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hildren are not being left behind when it comes to classy apparels and accessories. However in India, options are limited. Either one can go for brands, which are highly priced or some regular stuff, that is not good in quality. So believes Neelima, Founder of The Sprouts. “I have spent around 10 yearsworking abroad. During my vacations to India, as a mother I observed that it was difficult to get good quality kids apparel, accessories, and toys at an affordable rates. Besides, there were not many one-stop shops, where people can buy everything for their kids. So when I moved to India last year, I conceptualizedSprouts” smiles Neelima. Sprouts offers high quality products, including apparel, gifts, toys, books,accessories for kids and a complete range of baby care products. The products are handpicked from all across country and abroad. “I love shopping at Sprouts. What I like most about the Store comfort to shop and that everything is available under one roof. It caters to the need of a new born as well as an early teen. If I am at Sprouts, I know I will get everything for my children,” says Anjali a regularcustomer at Sprouts. Not just parents, one can often find little ones checking out the Store. "Please show me a pair of boot-cut” – The request comes from 7-year-old Divanshi. When asked about her favourite dress, she says, “I am fond of off-shoulders, halter necks, and kurtis. You will find all in my wardrobe. I like dressing up live dolls!” She seems to be in love with the colorful and comfortable ambiance of the Store, which is done keeping in mind needs of children.  Although Neelima initially found it difficult to locate vendors who shared the philosophy of The Sprouts, she has now been able to shortlist suppliers of quality merchandise. Neelima believes that Gurgaon is an upcoming metropolis and thus has a growing demand for classy-yet-affordable kid’s items. The Store has been highly appreciated for offering unique products for kids and infants under one roof. It plans to launch an e-commerce website to sell goods online too. That’s not all. The City will have two more stores by the end of next year.   The Sprouts is located at 2nd Floor, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, DLF Ph V, Sector 53, Gurgaon. Ph: 9999906628


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urgaon Police is now more visible and clearly making its mark across the City at ground level. Multiple initiatives are in progress, many led personally by the new (6 months old) Commissioner Alok Mittal, no stranger to Gurgaon (having worked here earlier). There has been a positive reach out to village ‘sarpanches’, women, senior citizens, RWAs and offices (esp. IT/BPO). The Police want to assure them all, as well as solicit their involvement, for making the City a safer place. Brave and honest policemen and citizens have been promptly recognized and honoured in public. A lid has been kept on any major organized crime. Most wanted gangsters and gangs have been rounded up; many illicit weapons have been seized. Traffic Police is in action across the City, and participating in multiple drives – regularly checking drunk driving and over-speeding. They have been actively helped by some dedicated and committed Road Safety Officers. Over the last many months, multiple measures have been taken for the security of women – a dedicated Helpline, women police, Women PCRs, a Women’s Cell in each Police District (East, West, South), women help-desks at a few Metro stations and ease in filing of FIRs. Special Cells have been set up at all the 3 Police Districts – for Cyber Crime, Economic Offences and Senior Citizens. In an exclusive discussion with Friday Gurgaon, the Police Commissioner says that improvement is an ongoing process, and many more steps are in the offing, to make policing more effective in the City. He

also speaks about future plans, and the challenges faced by the Police. “Crime control is the first and foremost target. We want to reduce ‘street crime’ – like snatchings and carjackings - by detection, close monitoring and by increasing the ‘nakas’ and manpower on the streets”, says Mittal. The Police will also focus on managing traffic in a better manner, and for this purpose the Traffic department has just been given an additional 100 constables. “I am willing to commit even more resources, once we deploy this batch effectively, as traffic management is a major challenge in the City. The focus areas in Traffic are: to control drunk driving, red light jumping and wrong parking, and to discipline auto drivers. The Traffic department also takes regular help from civil society to resolve traffic issues. “We have a team of Road Safety Officers who are so experienced now that they even act as transport and traffic experts. They not only bring issues to us, but study, analyse (even video-record), then offer excellent, practical solutions and finally even help in managing the problems,” he says. “We have ensured that many auto drivers now function in a ‘proper’ manner, but this initiative needs more time as their number is huge”, he says. The Police are insisting on the drivers wearing uniforms, and displaying the registration number, the route, the owner’s name, the mobile number and the Helpline number. Mittal says that the Gurgaon Police have specially worked towards helping the weaker and vulnerable sections of society – including senior citizens, women and children. The Department has created a Senior Citizens’ cell in every police station, which is manned by a Sub-Inspector. A Senior Citizen

A Public Helpline – 9999999953 - has been established in the Office of the Police Commissioner, whereby any citizen can get information on the status of his/her complaints and/or FIRs.

Apex Committee has also been created, which comprises of respected members of society. “When a problem related to Senior Citizens is registered, the police officials as well as the Apex Committee members get involved. They listen to both parties and offers counseling/ solutions”, he says. The increased focus on women has been there for months now. Two companies of Women’s Rapid Action Force have recently been posted on MG Road, to instill more confidence in women to move out of their homes freely. “The various measures have improved the situation to a great extent. We have also developed a mechanism whereby all crimes against women are handled by a nodal woman police official of the rank of ACP. The goal is to ensure that the entire system gets to work together once a complaint of molestation or assault or rape has been lodged”, he says. It is also ensured that a woman victim does not have to come to the police station more than once - all the formalities of registering a complaint, statements, medical examination, legal counsel (through a dedicated lady advocate) and any other requirement are handled at one time. The City now has three Cells – one in each Police District - to handle crimes against women.

When asked about what plans the Department has for major traffic bottlenecks like Hero Honda Chowk and the Toll Plaza, the Commissioner opines that these issues involve multiple stakeholders and decisions are needed to be taken at the highest levels in the government. “As far as the Toll Plaza is concerned the core problem is that commuters have to spend too much time in crossing it. There is need to reduce this time - and it can be done with the help of technology or by setting up of a new Toll Plaza at a place where it is easier and more convenient for every stakeholder”, he says. “The Hero Honda Chowk issue needs to be resolved at the earliest by NHAI and the State agencies, as it causes a lot of trouble to the commuters. To ensure smooth movement of vehicles many traffic constables always have to be posted there - but this is not a real or viable solution”, he says. To work out traffic-related and other infrastructure problems the Department has been holding meetings with other agencies regularly. “We have listed the traffic issues Agency-wise, and also set up a meeting. This will help us to solve the problems holistically”, says Mittal. With regard to Crime, in the past six months a number of gangsters, Contd on p 6 

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The Force is With You  Contd from p 4 car lifters, chain snatchers and other bad characters have been rounded up by the Police and sent behind bars. “Compared to last year we have registered 25 per cent more cases under the Arms Act (as the hardened criminals carry many illicit arms)”, he asserts. Gurgaon Police has also reactivated some special Crime units that focus on prevention and detection of crime, and strengthened the Cyber Cell - which is now not only tracking Cyber Crime but also assisting all Crime units in their investigations. To ensure that criminals who have been caught and sent to jail are prevented from taking to crime once they get bail, the Department has set up a unit to track and monitor criminals within and outside the jail. “There are youth who sometimes act brazenly. We want to send them a message that taking the law in their hands can have serious consequences”, says the Commissioner. Due to the increasing number of economic offences, Gurgaon Police have also created two new Economic Offences wings – and now have one for each District. “This will help in the detection and prevention of economic crimes”, he says. Despite the changes, the Police Commissioner admits that getting a conviction can still be a major challenge for the Department. However, in case an FIR has some shortcomings, the lacunae can also be rectified later, and this is being done on priority, he says. The ‘highprofile’ Ruchi Bhuttan case is coming to a close, with probably the last hearing on the 21st of this month. Hopefully, justice will finally prevail. To connect with the local youth - particularly from the villages of Gurgaon – some of whom have got involved in criminal activities, the Department has launched a drive to connect with village leaders and elders. “We have called a meeting of Sarpanches from across Gurgaon District, where we are going to tell them to be more involved in making their City and District secure. We will network with citizens at the village and block level to make policing more effective”, he says. In the City, the Department has made it mandatory for the RWAs to register tenants, domestic help and support staff with the Police. This has been done to keep a watch on

