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Gurgaon Darshan

o what would we show and tell a guest or tourist who has come to our City? That the only local tourism is Medical…or perhaps the locations around the City – at Sultanpur (Bird Sanctuary), Farukhnagar (Heritage structures), Damdama (Lake), Sohna (hot Sulphur Springs) and Pataudi (Palace)? But that those spots are not really advisable to go to, because the infrastructure stinks? There must be somewhere to take our guest… The new millennium darshan of a city should perhaps do away with history (and therefore historical monuments). Lifestyle should be the theme…Lifestyle

Monuments, Lifestyle Infrastructure (residential and commercial) and Lifestyle Moments. Is the defining monument the Condo? Should there be a Condo Circuit for guests and tourists, riding Non-Motorized Transport? Or should the focus shift to ‘soft’ areas, our soft wares? But what is the Gurgaon culture? It clearly is in the making…at best. Perhaps the current school-kids will define it a generation down the road. How does one glue together the diversity here… the locals, the expats, the blue collars, the white collars, the collar-less, along with the hordes of construction labour, domestic help and drivers…and of course pets?

Let’s start with the ‘conventional’ 16 darshans: The ‘take-them-away Toll Plazas – Sirhaul and Kherki Daula The ‘I’m home’ ‘Ship’ Building The ‘my way’ NH8 The ‘24x7’ Cyber City & Cyber Parks The ‘Mall-mile’ MG Road The ‘not-so’ Rapid Metro The ‘Mata’ Sheetla Mandir The ‘foundation of modern Gurgaon’ Maruti factory

The ‘one-cultural-stop’ Epicentre The ‘world class, blockbuster class’ Kingdom of Dreams The ‘healthy path’ to Medanta The ‘still not encroached!’ Bio-diversity Park The ‘in your face’ Liquor vends The ‘global-local’ schools The ‘you have arrived’ Aralias and Magnolias The ‘throw a stone and you will hit one’ Builders

Don’t forget to ask your guests – and tourists - to bow their heads as they approach each….it is, after all, a darshan.

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A Two-day Family Show @ Epicentre, Sector 44, Apparel House Date: November 30 & December 1 Time: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm et geared up for a fun-packed weekend with activities for the entire family. From music to graphic design,


pottery to artful merchandise, flea markets to Art workshops, vintage fashion to home décor, home furnishings to food art, and kids’ games and workshops for all age groups – take your pick. The highlight of the Show will be the cartoon character Chhota Bheem, who will be entertaining the kids throughout the Event.

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Barcamp Delhi Winter Edition @ SAP Labs, Vatica tower, Sector 54, Golf Course Sector Road Date: November 30 Time: 9:00 am n ad-hoc gathering, borne from the desire of people to share and learn in an open environment. Barcamp is an event where people in the tech community come together to share ideas, knowledge and experiences with each other to benefit from the collective wisdom of peers. 
You can host a session, help out with planning, ask questions and discuss your ideas. There are really no walls. Register at Barcamp website -


Nightlife Workshop

Embrace Your Divinity with Angels @ The LYF Centre, DLF Phase I Date: November 30 & December 1 Time: 9:30 am his course will provide you with powerful techniques to heal and develop your body and accelerate your spiritual progress. It will help you connect with the Angels and Archangels, for your benefit and for others. A
Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course, which entitles you to provide professional Angel Healing and Angel Oracle Card Reading services to others.

Prior Registration is a must. For registration, please email at or call at 9711325000 



Taantrikz Live @ Cooper's Grill & Bar, DLF Star Tower, Sector 30 Date: November 30 Time: 9:00 pm atch the all-Goan Band, Taantrikz, unplugged and playing your favourites all night long. Hear them play across genres – American Classics, Rock, Retro, Jazz and Blues.



Breakfast with a Twist @ Cafe Wanderlust, Galleria Market, DLF Phase IV Date: December 5 Time: 9:30 am to 12 noon ere's a great opportunity to network, engage and have fun. A Biz Divas initiative, wherein participants can brainstorm over the breakfast table on how to take the business forward. Participants share each others' business contacts.
Contact: Kiran Chaturvedi at 9350848865/kiran.chaturvedi@ )


n evening of music and unlimited fun with Dutch-born Punjabi singer Imran Khan. Sway to the beats of his popular numbers, like Ni Nachle, Chak Glass, Amplifier and Bewafaa.


