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are delivered in a timebound manner. “Gurgaon is considered to be a global city, and in the official parlance also it is seen as an exception, because the City offers multiple challenges”, he says. Meena no doubt knows the City well, because prior to this posting he served as Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon for a period of two and half years - a pretty long term in Gurgaon as most of the officials here do not last more than a year. Even the MCG has witnessed turbulence, with the last two Commissioners being transferred in quick succession, due to one reason or the other. Meena hopes to buck the trend and leave a lasting impression through

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here is good news for thousands of people living in unauthorized areas in the City, as the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) will soon allow development of infrastructure and start civic services to 45 unauthorized colonies, which have been recommended for regularization by the State government. In an exclusive chat with Friday Gurgaon, MCG Commissioner P C Meena, who took over as the head of the Municipality in July this year, says that his primary objective is to ensure that citizen-oriented services

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attle from Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab are being regularly smuggled to Bangladesh. They provide the much in demand meat, and also help power that country’s large leather exports industry. The neighbouring country does not have a sizable stock of cattle. This flourishing illegal cattle trade has even made Bangladesh an exporter of cattle meat! While a large number of people across India sell their cows once they have passed their productive age, the situation in Gurgaon is a bit different. Here, farmers being mainly affluent, prefer to keep their livestock or hand it over to Gaushalas, as they believe that the cattle will be safe there. However, with Gurgaon sharing a border with Mewat and Rajasthan, the Millennium City falls in the zone of cattle smugglers - who indulge in the buying and stealing of cows, and then transporting them illegally. With a large number of Hindus dominating the villages around, this often leads to flare-ups and violent incidents. It does not take much to kindle this fire. Those in the know of this trade say that so much money

News Alert HUDA water supply from Basai will not be available on November 15th. the Municipality, which till now has failed to make an impact on the residents of the City. Delving on his agenda for the MCG, Meena says that he will focus on bringing in more transparency in working, by enhancing the role of IT systems and tools. He also plans to boost the civic infrastructure in MCG areas by building new roads, flyovers and underpasses. The task of sanitation is also cut out, to make the garbage collection and disposal system more efficient. “The MCG files, tenders and work reports are Contd on p 7 

Not So Sacred Anymore is involved, that this will continue to flourish unless the government, politicians, administration and the police act jointly. In Haryana, a large majority of people involved in this illegal trade is allegedly from the Mewat region, a Muslim majority area. A cow that is bought for Rs 15,000 from a villager, can fetch a profit of almost Rs 10,000, as it is slaughtered for meat, the hide and other related byproducts. If the same animal is smuggled to Bangladesh by means of illegal ‘couriers’, the profit allegedly trebles. Bhani Ram Mangla, State Convenor of the BJP Cow Protection Cell, who has worked for the protection of cows, says that the State government is not serious about saving the cow - which is venerated by the large Hindu population and is also a national asset. In every state in India there are laws, with stringent provisions, against the slaughter of cows, and this acts as an effective deterrent. “Haryana is the only state that has weak laws in this area. A few years

ago the government of Punjab had amended its law and increased the punishment for cow slaughter to 10 years in prison, coupled with the confiscation of the vehicle used for the transport of

the cows”, says Mangla. On behalf of the Hindu community, Mangla is demanding a law on similar lines, which would deter the cow smugglers and those involved in slaughtering them. “Mewat has become the epicentre of this trade because Contd on p 6 


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et ready to party the night away with DJ Happy from Dubai.
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Commercial, Bollywood, 
Retro, Hip-Hop and Progressive House music. 

Conference & Exhibition


Follow the Light @ Panasonic Centre, MG Road Date: November 16 & 17 Time: 8:00 pm articipate in the Foundation Series of Photography Workshops for amateurs with Sanjay Nanda, presented by Truth School. 
The Workshops involve detailed classroom presentations, followed by hands-on Photography in the Field and Review sessions. The Workshops will be conducted over 8-sessions of 3 hours each, beginning November 16. Call : 91 9910114584 for details or mail at

NGO Asia Expo @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 19 & 20 Time: 10:00 am


njoy a hilarious evening as members of the Papa CJ Comedy Company—Appurv Gupta, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Vikramjit Singh, Denny George and Madhav Mehta— present their comic talents. 
Don`t miss this unbridled laugh riot curated by Papa CJ.


Think Floyd Live @ Soi 7, DLF Cyber Hub, DLF Phase 3 Date: November 15 Time: 8:00 pm onwards e a part of this tribute to Pink Floyd, by the Band ‘Think Floyd’.
This psychedelic rock band is a four-piece, comprising Abhishek


Party All Night @ Peppers, The Bristol Hotel, DLF Phase I Date: November 16 Time: 9:00 pm

Stand-up Comedy

Comedy Club @ Cooper’s Grill & Bar, DLF Star Tower, NH8 Date: November 16 Time: 8:00 pm onwards he 6th edition of Comedy Club, in association with Laughterpreneur, features stand-up comics Jeeveshu, Vasu and Appurv Gupta. Enjoy a complimentary drink as you hold on to your sides!




block printing. The Collection offers a diverse range of handloom fabrics and materials with traditional and ethnic prints and weaves.

Fashion Show


platform for NGOs, NPOs and Social Foundations to showcase their efforts and initiatives and to increase awareness about their work. More than 150 organisations across Delhi/NCR will be participating in this two-day Event. For more details log on to

Stand-up Comedy

An Evening with the Papa CJ Comedy Company @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 22 Time: 8:00 pm

Festival of Hope 2013 @ DLF Club5 DLF City Date: November 23 Time: 7:00 pm alk the ramp to support Cancer awareness and celebrate the spirit of Cancer survivors.
Designers and models are welcome to participate. To Register and participate as a donor and/or walk for a designer, write to shalini.



Tuesday Belly Nights @ Club Rhino, DLF South Point Mall,Golf Course Road, Sector 53 Date: Upto November 26 (Tuesdays) Time: 9:00 pm onwards t’s time to shake the belly, Arabian style. Dance, with food and drinks, to the mystic beats and be a part of Arabian Nights.

Mathur on Guitar and Vocals, Anindo Bose on Keyboards and Computers, Chintan Kalra on Bass and Vocals and Surojit Dev on Drums.


Dastkar’s Winter Weaves @ Nature’s Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Anuvrat Marg, Chhattarpur Date: November 22 to December 1 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm



Textile Exhibition of traditional handlooms. This year’s showcase includes fabrics and products in silk and a variety of wools from regions popular for their specialised weaving, embroidery and


Khabsoorat Bahu @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 17 Time: 7:30 pm onwards irected by Tarun Dangwal and written by Nag Bogus, the Play presents the true flavour of India, with its effervescent culture. A satirical comedy, the Play reflects on common superstitious beliefs. Tickets available for Rs. 300, 400 and 500. Suitable for 15 years and above.

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Exotic Grills @ Iredus, Sector 29 Date: Up to November 15 avour a delectable range of perfect grills. Treat your taste buds to high quality meats served with the finest sauces. Choose from a succulent line-up of Tuna Steak served with Pink Pepper Sauce, Australian Lamb Chops with Devil Sauce, River Sole with Lemon Butter Sauce, Jumbo Prawns with Caper Sauce and more.



Palm-scapes @ Nature Morte, The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase V Date: Up to November 23 Time: 11:00 am

Delhi’s Artscape Synergy

@ The Stainless Gallery, The Mira Corporate Suites 1&2, Mathura Road Date: November 15 to 18 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm n Art Exhibition that brings together artists from various parts of the world. Curated by Roohi Kapoor, the Show consists of 100 works, which include a range of drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artwork.


Hidden Histories & Geographies of the World


To Take A Wife (Israel) @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 18 Time: 7:30 pm onwards iviane is a young woman trying to raise four kids, while adhering to the strict codes of conduct laid down by her husband’s mother and brothers. She feels tied down and suffocated. Things begin to change when her former lover moves back into town.
 Directed By: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz 
Duration: 97 mins.

@ Apparao Gallery, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road Date: Up to January 2, 2014 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Hidden Histories And Geographies Of The World.. Narratives In Art’ is an exclusive Art Exhibition that displays a collection of paintings and sculptures by a group of artists. The participating artists are Alexis Kersey, Janarthanan, Maya Burman, P.G. Dinesh, Sudhir Pandey, Sakti Burman and Umashankar. 



Sufi Qawwali Night @ Club Patio, Block E, South City 1 Date: November 16 Time: 8:00 pm xperience the magic of Sufiana Qawwali with Mir Mukhtiyar Ali.



n Exhibition of new bronze sculptures by sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee. Mrinalini’s work takes bronze to new levels of technical proficiency and scales.


Shaandar Sachin @ Studio Art, C-751/A, Sushant Lok Phase 1 Date: Up to November 30 Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm n exhibition of Artworks on the achievements of Sachin Tendulkar, executed by digital artist Sanjay Mehta. Each work represents a milestone in Sachin’s cricket journey.




Exhibition by Dhanajay Thakur & others @ Zynna Art Gallery, S-56/20, DLF Phase-III Date: November 16 to 21 Time: 10:30 am onwards


n Exhibition that showcases the works of Dhanajay Thakur, Mandan Lal, Rajan Shripad Fulari, Rajesh Srivastav, Sajal Sarkar, Shubhanna KR, Suvajit Sumanta, Tarun Maity and Vinay Kumar Pandey. On display are their Murals, Wall Art, Sculptures and Paintings.


Shaam-e-ghazal @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: November 21 Time: 7:30 pm n evening of melodious ghazals by Suresh Gehlot, in collaboration with Global Cultural Foundation.



Visual Fusion @ Beanstalk, Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Part II, NH8 Date: Up to November 18 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tangerine Tales

@ Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Date: November 15 to 24 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm amera Unlimited presents a Photography Exhibition to celebrate the spirit of the colour, 'Orange'. On display will be works of upcoming photographers like Ahmed Firoz, Ambika Sethi, Dinesh Sethi, Krishan Sharma, Lubna Sen, Marta Martinez, Nitin Arjun, Rajesh Ramakrishnan and Rohit Kumar –
from a peeling 'Orange Wall' depicting disturbed calmness to the explosion of the vibrant expressions and colours of Holi.



Group Show of paintings by Basanth Peringode, Manikandan, M. Ishaq, Padmakar Santape, Promod MV, Ramesh Gorjala, Shyamal Mukherjee and Swaraj Das.

Life... Sa Re Ga Ma

@ Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road Date: November 16 to 19, Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Solo Show of photographs on canvas. On display are the works of Shivani Pandey.