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The Gurgaon Police would like to be vigilant about any potential industrial unrest. Mittal says that their primary concern is to ensure that a secure environment prevails in the industrial belt, which is necessary for the smooth functioning of industry. The Police are working closely with the Labour department and industry, and regularly monitoring the situation. the large number of people who come from outside to work as maids, drivers, vendors or factory/office staff. There is a large floating population in Gurgaon. “We have been able to get a large amount of information by carrying out this exercise. This will be a continuing process and Registration and Verification (R & V) cells have been opened in every Police Station”, he says. On the issue of Bangladeshi nationals in the City, the Police Commissioner says that a close watch is being kept, and a special cell has also been established for this purpose. However, since most of such ‘illegal’ migrants seem to have ‘valid’ documents from certain districts in West Bengal it becomes difficult for the Police to take action against them. People without proper papers are being caught regularly, and action has been taken against them, he says. The serious problem of ‘people drinking in public’ and the consequent ruckus they create, has also come under

the focus of the City Police. Compared to last year, when only 140 cases where registered from January to August, the Police this year has registered 1647 cases under the Excise Act (mainly for ‘drinking in public’). Mittal says that considering the seriousness of the issue the Department, in conjunction with the District Administration, has also decided that activities of pubs and bars will be monitored regularly. “We have set up and directed a Joint Inspection Team (alongwith other State agencies) to conduct surprise checks on pubs and bars regularly. It was due to this exercise that strict action has been taken against some defaulting pubs and bars recently”, he says. All pubs have now been asked to close by midnight. Parking, which is a major problem across the City, has been troubling the Gurgaon Police as well. The Chief says that it is a long-term problem with no immediate effective solutions. The ‘old’ City does not have space, but the Department is trying to ensure that haphazard parking on the roads is stopped. “The citizens in this City need to be aware about basic traffic rules, and follow them in letter and spirit. This will greatly help in improving the traffic situation and parking problems will also be reduced”, he says. Referring to Sohna Road, which is emerging as another commercial hub in the City, Mittal says, “We have the important roads in mind. On MG Road a police station was set up for crime prevention as well as to ensure a first level of support to citizens”, says Mittal. “Sohna Road is on our radar”. The Department also plans to go hi-tech, on the lines of the Delhi Police; in one such initiative it has partnered with MCG Gurgaon to bring the Sadar Bazar area under CCTV surveillance. “This is a pilot project, and if it is successful then we will bring more areas of the City under CCTV”, he says. By the 25th a detailed proposal would be ready. Gurgaon Police is also sending a proposal to the State government, recommending that the City be placed under the Mega-City Policing plan that has been mooted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The goal of Gurgaon Police is to continue to work in a transparent and accessible manner, so that the public feels the trust, and joins the Police in making this City more safe, secure and livable. u


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A Comedy Play (Dawa-Daru, Bai-Begum) and A Stand Up Comedy (Crazy Comedy) Directed By Mrinal Dhar

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Colours Of Freedom

@ Club Aralias, DLF Golf Links, Phase V Date: August 24 & 25 Time: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm


Group Show of emerging artists, featuring Kingson Swagiary, Shruti Vij, Aparna Bannerji, Geetika Sangwan, Vikas Bhardwaj, Sheetal Gulati, Kamal Nath, Anil Kohli and Nidhi Bhatia.



DJ Barkha Live

Learn Digital Photography The Easy Way

@ Vapour, MG Road Date: August 24 Time: 9:00 pm onwards

@ Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44 Date: August 25


njoy the evening as skilful DJ Barkha gets you grooving on the dance floor to her popular Commercial Bollywood Mixes with Electro House music.


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Dawa Daaru, Bai Begum

f you haven't had enough of partying on Friday, the DJ night continues on Saturday. Swing to eclectic Club mixes belted out by the DJs and make it a memorable weekend.

@ Epicentre, Sector 44, Apparel House Date: August 24 Time: 7:30 pm Nightlife

Vedas Live

@ Barrique, Tower 9A, DLF III, DLF Cyber City Date: August 29 Time: 8:00 pm onwards


Behroopiya Entertainers presentation, this is a Hindi adaptation of Moliere`s famous comedy classic, 'An Imaginary Invalid'. The Play is about a hypochondriac who is equally romantic about his second wife as he is about his doctor`s prescriptions and medicines. Directed by Mrinal Dhar, the cast includes Rishi Mehta, Richa Nirala, Nishtha Sharma, Mudit Malik, Sahil Kapoor, Rohan Batra, Naresh Kumar and Pranav Midha.



10 years with Guru Dutt

atch and swing to the live performance by the band The Vedas. They will enthrall you with their versatility, playing different genres of music – Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Contemporary Rock, Indian semi-classical and Sufi.

@ Azure, Nirvana Patio, South City 2 Date: August 24 Time: 7:30 pm onwards 


he play traces filmmaker Abrar Alvi's association with legendary actor, director and producer Guru Dutt, using Sathya Saran’s epic book, '10 Years With Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi’s Journey'. Get an insight on the tumultuous yet incredibly productive relationship between the mercurial Director and his equally talented writer – a partnership that evolved over a decade, till Guru Dutt’s tragic death in 1964. The cast and crew include Namit, Saattvic, Tariq Vasudeva, Preeti Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Pallavi Batra, Dhruv Lahomi and Sathya Saran.

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@ Rendezvous Lounge For Mom & Kids, Plot No. J - 18, South City 1 Date: Upto December Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

@ Panasonic Experience Center, IFFCO Chowk Date: August 30, Time: 7:30 pm


Cocktailian-Shake, Stir, Muddle

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Learn the basics of making a great cocktail with a little theory and a lot of practice. 4 drink-making techniques of stirring, muddling, shaking and building up a drink will be taught. The Class will be conducted by Yangdup Lama, Founder of the freelance Bar Tending Academy, Cocktails and Dreams.

or all the stand-up comedy fans, here's a chance to see your fave comics―Vasu Ritu Primlani, Appurv Gupta and Jeeveshu Aluwalia―under one roof. Enjoy the laugh riot.

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allet classes that will give your kids an opportunity to learn the dance form from the pioneers of ballet in India - Imperial Fernando Ballet Company. Age group: 7 to 12 years.
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he Workshop teaches the fundamentals of photography in an easy and practical way. The Workshop, conducted by Dheeraj Paul, includes the essence of digital photography.


Design of Business

@ Mind Cafe, Cross Point Mall, Phase 4 Date: August 29 Time: 9:45 am to 12:30 pm


Workshop on design as a tool for business success. Smita Raghani Veer of DHI Design will conduct the Workshop and talk about "communicating with design for your business.


Dance Workshop

@ Club Patio, Block - E, Gurgaon, South City 1 Date: Up to September 5 Time: 9:00 pm onwards


earn some amazing moves at this unique Dance Workshop, where you will get to sway on different dance forms.
The Workshop covers all aspects of performing arts and various dance styles – like Bollywood, Ballet, Modern Contemporary, Jazz, Hip -Hop and Salsa. Also on offer are lessons on backstage and production, show management, hands-on experience at live shows, lectures on light and sound management and diet and nutrition.


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THE WEEK THAT WAS  Food Security Programme is launched in Gurgaon. 179,941 families will be covered under it.  Raksha Bandhan is celebrated across two days this time.  After the Amity University case, now Ansal University too comes under RTI purview, as it is constituted under an Act of the Haryana Legislative Assembly.  Minimum wages in Haryana increased to Rs 205 per day for unskilled workers (versus Rs 76 earlier). Delhi gives Rs 297 and Punjab Rs 219.  Online college admissions will be mandatory from the next academic session, in Haryana.  34 achievers are felicitated on Independence Day.  UP ex-MLA is shot at and robbed outside a premier hotel.  A 34-year-old woman driver runs over a 3½-year-old boy in Vatika City – the boy succumbs in the hospital  A baby girl’s body is found near Sikanderpur Metro  A 17-year-old girl’s body is found in a school bus, which had been parked for 3 days in Sector 5, due to school holidays  2 Class 12 students arrested for abetting suicide of a teenage girl  A husband is held for forcing his teacher wife into flesh trade.  2 Lucknow residents are duped of Rs 20,000 each for a fake Maruti job offer; a Xylo driver is given an intoxicant laden sweet, and his car taken away by force; bikers rob a man of cash near Rajiv Chowk; thieves flee with valuables from a car in Sadar Bazar an Indigo car is stolen by the driver.  A man is booked for forging the signature of a magistrate and issuing non-bailable warrants; a man is booked for giving fake documents to a company for employment purposes.  100 constables inducted into Traffic Police.

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo 1. There are fewer robberies happening in the City now. Aaj kal apne shaher ne chori kam hon lagi. 2. Our colony had only 1 theft in six months. Mhari colony me 6 mheene me ek chori hoi se. 3. The police came and arrested 2 boys. Policeala aay aur 2 chhore ne pakad ke le gye. 4. The police was very alert. Police ghanni saav dhan ho gi se. 5. I feel very safe now. Ib manne dar na laage se. 6. I see police vans at every crossing. Har chaurahe pe police se. 7. I am very happy with the Police department. Main Policeala ka kaam se ghanna raaji sun.

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 A power snag hits services at the Civil Hospital for hours.  There is a plan for CCTV cameras in Municipal offices.  Action is proposed to be taken for the menace being caused by stray dogs.  Zila Parishad Chief elections to be held on the 27th.  Aadhaar Card deadline is October 31st.; Aadhaar Cards will now also be issued within college premises.

