they are on their cell phones! If you set the rules, people will follow them. Limit Chores: Unless specified when you're employing her and negotiating her salary, do not give her any additional household chores like laundry, dusting, mopping, etc. If she has been hired only to look after your child, giving her extra work may make her feel short-changed.

Serena says cannot be seen as 'greatest ever' without 'most major wins' Plaster of Paris challenge for MANILA: American tennis player Serena Williams, who recently entered the second week of the US Open tennis tournament, has said that unless she wins the most major championships, she cannot be considered the greatest of all time. According to GMA News, the most dominant player of her era, America's world number one will meet Spain's 18thseeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. The 31year-old Williams has won 16 majors to trail Margaret Court (24), Steffi Graf (22), Helen Wills Moody (19), Chris Evert (18) and Martina Navratilova (18) on the alltime list, the report said. Serena said that she went by the numbers and did not think she was the greatest because Graf had more majors than her.

Midday meal tragedies: Gujarat sitting on time bomb?

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has clearly not learnt any lesson from the recent midday meal tragedy in Bihar in which 23 children died. Nothing else can explain the dismal and unhygienic conditions in which midday meal is served to around 40 lakh students in over 37,000 schools in the state. A visit by TOI to a number of government schools in Ahmedabad confirmed that the administration continues to be indifferent to the quality of midday meal which is supposed to boost the health of children. In most schools in Ramnagar, Ranip and Usmanpura areas of the city, the verandah where students are served food is abuzz with swarms of mosquitoes bred in stagnant rainwater nearby. At Sabarmati Government Schools No. 7 and 8 in Ramnagar, students have to carry heavy utensils after they are loaded with food. In a clear violation of guidelines, none of the schools has the MDM menu for the week

written on its walls. Such display of menu is meant to ensure transparency in the scheme. Principal of Government School No. 7 in Ramnagar, Radha Yadav told TOI that she has directed teachers to taste the meal before it is served to students. However, when food was served during this correspondent's visit, none of the teachers tasted it. Manjula and Ganga are both students of the same school. They said they have to carry the utensils in which they are served food. "Moreover, we are often served very little food," said Ganga. They confirmed that no teacher ever tasted the food before it was served to them. What's more, 20 districts do not have a deputy collector, senior officials said. It is the deputy collector who coordinates and supervises the supply of foodgrain and edible oil to schools and decides the weekly menu. Gujarat was the second state after Tamil Nadu to implement the scheme in 1984. At present, 44 lakh students in govt. schools in the districts as well as schools run by the six municipal corporations get mid-day meal. Interestingly, Gujarat was one of the first states to abandon the school-based decentralized kitchen model and go for a centralized kitchen system. This was done in answer to frequent complaints about the MDM scheme such as poor quality of the cooked meals, theft of ration and, sometimes, adulteration. The first centralized kitchens in the state were run by the Akshaya Patra Foundation in parts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Later, this was introduced in Vadodara and nearby talukas.

traditional idol makers

BHUBANESWAR: Light weight, better finish and low cost, along with escalating prices of raw materials, have slowly turned the buyers of idols away from the traditional makers. In the past few years, the demand for idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) has gone up drastically, affecting the business of those who give shape to the gods through days of toil. "The competition between clay idols and PoP is getting stronger every year. Earlier, we used to get orders of at least 20 big-sized

(above six-feet) clay idols, but now the number has reduced to 10. Majority of buyers demand PoP idols as they are cheaper and lighter," said Prasant Behera, an idol maker from Kendrapada, who is making idols in the capital for the last 10 years. While a 25 kg packet of PoP costs around Rs 200 and does not need much effort to give them a particular shape, special clay used for idol making are collected from river banks and are not easily available because of siltation and other reasons. It also requires a lot of bamboos, jute and other raw materials. Another disadvantage of clay idol is that they are paint guzzlers, which lead to additional expenses. "We don't find any difference in a PoP idol and a clay idol, except the environment concerns raised by the government. Since there is no strict restriction imposed on clay idols, more and more idol makers are shifting to PoP," said Susanta Mishra, a member of a Puja committee in Ashok Nagar area.