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THE WEEK THAT WAS  National Lok Adalat, organized by the DLSA, will take place on November 23rd in the City. The expectation is that about 20% of ongoing litigation in various District Courts will be settled on the day.  Gurgaon Police conducts a Road Safety Mega Campaign, wherein 4.5 lakhs students from 400 schools across Gurgaon District participate in a Road Safety Test.  Dr Bhure Lal, Chairman EPCA (Environment & Pollution - Prevention & Control – Authority) reviews ‘green’ status and initiatives of/for the City, especially related to transport and parking.  Haryana Roadways employees stall work for a day, before their 2-day State wide strike on November 13 and 14.  College teachers of Haryana to protest across the State on November 19th.  The Waste Treatment Plant at Bandhwadi could be closed till March !  Court asks for chargesheet to be filed against Minister Sukhbir Kataria and others, in the alleged ‘bogus votes’ case. Next hearing is on December 23rd.  A guard is killed in a hit-and-run case on Golf Course Road; a woman is killed by a speeding dumper; a motorcyclist is killed by a truck, on the highway.  A man and his parents have been booked for a dowry murder case – the man’s wife was found hanging at home.  Shots fired at a dhaba owner for his not re-opening dhaba to serve food,



Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo I want to go on a holiday Main chhuttiya me ghuman jaana chahun I am tired of working so much Main kaam kar kar ke haar gya sun My boss doesn't give me leave Mera maalik manne chhutti na deta This time I will fight for it Is baari main chhutti ki maari ladunga I will quit if he doesn't give me leave Je is baar chhutti na di toh main naukri chhodh dunga I am going to talk to him now Main ib ustey baat karne jaaun sun He has given me more work now! Ib une mere tayin aur kaam de diya.

late at night.  Burglars posing as MCG executives rob a man of cash and jewellery at his house; jewellery and cash is burgled from a house in Sushant Lok II, during the day; an ex-armyman is tied up and robbed at his home in Sector 10A.  ATM fraud of Rs 4 lakhs at Sohna Road location.  Rapid Metro service starts – 6.1km, 6 stations, 6.05 am to 12.20am daily, a Rs 1100 crores project.  Earthquake tremors felt on the Gurgaon border.  NASSCOM and Haryana Roadways are planning City Bus options for 25,000 IT company employees to, from and within the City – in place of current movement by cars/taxis. 2 new Bus routes have been agreed – Cyber City to Dwarka (Delhi), and Cyber City to Udyog Vihars.  Raahgiri Day (no motorized transport) is to be celebrated on November 17th (Sunday). A circular route from the road next to Galleria through the Sushant Lok I Vyapar Kendra road has been selected for this.  The CM sanctions a new building for courts – to be called Justice Tower - for the City.  A multi-level Parking site is proposed at Kamaan Sarai.  MCG House Meeting is held after a delay, and again nothing concrete is decided/approved.  700 artists from 18 states participate in the NSM Cultural Fest.  A record number of weddings, in the hundreds, have been planned this season, starting November 13th.

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anveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, the stars of the upcoming movie, Ram-Leela, were spotted in various parts of the City. Ranveer talked about his bearded look in the film and said he was glad it has become a style statement with the youth. Deepika seemed happy accompanying her co-star.

SGT Award


GT Institute of Engineering & Technology presented an Award of Excellence to H.P Yadav, President, NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for his contribution in the areas of economic and human resource development. President, SGT Institute, Manmohan Singh Chawla and Director, Madhupreet Chawla were also present at the occasion.

Ridge Valley School is a place where limitless opportunities flourish – where children are taught to be honest, have a caring attitude, to be environmentally conscious, show respect always and be cooperative. These principles nurture the child to do something concrete as they venture out into the world. In Ridge Valley School, children are encouraged to interact with the community through: Outreach Programmes – the students of Ridge Valley School have adopted the Nathupur Learning Centre in village Nathupur. Through periodic visits and combined activities, students of both schools are given a common platform to engage constructively. Student Exchange programme-With ‘The Vidya Comfort School’ Phase III(school for lesser privileged) Gurgaon assisting students from the school by way of visits, activities and organising events like matches between the two schools.. Regular visits to the Old Age Home and Blind School – instilling respect for our elders developing the spirit of empathy and appreciating differences. Ridge Valley School, established in the year 2010, is a school by the DLF Qutab Enclave Complex Educational Charitable Trust; Ridge Valley School is managed by Learn Today, the learning division of the India Today Group, promoters of the Vasant Valley School. Admissions are open for classes Nursery to Grade 8. Ridge Valley School offers a wide and varied experience of learning that has been tailored to the specific needs of children. Our model of teaching and learning has at its hub, the tenets of integration and differentiation. The school curriculum is affiliated to the CBSE and follows its broad direction.

United Upturn


he Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), H.E. Mohamed Sultan Abdalla Al Owais unveiled the first fictional book based on the real estate sector, titled ‘The Downturn’, penned by noted journalist and author Varun Soni. The Event was attended by several noted personalities.

Nobel Wall


he Embassy of Sweden and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd jointly unveiled The Nobel Memorial Wall at the HUDA City Centre Metro Station. The aim of exhibiting this Wall is to spread awareness about all the Nobel Laureates from India, with a special focus on Rabindranath Tagore. This year’s Wall marks the centenary of Tagore’s Nobel Prize in Literature. DMRC’s Managing Director, Mangu Singh and the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Harald Sandberg, 'unveiled' the Wall.

Banking Food


andeep Singh Surjewala, Cabinet Minister of Haryana, Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory Board IFBN and Advisor to Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, along with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India announced the launch of a Food Bank in the City. Sam Pitroda also felicitated the companies that participated in Food-A-Thon 2013.

06  Contd from p 1 local politicians support it and the officials look the other way. We have seen a number of times that cattle thieves from the area indulge in extreme violence against locals who oppose this crime”, says Mangla. He also refers to the recent incident in Jamalpur village near Pataudi. The policemen on duty had failed to stop the vehicle carrying the cattle. This incident led to a massive flare-up in which 15 vehicles carrying cattle were torched by the locals in the Pataudi area, on rumours spread that the animals were being taken for slaughter. It was later revealed that these cattle were on their way to Barsana Gaushala near Vrindavan, on the orders of the Chandigarh Municipal Council. Mangla says that such incidents happen as there is little communication between the authorities and the people. Moreover the manner in which cattle smugglers are operating with impunity, has also led the locals to believe that the officials are hand in glove with the criminals. It was the twin incidents in Pataudi that forced the authorities to take some measures, even if symbolic, to prevent the smuggling of cattle - particularly cows. Gurgaon Commissioner of Police Aloke Mittal told Friday Gurgaon that a Special Cell has been formed, to prevent cattle smuggling and trafficking. The Cell is headed by the District Inspector, Gurgaon, and checking has been increased in areas particularly affected by this problem, he said. This regular checking, particularly early morning in the rural areas of Gurgaon, has had a positive effect, with the number of complaints having come down in the last couple of months. Inspector Arvind, District Inspector, Gurgaon, who is in incharge of the Cow Cell, says that he has a staff of five people, to help him curb this menace. “We are daily conducting surprise checks in different parts of Gurgaon. We have also networked with people involved in cow protection, to give us information about this illegal activity”, says the Inspector. Crime units in Bilaspur and Sohna have also been activated. The police officials say that in case anyone comes across any such activity they should call the Police Control Room or 9416421900. The identity of the informer would be kept secret, they assure. As per the orders of Haryana DGP Shriniwas Vashisht, every district in the State will have a special team focusing on this crime. That the police action has had some positive affect is agreed even by the critics. Head of

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Not So Sacred Anymore To protect and safeguard the stray cows from falling into the hands of cow thieves and smugglers, the Vishnu Charitable Trust, in collaboration with MCG Gurgaon, is running two Gaushalas in the City, helping a number of animals that are facing hunger and disease. Dr Lokesh Abrol, who runs Kamdhenu Dham and Nandi Dham, with support from APRA group of companies, tells Friday Gurgaon that around 1500 cattle are being served at the two Gaushalas. “We are providing them food, shelter and round the clock medical services, to ensure that they remain in good health. A full time doctor is present at both these places”, says Dr Abrol. In addition, the Trust has also asked the MCG to hand over the responsibility of picking up stray cattle in the City, to them. “The relevant staff, equipment and vehicles of the MCG can be given to us, so that we can perform the task in a better way”, he says. Abrol adds that it is due to the effective work done by the two Gaushalas that a large number of cattle, particularly cows, have been removed from the roads of Gurgaon. “Both, the City residents as well as these animals, used to face problems, as the cattle roamed freely on the busy City streets”, he asserts. “We have taken good care of them”. the Gau Raksha Dal In Gurgaon, Satish Judola, says that the increased police surveillance has made some difference and the activities of the criminals, which were blatant earlier, have been curbed a little. “It remains to be seen for how long the authorities will continue to monitor this trade, as it gets patronage from political bigwigs”, he alleges. So large is the smuggling trade to Bangladesh, that it is alleged that all rules regarding the movement of animals, their transport and safety are violated with impunity. Except for West Bengal and Kerala, the slaughter of cows is banned in the entire country (barring some exceptional circumstances such as disease, or special circumstances). It is because of this reason that cattle smuggling has gone underground, and most of the abattoirs operate illegally in our cities. There is a large movement of cattle to West Bengal, from where these are smuggled into Bangladesh. Insiders say that while only 4 cattle are allowed per truck, the smugglers force even 50 inside, and the train racks, which can hold only 80 to 100 cattle, carry even 700 to 800 cattle. These animals face extreme heat, lack of food, are cramped for space and the majority of them are extremely weak when they reach the destination. Maneka Gandhi, BJP MP and animal’s rights’ crusader, has said that some of the animals even die during the transportation. All this is overlooked by the police, railway officials and also the border officials, who let a large number of animals cross the border daily.

Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) writes about the travel of cattle caravans to Kerala: "To keep them moving, drivers beat the animals across their hip bones, where there is no fat to cushion the blows. The cows are not allowed to rest or drink. Many cows sink to their knees. Drivers beat them and twist their battered tails, to force them to rise. If that doesn't work they torment the cows into moving by rubbing hot chilli peppers and tobacco into their eyes." The killing of cattle in Kerala is even more cruel, as hammer blows are allegedly used to crush the head to a pulp. Gurgaon-based businessman and social activist, Sharad Goel, says that all the travails of cattle, particularly the cows, start because of the indifference of the politicians as well as the Hindu community - which venerates the animal but does not do enough to protect and safeguard it. “People just leave their cattle on the street. The farmers sell them once their productive age is over. And the officialdom, instead of saving the cow, which is mandated by the Constitution, looks the other way”, he asserts. Goel offers to pay for the wiring around all the garbage dumps that are frequented by cows in the City, as the MCG has not been able to do this properly. It is painful to see this venerated animal suffering, as it eats garbage and plastic at these dumps. Activists across Gurgaon want to know why the state governments and the Centre have failed to stop this illegal trade

of beef and the trafficking of cows. They also demand to know why Article 48 of the Constitution, which gives protection to the cow, has not been implemented in letter and spirit. They also allege that the Indian State, in the garb of ‘secularism’, does not promote swine husbandry and pork marketing, but does not restrain itself from the promotion of the bovine meat industry – apart from turning a blind eye to cow smuggling and slaughter. They also point to the enormous economic and eco-friendly role played by cattle in the rural areas, where the dry dung provided by these animals is estimated to save almost 50 million tonnes of firewood every year. As per an estimate, if the 73 million animals in the country, which are used for agriculture work, are to be replaced, India would need to add 7.3 million tractors - an enormous cost as also a large consumption of diesel. This is how much we owe to these animals, and this is what we stand to lose by killing them, writes Maneka Gandhi. Mangla says that Haryana urgently needs to have a stron-

ger law, on the lines of that in Punjab, to protect the cow. Activists are also demanding that the Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog, a government body, should be made effective by giving it an adequate budget, staff and powers to act. Right now the Aayog is lying defunct, despite the State government talking a lot about it. Mangla says that a special task force, to protect the cattle and prevent its trafficking, should be set up. The village common land, which has been encroached by many Panchayats, should be turned back into ‘gochars’ and ‘charagahs’; every village in the State earlier had 50 to 100 acres meant for this purpose. Concessional loans should be given to farmers at to hold on to their cows and Gaushalas should be supported by the State. Indigenous breeds of cow should be made healthier and more productive, with the help of research institutions. These measures, along with effective policing, and economic support to the marginal farmers, will be needed to ensure that the cruelty against cows, and their smuggling through the illegal network, is stopped. Till that time the blood of the cows will continue to spilt on the roads from Gurgaon to Bangladesh.u