Getting Real

40 builders apply for the Affordable Housing licences – the most ‘looked-down’ on project till now – in Gurgaon! Is this the final acceptance of the slowdown of ‘normal’ real estate – and the signal for the start of the downturn? Not surprisingly, the State has given them a 5-year Plan leeway – unmindful of the immediate need of the middle class for such housing. Our Millennium Administration HUDA, after putting up hundreds of Rainwater Harvesting pits, has realized that they are ineffective, and is now looking for a new design! The local Hydrology Dept. has no idea, leave alone record, of the Rainwater Harvesting pits and sites in the City!


am writing this mail to seek help in resolving some of the issues faced by Ardee City( Sector 52) residents. In a short span of time,Friday Gurgaon has become an important part of our life and it has started influencing people around us. I strongly feel that media can come to the rescue of common people & help in fighting for their rights. Coming back to the Ardee City issue, I would like to tell you the we are living in a pathetic condition since last 3 years now. The Ardee Management is not taking care of the maintenance. The RWA has become useless. There is a ongoing dispute between mgmt. & RWA on the manit. charges and no resolution has happened so far. There is a court case going on between RWA & Mgmt over the Maint. charges for a long time. Now, the residents are fed up with the ongoing dispute and they want an out of the court settlement. But, there voice is not being heard. Can Friday Guraon help the residents? The residents today went to meet the RWA president & Vice-President, but they were not available in office. We have a plan to meet them on next Sunday at 10:00 AM at RWA office. Is it possible for one of your correspondent to cover the issue? Once again, I would like to say that media is very powerful in this country & has helped in resolving many issues in the past. If Friday Gurgaon can help us in exposing the cartel between RWA & Mgmt, probably, the residents would be able to live a better life.


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man Bathla was always inclined towards music. Having started experimenting with musical instruments at a young age, Aman had little idea that this hobby would turn into a passion. His dedication and hard work led to the development of Passionotes – his Piano School. Hailing from a business family, the natural choice for Aman was to complete his graduation and join the family business. However, destiny had other plans for him. After a few years of working in his family business, Aman realised his true calling lay in playing the piano. Once that was established, Aman joined the Trinity School of Music, UK, where he achieved great success as a student. While he was studying music, he started giving piano lessons. He then went on to study music engineering in Mumbai, where he chanced upon his mentors, who guided him into being a composer.

There has been no looking back since then. Aman, with the support of his wife, opened his Music Studio, ‘Aman Bathla’s Passionotes–The Piano School’. He shares his love for music with music enthusiasts by teaching them how to play the piano (including acoustic piano) at the School and also gives home tuitions. According to Aman, playing the piano satisfies him creatively and is also the best form of meditation and self expression. The appreciation and applause that he receives in his shows is what he believes is feeding his soul. Aman’s future plans include becoming a music therapist, where he can use his music compositions to heal stress and resolve psychological problems.

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Pushing Industry & Commerce { Abhishek Behl/ FG }

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et up in 2004, the NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) aims to become an effective interface between the industry and government to facilitate the promotion of business and industry in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The Chamber also wants to push for faster creation of infrastructure and the delivery of basic services, which are poor today. HP Yadav, President of NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says that industry has been the key driver in transforming Gurgaon and NCR, and it important that facilities like power, water, health/medical, roads, air and rail connectivity as well as other essential requirements are made available at, or in close proximity to, the industrial areas. Yadav said that the Chamber is committed to work with the State government, and push for building of infrastructure, which is now likely to make or unmake the future of this Region. One of the primary agendas, says Yadav, is the early completion of the Western Peripheral Expressway (also referred to as KMP Expressway). “This project has been delayed by almost 2 years; once it is completed it will link the major highways in this Region”, says Yadav. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway has also been delayed by almost 5 years, despite the intervention of the Supreme Court – and the cost has escalated from Rs. 844 crores to Rs. 2550 crores. NCCI is also pushing for the extension of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in the NCR, which is not only safe and speedy but also affordable. While the extension of the Delhi Metro to Faridabad and Jhajjar is appreciable, Yadav says there is need to extend the Metro from Gurgaon to Manesar in Phase 1, and take it up to Rewari in Phase 2. “NH8 is forever stuck in traffic jams, which is badly affecting the industry working in Manesar and along NH 8. There is also severe lack of transport facilities, which makes it difficult for the work force to commute”, he complains. Yadav further says that since the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is a mega infrastructure project, it is imperative for the government to immediately focus on the development of SEZs and Knowledge Parks, which are part of DMIC. This Project is to be completed by 2025 – with Phase I targeted for completion by 2016. “What we want to tell the government is that vast tracts of barren land are available in the NCR, and these should be utilized to create the infrastructure, SEZs and industrial townships, instead of trying to take over agricultural land, which is against the interests of farmers”, says Yadav. Farmland will also be helpful for the Agro and Food Processing industries, which can provide substantial job creation, particularly for the locals. When asked why large companies are avoiding the recruitment of locals, Yadav says that this only happens where is a skill gap in the candidates. On the lines of hill states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the NCR Chamber of Commerce also wants that one backward district in each state should be declared tax free, which will help the push for industrialization. “In Haryana, Mewat is a very backward district and it can be developed as a special economic zone, with excise/tax concessions like Himachal. In fact a delegation of NCCI recently called on Dr. E M S Nachiappan, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, to propose this,“ says Yadav. The Chamber, he says, appreciates the creation of a new Industrial Area in Nuh (Mewat District) but the work on developing this project is very slow. The Chamber is also monitoring the state of relations between the industry and workers, and is keen to serve as a platform where every stakeholder has representation and matters can be discussed in a friendly atmosphere. Yadav says that the Chamber is keen that a Special Task Force, for maintaining industrial peace, be created in every state - comprising members from the Trade Unions, Labour Department, Chambers/Industrial Associations, Police Department and local Village Heads. “We have also suggested that the Haryana government should take the initiative for the formation of a State level force, in the name of Haryana Industrial Peace Keeping Force, on the pattern of the central security force, CISF, to ensure the safety of Industrial units,” says Yadav. Fortunately Gurgaon Police have set up a dedicated Police Station at Manesar, and stationed a batallion. To help locals upgrade their skills, Yadav says the Chamber has pushed for the setting up of ITIs, Polytechnics and other training and management Institutes. The NCR Chamber is critical of the demand for enhancement made by HSIIDC, from the plotholders based in Manesar. Yadav opines that this demand cannot be justified, because when the land was allocated to industry the price was paid upfront, and increasing the amount from time to time is not rational. He also referred to the migration of many large-scale units to other states, because the industrial environment in the NCR is today not conducive to growth. Another major issue with which the industry in Gurgaon and Manesar is grappling with is the appalling shortage of power. “We can develop small power plants (100-200 MW) at the district level under a PPP model. We should emphasise on natural gas-based supply of electricity, as is happening in other states. We are short by about 3,500 MW of power for the state of Haryana,” he says. NCCI is also working with the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to make it easier for the industries to comply with pollution norms, particularly with regard to online consents and registrations. The Chamber, Yadav says, will keep on working for the industry in this Region, and also unite the industrialists, so that their genuine problems are addressed at the earliest. u

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‘Where you sit’ is perhaps as important as ‘what you eat’, otherwise why would people cough up virtually ransom amounts to go and eat the same food – as in a dhaba – in ‘star’ restaurants. It’s another story that some of these star properties also make you sit on uncomfortable chairs – in the name of ethnicity and....being different. In contrast, the ‘charpoy’ (string cot) seating of Dhabas is truly innovative. As you order the food, the waiter places a long wooden plank in the middle of the charpoy, to serve as a sturdy table supported by the two side-beams of the cot. When you finish your meal, just kick off the plank, lie down and give your limbs a rest. For truck drivers – those tough devils hogging the road for 8 to 10 hours at a stretch – there’s no better way to soothe the weary bones and regain strength for the next lap. Traditionally, middle class Indians always ate in the kitchen - sitting cross-legged on mats, with a low stool in front of each, while the mother or grandmother baked hot fluffy chapaties on a wood-fired stove. The added bonus in winters was the placement of a mini-stove in front of each diner, on which you could keep your bowl of daal – so that it remained piping hot. The ‘new’ system in high-end European restaurants, of serving you only half of the main dish and keeping the rest on a hot plate nearby, is perhaps a take off from this tradition. The new-found fad of ‘Balti-cuisine’, the haute new craze in Britain - or for that matter the kadhais, degchis, thaalis and katories in the latest Indian restaurants abroad - is only a new avatar of the old ‘langars’ and ‘baraat-ghars’, where servers went around carrying 4 curries in the 4 containers attached to a single handle, and kept imploring you to eat more. What takes the cake, however, is this new (opened 2006) restaurant called Marton (Chinese word meaning Toilet Bowl) in Tawan. It became so popular that a branch was opened within 7 months. You sit on water closets and the food is also served in toilet shaped-bowls – both the flush and dry varieties. They have miniature potties (oops, bowls) for single portions, and the regular ones - the real thing – for ‘sharing’ portions. Whereas the food comes in an Asian variant of the commode, coffee is served in a European style toilet bowl. The tables are – you guessed it – bathtubs, with glass tops; and the walls are decorated with neon-lit taps and urinals. Thankfully the food looks quite edible! So take your pick: a regular dining table, a Japanese-style sunken one, a low ‘chowki’ in front of a cross-legged you, a wooden plank on a ‘charpopy’ or a toilet experience.u

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Artistic Strokes

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Independence Day Celebrations Adarsh Performances


he S.D Adarsh Vidyalaya premises were decorated with tricoloured flags and balloons. The Chief Guest, Dr. Sonu Sharma, accompanied by School Principal, Dr. Madhu Juneja, hoisted the Indian Flag. Impassioned speeches were delivered by the students. An energetic and patriotic dance was performed by the students, which left every one spell bound. A play, ‘1857 to 1947 - A Gadar Katha’, was presented by the students to highlight the plight of the martyrs.