Potter's Bazaar 2013 @ Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, MG Road Date: December 6, 7 & 8

Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, daily fun-filled ceramic extravaganza that will feature the works of ceramic artists across India. Gear up for for some wonderful deals on functional and decorative artworks. Also on offer at the Bazaar are activities for kids, like Clay Corner, food...and a lot of fun!


Dance Teacher Training Program @ Malibu Towne, Sohna Road Date: December 2 f you've wanted to be a dance teacher, here's an opportunity. This Training will teach you all the elements and techniques of 17 different styles of Ballroom and Latin American Dances.
The curriculum is divided, by style of dance, into four monthly quarters. The Programme combines Practical Training, Theoretical Training, Terminology and Study of different Latin American and Ballroom Dances (Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, Lambada, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Jive, Rumba, Paso Doble, English Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, Ballroom Tango, Quick Step, Foxtrot and Figures Waltz). Register now to



16th Ryan Minithon @ Tau Devi Lal Stadium Date: November 30 Time: 7.30 am yan International School, Sector-40, is organising a Minithon for the awareness of health issues by simple, practical and inexpensive measures. All schools are invited to participate. Students can register through their respective schools and win attractive cash prizes. Last Date to register: 25th November’13. For further details, Kindly contact: Phone: 9999347507






Imran Khan Live @ Lemp Brewpub & Bar, Star Mall, Sector 30 Date: November 30 Time: 9:00 pm

Karaoke Nights @ TCK Lounge, Radisson Blu Suites, Sushant Lok, Phase I Date: Fridays Time: 8:00 pm onwards Aa dekhen zara, kisme kitna hai dum' your friends you're not just a bathroom singer. Grab the mike and become a rockstar at this Karaoke den.

reserve your spot and be on your way to becoming a LatinAmerican and Ballroom Dance Teacher.
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WORKSHOP  THEATRE  NIGHTLIFE  MUSIC  ART and Delhi's street food. Taste the authentic cuisine, culture and architecture of states like Chennai, Goa, Lucknow, Punjab, Rajasthan. Enjoy street food like Cholle Bhature, Aloo Chaat and Dahi Bhalla. Dig into the Dessert Cart with delicacies like Ras Malai, Lady Kenny, Phirni and Chenna Payasam.



When High and Low Art Meet @ Art Alive Gallery, 120, Industrial Area, Sector 44 Date: December 5 (Monday to Saturday) Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Group Show of Artworks by A.Rajeswara Rao, Anita Dube, Anjolie Ela Menon, Anupam Sud, Atul Dodiya, B.Manjunath Kamath, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chintan Upadhyay, Dileep Sharma, G.R Iranna, Gopi Krishna, Himanshu Verma, Jaganath Panda, Jayasri Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Manisha Gera Baswani, Murali Cherooth, Nayanaa Kanodia, Paresh Maity, Pushpamala N, Raghu Rai, Ram Rahman, Ranbir Singh Kaleka, Ravinder Reddy, Riyas Komu, Rohit Chawla, Sudhanshu Sutar, Sumedh Rajendran, Sunil Gawde, Thukral & Tagra, V Ramesh, Vivek Vilasini & Waswo X Waswo. The Show is curated by Rupika Chawla.



The Asian Confusion Food Festival @ Sen5es, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park, MG Road Date: Up to December 1 Time: 12 noon to 11:00 pm iscover the best of culinary delights from various South-


East Asian countries in this extravagant Food Festival. The vast menu includes Fried Wantons, Kalbi Korean Braised Pork Ribs, Mongolian Barbeque counter, Dumplings, Vindaloo, Char Sui Pork, Peeking Duck and Sushi. The Soup Menu includes Tom Kha Gai Laksa, Noodles Soup and Hot and Sour.