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A New Innings  Contd from p 1 prepared and tracked electronically. I have also ensured that there is zero pendency of files on every table, including mine. Once the delay in decision making and disposal of files has been tackled, more work will happen and results will come faster”, he assures. On taking over charge, the first thing Meena did was to streamline the regime of trade licences and other certifications that are issued to the citizens – including those relating to birth, marriage and death. In addition, a number of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued by the MCG, such as Fire certificates, Building Plan approvals and several others, have also been streamlined and made time-bound. This is an important part of the work, and we have managed to bring in some improvement in a short time, he asserts. Despite knowing the ins and outs of the working of the various City agencies, and the non-integrated and mis-managed scenario thereof, Meena is not very supportive of the demand for an overarching civic body like a Gurgaon Development Authority, which is being asked for by a large section of the citizenry. The Gurgaon MP, Rao Inderjit Singh, has been very vocal regarding the need for such an Agency. Meena suggests that the individual departments and civic agencies must get their house in order and strengthen their competencies, instead of coming under an umbrella agency. “Individual departments can effectively serve the City. Yes, they must co-ordinate in a better way. Sometimes the need for such an agency is felt in the case of infrastructure projects, but this is rare. I have had the opportunity to work with different departments and the outcomes have been good”, he adds. Another crucial issue that could change the fate of half of the City, and also bring more responsibility to the MCG, is the long-due transfer of HUDA sectors to the Municipal agency. “The MCG is competent and has the ability to manage HUDA areas. This proposal has been sent to the State government and we are awaiting the decision”, he says. The MCG wants that not only the responsibilities, but also all assets lying with HUDA should be transferred to them, if the transfer is to be effective and useful for the citizens. When asked about the

controversy over MCG demanding property tax from residents, and even the industry, Meena says that the State government has revised the property tax structure and made assessment simpler. “An individual can calculate the tax by just going to the MCG website. The rates have also been reduced. We will soon add payment gateways, so that residents can deposit property tax from the comfort of their homes”, says the MCG Commissioner. He further adds that the thrust of the MCG under him is to make the Municipality fully IT-enabled, so that people do not have to come to the MCG office for availing facilities and submitting fees. It is for this purpose that the Municipality has ensured that Pragati portal, which has information about all the Projects under the Municipality, is up and running. While development work is taking place in different wards of MCG, there is disaffection among the Councillors over their lack of financial and decision-making powers. On this issue Meena says that the MCG functions as per the rulebook, and development has been taking place in all the wards of the City, irrespective of Party lines. “The Councillors appreciate the work being done by the MCG, but sometimes they have to make statements as they are also political persons and need to satisfy their constituents”, he adds with a smile. Many Councillors have said that there is a need to amend the Haryana Municipal Act, as it gives the least powers to the elected representatives, and vests all the power with the Commissioner. Meena however says that the empowerment of Councillors needs to be seen in the right perspective. Regarding the 900 meters disputed area around the IAF Ammunition Depot, Meena hopes that this issue will be resolved by the courts and the State soon. However, till the time a decision comes from the judiciary, MCG Gurgaon will enforce the status quo strictly and ensure that no new constructions comes up in the disputed area. “We have instructed police officials to register an FIR immediately in case of any new construction”, he says. The MCG has also taken satellite images of the houses built in the disputed zone, and the same can be compared later to check for any new construction. On the sanitation situation in the City, which does not give much hope due to the nonfunctioning of contractors, Meena wants to introduce

more contractors in every zone. Unfortunately, outsourcing of sanitation work has proved ineffective, as most of the contractors have delivered below par services. To provide more public conveniences, which are almost nonexistent in Gurgaon, the MCG Commissioner says that they have identified spots where public toilets could be installed. As per the plan, ultra modern facilities will be made available to the citizens, and this in on the priority list of the Commissioner. To ensure that Gurgaon gets a modern abattoir, to meet the increasing demand for meat, MCG Gurgaon is planning to set up a modern slaughterhouse, for which an amount of Rs 53 crores has already been sanctioned. A proposal to set up a multi-level parking at Kamaan Sarai is also in the offing. A Veterinary Hospital is also on the cards, to provide medical facilities to the increasing population of pets in the City. Meena plans to bring Sadar Bazar under the surveillance of cameras and also ensure that it is made a ‘no vehicle zone’ during the peak hours. “The proposal for installing CCTVs has already been approved and the work is likely to start soon”, he says. In addition, solar and e-rickshaws shall be introduced in the Sadar Bazar area. Apart from this, the MCG will soon set up a construction debris recycling plant, which is likely to come up in the outskirts of the City. The MCG Commissioner, however, finds the smooth functioning of the Bandhwari Waste Treatment Plant more tricky, as the operator is finding it unviable to run the operations. As per the Agreement between the operator and the MCG, no fee is paid to the plant owner for processing the waste; he makes money by converting the waste into manure and plastic ingots. “This arrangement seems to be not working for the operator, and the plant is facing trouble”, he opines. Meena says that they still have time to sort out the issue as the waste is being dumped in a covered landfill at the site. To give a push to the road infrastructure in the MCG held areas, Meena says that 6-laning will be taken up from Mahavir Chowk towards Dundahera and towards IFFCO Chowk. In addition, the Old Delhi Road and MG Road will have dedicated cycle tracks. A slew of flyovers are also being planned, at crucial junctures that connect the ‘old’ and ‘new’ City. Gurgaon could

also see a major flyover that would connect Rajiv Chowk and Mahavir Chowk. Meena says that all these plans are in different phases. While MCG might be in overdrive in trying to develop the urban areas, it has been finding the villages as a major challenge. Despite a lot of ‘effort’, not much has happened in the urban villages of Gurgaon, which continue to wallow in dust and grime. The MCG Commissioner agrees and says that the villages in the City have their own peculiar problems. “There is no space for laying water pipes, drainage pipes, and for creating civic infrastructure. This is a major issue and it will take some time before the answers are found”, he says. As far as the ‘virgin’ villages of the new sectors, which have

still not been overtaken by ‘urbanization’, Meena says that the Corporation will try to ensure that proper and adequate infrastructure is created for them. The MCG has no plans for Group Housing under its area and prefers that new housing take place in the newer sectors of the City. It seems that even the issue of providing housing to the poor is not on the immediate agenda. For now, Meena is focused of making civic services available to the citizens in a time-bound and responsible manner. Meanwhile the ‘master planned’ construction and development continues unabated. No body, or agency, seems to believe there is much of a civic or social problem in the City. Or perhaps we have all become good ostriches.u

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ol. Devinder Sehrawat, candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from the Bijwasan constituency, was the first person to be nominated by the Party for the Delhi Elections. After serving the Armed Forces for 20 years, Col. Sehrawat decided to help the farmers' community, in their bid to get reasonable compensation for their land in Bijwasan. He wrote several articles in various publications, emphasizing farmers’ rights. He has also influenced certain amendments to the proposed Land Acquisition Bill. Today Col Sehrawat is recognized as a mentor and leader by the farmers, not only in the Bijwasan area but also across the Capital. Bijwasan constituency is part of the South Delhi Parliamentary area and has four Wards: Bijwasan, Raj Nagar, Kapashera and Mahipalpur. The mix of urban and rural areas shows up starkly in the difference between the concerns of residents of upscale colonies versus those in the resettlement areas. While residents of Dwarka and Vasant Enclave face major issues in parking, crime against women and senior citizens and lack of public medical facilities, the rural areas even today stand deprived of basic infrastructure such as proper drainage, sanitation and electricity. The poor availability of drinking water is a common problem for both the rural and urban areas, for the last 10 years! “At AAP we believe that local issues are best tackled through local solutions, by involving the local authority and residents. Our assessment, after detailed groundwork, is that our priorities should be edu-

cation, health care, women’s safety, better facilities for senior citizens and support for the physically challenged people. We will deliver equally to people from all religions, castes and creeds,” says Col. Sehrawat. There is no government hospital in Dwarka. Although land was allotted for a hospital, no construction has been started for the last six years. Kumar Shekhar, an active RWA member in the area, points out, “There are only CGHS dispensaries in Mahavir Nagar and Palam. For hospitalization, the only option is the costly medical treatment in private hospitals.” To make matters worse, no private hospital in Dwarka is empanelled with the CGHS. The Capital has 23 general-purpose hospitals, 32 specialty hospitals and 2 super specialty hospitals empanelled with the CGHS. “Patients have to travel to localities like Janakpuri and Tilak Nagar to avail medical facilities under the CGHS. This is difficult for senior citizens, as the bus service in the area is also not very good,” informs Col. Sehrawat. He assures that the setting-up a medical facility (hospital) in the area will be his priority. Some of the DDA’s premium flats in the area are considered unsafe, deprived of even basic facilities like lifts. “Even seven-storeyed flats don’t have lifts. When we filed an application with the DDA, it says that the lifts are ready but have not been installed due to some unavoidable reasons. Residents have started settling here from some four years ago, assuming that the DDA would install lifts soon. The staircases are also dangerous, with the railings missing in many places. Some of the steps are broken, and a misstep could even be fatal,” says Ananya, a resident who moved to a sixth floor apartment a year

Gurgaon Food Bank


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andeep Singh Surjewala, Cabinet Minister of Haryana, Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory Board – IFBN (India Food Banking Network) & Advisor to the PM on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, along with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India recently announced the launch of a Food Bank in Gurgaon. At the Event, Sam Pitroda also felicitated the companies that participated in Food-A-Thon 2013 - over 65 companies and 70,000 individuals participated in the initiative, to mark the United Nation’s World Food Day. The Gurgaon Food Bank launch is a part of IFBN’s ambitious plan to provide access to a food bank to every district in India. Cargill India has provided funding support of INR 54 lakhs to implement

ago. The flats were part of the 2003 Housing Scheme. The allottees were initially told that the flats would be ready by December 2003, but the deadline was extended twice. Another concern is the lack of security. “DDA is yet to construct the main gate and there is no patrolling at night in D pocket. There is no fencing too, and anyone can just walk in,” informs a resident.