PM relief fund faces risk of losing PAN NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office held an urgent meeting with income tax department officials to discuss the fallout of the PM's National Relief Fund facing de-recognition of its Permanent Account Number (PAN). Having received objections from some quarters that the PM's relief fund is a private body and not a government entity, the PAN obtained for receiving donations faces derecognition as it was obtained in the capacity of government and not as a private body, sources said. The PMO has asked the I-T department to clarify if the same PAN can be used by its donors to obtain I-T exemption or a fresh PAN needs to be issued, thus recognizing the fact that the relief fund is a non-government entity. As per procedure, individuals contributing to the relief fund have to mention the PAN number of the receiving agency in their returns to claim I-T exemption on donated amount. In case of donations made to government entities, there is no such requirement. Like other nongovernment organizations or private trusts, any contribution to the PM's relief fund is

exempted from income tax under Section 80 (g) of the I-T Act. The issue has assumed urgency because in case the PAN is derecognized, all those who have contributed to the fund will not be able to get I-T exemption like in case of donations to other NGOs unless a new PAN is obtained. A high-level deliberation was underway in the I-T department to immediately rectify the 'mistake'. According to the PMO, contributions and other income of the relief fund are around Rs 200 crore a year, while its annual expenditure is around Rs 180 crore. The surplus is invested in bank fixed deposits, the corpus of which has gone over Rs 1,700 crore in 2012-13. Donations received in the PM's relief fund are primarily used for extending relief to families of those killed in natural calamities and to the victims of terror attacks, accidents and riots. Financial assistance is also provided out of the fund to those who can't afford medical treatment for serious ailments. The PM's relief fund is audited by an independent firm outside the government, Thakur Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co. The fund is "administered on an honorary basis by a joint secretary to the PM as secretary of the fund" and he is assisted on honorary basis by an officer of the rank of director. The fund, which is kept in a common pool, accepts only voluntary contributions by individuals and institutions.


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Rahul Gandhi takes aim at Mayawati for not grooming dalit leaders NEW DELHI: B a h u j a n s u p r e m o Mayawati may have knocked the bottom out of Congress in UP by weaning away its dalit vote base but Rahul Gandhi seems to believe she has usurped the dalit movement by not grooming any leader from the community. Lamenting the absence of leadership among SCs, Rahul told a conference here, "You ask in UP for five dalit leaders and the answer you will hear is Mayawati, Mayawati, Mayawati, Mayawati and Mayawati... I want that there should be a queue of leaders at all levels, in UP, Delhi, at block levels, in villages." The remark came in the context of few political leaders from the community that is not just numerous but also the mainstay of many parties. He was speaking at the 'national dialogue on social disparity' organized by the National Commission for SCs.

Rahul appeared to train his guns at the contemporary dalit movement that has defined politics of UP for around two decades. While BSP has been the biggest stumbling block in the way of Congress's revival in the state, it has maintained peace with the dalit party that has been supporting UPA-2. Rahul, however, did some plain speaking. Talking about his travels through UP during BSP regime, he said in 99% cases, children from upper castes were found sitting in the front benches while dalits were at the back. The Congress vice-president said he wanted to build dalit leadership from block upwards, so that there was a wider choice from the community. The theme has been a favourite with Rahul, having said it in the context of state and national leaders to pick chief ministers and prime ministers from. Rahul said Kanshi Ram had started a political movement for uplift of dalits but nobody had worked on it after him, a swipe at the BSP founder's protege Mayawati. The conference, organized by NCSC chairman P L Punia, was attended by social justice minister Selja and dalit delegates.