Scottish High on Independence


tudents of Scottish High International School participated in and enjoyed a wonderful celebration. After paying tributes to the leaders of the freedom struggle, the Chairman, Kartikay Saini, reminded the students of the sacrifices made by our leaders in integrating our motherland and maintaining unity in diversity. The speech was followed by an array of vibrant cultural programmes – featuring patriotic songs, skits and dances.

Independence Day Blossoms


he students of Apple Blossom School celebrated Independence Day with great fervour. The staff and students dressed up in ‘tricolours’ and the School was also decorated with the colours of the Indian Flag. The celebrations began with the hoisting of the flag, followed by the National Anthem. The students also sang patriotic songs. The kids participated enthusiastically in funfilled activities like flag and kite decoration. Principal Bindu Gupta led the celebration.

Vivekanand Tribute


he students at Vivekanand Academy celebrated the day with great zeal. While the little ones dressed as their favourite historical heroes, the older students displayed a well-synchronised March-past. The School paid a tribute to the martyrs who struggled for our independence.

Ryan I-Day Celebrations


yan International School, Sohna Road, celebrated the 67th Independence Day with a lot of enthusiasm. The School Band welcomed the Chief Guest, Brig. Surendra Mehta (Deputy Inspector General NSG). The Principal, Dr. Mouna Gupta, along with the Chief Guest, hoisted the tricolour. Saplings were planted in the School compound. The young Ryanites dressed up as Bhagat Singh, Indira Gandhi, Rani Laxmi Bai and many other national heroes. The School Band performed an instrumental medley, using various musical instruments like the Casio, tabla and the drums. Students from Classes IX and X presented a skit, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal”. The senior students of Classes XI-XII presented ‘golden voices from Indian history’, wherein they delivered Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech and Swami Vivekanand’s address in ‘Chicago’.

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The Asteroid Search { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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or the past one month Balachandra Routhu and Ayush Gupta, Class X students of Ryan International, Sohna Road, have been studying telescopic images of space objects. They have spent hours in front of computer screens and have gone through many sleepless nights. All their efforts bore fruit when they made a startling discovery of a Main Belt Asteroid, located between the orbit of Jupiter and Mars. Based on the calculated speed and trajectory of the object, the children observed that it is an asteroid. The discovery is currently under the approval process of the All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC). Their journey began last month when they attended the All India Asteroid Search Campaign’s Workshop for students who are keen in Astronomy. The School selected Balachandra and Ayush on the basis of an aptitude test. During the Workshop the students were trained to use specific software. The Astronomical Research Institute later transmitted pictures of celestial objects taken from 32” and 24” telescopes to the students, and they analysed the pictures with the help of the software. The aim was to discover asteroids. Not only school students, even amateur scientists from all over the world had participated in the project. All the participants were given exclusive access to data sets of the sky, by the observatory. Ever since the discovery, Balachandra and Ayush have been on cloud nine. While Ayush has always been interested in Astronomy, Balachandran never knew that objects in space would interest him so much. “I never thought that I would take interest in space. I thank my School for providing me an opportunity to attend a Workshop conducted by AIASC. It helped me a lot in achieving this success,” says Balachandra, who also has keen interest in instrumental music and acting. Talking about the efforts put in by them, Ayush says, “We have had many sleepless nights, as we were constantly in touch with the Astronomical Research Institute, Charleston. Since it is based in the US, their work starts when it is midnight in India - so we had to work whole nights.” Principal Dr. Mouna Gupta informs that despite dedicating considerable time to the project, the students have been regular in school and never missed any classes. Congratulating the students, Amit Verma, CEO of SPACE,

an organisation that is working for the popularization of science, says that it is quite an achievement. “The students have made a preliminary discovery of a Main Belt Asteroid, ‘TOV8A6’. The diligent effort of the students towards this campaign is praiseworthy,” he says.

How important is it?

Asteroids are small and airless rocky bodies, which revolve around the Sun. On an average an asteroid is believed to strike the Earth every 1,000 to 10,000 years. It can destroy a city or even cause devastating tsunamis. When an asteroid is discovered, it becomes easier for scientists to know if it will hit the earth’s surface and how risky it is for our planet. NASA maintains a list of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous. They stay on that list until the orbit has been further refined and the impact is re-assessed. Hence, the discovery of an asteroid is considered extremely important. That is why AIASC, along with SPACE, conducts workshops with school children. “Such workshops make students curious, and make them more interested in ‘real time’ Science. In fact CBSE should also have a vocational course in Astronomy for the senior classes. It will help students know about space objects while in school itself,” suggests Principal Dr. Mouna Gupta.

What next?

When a discovery of an asteroid is classified as provisional, AIASC monitors the complete orbit of the asteroid. It takes about three to six years, as asteroids move slowly around the Sun. When a sufficient number of observations have been made, to fully determine the orbit, the asteroid is numbered and identified in the world’s official minor bodies catalogue by the International Astronomical Union. At that point the asteroid can be named after the students. Balachandra and Ayush are still working on the name of the asteroid. As of now they seem more excited about their visit to Paris. In 2010 SPACE brought AIASC Workshops to India, with an objective to increase the love of students for Science, Astronomy and scientific research. Indian students have shown great interest. SPACE has provided opportunities to more than 500 students and amateurs to discover asteroids and Near Earth Objects. Till now 1,200 observations have been filed and 15 new asteroids have been found by the students.u

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Independence Day Celebrations Millennial Leaders


elebrations at The Millennium School began with a Special Assembly, where children presented patriotic songs. The students participated in a Fancy Dress competition with the theme ‘Leaders from the Globe’. The children dressed up as leaders from across countries – like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, B.R. Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose, Indira Gandhi, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln.

Kinder Cares for Bharat


tudents of Kinder Care perfromed a special skit on Bharat Mata. There was a patriotic spirit in the atmosphere as the students preformed with zeal. The Show concluded with a dance performance on the song, ‘Sabse Aage Honge Hindustani’.

Students’ Pets

Braveheart Aditya


he students of Excelsior American School celebrated Pet Day at the School. They had a blast with the different pets—dogs, parrots, fish and hamsters—as they petted them and exchanged notes on them. The dog lovers were the happiest, with the different breeds of dogs sniffing around.


4-year-old Aditya Chaudhary of Class 9, DPS Sushant Lok, was lauded by the School for a selfless act of bravery. Aditya risked his life to rescue his 10-year-old friend, Chandan, who was drowning in a fifteen feet deep unfinished rain water pit in Sector 23, where they were playing. Not caring about his safety and life, Aditya jumped into the pit to save his friend. He reached the bottom of the pit, caught hold of Chandan’s hair, and with great difficulty pulled him out of the quick sand. Chandan’s mouth, nostrils and belly were filled with the slushy water. Aditya, with the help of other friends, resuscitated Chandan by pumping the water out from his body. Aditya was honoured by the President of the RWA of Sector 23 and also by the District Administration, on Independence Day. His name is also being forwarded to the Government of India to accord him the honour of the National Bravery Award.

Literary Flourish

Little-age problems and solutions We kids have a lot of problems and confusions in our daily routine. Sometimes we misunderstand our friends and sometimes we get pressurized for our exams. We also have other problems, but the main problem is exams. We mostly are not able to find the solutions to our problems, so we keep thinking and then get irritated. We usually share this with our parents or someone with whom we share our problems with. If there is no one to share your problem with, remember an important slogan :- “Problems are not to be solved, problems are to be played”. This means that we should not consider our problems as our difficulty; instead we should consider our problems to be a game which is to be played. So don’t be confused in solving a problem and be confident and willing to make it a game. We should understand our problems well. Next, we should plan what should be done. With the right attitude, we are sure to achieve success. Daivakshi Vaidya, Class:8 A Ryan International
School, Sohna Road, Gurgaon.