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Punjabi Food Festival @ The Great Kebab Factory, Hotel Park Plaza, B Block, Sushant Lok, Phase 1 Date: Up to December 8 Time: 12:30 pm to 3.00 pm (Lunch); 7:00pm to midnight (Dinner) ecome Punjabi by nature and palate with this Food Festival. The chefs' offer authentic Punjabi cuisine using royal recipes handed down from the kitchens of undivided Punjab – extending from Potohar to Amritsar.
Sink your teeth into the savoury Bhatti da Kukkad, Machhi Amritsari, Tandoori Chaamp, Murgh Pudine de Tikke, Kaleji de Tinkey, Peshawari Tangri, Patiyale de Murgh Tikke, Jalandhari Seekh Kabab, Kuti Mirch di Macchi Subz Galouti,Paneer Tikka Patiala, Achaari Aloo Sialkoti, Bhutte di Tikki, Bhey di Seekh, Ananas te Amrood di Chaat, Bhatinde di Fruit Chaat, Punjabi Paneer Tikka and more.




Delhi Street Foods @ Culture Gully, Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29 Date: Up to December 31 njoy the onset of winter with delicious street food at Culture Gully. Keep the cool weather at bay with feel-good Indian desserts


The Mughals: Life

Delhi's Artscape

@ Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 3, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, Janpath Date: Up to December 31 Time: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm he Exhibition showcases the British Library's extensive collection of illustrated manuscripts and paintings that were commissioned by Mughal emperors and other officials, depicting the splendour and vibrant colour of Mughal life. The Artworks cover a variety of subject matter – from scenes of courtly life including lively hunting parties and formal portraits of emperors, to illustrations of works of literature.


River Print Imprint

@ Dhoomimal Art Centre, A-8, Level 1&2, Inner Circle, Connaught Place Date: Up to December 15 Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm he Show comprises Gwalior-based artist Yusuf's recent work, a collection of fifteen pieces made on cloth, fibre glass, silk screen, acrylic and more.


Do Bin @ Galleria Market, Phase IV Date: December 1 Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm oca Cola and Tetra Pack launch 'Do Bin', a citizens' initiative to improve waste management in the City, by promoting waste segregation at home. Be there and show your support.



Bharatnatyam Recital @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: December 1 Time: 7:30 pm orld-renowned Bharatnatyam exponent Priya Venkataraman and her talented disciples perform live.

Gurgaon Utsav

@ Amphitheatre, Aravali Bio Diversity Park Date: November 29 & 30; December 1 Time: 7:00 pm CHECK PIX Fundraiser The Kutle Khan Project @ Zorba, MG Road Date: December 6 Time: 7:30 pm onwards fundraiser by Genesis Foundation to provide financial support to critically-ill children from orphanages and underprivileged families. The Kutle Khan Project is a unique collection of Rajasthani musicians from Manganiyar, featuring Kutle Khan, the Sufi and folk maestro. He is accompanied by his versatile group of multi-instrumentalists on the harmonium, sarangi, khartal, bhapang, morchang, tabla and dholak.

For Tickets contact: Hamilton Court – Mob: 9313460040, Regency Park II – Mob: 9810897056, Central Park I – Mob: 9811068633, Sushant Lok – Mob: 9811154906

Musical Evening

Jugal Bandi @ Auditorium, Shiv Nadir School, DLF Phase I Date: December 13 he Aravali Centre for Art and Culture (ACAC) present a “Jugal Bandi” by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Niladri Kumar on Sitar.


Art From God's Own Country @ Arts of the Earth, Building No. F–213 A, First Floor, Lado Sarai Date: Up to December 10 Time: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm show on mural art from Kerala.


Solo Exhibition

@ Art Heritage Gallery, 205, Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg Date: Up to December 20 Time: 11:00 am onwards solo exhibition of late Somnath Hore, displaying drawings, watercolours and lithographs of the Bangladeshborn sculptor and printmaker.



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THE WEEK THAT WAS  High Court seeks reply from IAF authorities by January 31, on the shifting of the IAF Depot and/or how the current residents would be taken care.  24 villages of the District are selected for participation in the (national) Nirmal Gaon Puraskaar.  The property tax payment deadline is extended to December 10th.  The District Red Cross appeals to corporates to donate ambulances.  DC has given banks 15 days to ensure adequate safety measures at ATMs. Further, while reviewing disaster preparedness, the DC has asked all high-rises and industrial establishments to submit their safety reports and approvals within 2 months.  A 40-year-old man has been caught for raping a minor over many months, and also threatening her younger sister and family.  A 52-year-old former security guard rapes a minor in Wazirabad, Sector 56.  A shop owner has been charged with raping a sales woman working for him, after he reneged on his promise for marriage.  2 bikers are killed by a speeding dumper.  Students go on a rampage after a bus runs over a 19-year-old.  2 are killed in a shootout over a disputed plot in Berhampur Village.  A sales officer is killed in a road accident in DLF Phase II.  A boy shoots his friend by mistake while playing with a gun; the friend loses an eye.  Vandals on bikes smash many cars that are parked near the Bus Depot.  There is another fire at the Bandhwari Plant – there are now allegations of sabotage.