Rural Development

Since there are more than six major villages in the Bijwasan area, all the parties are talking about rural development. Col. Sehrawat has been working for the villagers for over seven years. He has authored over 30 columns on rural development in various publications. As the Secretary of the Delhi Gramin Samaj – an organization working since February 1975 towards rural development and welfare - Col. Sehrawat has been an active member of 300 panchayats in the area. He has been credited with fighting for the rights of impoverished farmers, who have been victimized by ‘unfair’ land laws. “There have been innumerable cases where land has been forcibly acquired by the government, with a promise to farmers that they would be compensated adequately. In the name of development, their land was used for constructing malls and office complexes. Farmers have obviously not benefitted from this ‘development’, and their villages even today lack ba-

sic amenities. Further, matters regarding ownership of their land have not been settled. If we come to power, we will take this up with DDA immediately,” says Col. Sehrawat. He points out that the Delhi Rural Development Board was constituted to take care of these issues, but due to a high level of corruption in the system, it has been completely ineffective. The villages of the area have been facing this fate since Independence and have been victimized by unfair laws and by unscrupulous developers. Col. Sehrawat has been taking up their cause with the government authorities at the highest levels. Now, as a candidate of AAP, he is even more resolute to carry on this fight, to help restore the dignity and honour of the farmers and the rural community. For issues like water, Col. Sehrawat feels that the solution lies in rainwater harvesting. “Delhi is facing a crisis of water and its ground water is under serious threat because of illegal and irrational extraction. During the monsoon the area gets a huge amount of rainwater, which simply flows away. If stored, it can be a vital source of water. AAP has promised to provide 700 litres of drinkable water to each household on a daily basis, and rainwater harvesting is seen as an effective solution. AAP will focus on the construction and maintenance of rainwater harvesting systems in the area,” he says. AAP aims to facilitate local development works and monitor various developmental projects by ensuring the citizens’ participation from the policy formulation stage itself. “AAP  has started a Facebook page and residents can also post comments on our Website. However, I would prefer all residents, especially the members of RWAs, to personally attend the public meetings of AAP,” requests Col. Sehrawat.u

the Gurgaon Food Bank. Announcing the launch, Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “The Haryana Government has recently adopted The National Food Security Ordinance, to ensure that people have access to adequate quantity and quality of food at affordable price.” Sam Pitroda said,“A successful replication of this model at a national level will play a significant role in eliminating hunger in India, and we are hopeful that by 2020 every district of the country will have access to a Food Bank.” Siraj Chaudhry said, “Cargill is committed to helping serve the community that we operate in and to support the efforts of the Central and State governments through multiple initiatives addressing food security and safety, micronutrient deficiency and the distribution and delivery of food. The Gurgaon Food Bank targets a sustained daily feeding of around 10,000 Beneficiaries in a year’s time in the Gurgaon Region,

Rich Gurgaon? { Prof. Pratap Lahri }


and is a weapon in their hands. They whiz about in fancy cars, ignoring all rules. If a policeman stops them, they flaunt their ‘contacts’. Only the almighty can stop them. I have been staying in Gurgaon for than a decade, working for various organizations. Forget bonding, I have noticed that even the spirit of helpfulness is just not there. If you are stranded on the road after an accident, no one will come to your aid. Even in neighbouring big Delhi the people are far more co-operative. Gurgaon is heading more the way of New York. There is poor and gaudy dress sense. The women love flashing their jewellery, even though that may make them easy targets. Visit to malls are for entertainment, for which a good drama or an arty movie no longer suffice. The young men love ogling at girls. For the young rich, studying in an English medium school is only a status symbol, and probably seen as helpful for marriage. This may eventually result in unemployment and more frustration – but who cares. Boys and girls try to ape the West, forgetting that the Westerners work hard for their wealth. The popular career of the nouveau riche is the real estate business; they believe that this is the spring of wealth. The spirit of enterprise is just not there. In a recent survey it was stated that Gurgaon was the most prosperous city in India. It is sadly lacking in emotion. It is actually ‘no man’s land’. Gurgaon needs to become a truly millennium defining city, where it is not wealth that counts, but the attitude. A small example: parks remain littered, though there are garbage cans nearby. u

and will help in creating a productive and socially stable society.”

About India Food Bank Network (IFBN)

The program and vision of IFBN is to create and strengthen foodbanks in India. A Foodbank is a not-forprofit distribution mechanism that acquires donated foodgrains and other dry food products from all sectors of the economy and distributes them efficiently and transparently to a network of institutional feeding programs run by the voluntary sector - to feed the people who are hungry or lack nutritional food. IFBN is working through Food Security Foundation India, a Company initiated under the Chairmanship of Sam Pitroda; it is driven by a vision to establish Foodbanks all over the country, to support the existing feeding programs. u

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Bizzy Women { Shilpi Arora }

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hould there be something novel about businesses run by women? The City has witnessed a sudden flurry of ‘women-run start-ups’. Many a woman seems to be willing to give up her career and take on risk, to start a venture of her own. It seems that women are fast shedding their inhibitions and becoming more experimental – more entrepreneurial. And these women are carving out their own realities in spite of clear challenges. One such young woman, Kavita Narayan, is Director of My Bags, an online shopping portal for bags. "When I started my business I didn't know how to even write a business proposal. But I believe that I was born to be a businesswoman! I laid the foundation for an online portal and gradually it picked up," says Kavita. She has recently been awarded an ‘online internship’ by Google, for an advanced course in entrepreneurship. Another entrepreneur, Nidhi Wadhwa, who owns Zura Bar and Restaurant, aspires to become the first woman in the City to set-up a microbrewery. “Over the past 20 years the role of women in a family has transformed - from homemakers to home facilitators. Now she can do anything. Generally, businesses like bars and microbreweries are handled by men in our country. I wanted to set up a space for women and corporate people, where they can enjoy a light drink and have fun, after spending long hours at work. The plans are underway to launch a microbrewery,”


Nidhi Wadhwa

Priya Mali

says Nidhi. A trained Chef and a professional Baker, Nidhi believes that baking is truly a form of Art. She offers many innovative recipes, not only for deserts but for food as well, at her Bar & Restaurant. With an eye for detail and being open to change, she loves to experiment with food. After managing the family business of manufacturing and exports for some time, Nidhi decided to blend her two passions of business and cooking. “I am glad that within just two years, Zura has developed a modest clientele in the City,” says Nidhi. A young woman, while enjoying her cocktail at Zura, informs, “Be it Continental, Chinese or Indian, everything served at Zura is served fresh. A delightful combination of food, spirits and live music makes it the perfect venue to connect with colleagues, friends and family.” Does this manifest that women can perhaps observe what men do not even see? In the case of Kavita, it was

any people believe that Diabetes is an ailment that hits only adults, especially the middle aged. It can therefore be disconcerting for a parent to find out that their child is suffering from Diabetes. The fact is that about 10 lakhs children live with Type I Diabetes in India, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Type 1 Diabetes in children implies that insulin is no longer produced in their bodies and they need an external insulin supplement to manage this ailment. Also known as Juvenile Diabetes or Insulin-dependent Diabetes, it may redefine the life of your child, who will now need periodic monitoring of blood sugar levels and it’s management. Though it may need some adjustments in the lives of the affected children, Type 1 Diabetes can be managed well and prevented from

Kavita Narayan

an effort to make the lives of excepting mothers easier. “I had no plans to set up a venture, till I saw a sevenmonth pregnant woman struggling to manage her handbag and clothes at the workplace. I invented a pouch with pockets, which could be switched between bags. It is

light-weight and can also be attached to your clothes! This innovation paved the way for “My Bags”, a Company that specialises in clothing for expecting mothers,” says Kavita. Many such start-ups are conceptualised similarly, as women continue to seek something special for their children and family. Special educator Priya Mali started an ‘online children’s book club’, to ensure that her six-yearold daughter did not miss out on the joys of reading. Today, her venture “Read it online” is a famous reading and skill development platform in the City. She teaches children through special software and online classes. “My mission is to cultivate a passion for reading in children. All my products are online, but can be read like a book. They can also be heard through a headphone, which also provides an opportunity for special children to listen in to stories. One can also record and play back a story. This lets a child ‘have a conversation with a book,’” smiles Priya. Her effort to arouse children’s interest in reading is commendable. Looking back, she says, nothing was smooth. “The standards I set for myself were tough. Coming from a conservative family of ‘old’ Gurgaon’ made the task even harder. I could manage to sail through with help of a business loan.” Today Priya also writes about children for various blogs and websites.


Although the challenges for men and women are almost the same, for a woman it is more about juggling between her professional and family life. One major challenge faced by most of the women entrepreneurs, even

Juvenile Diabetes advancing to a more dangerous level through consistent care, proper blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery. Juvenile Diabetes is largely believed to be a genetic issue. However, some environmental factors could aggravate the problem. Rapidly changing lifestyles, with improper dietary habits - an excess consumption of calories, simple sugars and saturated fats alongwith less fibre and markedly reduced physical activity may be among the contributing factors. All these lifestyle issues that have put adults under a Diabetes threat may also be endangering their children, making them more vulnerable to Type 2 Diabetes too. In India many people are unaware that Diabetes can affect children, who may

often go undiagnosed till they are too ill. Even the onset of the ailment is slow and parents may often confuse the symptoms for something else, or overlook them. It is hence important to generate awareness among people about how to monitor the health of their children,” says Dr. Satish Kaul, Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon. “An increase in thirst or urination, issues with vision, a sudden weight loss or lethargy in the child are some of the symptoms that should be taken seriously. A doctor should immediately be consulted and required checks undertaken, as Diabetes might be a cause for these problems,” says the Doctor. With a rise in childhood obesity,


today, is the prejudice of society. “People still can’t imagine a woman managing a company. They are very hesitant to place a big order when they see a woman entrepreneur. They think we would not be able to handle it,” says Kavita. Some, however, feel that businesswomen have some advantages over men. When promoting their business and their products, most of the women entrepreneurs are led by their instinct. “Women have great intuition, which helps them make the right choices even in situations where experience and logic fail,” says Kavita. Women are also more likely to admit when they do not know something, and ask for help. “Women are natural networkers and relationship builders, forging powerful bonds and nurturing relationships - with clients as well as employees. They are also more inclined to seek out mentors and develop supportive teams. In business, all this translates into great customer service and care,” feels Priya. Giving out a message to budding women entrepreneurs, Priya says, “Just think of yourself as an entrepreneur, who happens to be a woman. Play to your strengths and focus on your work.” Although the number of women entrepreneurs is increasing in the City, there is still a need to offer them better financial, societal, logistics and training support, to fully leverage on their capabilities. Exclusive business networking platforms, training programmes and due recognition through media and other channels would bolster their success, they feel. There is certainly a need to build on the momentum that has been created by young women entrepreneurs. u

there also has been increase in the number of children who develop Type 2 Diabetes. “It is important that we promote a healthy diet, with regular monitoring of sugar levels, topped with compulsory & consistent physical activity. When a family becomes health conscious, the children are more likely to follow this routine, and hence we will see the change,” adds Dr. Kaul. Since most of the affected young are school children, their teachers and school nurses should be told, and they should also be able to recognize Diabetic emergencies and offer first-aid treatment whenever needed. This is very important when a diabetic child is Hypoglycemic (having low blood sugars). Two spoons of sugar, glucose or a sugary drink should be given to the child, while awaiting medical help. u


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n author’s life is not a series of long, glorious retreats to a cabin nestled in the mountains or a cottage along the oceanside, as Hollywood portrayals might have you believe. There is a lot more to being an author than just the writing of books. Meet Anurag Anand, an author with eight published titles in the contemporary fiction, historical fiction and self-help genres. In his words: “There are many responsibilities that take your time. I’m my own secretary, administrative assistant, travel agent, researcher, publicist, marketer as well as writer. If I want something done to my liking, I have to do it myself. I’ll only get as much out of it as I put in”. He adds, “The pay-off I look for from my writing isn’t fame and fortune; rather, it is the satisfaction of hearing from readers and knowing that they’re enjoying my stories. Each email, social

media comment or tweet warms my heart. The other payoff is in the incredible satisfaction I have discovered in the process of writing. I truly love spinning stories. I can go places, do things and be a part of adventures and lives in ways that just aren’t possible in my real life.” Anurag was born in Patna. His love for the written word started with his near addiction to comic books during his initial