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23-29 August 2013 { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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hough diverse, unique individuals populate this beautiful planet, but we share some fundamental needs – a primary one being a need to be heard and understood. Many times, instead of open ears we often encounter open mouths that are eager to give advice or share their stories. It is important to learn the art of listening, and feel the difference. By doing so, you will enrich yourself with love, understanding and the blessings of others. A young child suffering from cerebral palsy had been visiting us along with his grand father for about two years. The old and lonely grandfather had found solace in the company of his grand son, who was very articulate despite his physical condition. They were close friends, as the child had a few years earlier lost his mother - and the other family members had no time for him. The grand father carried no authority in the family. The child would come to the rescue of the old man and fill his void of loneliness. The child too was lonely in his own way. With his disability and a limited capacity to comprehend this whole new world before him, he was confused by its weirdness, and needed the help of an adult to sort out his problems. The old man would come to his rescue by being a patient listener. The child would share every difficulty of his only with his grandfather - who became his true companion. Then one day the grand father died. The little one was unaware of what had happened, as he was not able to comprehend something like death. He was worried on two counts. One, his grand father had gone somewhere for the first time without saying good bye to him; and two, there was no one to listen to him – someone with whom he could share how the newly-prepared clippers had enabled him to keep his body posture straight. The child had lost someone who was always there for him – who understood him and listened to him. Being a good listener helps us not only solve many problems at work or home, but also see the world through the eyes of others - thereby opening our understanding and enhancing our capacity for empathy. At every moment we are receiving a number of sensory messages. Most

Pay Attention To Listening

Start by listening like a baby – as if encountering a sound for the first time; then listen like a child, noticing music, rhythm and a variety of sound; next, tune in to the messages coming to you from all directions and multiple levels of experience. It is good to remember that we should speak only half as much as we listen. of us have not been trained on how to develop the habit of deep listening. Shallow or superficial listening is all too common – like giving the appearance of listening to a teacher in the classroom. Less obvious is when the message received is different from the one sent; when we did not really understand the message. We heard but we did not listen. It takes a conscious effort on our part to be a good and patient listener. Good eye contact is essential for being a good listener. By maintaining eye contact, some of the competing visual inputs are eliminated; we are not as likely to be distracted from the person talking to us. Most of us have learned to read lips, often unconsciously, and this lip-reading helps us understand verbal messages. Many messages are in nonverbal form; by watching the eyes and face of a person we pick up clues on the content. Our eye contact with the speaker is our feedback concerning the message – saying yes, I hear you. Messages can have several meanings, depending upon voice inflection or modulation, and facial expression. Our listening habits are the result of years of often unconscious behaviour. Unfortunately we really do not work at listening. I have a young physician friend who listens with the patience of a man much older and wiser than his years. His incredible ability to listen puts so many of his friends and patients at ease, because they truly feel they have been heard. The youth of today, distracted by many attractions, need to increase their patience and endurance, so that they can listen better. Listening is our bridge to the wisdom of sacred texts and spiritual teachers.

It is an essential part of the discernment process, whereby we identify and comprehend His messages for us. Listening enables us to tune in to others, as well as our inner voices of intuition and conscience. It is how we know that we are part of the natural, technological and media worlds all around us. There is perhaps no greater

way to show our regard for our friends, family and associates than to truly listen to them. The “listening heart” leads to a deepening of relationships and a greater sense of self for all. This kind of communication is not limited to human interactions. Listen to an animal, the early morning chirping of birds, raindrops falling, the waves at the beach, the roar of a city neighbourhood - and you will come to a greater appreciation of your place in the universe. Conversely, an inability or unwillingness to listen is a symptom of self-centredness. In a universe where so many things are speaking to us at so many levels, it is not wise to ignore the voices. Listen with a clear mind, an open heart, and with total attention devoted to the other person. That allows us an entry, unfiltered, into the other’s way of thinking. Listening becomes a

The King of Bitters { Jaspal Bajwa }


uring the Monsoon season the climate can swing – one day it is hot and muggy and the next day can be lashed by wet gusty winds. Bacteria abound in this sheer abundance of moisture, and foods tend to spoil faster. In these conditions our body’s immunity level gets hammered, making us vulnerable to several infection-led diseases. Ayurveda suggests that Monsoons can aggravate the imbalance caused by excessive ‘Pitta’ – which represents the functional energy of ‘fire’, and is primarily responsible for metabolism and the digestion of food. To neutralize this imbalance, Ayurveda practitioners recommend that we steer clear of emotional outbursts (like anger) and eat safe hygienic foods - relying on infectionpreventing bitter vegetables like bitter gourd (karela) and bitter herbs like neem, fenugreek (methi) seeds and turmeric. A wild herb that goes into a large number of Ayurvedic, Unani and Traditional Chinese Medicine formulations is Chiretta – sometimes called ‘The King of Bitters’ (maha-tita in the local language). This rare plant, which grows in the Himalayas, has several

variations – and names. The name ‘Chiretta’ or ‘Kiryat’ is used for several closely-related Gentian-like plants. The original plant is Swertia chirata, which grows wild, and is now listed as an endangered species - due to its extensive over-use. A closely-related plant, with similar benefits, is Andrographis paniculata. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine system it is called Chuan Xin Lian. In Malaysia it is known as Hempedu Bumi, which literally means the 'bile of earth'. Chiretta is traditionally used to stimulate digestion and liver activity. As an anti-inflammatory, immune system stimulant it can help ward off infections. The bitterness of the herb stimulates saliva and gastric juices, which help stop nausea, bloating, indigestion and hiccups. Traditional practitioners use it as a tonic for the heart, liver and eyes and to treat mel-


means to approaching life – becoming a habit of the heart. We should listen to God, to the flora and fauna of the natural world, to the prevailing culture, to hidden messages, to Kenny G’s immortal instrumental saxophone collection or Lata’s ages-old heart-rending numbers - to everything that communicates. Every now and then this listening stance produces some extraordinary discoveries. This is one step beyond listening open-heartedly to another’s perspective; it involves climbing into that perspective and thinking from inside it - the better to grasp its nuances. The beauty of listening as a habit of the heart is that we are listening to everything - even to ourselves - as new insights emerge from within us.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 20 years

ancholia. Chiretta decoction can be added to a bath to help with skin rashes. In recent scientific studies, it is being widely recognized for its immune-enhancing properties, which can benefit the upper respiratory tract infections such as colds, influenza and sinusitis. Tip of the Week As Chiretta is a rare wild herb, it is best to locate a highly respected source of supply. In a natural health products store, the most common forms it would be found in are as a key ingredient of a herbal tonic or as a capsuled powder or whole herb extract. Nature’s Wonder Food of the Week : Chiretta, Chuan Xin Lian, Kalmegh, Kirat Chiretta is counted amongst those herbs that have produced the strongest evidence of pharmacological benefit (a few similar others are neem, wild asparagus, brahmi, bitter gourd and ashwagandha). Chiretta has an unusual therapeutic profile as a bitter tonic. It can be combined with Milk Thistle as a liver tonic. Important to note : Since Chiretta is a potent herb, there can be interactions with other prescription medicines, and hence it is best taken under the advice of a Healthcare practitioner. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions


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A Year Down The Road


Last week we carried the Gurgaon Report Card. Unfortunately, there has been little to cheer about in the last 12 months. So much has just remained status quo, especially in civic services and facilities. The multitude of Administrators does not help either. There is very little accountability. In the hope that this year may be better, with elections too round the corner, and new heads in the MCG and the DC office, as well as the Police, FG proposes a list of citizen requirements that are implementable over the next 12 months. We hope to report a better Card and Score the next year.


Civic Services

Ensure more policemen on the road (fortunately a hundred constables have just been added to the Traffic Police)

Continue the expansion and frequency of the City Bus service; put up bus stops

Aggressively check drinking on the road-sides, especially near liquor vends. Also, push for repositioning of the liquor vends away from residential areas, schools/colleges and regular walking areas/ footpaths

Resolve the Hero Honda Chowk water-logging and pedestrian crossing issues

Continue drunk driving and overspeeding checks

All Rainwater Harvesting sites in the City should be inspected by an appropriate authority and be made effective well in time for the next monsoon – and new pit locations planned across the City

Finalise the Auto fare rate chart Set up the first multi-level parking facility – at MG Road or Sector 29

Since water and power will not be available 24x7 for some time, a time schedule should be drawn up, colony/sector wise; power sub-stations should be erected as required, and the respective defaulting builders debited The capacity for the Bandhwari Waste Treatment Plant needs to double asap, and the Plant should be given 24x7 power back-up A colony of at least 1,000 EWS Housing units needs to be completed and the flats handed over; current vacant flats need to be allotted

Public Toilets need to come up – as a start in Sadar Bazar and Sohna Road New Civil Hospital (Sec 10) to finally open. MCG must take charge of all of Gurgaon, for civic maintenance and services and facilities A way needs to be found to provide basic civic facilities to people living in unauthorized colonies and in the restricted area around the IAF Depot Each Councillor should be given a Rs 25 lakhs budget for completion of a project in his/her ward, within 6 months. Any builder who is in default of providing basic facilities to residents in his projects in the current sectors, should not be allowed to continue construction in the new sectors unless he has made good his default.