Prohibitory orders imposed in Shillong SHILLONG: With stray incidents of arson and vandalism reported from some parts of the city, the East Khasi Hills district administration has imposed prohibitions under Section 144 of the CrPC ahead of the proposed agitation by NGOs demanding introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to check illegal immigration and influx of 'outsiders' into the state. Miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at one of the shops in Polo Bazar on Saturday. Police said the fast food centre was partially damaged in the attack. Miscreants also burnt down a two-wheeler belonging to a resident of Langkyrding. In another incident, a house was set on fire in the Umsohsun area. Police have launched investigations into the three incidents.

A senior police officer said, "We have already launched an intensive search to nab the culprits." "The district administration has immediately imposed section 144 CrPC in the city to stop recurrence of such cases of arsons," East Khasi Hills district magistrate Sanjay Goyal said. "The d i s t r i c t administration has prohibited carrying of arms, weapons or any material(s) which may be used to cause grievous harm, injury or damage or loss of human life, public and private property, sale of petrol/diesel or any other inflammable materials in loose jericans/ jars/bottles to any person(s) by any petrol pump or refilling station or private individuals dealing with the sale or storage of such inflammables," an officer said.

Face to Face

by Dr. Dilip N. Pandit

A film has to be entertaining, engaging and moving: Pooja Batra Q-1: How do you assess the journey of Indian cinema? Ans: Indian cinema has withstood the test of time in the past 10 decades & has a unique and unmatched identity. Indian Cinema is a mish-mash genre, a mix of everything. They offer wholesome entertainment. The industry has gone through it's ups & downs. We have been unaffected by the dominance of Hollywood, unlike other cinema industries. We aren't threatened by Hollywood and don't look at its calendar before releasing our movies. Q-2: What's the impact of digital technologies ? Ans: We have moved from the black & white silent films to 3D. Digital Technologies make it easier to make movies. Everybody has a camera and an editing tool on their laptop. We will see a lot of new filmmakers and a new lingo emerging over the next decade. This is good for the industry. Q-3: What would be space for animated flicks in years to come ? Ans: There is a huge potential for animated flicks to come as there is a large base of highly skilled labour, and low cost of production. the animation industry is gaining prominence steadily. Q-4: What's so great about 100 years of Indian cinema in your views? Ans: Cinema has become an integral part of Indian culture. When you watch a film at the cinema you don't see the religion, cast or culture of the person beside you. People sit together and laugh, cry and enjoy. Indian cinema binds them together. That is one of its greatest achievements. Q-5: What change you'd like to see happen in Bollywood cinema ? Ans: There should be no piracy, original scripts & Indian filmmakers should produce different kinds of films. The physical and psychological arcs of the

movie's main characters & supporting characters should be defined much better. Q-6: How would you juxtapose Hollywood and Bollywood in terms of recreation and issue-centric themes ? Ans: Hollywood & Bollywood both have different ways of making movies. In Bollywood, Whatever the genre, a film has to be entertaining, engaging and moving. It has to make viewers feel something â&#x20AC;&#x201C; otherwise there is no point in making it. hollywood has its own formula of churning out movies.

NGOs under SC scanner, CBI directed to file report on them

NEW DELHI: NGOs getting government aid have come under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court asking the CBI to provide details about such registered organisations and their financial statements on a PIL seeking probe into alleged embezzling of funds. A bench comprising justices H L Dattu and M Y Eqbal asked the agency to file a detailed affidavit within eight weeks by collecting balance sheets and annual reports of over 800 NGOs. "CBI Director is directed to file names of all NGOs registered under

the Societies Registration Act and if they have filed balance sheets before the concerned authority," the bench said. The apex court expanded the scope of the PIL which was filed in 2011 against an NGO, Hind Swaraj Trust, run by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. When advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who has filed the PIL, raised the issue of alleged siphoning off of funds granted by the government to Hazare's trust in 1995, the bench said he should not be concerned with one NGO. "Why are you concerned only about one person. We are not concerned about individuals and we would go step by step," the bench observed. The Centre is also one of the respondents in the PIL in which the advocate had provided the list of NGOs. The petition had alleged that Hazare's Trust had got crores of rupees illegally from Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART).

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