The Law & Beyond FIR { Vidya Raja }


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crowded train station is a pickpocket’s paradise. For Aparna, a visit to the station turned out to be a horrible experience. Within a span of half an hour, between dropping off her parents and returning to the car park, she had been robbed of her car and her brand new cell phone, which was in the car’s glove compartment. The crowd that gathered around her advised her to rush to the nearest police station and file a First Information Report (F.I.R.). Aparna, like many others, had only heard of an F.I.R. and wasn’t certain of how to proceed. This article attempts to demystify the F.I.R. and empower you with the basic knowledge. What is an F.I.R and who can file it? An F.I.R., as the name suggests, is a firsthand account of a crime that has been committed. It can be filed by the victim, a witness to a crime or anyone who has knowledge of a crime that has been committed. An F.I.R. is the first building block, on the basis of which the police conducts its investigation. An F.I.R. can be a verbal or a written account made to a police officer – in a police station. If it is a verbal account, then the police officer must make note of the same and get it signed by

years – a habit that did not always go down well with his academically inclined parents. He was admitted to the Delhi Public School, Mathura Road hostel at the age of 8. Anurag credits this phase of his life for some of his most bizarre, memorable and treasured moments. He moved to Gurgaon some months ago, and is employed with a soft-drink major. ‘As of now I don’t have much of a social circle, but I am quite in awe of the vibrancy and liveliness that the City offers. I am certainly looking forward to staying here and making some interesting friends. Please do connect with me on Facebook - and the coffee tab shall be on me,’ the author adds in good humour. Anurag is an avid reader. He also loves to meet new people and explore new places. “A lifetime might not be enough to soak in the beauty of the entire world, but one needs to make an attempt; my travels have helped me gain an insight into people and cultures, which I heavily rely upon in forming my stories,” says Anurag. He

the person making the complaint. Then the police officer must read it out to the complainant, to ensure that no point has been missed. It is the right of the complainant to ask the police officer to read out the complaint. After the F.I.R. has been recorded, signed and registered, the complainant must be given a copy of the same. The F.I.R. is always filled in triplicate. While one copy is handed over to the complainant, one stays with the police officer/police station, and the third is sent to the Magistrate. The crime number in the F.I.R. must be used for all future follow-ups. F.I.R.s can be lodged only for offences that are cognizable. What are cognizable offences? A cognizable offence is one in which the police has the authority to make an arrest without a warrant. Examples of cognizable offences include murder, rape, theft and attack, among other crimes. For non-cognizable offences, such as bigamy or defamation, the police cannot arrest without a warrant and therefore cannot register an F.I.R. The complaint is sent to the Judicial Magistrate for action. What is the difference between an F.I.R. and a complaint? An F.I.R. can be registered by anyone who has knowledge of a crime that has been committed, whereas only an aggrieved person can file a complaint. An F.I.R. is registered in the police station with a police officer, whereas a complaint must be made before the Metropolitan Magistrate. An F.I.R. can be registered only for cognizable offences, whereas a complaint can be for both cognizable and non-cognizable offences. Where must an F.I.R. be filed?

believes that having a job allows him to focus on stories he wants to passionately tell, rather than worry about considerations of commerce and marketability. “I started writing when I was about 25 years of age. The intent was not to write a book. When I had started working, I was posted to a place where I didn’t have family and friends. I had sufficient time on hand and started putting some thoughts on paper. By the time I was done with some bit of writing, I realized that I was possibly holding the manuscript of a book. I approached a publisher, and that’s how my first book, “Pillars of Success”, came out.”

His Writings   Where The Rainbow Ends n  Of Tattoos and Taboos! n  The Legend of Amrapali n  Reality Bites n  The Quest for Nothing n  Tic Toc: A tale of love, hate & terror n  Corporate Mantra n  Pillars of Success n

Anurag’s eighth book, ‘Where the Rainbow Ends’, has recently been released at star-studded launch events in Mumbai and Delhi. The Book is a racy slice-of-life story with a focus on human relationships,

An F.I.R. must be filed at the nearest police station (to where the crime has been committed). No police station can refuse to register an F.I.R. However, for the sake of convenience and actionability, it is advisable to file the F.I.R. at a station that has jurisdiction on the area where the crime was committed. In emergencies, the police may also entertain F.I.R.s filed by way of a phone call or an e-mail. This was established in the case of Sukharam vs. State of Maharashtra What to remember while filing an F.I.R.? It is essential that you remember to mention the date, time and location of the crime, and the description of the culprits involved. While there is no time bar on when the F.I.R. is to be filed, it is better that you file one at the earliest. Not only does this ensure that the police can take swift action but it also strengthens your case as the complainant – you would be seen better as a bonafide complainant. All information that you remember of the crime must be recorded, however insignificant you may think the information to be. What if the police officer refuses to file the F.I.R.? No police officer/police station can refuse to file your F.I.R. However, in the event that this does happen, you can lodge a complaint with a higher ranking police officer - like the Superintendent of Police (SP), Deputy Inspector General (DIG) or even the Inspector General of Police (IGP). A complaint can also be made to the Judicial Magistrate, who has the authority to direct the police officer to register the F.I.R. and hand over a copy of the F.I.R. to you. The State Human Rights

woven together with elements of drama, suspense and humour. Also entwined in the story is a social message, aiming to spread awareness about cervical cancer - a lethal ailment responsible for claiming thousands of lives across the globe every year. ‘I am humbled by the initial response. Readers from all segments are appreciating the story and are being able to relate to the characters and the plot,’ adds Anurag. The Book is economically priced and is available across all major bookstores and online retailers. Anurag confesses that, despite his having experienced many book releases, he still remains nervous and jittery each time. Terming the need for authors to speak about their own work as an embarrassing compulsion, the author equates it to asking a chef how good his preparations are. “I haven’t come across a single author who is not in love with each and every word within the covers of his/her book. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but I have been writing on subjects that I feel for, and thankfully many readers have been accepting my work. That is all that really matters.” u

Commission, as well as the National Human Rights Commission, also entertains complaints regarding police officers not filing F.I.R.s. What happens once the F.I.R. is registered? Ideally, once the F.I.R. is registered, the police are legally bound to start their investigation. The duty of the police, among other things, includes collecting evidence, inspecting the crime scene, recording testimonies of witnesses, forensic testing and recording of statements. If, after the investigation, the police find enough evidence to make out a case, then a chargesheet is filed and the case goes to trial. If, however, the police find no evidence, then the same must be communicated to the complainant. What if you furnish false information? Anyone who furnishes false information in the F.I.R. shall be punished with simple imprisonment, which may extend upto 6 months, or fine, which may extend upto Rs. 1000/, or with both. Anyone who furnishes false information with the intent to cause injury to another person, shall be punished with imprisonment, which may extend upto 2 years, or with fine, or both. An F.I.R. is of utmost importance in criminal proceedings. It must therefore be duly recorded and registered, to ensure that the police conduct their investigation in the best possible manner. Timely filing of an F.I.R. can change the outcome of a case drastically. u

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Artistic Strokes

Kids Brainticklers

Laxmi Dubey

Rajdeep Mukherjee, MRIS

The Holidays are over... but your creativity isn’t. For children – write a poem, an article, a fictional story or even a real life experience. See it published in Friday Gurgaon – make your teachers and parents proud! For teachers/administrators/coordinators – here’s a chance to pen down your experiences, teachings and learnings. Send us your contributions (300-350 words).

Paintings stories poems

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Saloni Khurana, MRIS

Harshika Arora, Swiss Cottage School



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Mixing Magic


he students of Pre Nursery C of Kunskapsskolan participated in the “Paint with Poonam” activity. They had a great time with Poonam Augustine, who shared her ‘Magic Colour Mix’ with them- complete with incantations and gestures. 
 The little ones were awed with the mixing activity and asked Poonam, “But how did you get green?” Poonam said, “I never gave you green. I only gave you yellow and blue”.

Faster, Smarter, Better


he students of the School participated in a mind-boggling ‘Derek’s Faster Smarter Better Challenge’. The Challenge included logical aptitude, analytical thinking and General Knowledge rounds. Quiz Master Dennis Rozario was amazed at the comprehensive skills of the students. The members of the winning team—Yuvraj Singh, Ansh Srivastava, Yashassvi Vats and Armaanjeet of Class VI— were selected for the 2nd round, to be held later in November, of the Inter-school Challenge.

Happy Birthday Dolls!


he Montessori Wing of the School celebrated their Dolls’ Birthday Party in their Classroom. The students brought their favourite dolls along and were asked to narrate how they celebrated their Birthday and talk about their favourite Birthday cakes and gifts. They decorated their class with balloons and buntings and enjoyed the Party with cake, chips, smileys and biscuits.

Blue...n More Colours The students of Blue Bells Preparatory School participated in a Cultural Programme and an InterHouse Rangoli Competition. The tiny tots of Nursery and LKG presented a colourful spectacle as they danced to rhythmic beats. Students of Class II presented a skit, followed by an exuberant dance. Students of different Houses exhibited their creativity and art skills through colourful Rangoli designs.

Birds of a Feather...


Show and Tell activity was held for the students of Modern Montessori International. The theme was ‘All about the Bird Kingdom’. The children had to pick their favourite bird and talk about it. From peacocks to ducks and vultures to owls, each child presented a colourful and creative act.

Sporty Chiranjiv


hiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar hosted an Inter-school Sports Meet, the Ansal’s Cup Sports Tournament. 15 schools participated in the Event. The Chief Guest, Sukhbir Kataria, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare, lit the inaugural lamp and declared the Meet open. A March Past by all the participants kick-started the Event. The torch bearer, Nikhil Rana, a National Level swimmer, ignited the torch. This was followed by a Yoga and Drill presentation. The track events comprised Relay races, Gypsy Races and a Parents’ Race made. The occasion was graced by the Trustee, Archana Luthra, the Executive Director, Goldie Malhotra and the School Principal, Sangeeta Saxena.

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Antariksh Darshan


hildren’s Day was celebrated in a novel manner at Chiranjiv Bharati School, Palam Vihar with the inauguration of the ‘Gemini Planetarium’. This step makes the School the first to take up this pathbreaking venture in India. Sushil Ansal, Chairman of the School, inaugurated the Planetarium and lit the ceremonial lamp. The Guest of Honour was Manoj Kaushik, District Education Officer. Also present on the occasion were the Trustee, Archana Luthra, the Executive Director, Goldie Malhotra and the Principal Sangeeta Saxena.

Trees R Us


he tiny tots at Indus World School had a wonderful experience when their teachers presented a skit highlighting the importance of trees. The kids joined their teachers at Rhyme Time and enjoyed performing ryhmes with actions.


Painting Safety


Painting Competition was held at Ryan Global School, as a part of the Road Safety Week conducted by the Gurgaon Traffic Police. The aim of this activity was to make the children aware of the road safety rules, which need to be followed. The children made beautiful paintings depicting road safety.

Chess Masters


aibhav Aggarwal, the upcoming Grandmaster from Ryan International School, Sohna Road bagged the 2nd position in the First CSCA FIDE Rating Chess Tournament. Vaibhav participated in the U-17 Category and gave an excellent performance. Ryanites from Sohna Road also bagged 3rd position in the prestigious CBSE North Zone Chess Championship in the U-19 Category, organised by National Public School, Yumana Nagar. The winning team consisted of Vaibhav Aggarwal, Avranil Mukherji, Kumar Aniket and Karan Singh.

Junk This Food

Puppet Land


he School held a Puppet Show, organised by Sumit Kharbanda and his team. The children enjoyed the Show as they were led to a fantasy land of animals and cartoons.