Police Good New Commissioner, has ensured numerous positive actions at ground level – on traffic and crime (see cover story)

Administration Score Card (Last 12 months)

Multiple actions taken for women’s security However, there is a need to ensure harsh punishments and to take pro-active action to deter brazen snatchers and carjackers

DC Office

Above Average

Computerization and Integration of Registration and Land Records Online ‘jamabandis’

Big announcements made on water availability – a new canal, water treatment, pipelines – but little has been achieved at ground level; multiple colonies’ residents held street protests for water Failure of Water Harvesting All repaired roads are full of potholes after just a few rains

‘Prashasan Aapke Dwaar’ – reach-out program

Parking remains a mess; parking facilities remain only on paper

Disaster Management Mock Drill

Public toilets’ installation was messed up

However, Illegal bore-wells abound

While there were regular announcements for EWS Housing, little has been constructed or allotted; meanwhile, hundreds of built apartments still lie vacant



Some initiatives have been taken on power generation, and dealing with power theft and customer complaints However, despite many positive plans floated, as well as promises, the City remains woefully power deficient At ground level, esp. at sub-station level, there is little progress



Administrator has flattered to deceive

Bandhwari Waste Treatment capacity not increased; waste lying in the open for months, and seeping into ground Even Water responsibility not taken from PHE(Dept.) House Meetings hardly held; when held, not at all effective Payment of Property Tax, the key revenue item, is still disputed by many Almost a hundred colonies remain unauthorized; IAF restricted area residents still denied basic civic facilities MCG still has a very limited role in the City; even HUDA sectors’ hand-over to MCG remains a pipe dream

HUDA seems to have priority only for spending hundreds of crores for an Intra-City Highway through DLF colonies, in partnership with DLF


MCG Poor

Most industrialists unhappy; even Maruti frustrated

Commissioners came and went Mayor/Councillors system just not working, even after years Poor garbage collection; irresponsible contractor(s)

Manesar even now hardly a Model Township – lying half-empty

Poor handling of workers' grievances Udyog Vihar infrastructure crumbling HSIIDC’s role seems to be to primarily collect extra fees/enhancements

T&CP Very Poor (Town & Country Planning) Primarily responsible for allowing the delay and deficit in civic infrastructure, and the recurrent issues of builders with residents Hardly any inspections of projects are undertaken; extensions to builders are granted forever We are headed for a repeat of similar issues, given the future Land (rather than Master) Planning, and the hurried populating of new sectors without basic services being made available


Very Poor

Gurgaon is treated as a cash cow, only for milking The ‘masters’ in Chandigarh/Panchkula hold all the purse strings, despite the City providing them all the funds. The financial powers of the local Administration have been kept unchanged. Projects recommended by the Administration have been kept pending for years – relating to water, power, sewage/waste, roads, parking, traffic, transport, affordable housing. The MCG, for almost 5 years now, has just handled village ‘abadies’ The State is just indulging in recurrent and opportunistic planning of the sale of land (sectors/colonies) with different builders – the residents, and civic services and facilities, be damned.

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he Gurgaon Gramin Bank (GGB) has been serving this region with a strong focus on inclusive banking and rural growth. The Bank has been a part of the Gurgaon growth story, as it played a key role in the transformation of this City from a suburb into a metropolis. With changing times the Bank has also changed its functioning, and is now catering to both the rural and urban customers. It has embraced technology whole-heartedly and is even considering the launch of online banking - a first for any Regional Rural Bank. P Madhu, a seasoned banker who has recently joined the GGB as the Chairman, says that his immediate focus is to leverage technology that will enable the Bank to expand its reach. The Bank recently launched its first ATM in Gurgaon, and it plans to set up 30 ATMs across the City and adjoining areas. “We have started issuing Rupay Kissan Cards as well as Rupay Credit Cards, which can be used by customers at any ATM in the rural areas”, says Madhu. Gurgaon Gramin Bank, in a first among rural banks, also wanted to launch online banking operations for the customers, but was denied permission by the Reserve Bank of India. Madhu says that the efforts for this will continue. An important responsibility for the new Chairman is to ensure that the mission

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of the Bank, of financial inclusion of the masses, gets implemented more vigorously. “We have identified 234 villages with a population of 2,000, where banking services are needed,”says Madhu. This initiative has helped in expanding the banking operations to far-flung rural areas such as Mewat, and other districts of Haryana where the Bank has branches. As far as urban Gurgaon is concerned, Madhu says, “We have decided to tie-up with corporates as well as builders to facilitate loans at easier terms and longer durations, to help customers".He cautions that the depreciation of our currency has tightened the liquidity position for all the banks. Gurgaon Gramin

Bank, however, has a very comfortable liquidity position and the Bank also has lowcost deposits, which help in ensuring better profits. In the last one year the Bank has entered into agreements with seven new companies, for extending personal loans through its 29 branches - thus taking the total number of tie-ups to 172. The Bank has also entered into a tie-up with the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, to extend financial assistance to persons with disabilities, at concessional rate of interest. Madhu says the Bank, despite being a rural bank, has huge potential in Gurgaon region, as it has deep roots in the community, and has

strong and long-standing tie-ups with corporates. The Bank, which grew by 17 per cent last year, has pegged the growth target at 24 per cent this year - despite the stagnant economy. This, Madhu says, is due to the Bank’s very strong fundamentals. The next area of growth is micro-credit in rural areas, as well as financing the needs of medium and small enterprises. “There is great opportunity for the Bank in funding rural youth and helping them establish small units and shops. This will create self -employment and help in rural growth, which is the main objective of the Bank”, he says. GGB is also planning to introduce micro-insurance in rural areas, as the majority of commercial entities in the domain of insurance have not tapped the huge potential of Indian villages. “People in Haryana are very aware, and once given an option, will opt for insurance”, says Madhu. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of government subsidies and benefits is also a major area of focus for Madhu. He says that the Bank has been allocated 68 villages and 5 wards for the Direct Benefit scheme. “We have opened one bank account per family for all the beneficiaries. The bank accounts have been mapped

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uring the past few weeks a section of the media has projected the ills of the Gurgaon Expressway and the two Plazas. The commuters, planners, traffic police/managers, urban/environment experts, executives of IT-BPO firms, representatives of trade and industry, and so on, have expressed their forceful views. A few seem ‘genuine’, while others are on flimsy ground. “Tolls Hatao”(Sirhaul and Kherki Daula) appears to be the theme of the campaign launched by the commuters, and the real estate /builders lobby. The NHAI and the concessionaire have been placed in the dock. All over the world, Expressways, after their creation, source their funding (for maintenance) through placement of Toll Plazas; the parties who run this Toll project are termed as Concessionaires. Gurgaon has done similarly. The problem here seems to be that the commuters have to wait for long. However, traffic buildups are not rare at any traffic junction/crossing across - or even within - cities. Waitings for upto 20 minutes are not uncommon, even without Toll Plazas. Should we clamour for ‘No traffic light’ at these junctions? For 4-6 hours, when there is no power in Gurgaon, many traffic lights stop working, and

crossings become a chaos centre. There is also the risk of accidents and intolerance/road rage. What should be done in these cases? Who should be held responsible? Do we suggest for the removal of such traffic crossings/junctions? If so, there will be complete chaos, clashes and constant road rage at traffic junctions. The Gurgaon Expressway has a manifold significance. On its sides it has IT-BPO offices, industrial hubs, commercial and institution buildings – constantly interspersed with entries and exits for the traffic from various sectors in Gurgaon pouring onto the Expressway. An estimated 2 lakhs vehicles cross the two Plazas on the Expressway every day. However, the Toll Plaza is not the only cause of trouble. Gurgaon can boast of a lot of ‘building’, but the City appears to have overgrown - both horizontally and vertically. The infrastructure is not commensurate with the user needs – and thus the capacity of sectoral roads, though designed carefully, gets choked during peak hours. It doesn’t help that every family has almost as many cars as the number of people in the household! Yes, there are problems and issues – technical and social; of the design, the specifications, the indiscipline and a neglect of the rights of pedestrians. The answer does not lie in doing away with the Toll Plaza. u


and now we are ready to make transfers to the account”, he says. Madhu says that to provide quality banking service to rural customers, the Bank has adopted the latest tools - such as RTGS/ NEFT, online transactions and connectivity of branches, participation in the Cheque Truncation System; and has also set up a currency chest in Gurgaon. The Bank is also going to soon refurbish its branches and bring the same at par with other commercial banks. “Our goal is to give a top experience to the customers, so that they are satisfied and stay with us; keeping a customer is more profitable than adding a new one”, he says. The Bank last year also launched a customized Gold Loan Scheme, which got quite a favourable response in the City. More such schemes will be launched in the near future. Like most corporates in Gurgaon, GGB is facing a problem of high attrition. Madhu says that the large number of opportunities available in the City make it tough to retain employees. “Despite salaries and other benefits being at par with PSU banks, there are a large number of new entrants who move to ‘greener’ pastures, after spending an year or two here. We are looking to change this situation by motivating the staff to stick with the Bank, and by improving the work environment”, says Madhu. The challenge may be steep, but Madhu says that they will now look more for local candidates, who should want to stay longer in their ‘home’ Bank.u