Soft drinks, chips, wafers, noodles, pizzas, burgers!!! Yes, these sound very tasty but all these are junk food. Junk food is not good for your body. Junk food has no nutritional value and is not healthy to consume. There are lots of ill effects from eating junk food; eg., it cause diabetes, blood pressure and is a risk to the heart. There are other non-visible effects on children, such as moodiness, reduced level of concentration, obesity and stomach ailments – due to less fibre in junk food. In order to enjoy good health and a whappy life, we should cut down on junk food and look for some healthier food options instead... Thank You!! Aishaani Bajaj Class – II A, Ryan Global School, Sector-40, Gurgaon


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Googlegate Search Me ! says Google, billions of times a day. And NSA did just that. In fact the National Security Agency of the US went one step further – it broke in. While Google tediously copies the Internet, time and again, the NSA folks just took what information suited them. The Googler has been Googled by a Googly that went right through; Google has perhaps been hoist on its own petard. And Google is outraged! How’s that for a change of scenery? The tormentor of ‘standard’ businesses is feeling tormented. Outrageous! Googlers might well be asking…is this how it feels to be Googled?


Google does not seem to believe in copyright; NSA surely does not, especially when virtually anything can be termed ‘national interest’. Google made a business out of copying the Internet. Google googled the content creators and producers by copying their business – without so much as a ‘by your leave’, leave alone payment; and now its copying is being ‘copied. That is how NSA may justify its breakin. Google ‘broke into’ zillions of data bastions and bases and centres – and the accompanying businesses - in the name of the holy grails of openness and sharing. Why now does it want to close the door on others – that too noncompetitors - who want a share of their copy? Are Googlers ‘whiter’ than the rest? Microsoft took money for an operating system, but had no control or influence on the customer’s business. Google takes no money, but can control and impact your business. And Google has ambitions of becoming a commercial and payment gateway. That’s when there could be serious financial scams, perpetrated by real fraudsters – on a bigger scale than the

Stop Watching Us, some of the world is saying, to Google and NSA. Do we, as people and countries, really expect not to be watched by Intelligence Agencies? Serious, is anything too private today? Is there a clear Privacy versus Security mandate out there? And who would guarantee what? Who should be trusted with what? Someone has to stop the rots. The world cannot just self-protect.

intelligence agencies’ privacy scams of today. Google is today in your face – just check out Google Street View. With its technology, Google probably knows well who is where, and when – and is constantly trying to pinpoint what he/ she wants, how it is wanted and how much. Google probably even knows who is saying what to whom on its legal matters, or its proposals to governments. Google’s glory days of being a virtual monopoly and the new business intermediary may have just been shortened. This may sink in slowly, but Google could have been hit by the biggest whammy – lack of trust, especially with confidential data. With the NSA break-in, could Cloud Computing (the Google Cloud) be up in smoke? How would you trust that your data

Google, the Aggregator, now surely needs to be the most secure and smart, and the most honest. The more Google copies, the more the chances that someone, somewhere always wants some of that information. It can, and will, fall into all kinds of hands. and information would remain confidential up there? How were Google encryptions bypassed? How was the algorithm king algorithmed? Who will tell us how much Google may have itself shared, and with whom? The issue is that customers may now be sceptical of Google security. Further, if, because of this NSA breakin, more data stays away from the Net, Google would have less to copy and less to offer, for Search. Rivals could start moving customers away from the Net, the domain Google knows best. Criminals will surely move away - and that could be quite a volume! The ubiquitous, know-all (Google) Search could become a weak Wiki. Till now Google was a darling. We love anything free. But we also are very particular about our freedom and privacy. By being broken-in, and ostensibly caught flat-footed and out-encrypted, has Google just altered our perception of it being the Gold Standard of and on the Internet? Google needs to do more than search for the right words; it needs to build Fort Knox-Google on the Net. Are we expecting too much from, and have too much riding on, one private company – Google - and its folks? u

S piritual

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Ideal Chatter { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


f we cannot control our mouth, we can hardly control our mind. This is why the right communication is so important in our day-today life. Before we speak, we must focus on why we would want to; and when we speak, we must do so in a way that is trustworthy, harmonious and comforting. When we make a practice of such right speech, our words become a gift to others. Words have the power to uplift us or to cast us downwards - to liberate us or to entrap us. They can help create friendships or make enemies. When young, we constantly feel challenged on whether we should speak loudly or quietly, fast or slow; when should we speak and when should we be silent. We learn how to communicate through hits and misses, but in the process we start creating a style that will define our personality and shape our life. A few days ago I met an old classmate, who had shared a dormitory with me in the hostel. He was surprised to see me talking to children and their parents the whole day. At college I would speak so little. I preferred silence. Most of the fights amongst people start with a few ugly words; and this is true at the large international level as well. If humanity learns the art of right speech, paradise may yet descend on earth. We should never underestimate the power of words. A few properly chosen words, spoken or sung, can even change history. ‘The Horst’ song fuelled the dictatorship of Nazi Germany; ‘We Shall Overcome’ unified the Civil Rights movement; the songs of the Beatles helped create an entire counterculture; ‘La Marseillaise’ inflamed mobs during the French Revolution; Lincoln, through his Gettysburg Address, inspired the citizens to continue giving their last full measure of devotion. But all these words, powerful as they were, could not solve the real problems of our existence. And with time, the impact of these songs and pronouncements faded - people forgot. The inexorable problems of life in the material world continued unabated. To solve these problems we need to hear and vibrate the words that are

supra-mundane, words that can inspire us at the deepest spiritual level. Such words do exist, and they are described in Indian scriptures as the absolute truth - in the form of words or sound. For thousands of years the sacred texts of all the religions have taught that we can extricate ourselves from the bonds of material life by hearing and chanting various transcendental sounds. The common, unenlightened person is in a sleeplike state, oblivious of his real nature as a spiritual being and of his relationship to the Supreme Being. According to the Indian scriptures, such words can awaken us from our materialistic slumber. Many such mantras are prescribed

by various religions across the world. The effects of speech are not as immediately evident as those of bodily action, and so its importance and potential is easily overlooked. But a little reflection will show that speech, and its offshoot, the written word, can have enormous consequences for good or harm. The ill effects are more known; however, the right speech can provide wisdom, heal divisions and create peace. In the modern age, the positive and negative potentials of speech have been vastly multiplied by the tremendous increase in the means, speed and range of communications. The capacity for expression, oral and written, has been regarded as the distinguishing characteristic of the human species. We therefore need to use this capacity as the means to human excellence, rather than let it be seen, as if often the case, as the sign of human degradation. In speech we often use slanderous language; it is intended to create enmity and division and to alienate one person or group from another. The motive behind such speech is generally aversion, or maybe the resentment of a rival’s success or virtues, with the

intention to tear down the other person(s) through verbal denigration. Other motives may enter the picture as well: the cruel intention of causing hurt to others, the evil desire to win affection for oneself, the perverse delight in seeing friends divided. Slanderous speech is one of the most serious moral transgressions. Harsh speech is speech uttered in anger, intended to cause the hearer pain. Such speech can assume different forms. One is abusive speech: scolding, reviling or reproving another person angrily, with bitter words; the second is insult: hurting another by ascribing to him some offensive quality, which detracts from his dignity; a third is sarcasm: speaking to someone in a way that ostensibly lauds him, but with such a tone or twist of phrasing that the ironic intent becomes clear and causes pain. Harsh speech is an unwholesome action, with disagreeable results for oneself and other - so it has to be restrained. The opposite of slander is speech that promotes friendship and harmony. Such speech originates from a mind of lovingkindness and sympathy. It wins the trust and affection of others, who feel they can confide in that person, without fear that their disclosures will be used against them. The ideal antidote is patience, and learning to tolerate blame and criticism from others; learning to sympathize with their shortcomings, to respect differences in viewpoint and to endure abuse without feeling compelled to retaliate. An enlightened being abstains from harsh language. He/ she speaks such words as are gentle, soothing to the ear and loving. The enlightened call for patience even under the most trying conditions; undisturbed shall our mind remain, with heart full of love and free from any hidden malice. An enlightened person avoids idle chatter and abstains from it. He speaks at the right time, in accordance with facts, speaks what is useful, speaks true and with discipline; his/ her speech is like a treasure, uttered at the right moment, moderate and sensible. Idle chatter, on the other hand, only stirs up the defilements in one’s own mind and in others. And today idle chatter is constantly bombarding us through a

Be the Change Time has come to take the plunge To change the old order for the new Sat Yug, Paradise on Earth, is on the threshold To usher in a world where everyone is safe And hope shines on every Face No one is in dearth, or envies another Or looks with greed at his brother All hearts are content, all minds are at peace No doors need locks or keys What the tribe earns, less or more Is all hoard in the community granary Anyone may take what he needs for free Like flocks of birds that pick to their hearts’ fill And leave the rest for whosoever likes it best There is enough in the Universe for everybody’s need But not for their greed. There will always be more Be the change, be the glow-worms, Be the starry constellations Be a Candle to someone’s destination Lift a heart, light a smile Each One Reach One Be the lone drummer to the rising sun And life will be delightful despite its toll For each one plays a noble role. Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Teacher Trainer, Social Activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer

wide range of media, accessed through an incredible array of devices. This media churns out a stream of needless information and distracting entertainment, the net effect of which is to leave the mind passive, vacant and sterile. All these developments, naively accepted as progress, threaten to blunt our aesthetic and spiritual sensitivities and deafen us to the higher call of the contemplative life. Serious aspirants on the path to liberation have to be extremely discerning in what they allow themselves to be exposed to. Many of the problems that we are suffering today, have originated from our wrong speech. We rarely have to

repent for what we did not say. If we really want that our words should have value, we must learn to be silent inside; that is what meditation is all about. Right speech comes out of this silence. Most original ideas are born out of silent moments. Zen masters call this a state of ‘thoughtless awareness’. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 25 years. He can be contacted at


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W ellness

{ Jaspal Bajwa }


ne of the oldest vegetables known to man is also one of the most nutritious foods. This humble and under-appreciated root vegetable can serve up a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. This versatile food, the Sweet Potato, is called by various names like shakarkandi, kumara, batata, boniato and chinese or japanese potato. In East Africa its name translates as "protector of the children’’. The earliest evidence of Sweet Potatoes has been found in Peruvian caves and dates back 10,000 years. In many cultures fasting is observed for religious reasons as well as a seasonal natural detox. At such times, easy-to-digest and nutritious foods are an important source of sustenance. Although relished through the year, Sweet Potato often finds pride of place during the autumnal festivals like Thanksgiving and Navratri. Sweet Potatoes are a culinary delight in terms of the sheer versatility of their use. There are about 400 varieties - varying in colour from off-white, cream and yellow at one end to deep orange, pink or purple at the other. This nutritious food has found a

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Sweet Spud place in the kitchen as a staple food as well as a tasty snack, a side dish and a dessert. It is sold as a hot snack, especially on cold wintry days, by street vendors in many parts of the world. In many developing countries, the round-the-year availability of Sweet Potatoes helps provide school-age children a standout antioxidant food loaded with a sizable amount of Vitamin A in a highly bioavailable form.

Tip of the Week

It is important to choose Sweet Potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots. In the kitchen it is best stored in brown paper bags punctured with holes, in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated cupboard (not the fridge). Preparing Sweet Potatoes is easy. Simple steam, boil, bake or roast them, then peel and cube them and top off with a dash of seasoning. In

some parts of the world a popular recipe is to slow-roast Sweet Potatoes over kitchen coals at night, and then eat them with a light dressing. Sweet Potato mash forms an interesting side dish at a barbecue dinner. Other recipes involve making of Sweet Potatoes as chips, or pickling and adding them as an ingredient to flour, for baking chapatis or flatbreads. Even the leaves of the Sweet Potato can be consumed as a healthy soup – it would be full of antioxidants. The healthiest recipe by far is to simply steam halfinch slices of Sweet Potatoes for 7-8 minutes and then add a dash of virgin olive oil and light seasoning. A far less healthy recipe involves making French Fries of them or deepfrying them in batter, as a snack.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the Week: Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes offer multiple nutritional benefits, such as pro-

The Famous Five Are you winter ready? Now, as the weather is changing, is a good time to boost your immunity levels. Immunity is all about your resistance to fight infections. If your immunity level is low, it means that your ability to fight them is weak; and so you have a greater chance of falling sick. The following five gifts of nature can help you in fighting seasonal infections:

{ Alka Gurha } Tulsi – Holy Basil - Ocimum sanctum

Tulsi belongs to the Lamiaceae family, a native of the East. Tulsi is different from Thai Basil (scientifically known as Ocimum basilicum); the latter is used as a flavouring ingredient in Italian and Thai recipes. The two main types of Basil cultivated in India and Nepal are green-leaved (Sri or Lakshmi Tulsi) and purpleleaved (Krishna Tulsi). Tulsi contains beneficial compounds

called phyto-chemicals (naturally occurring compounds that plants produce to protect themselves against bacteria, viruses and fungi), which protect your cells against free radical damage. These phyto-chemicals maintain your body’s natural defence against germs, stress and disease. The leaves of the Holy Basil plant are beneficial for coughs, sore throats, mouth infections, skin problems and headaches…and help in boosting overall immunity.

viding robust anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. In addition to offering a quality dietary fibre, the passage of Sweet Potatoes through the gut can also help people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Ulcerative Colitis; their consumption is also useful to those who wish to reduce their risk of heavy metal (mercury, cadmium or arsenic) toxicity. Sweet Potatoes produce fibrinogen, a key glycoprotein in the body, which is required for successful blood clotting, to help hasten the healing of wounds. Most starchy or sweet foods are suspect in their impact on our blood sugar levels. Sweet Potatoes are refreshingly different. A fascinating aspect of this wonder vegetable is that, when steamed or boiled, it actually improves blood sugar regulation. In addition to the tion of interferon, increasing the ability of macrophages to engulf foreign bodies and improving the ability of lymphocytes to respond to immune challenges - such as a tetanus toxin. Neem has also been used traditionally, in India, to treat several viral diseases.

activity, particularly against Candida albicans. Garlic has also helps protect against heart disease and high levels of blood cholesterol. To strengthen your immune system, include some crushed garlic in your cooking.


Also known as the Indian Gooseberry, Amla is scientifically known as Emblica officinalis. Rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols, Amla is a great source of antioxidants. It has a unique freeradical  scavenging property,


Neem (Azadirachta indica) is native to South East Asia. It grows in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Neem leaves help in regulating an overactive immune system, and minimizing allergic response and inflammation. Neem enhances the immune function, boosting the produc-

Lehsun - Garlic

Garlic is well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Allicin, one of the active compounds of freshly crushed garlic, has a variety of antimicrobial activities. In its pure form, it exhibits antibacterial activity against a wide range of bacteria, and also antifungal

which helps in reducing the damage caused by them. Amla is a good source of Vitamin C, which helps protect your body against seasonal cold and flu. Amla also helps lower cholesterol, improve blood circulation and digestion, and alleviate constipation.

Sweet Potato offering the benefits of dietary fibre and a reasonable glycemic index, it also carries an important insulin metabolism regulator, Adiponectin - a protein hormone produced by our fat cells. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamins B6, B5 & B3, as well as minerals such as manganese, copper and potassium. The darker fleshed Sweet Potatoes are exceedingly rich in beta-carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A) and antioxidants like anthocyanins. In fact the antioxidant activity in the purple Sweet Potatoes can be upto 3 times that of blueberries. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical

Haldi - Turmeric

Scientifically known as Circuma longa, this herbaceous plant belongs to the Ginger family. Turmeric plants are gathered for their rhizomes, which are dried and powdered before cooking. One of the main ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow colour. Curcumin helps strengthen your immune system against stress. Haldi doodh (turmeric milk) is warm milk mixed with some turmeric powder. It is commonly used in India as a home remedy, when someone is suffering from fever or body aches. Turmeric is also believed to help reduce arthritis, asthma, cold and inflammation which are common during any seasonal change. Finally – or first, actually - it is important to laugh! Laughter has long been held as the ‘Best Medicine’. All the cells in our body are influenced by how we feel. So even before you try the above home remedies, just try to be Happy. It’s as easy as pie! u

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Tailor-made Human Bone { Ofira Koopmans/ Haifa, Israel DPA }

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nspired by the dolphins’ echolocation of prey, researchers in Britain have developed a new radar technique that can better distinguish targets from the undesired signals known as “clutter.” They say the technique could help to locate hidden espionage devices and bombs, as well as people buried under rubble or snow. The researchers, led by Timothy Leighton of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, proceeded from recent advances in active sonar that rely on “linear/nonlinear scattering” – which refers to the way beamed sound waves bounce off objects and are

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magine if it were possible to grow a piece of bone in a laboratory, exactly in the shape and size you needed for a transplant. Your surgeon could just call the lab and order some tailormade bone. Along with the order, he would send a CT scan and a tube of your extracted fat. That would be all the lab would need to grow bone for you. An Israeli start-up, Bonus Biogroup, in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, says it will do just that. It has already tested its method on rats and wants to start clinical trials on about 20 people by the end of the year. Fat tissue contains not only fat cells, but also a type of stem cell. These mesenchymal cells can differentiate into bone cells. The start-up’s CEO, Shai Meretzki, says he needs only a small cup of fat - about 200 millilitres - to grow the various bone cells. “Getting fat is not an issue. That’s very easy. Most of us have enough,” he laughs, sitting in his office in the Matam, Israel’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, on the seaside in Haifa in Israel’s north. The CT is used to make a mineral frame, or scaffold, of exactly the right size and shape for the living bone cells to grow onto. It ought to take the lab about one month on average to grow the piece of bone, he predicts. And it would take another six weeks or so for the lab-grown piece of bone to grow seemlessly onto the healthy bone inside the body. Within about two years after

Shai Meretzki, Chief Executive of Bonus Bio Group, at his lab in Haifa, Israel. He aims to soon grow human bone to order.

surgery, the mineral scaffold would be absorbed by the rest of the healthy bone, with no trace left. The chance of rejection is minimal, because the cells are taken from your own fat tissue, explains Meretzki, who has a doctorate in biotechnology from Israel’s Technion and Weizmann Institute of Science, and at 43 has already founded four start-ups. Today, surgeons usually saw off a piece from a patient’s rib or hip and reshape it as much as possible before transplanting it. Or they use a synthetic transplant or a bone from a donor, which can be rejected by the recipient’s immune system. Or they insert a mineral scaffold and hope healthy bone will grow onto it inside the body. But all this takes much longer and does not always work. The start-up says that it grows

Shai Meretzki, outside a clean room at his lab in Haifa, Israel.

the bone faster in an optimal environment - in a “bioreactor” – made up of tubes with a pink fluid that mimics plasma and contains everything cells need to grow, including sugar, amino acids and vitamins. It used human fat to grow a 1-centimetre piece of human shinbone and

transplanted it into the leg of a bald lab rat with no immune system, which had had a piece of its own shin removed. X-rays showed that six weeks after the transplantation, the leg had healed nicely. Meretzki says his Company is the first to have done that. Imagine growing a piece of bone for children having a hole in the skull, a birth defect more common than most people would think, says Meretzki. When the hole is filled with metal or a synthetic material, while the child grows, the metal does not. The lab-grown implant would become part of the skull and grow with the child. He hopes that one day it will be possible to replace a whole hip. That would mean a huge breakthrough, because artificial hips are kept in place by pieces of metal, which do not always attach well to the brittle bones of elderly people. But that idea would still take years to realize, he acknowledges. The need for bones is “huge,” he says – from patients who need reconstructive surgery after an accident to those who have suffered a bone tumour or infection. Some 3 million bone transplants are carried out around the world each year, he says. Lab-grown bone would even be useful for dentists with patients whose jawbones are too thin to hold a metal pin on which a crown should rest. Bone could be implanted, to hold the pin much better. Growing cells on a twodimensional dish has been done for decades. But to grow a multicell, three-dimensional structure outside the body - that was a lot more complicated, he says. His method is patented. “On a flat surface cells don’t behave the same way as in 3D, in a volume,”

Dolphins Inspire New Radar Technique reflected back to form an acoustic picture. A technique called Twin Inverted Pulse Sonar (TWIPS), using a signal consisting of two identical but phase-inverted pulses in quick succession, distinguishes linear scatterers— which natural objects tend to be—from nonlinear ones such as many electronic components. Linear scatterers give two echoes, which are inverted copies of each other and therefore cancel each other out. In contrast, the two echoes of nonlinear scatterers do not cancel out, but instead create a strong signal. The technique has been shown to be effective in distinguishing targets at sea from bubbles produced in

the wakes of ships. Dolphins, whose echolocation comes from a sequence of rapid clicks they emit, are similarly able to “see” through the bubble “nets” they blow, to herd schools of fish into mealsized groups. In the new British study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal

Society A , the researchers applied the TWIPS method to electromagnetic waves, calling the new form of radar TWIPR (Twin Inverted Pulse Radar). It was able to distinguish a dipole antenna with a diode typical of covert circuitry - from other metal represented by an aluminium plate and a rusty bench clamp, the researchers said. This, they pointed out, is an advantage over traditional radar and metal detectors, which are often triggered by “false targets.” TWIPR could detect electronic circuits used in bombs and bugging devices, even if buried alongside metallic clutter or hidden in the walls of buildings or within natural objects such as

G lobal he explains. “The cell interaction and behaviour is completely different.” How far are we from growing other organs outside the body? “A heart will be very difficult and will take a very long time. Heart cells yes, but a whole heart ...,” he tapers off. “An ear would be do-able,” he adds cautiously, because it is mostly made of cartilage. Skin taken from elsewhere in the body could be placed over it. Asked to explain the relatively large number of patents from tiny Israel, he points out that the method he developed, for one, “needs a lot of integration: biologists, chemists, engineers, medical doctors - a group of people who don’t usually work together.” “Here everything is smaller and everyone knows each other,” he says, but adds: “Where else would people be willing to work without getting paid for a few years?” “It’s a huge risk,” he acknowledges, adding that many of his 25 employees received shares in the Company before he raised the money to pay them salaries. Cleaners meticulously scrub a clean room, necessary for the approval to start clinical trials, as Meretzki shows reporters around the office he moved into just six months ago. Does he sometimes worry the clinical trials may not yield the hoped for results? “All the time,” he confesses, but calls the successful trial on rats “very encouraging.” “I think it has a lot of potential,” agrees Professor Moshe Salai, an independent expert and the Director of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, who says he has heard of the research.“But the road is still long, with many problems that could arise.”u

stones or trees. Since the target device in the study is easy to detect, simple to manufacture, small, lightweight, costs less than 1 euro and requires no batteries, the researchers said it could readily be used to tag animals or people entering hazardous areas. If they were to be buried alive, as happens to rescue workers, miners and skiers or climbers in avalanche areas, the tag would help locate them. For people who are not tagged, the researchers said TWIPR offered the possibility of locating buried disaster victims by the scattering from their mobile phones – even when the phones are switched off or the batteries dead. u