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along the challenging route, so that on their descent they are spared any unpleasant surprises. The climb is well worth the effort. And if one is fortunate, and the veil of fog lifts at the right moment, then all the better, for the view of the Bay of Brodick from the summit is a splendid one – and a moment for back-slapping congratulations: “We did it!” Other islands are waiting to be explored, for a change of scenery and mood. Islay for example. At Loch Guinart on the North-Western part of the island, Emily Platt of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds not only oversees 1,700 hectares of nature preserve, but also the countless birds who come here to nest or to spend the winter. The rare corncrake is a welcome guest here, as are the chough, the lapwing, the barnacle goose and white-fronted goose. The tally in the course of a year comes to more than 150 species of birds. Among the few human visitors to Islay


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Emily Platt, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, searches for birds in Loch Gruinart.

The ferry departs from the mainland (foreground) on one of its five daily trips to the island of Arran (background), off Scotland’s coast. Visible at centre is Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak.

The sole road from Feolin to Tarbert on the Scottish island of Jura.

Over and over again, one sees wild rabbits standing at the edge of the asphalt, or now and then large deer and splendid peacocks. Cars play only a supporting role in this natural setting. There is no use whatsoever for a car on the tiny island

of Gigha, which can be reached after a short ferry ride from Tayinloan on the peninsula of Kintyre. The plan for Gigha is to see and enjoy the Achamore Gardens, with their exotic trees, huge rhododendrons and azaleas. u

A ‘Keep Cool’ Jacket { Ingo Senft-Werner / Karlsruhe, Germany / DPA }


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he sea is rough, the clouds are low and a force-5.7 gale is blowing. “It’s no problem. Every day is different,” says John MacLeod, third officer on board the Caledonian-MacBrayne ferry. The man knows what he’s talking about. Five times a day, seven days a week, he plies the route between the Scottish mainland and the island of Arran – carrying up to 1,000 passengers and 100 cars a trip. Arran is one of a group of islands off Scotland’s SouthWestern coast that are a favourite destination for vacationers keen on a bit of island-hopping. This is MacLeod’s world. “This is a dream job for me,” he says. “I have two weeks on duty and then two weeks off, and so it goes on back and forth the whole year through.” When asked what is so special about Arran, he says, “We have everything - mountains, valleys, rivers, the sea, whisky, and cheeses and chocolate we make ourselves. What more could you want?” The next day there’s brilliant sunshine and no wind. “Be careful,” Corinna Goeckeritz, a German Conservationist, advises adventure-seeking tourists. “The weather can change quickly.” The tourists at Brodick Castle are aiming to hike to Goatfell, the island’s highest mountain at 874 metres. Goeckeritz works for the National Trust for Scotland – an agency with the motto, “Keep the nature wild.” In practical terms that means hikers are given detailed maps and, if necessary, a compass, rather than setting out many markers along the trail. The mountain peak is often shrouded in thick fog, and sometimes you can hardly see your own hand. Hikers are also advised to carefully study the trail

are birdwatchers and vacationers seeking the indescribable peace and quiet of the nature trails. Emily Platt’s only explanation for the place’s special atmosphere is simple: “We are doing precisely what people have done for centuries. We are living according to Nature’s rhythms.” The ferry ride from Islay to the island of Jura takes all of five minutes. Writer George Orwell loved this patch of the planet - possibly because of its famous whisky, but also probably because he could work here undisturbed. Things don’t seem to have changed very much since Orwell’s time. The only drivable road connecting the towns of Feolin and Tarbert is hellishly narrow.

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ressing up to cool down. It may seem counter-intuitive, but that is the idea of a German Professor. Wilhelm Stork, a systems engineer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He has invented a 200gram air-conditioned jacket, that keeps its wearer cool on hot days and during heavy physical exertion. Air that is circulating in the jacket’s ventilation ducts facilitates the evaporation of perspiration, which lowers body temperature. The prototype of the KlimaJack, as the garment is called, resembles a bulletproof vest. “It’s not surprising,” Stork said. “A company in that line of business helped develop the jacket.” Worn under a bulletproof vest, KlimaJack could keep police officers and bodyguards cool on hot days. It is still too early to say when the jacket will come to the market and how much it will cost. Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research provided several hundred thousand euros for funding KlimaJack. “This project achieved, for the first time, wearable, active climate control,” the Ministry said. “This device could make longer wearing and working times possible for firefighters and police officers (who often wear heavy, sweat-inducing gear), for example, and simultaneously reduce physical exertion.” The Ministry sees people with cardiovascular problems as another potential target group. Besides Klimajack’s work and health benefits, Stork is trying to get the lifestyle industry interested in his invention. He gave the example of a Japanese vendor who had developed the Kuchofuku shirt in 2011 – a shirt with two fans built into the back. “It always billows out a little,” Stork remarked. He said that some 50,000 of those shirts had been sold, mainly after the postearthquake accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan – which had left many air-conditioning systems unable to function.

The KlimaJack idea came to Stork during a European heat wave in the summer of 2003. On a day in August I wanted to tidy up my office, but it was simply too hot, as the room lacked an air conditioner, he recalled. “I wanted to cool myself down, not the room.” After a number of experiments, including with ice jackets, Stork concluded that the best method would be to optimize the body’s natural cooling mechanism. In contrast to most animals, humans can perspire and thereby regulate their body temperature in hot conditions, and during heavy physical exertion. The key lies in getting the perspiration on the skin to evaporate. Wind is helpful in this regard. “Having one fan in front of you and another one at the back would be great, but that’s not practical, of course,” he said. Stork’s solution: ventilation ducts. Hip-high, hand-sized pouches, with the type of fans used in computers hang in the front and back of the jacket. They draw air, which enters the duct system at the shoulder and is expelled at the pouches, producing a cooling draft directly on the body. The wearer’s arms, legs and head remain uncooled, though. The jacket makes a continuous whirring sound, similar to that of computers, and something that “definitely could be improved on,” Stork said. Along with the jacket, Stork has developed a chest strap with sensors that monitors, among other things, breathing, heartbeat and physical activity. Cooling can be regulated with the help of a mini-computer in the form of a wristwatch. With a power requirement of 2 watts, KlimaJack uses far less energy than a 2-kilowatt air conditioner. “It’s my contribution to climate protection,” Stork said, smiling. But does he put on the jacket now when he wants to tidy up his office on a hot summer day? “No,” Stork replied. “I’ve realized that my disinclination is not due to the heat. I prefer inventing, to tidying up.”u

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Elementary, My Dear Visitor! { Christoph Driessen / London / DPA }


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ever-ending lines of people waiting to get into tourist sights are one of the signs of a truly great city. “Mummy, they’re still standing there,” says a puzzled little London girl in school uniform, as she walks past the queue outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum. A survey in 2010 found that 60 per cent of Britons are convinced that Sherlock Holmes—the fictional character created by Arthur Conan Doyle—really did exist. Many people even assume he is still alive. Every week, the Sherlock Holmes Museum receives about 70 letters addressed to the detective. A few request crime-solving advice. T.S. Eliot, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, once observed, “Perhaps the greatest of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries is this: that when we talk of him we invariably fall into the fantasy of his existence.” The Museum does not expressly deny it. A tongue-in-cheek comment on its website says: “Visitors often ask whether Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson really lived in the house, but unfortunately no official records of the lodgers who lived here in Victorian times exist.” On the apartment building’s front wall is the typical blue plaque seen at all the former places of residence of important persons. But on closer inspection, one notes that the usual phrase, “Here lived ...,” is avoided. Instead the inscription reads, “221B: Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective 1881-1904.” The furnishings are such that one finds it hard to hold on to lingering doubts. The apartment on the first floor looks as if Holmes has just stepped out to get a new supply of opium. He was an acknowledged drug user, having once commented “For me, there still remains the cocainebottle.” There’s a fire blazing, and on the tables and shelves there are piles of reference books, notes and weapons. On the second floor, things get eccentric. Without warning, the visitor

Sherlock Holmes’ parlour, where his cap and pipe (on table) and violin (right) suggest that the fictional detective stepped out just a moment earlier.