15-21 November 2013

BMW’s 7-Series Limo { Munich/ DPA }


MW has come up with the ultimate 7-Series limousine the one-off 760Li Sterling, with a wealth of solid-silver trim fittings, right down to the trademark kidney-shaped grille. The model was built in cooperation with German silversmiths Robbe & Berking and costs 330,000 euros (455,000 dollars) - more than twice the price of the regular range-topping 760Li saloon with a V12 engine. The luxury car is also the most expensive BMW 7 saloon to have ever left the factory. Along with the grille, the BMW has side-trim elements, a rear strip and tailpipe embellishers in solid 925-grade silver. Some exclusive features only reveal themselves on close inspection – such as the hand-processed enamel that craftsmen have worked into the BMW blue and white propeller badges, front and rear. Explaining the difference between silver and more ordinary shiny metals, Oliver Berking said: “Silver has a uniquely warm glow that instantly tells the connoisseur it is silver – and not chrome or polished aluminium.” Inside, the 925 Sterling’s tan-coloured leather seats bear the Company hallmark, and all surfaces are finished in a scaled, malleted texture known as Martele. Two silver goblets and a matching carafe slot into the front console between the driver and front-seat passenger. The Limo is set to remain unique, like the high-end 750Li once produced for designer Karl Lagerfeld in the 1990s, but it could spawn orders for related models. The 925 Sterling is currently touring showrooms around Europe. The Munich maker said similar high-end models could do well in the US, Russian and Chinese markets, where the demand for automotive exclusivity is high. u

New York state voters say yes to Las Vegas-style casinos { New York/ DPA }


ew York voters have approved an amendment to the state’s constitution allowing the state to build seven full-scale, Las Vegas-style casinos, including one in New York City. The amendment, which passed by a 57-43 margin in Tuesday’s statewide election, is aimed at helping revive the state economy by bringing jobs to the economically distressed upstate regions. Governor Andrew M Cuomo, a Democrat, said Wednesday passage of the legislation was “a big win for local governments, school districts, and taxpayers across New York State.” The “vote will further pave the way for the creation of new jobs, construction, and increased tourism in communities across the state,” he said in a statement. Building the casinos is expected to create up to 6,700 construction jobs and 2,900 permanent jobs, according to the New York Daily News, which quoted state officials. When fully operational, the new gambling sites are projected to generate 420 million dollars in tax revenue, much of which will be designated for education. The legislation carries some restrictions. Initially, only four casinos will be permitted, all in upstate New York, where native American tribes already run five casinos on land they control. A New York City casino is further down the road. It is expected to be built in seven years. The legislation was promoted by a coalition of unions and companies with gambling interests. The group, New York Jobs Now, raised 4 million dollars, which partly financed television ads promoting the economic benefits of the casino expansion. Opponents of the bill, mainly religious groups, warned that the gambling parlors will drain money from poor and the practice will cause “high social cost of addiction” and “family disintegration.” u

Stars line up for James Cameron’s climate change documentary { Los Angeles/ DPA }


line-up of top Hollywood talent has signed on to feature in a new climate change documentary produced by Avatar director James Cameron and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Variety reported. The six-to-eight part program will be called Years of Living Dangerously and screen in April on US cable channel Showtime, the report said. Among the stars scheduled to appear in the program and offer their perspectives on the people and areas affected by climate change are Jessica Alba, Mark Bittman, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Harrison Ford, Michael C Hall, Olivia Munn, Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder and Lesley Stahl. u

Mystery over { San Francisco/ DPA }


massive barge in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge has had the sleuths of the tech world guessing ever since reports surfaced last week that Google was behind the project. On Wednesday, the web search giant gave its first official comment on the mystery structure, revealing that it hopes to use the vessel as “as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” The secretive company gave no further details about how the four-storey structure would function, or where it would eventually be moored. “Google Barge ... A floating data centre? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above,” Google said in a statement, referring to a few of the popular theories postulated by the tech press. “Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” u

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China Central Television tower wins global skyscraper prize { Beijing/ DPA }


he controversial “twisted arch” building of the China Central Television Tower in Beijing was chosen on Friday as the world’s “best tall building” by an international architects’ group. Ole Scheeren, the tower’s lead architect, told dpa the award by the Chicago-based Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat was the result of “eight very intense years of my life” working on the project. “With a total of 400 architects and engineers, we succeeded in making a reality what was considered ‘unbuildable’,” said Scheeren, a German who co-developed the tower with Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. “It was gigantic teamwork for many years, across many continents,” he said, “so the award is recognition for everyone involved.” “The CCTV Tower not only questioned the typology of the high-rise, but also radically redefined the general characteristics of a skyscraper,” Scheeren said. The 234-metre-high, 473,000-square-metre complex, which is believed to have cost about 1 billion dollars, was officially completed in May 2012 after 10 years of construction. The building’s angled and offset structures are joined at the top to leave a large trapezoid-shaped space between the linked glass towers. By floor area, it is the world’s largest skyscraper and would be nearly 750 metres high if its looped structure was unfolded vertically, Scheeren said. The tower won praise from some critics but earned the nickname “Trousers” from online satirists. Some dissidents see it as a symbol of media control by the ruling Communist Party and propaganda from state broadcaster CCTV. “More than 14,000 people will work in the building,” Scheeren said. “It is the biggest media machine in the world.” Responding to the criticism, he said it was “an important role of the building to provoke a discussion and to polarize [opinion].” u

Australian court denies civil servant sex-injury compensation { Sydney/ DPA }


ustralia’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a civil servant injured during a hotel-room sex romp during a business trip in 2007 was not entitled to workers’ compensation. The ruling ends six years of legal wrangling over whether injuries sustained when a glass light fitting was pulled from a wall were work-related. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal first denied compensation on the grounds that the civil servant’s injuries were not work-related. This was reversed in 2011 by the Federal Court, which awarded her compensation and costs. The full bench of the Federal Court then over-ruled that decision, prompting an appeal to the High Court, which on Wednesday dismissed the initial appeal. That latest ruling found in favour of the government, noting that as her employer, it “had not expressly or impliedly induced or encouraged the applicant’s sexual conduct”, and that sexual intercourse “was not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay – like showering, sleeping (or) eating.” The High Court said the woman, who cannot be named, “was involved in a recreational activity.” She met an acquaintance for dinner at the hotel, after which the pair had sex in her room. The initial Federal Court ruling was that she should get compensation for the slight facial injuries she received, and for the psychological injury she said she had suffered. “If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room, she would have been entitled to compensation,” the lower court had ruled. The High Court did not rule on who should pay the substantial legal costs. u


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15-21 November 2013

Art Deco, Wine and Vineyards

{ Detlef Berg/Traben-Trarbach, Germany/ DPA }

Traben-Trarbach in Germany is a scenic wonder, with the beautiful Moselle River and the steep vineyards pressing around it. Before World War I, it was the world’s second most important wine trading centre – after Bordeaux, France.


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The bridge connecting Traben and Trarbach. Designed by Architect Bruno Moehring, the ornate bridge is a favourite with visitors. Towns on opposite sides of the river, Traben and Trarbach, were united as a single municipality in 1904.

The Hotel Bellevue at Traben-Trarbach, one of the most beautiful Jugendstil hotels in Germany. The corner window section is meant to resemble a bottle of sparkling wine.

Alexandra Kuenstler, a German winemaker who grows top-rated riesling wine on the Moselle valley slopes at Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

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Tourist Information Traben-Trarbach

Tourist Information Traben-Trarbach

The little church at Trarbach, which is located amidst gorgeous Moselle Valley vineyards.

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he landscape is one of a winding river valley lined by steep slopes covered with vineyards, and hills topped by grand manors and castles. It sounds like the immortal Rhine River, but Germany has another scenic, vineyard-lined waterway – the Moselle River, a Rhine tributary. A gem in the central stretch is Traben-Trarbach. The small town, to this day, is adorned with sumptuous villas, which document its erstwhile wealth and glory. In fact, before World War I, it was the world’s most important wine-trading centre, after Bordeaux. Exports to Europe and other continents produced enormous riches for the Region, a wealth reflected in architectural gems of the various styles - art deco, the Vienna Secession, neo-baroque - of the Town’s buildings and villas. Ulla Schnitzius, the current cultural and wine envoy of Traben-Trarbach, points to a memorial marker to Bruno Moehring, a Berlin Architecture Professor. Moehring designed the bridge as also the Hotel Bellevue, which to this day is regarded as Germany’s most beautiful Jugendstil (art deco) hotel. He incorporated many design elements from the world of winemaking. For example, a closer look at its tower reveals the shape of a sparkling-wine bottle. Miraculously, the Hotel has been spared any damage from wars or modernization, and so the interior is a treasure trove of Jugendstil design elements – from the lamps to the winding staircase, the decorative figurines to the colourful ornamentation of the windows and doors. Wealthy vintners and wine merchants were not going to be outdone, and so they also had sumptuous villas built to the designs of Berlin architect Moehring. These have been preserved and dominate the townscape. There is the Haus Huesgen, which had its own theatre, and the Nollen Villa, an intertwining building erected for wine merchant Gustav Becker. It’s fun joining Ulla Schnitzius on an underground tour of Traben-Trarbach as well. “In the second half of the 19th century, cellars were built covering large areas beneath the city centre,” she explains, leading a group through a dark labyrinth.

A German wine cellar as seen on an underground tour in Traben-Trarbach. Some cellars are several storeys high. They are used to mature and store wine.

In some parts, the cellars are several storeys tall and the arched ceiling is more than 100 metres in length. Entry to this netherworld is found on the river bank on the Traben side. The route leads beneath various buildings, and even a highway, before surfacing to daylight in a garden or winery. During the roughly 90-minute tour Schnitzius tells us about the rich history of wine making. And naturally, one is invited to taste a glass of Riesling wine at the end. On the other side of the river in Trarbach, the winery of Julius Kayser, is a further architectural highlight. Likewise a product of Berlin architect Moehring, the massive building is held to have the only cellar built in the Jugendstil style. To this day the original Bacchus heads adorn the old water taps. Painstakingly restored and augmented by a completely glass- fronted annex, the building today houses more than 1,500 Buddha statues. The collection, unique to Europe, ranges from the tiniest figures to one weighing 1.5 tons. Those seeking a scenic view of the picturesque Moselle landscape can take an easy hike along a trail marked with a white “M”, which leads to a pavilion and

One of the stately stone-built homes of Traben-Trarbach, the Moselle Valley town that was formally a centre of the German wine trade.

then winds through a forest. There are some splendid views of the Mosel River and Traben-Trarbach below. Soon, the hikers reach the castle ruins of Grevenburg, which tower over the town. The Castle’s courtyard is an inviting spot for a break, in the shade beneath the lime trees. Visitors then have the choice of heading back down to Traben-Trarbach, a 30-minute walk, or proceeding further along the Kautenbachtal path. It leads through vineyards and ends at a spot dubbed the “Bikiniblick” - bikini view. The reference is to a thermal pool area surrounded by a meadow, below which young women clad in bikinis can be espied in the warmer months – taking in the afternoon sun. One young local woman, Alexandra Kuenstler, together with Konstantin Weiser and with a great deal of enthusiasm, has founded a vineyard devoted exclusively to cultivating riesling grapes on the steep slopes. “Work in a vineyard is laborious, but we regard ourselves not merely as wine makers, but as respectfully someone who accompanies a grape on its path to becoming wine,” Alexandra says. The end product of these grapes is worth the effort and is symbolic of a new generation of Moselle wines that have gained international acclaim. u


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