Number 221B Baker Street in London, the fictional home of Detective Sherlock Holmes.


The Sherlock Holmes statue in Baker Street.

Godwin’s Court, an interior courtyard that was used over finds himself looking straight and over as a film setting. at Professor Moriarty’s glass Two actors play Dr. Watson (left) and private detective Sherlock eye. In the story, “The Final Holmes (right) at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in Northumberland AvEverything is perfect - the dark Problem,” both the Napoleon enue, Westminster. brick facades, the polished of crime and Holmes plunge to black doors and the gas lamps. In London, there are many such spots their deaths in the Reichenbach Actually, in Holmes’s day, Falls in Switzerland. But here Professor where a connection to Holmes is made. use of gas lamps was already fading, Moriarty comes back to life again, albeit Several tours have made a specialty for London already had electric street as a wax figure. The most surprising of Holmes, and there is the literary- lighting by the 1890s. display item is, without a doubt, the historical Sherlock Holmes Walk and The walk ends near the Parliahuge stuffed head of the Hound of the the Sherlock Holmes Tour – focusing ment, at the Sherlock Holmes Pub, Baskervilles, the dog that features in on locations where film scenes were shot. which has so many memorabilia that Holmes’ most famous case. This hound One guide, Richard, asks his group, “Who it seems like a museum in its own does not instill any fear, for its eyes look has read every Sherlock Holmes story?” right. Nearby is the old headquar,as his tour of the West End gets under ters of Scotland Yard. At the end of somewhat sad. What might come next? What about way. Six hands go up, about one-third of a day of being immersed in Sherlock Holmes’ water closet, located directly the group. Richard leads them straight Holmes lore, it is the mundane reality beneath the building’s roof. Ah, so it was through the theatre district. The most of modern-day London that one starts true that Holmes had mere human needs atmospheric site on Richard’s tour is to doubt.u too! Why are we not told so in the books? Stylized and oversized is how people experience him outside the Underground station at Baker Street. The which a pressing-iron was built bronze statue of the crime-solving into the suitcase handle, for use genius, complete with his pipe, deerwhile travelling. stalker cap and cape, was erected in The Collection, at Zinnowitz, on { Zinnowitz / Germany / DPA } 1999. the genteel, fine-living, tourist island e it Chinese pan irons or an of Usedom, belongs to Sabine and Egyptian foot-operated pressing Hilmar Lehmann, and was started 28 iron: centuries before electrifi- years ago when they were in Asia. The cation, the Asians, Arabs and Eu- couple, who are insect researchers, ropeans knew a thing or two about discovered—in a junk shop—an old keeping clothing wrinkle-free. A pressing iron with a smokestack, and bizarre collection of nearly 3,000 became hooked to the quest. Irons are irons, used over four centuries, has not exactly lightweight souvenirs, but just gone on display in a converted the Lehmanns kept on bringing them former supermarket, in a town on back to Germany. “We never got over the obsession,” says Sabine Lehmann. Germany’s Baltic Sea coast. About 90 per cent of what they The oldest item is a Chinese pan iron, which looks like a frying pan, have collected is on display, including and was in use 400 years ago – to the Egyptian item – a long, heavy (28 A peculiar attraction at the Sherlock iron silk. There is also a US patent kg) piece of iron operated by foot, to Holmes Museum in Baker Street, London: suitcase dating to around 1900, in smooth out carpets. u

The Press Collection


Four actors in period dress play (from left): Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Queen Victoria and an escort, at the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, a stuffed head of a dog at the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

the ornate toilet.


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Kiwis Blackmailed { Wellington / DPA }

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ohanna is celebrating her 12th birthday while standing at a kitchen worktop with her friends. Wearing white chefs’ caps, the girls are kneading the dough for traditional noodles and stirring the sauce to go over them. “I think it’s fantastic – cooking together and then washing up together afterwards as well,” Johanna says. The Leipzig Children’s Restaurant has gained a new string of converts. Karin Fahnert, a 52-year-old social educationist, who set up the restaurant last year as a response to the decline in home cooking and of families enjoying meals together, observes the enthusiasm with a pleased smile. She sees her carefully designed and well-equipped kitchen, with its colourful crockery, as an educational institution aimed at bringing families back to the hearth. “Nutrition is a major issue in my view,” Fahnert says, noting how eating together has declined sharply in many families – whether for reason of time, lack of interest or difficult family circumstances. “I know of families with three children having no dining table,” Fahnert says. Fahnert aims to counter this trend by reaching out to as many

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Marie, Johanna and Marie (left to right, foreground) and Children’s Restaurant staffer Beatrice, prepare hand-made noodles. (File picture)

families as possible with her Children’s Restaurant – which enthuses children with the fun of cooking at home. Events catered to are children’s birthday parties and invitations to locals to try a specific culinary theme. Each participant pays 5 euros towards costs. The Children’s Restaurant continues to function on the basis of support from a local non-profit association. Celebrity chefs have for some time been attacking the decline in cooking at home and the quality of food being dished out to children. In Britain, star

Karin Fahnert helps Rebekka, Nico, Josephine, Emily and Marie prepare handmade noodles. (File picture)

chef Jamie Oliver has taken on politicians over unhealthy and tedious food served up in schools; while in Germany, television cook Sarah Wiener has played a similar role. Fahnert’s aims are more modest. Her target is the people living in the immediate vicinity. “While we see an increasing number of cooking programmes on television, parents today do not cook themselves – and it’s getting worse,” she says. Word has got around. Guests at the restaurant have to go

out into the garden to pick the herbs, and do chopping and peeling – and the washing up afterwards. Children’s parties have to be booked well in advance. As Johanna juggles the spoons in the kitchen for her own party, her 41-yearold mother is sitting waiting for the results. “It’s a great idea teaching children about cooking this way,” she says. “While at home we don’t eat frozen ready meals,” she insists, we also don’t make our own noodles.”u

handful of New Zealand internet users have been blackmailed after taking part in naked video chat sessions with overseas scammers, a cybersafety organisation said. NetSafe said the scammers threatened to upload webcam footage onto internet websites. According to NetSafe, some of the victims had paid up to 500 US dollars to blackmailers as far afield as the Philippines and Morocco. “It’s a very difficult situation to find yourself in – we’ve had users afraid of friends and family seeing the videos, or of losing their jobs. Once an initial sum has been sent through, the requests for more money keep coming,” NetSafe Chief Executive Martin Cocker said. NetSafe said internet scams of all types had cost New Zealanders a total of 3.5 million US  dollars over the last 12 months – about one-third of that related to dating and romance fraud. u

Keep That Button { Frankfurt / DPA }


eciding to throw out an old piece of clothing often provides an opportunity to create something new. Style advisor Andreas Rose always snips off the buttons from old clothes before he discards them. “You can use old buttons to spruce up clothes in your wardrobe,” he says. Even big buttons, that appear at first glance to be nothing special, can give a new lease of life to a shirt, blouse or jacket, by covering the buttons with a high-quality textile. “That can cost a few euros per button, but it’s well worth it,” says Rose. Rose often enhances clothing that he has sought out for his clients, with “old” materials. He also uses earrings to add unusual detailing. Very long, ostentatious earrings are a great way to decorate jackets and coats – on their lapels. Small chains and clips can add a subtle touch of style to the heel of a plain pair of shoes. u

New York Fringe Festival { New York / DPA }


heatre-lovers and artists gathered in New York City for a 16-day marathon of performing arts, as the City’s International Fringe Festival kicked off last week, showcasing a new wave of emerging talent. The 17th annual Fringe NYC, the largest multi-arts festival in the US, features 1,200 performances by 185 theatre and dance companies, in an effort to nurture performing arts and give up-and-coming artists a chance to debut their

works in front of a New York audience. Elena Holy, Artistic Director of the Festival since its inception, said the idea came after her independent theatre troupe realized that small productions rarely make it to New York City, let alone prestigious international festivals – such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s biggest Art Festival. Holy and her Company wanted to create a venue that would welcome new talent in New York or “theatre Mecca,” as Holy calls the City, known for its performing arts. “We’re here to provide

an opportunity to emerging and re-emerging artists,” Holy said. She said the Festival received 850 applications this year, of which a Committee chose less than 200 companies that best represent three key concepts: innovation, vibrancy and diversity. “We fall in love with our artists during the adjudication process, so we’re really invested in them by the time they come to the Festival,” Holy said. The troupes that make it to Fringe NYC have the chance to showcase their talent in front of top professionals and scouters of the film and theatre indus-

try. Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and actors such as Bradley Cooper and Mindy Kaling are a few examples of the talent discovered at the Festival. This year’s line-up boasts performers from 13 countries – including Spain, Italy, Japan and Australia, and 17 US states. They represent a variety of genres – including drama, comedy, classical theatre, dance, performance art, puppetry, clowning and children’s theatre. The Festival runs through August 25, with an expected 75,000 people in attendance. u

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