Haryanvi Made Easy Get a taste of the local lingo I will take you out to eat tonight. Aaj main tanne bhar khaana khwaan le jaunga Where should we go? Hamne kith jaana chahiye? Let us go for some nice Indian food.Chal kithey badiya desi khaane ki jaga chaalan. I know a nice place where we can sit and eat. Manne ek achchi jagah bera se jith aaram tey baithke kha sakan They also serve very nice desserts. Uth badia mithai mile se Do we have to reserve a table in advance? Hum ne pehla table book karni chaiye ke? I know the Manager there. Main uth manager ne jaanu sun He will find us a table. Wo table dila dega.

 A car overturns on Sohna Road, after being part of a race among 4 cars.  A man steals a Scorpio after shooting at the driver, on NH8.  Of the about 500 ATMs in the City, a third have no security guard posted at the site.  A labour inspector is caught taking a Rs 10,000 bribe.  A Sector 9 resident is duped of Rs 25 lakhs by a couple, over a business franchise.  An engineer is duped of Rs 8,000 on the promise of a job.  Sanitation staff of MCG threatens indefinite strike, as they have not been paid salary for months.  Mayfield Gardens’ residents approach HERC after DHBVN refuses to install new power connections in the colony.  e-tendering has been made compulsory at MCG, for all projects worth more than Rs 5 lakhs.

News Alert Arun Kumar, from Farrukh Nagar, recently married Pooja, who was from Gurgaon. He has alleged that since she was from an upper caste and he was from SC caste, the family of Pooja kidnapped her from their home. When he went to the police station at Farrukh Nagar, no one listened to him. After this he moved the High Court and even the Supreme Court. He then discovered that an affidavit had been filed by the DCP Police in the Court, which stated that his wife had been killed and thrown in the Ganga River. Arun Kumar has further alleged that his father and his ‘mama’ had killed his wife. He seeks justice.

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OF THE WEEK Dear Readers,

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H appenings


Hope Fest

The Prince & Princess


he Festival of Hope, held at DLF Club 5 was full of glamour, colour and style. Designers, Models, Artists and Corporates joined hands and celebrated cancer survivors at the second edition of the Festival. A number of cancer survivors walked the ramp, much to the delight of the people around. There also were dance performances.


hahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha were spotted in the City promoting their upcoming film, ‘R...Rajkumar’. Both the actors seemed excited about their new release and gave the audience sufficient reasons to smile, with their camaraderie.

Learn N Teach


n Event, Seekhein aur Sikhaein, an initiative by Udaan Ek Meetha Sapna, was held at the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, Sector 29, in association with Advit Foundation and TCS. The Event was initiated to bring together the energy and efforts of different NGOs and to provide a platform for them to connect and share their skills. The Event comprised a display of Artworks and recycled installations created by underprivileged children. The children also conducted Art and Paper Recycling Workshops, which were attended by many Gurgaonites. NGOs that participated were – Saksham Bal Vikas Sanstha, Maharishi Dayanand Educational Society, Gurunanak Sewa Sanstha, Jagriti and Nulife Foundation.

ACME to partner with South Korea’s SAMSUNG SDI Aims to install 110 MWh of Lithium Ion Batteries in India & Africa


CME, a leader in energy management and innovative solutions for alternate energy sector, with presence in solar power generation, said it had signed an exclusive and strategic agreement with South Korean Energy Storage System giant Samsung SDI (part of the Samsung group), for the manufacture and marketing of Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) in telecom, solar power and defence sectors, and other allied industries in India and Africa. As per the Agreement, ACME will be the Sole Partners of Samsung SDI in India and Africa markets, have the exclusive right to use Samsung SDI’s technology and will aim for a sale of upto 110 MWh of Lithium Ion Batteries by FY 2016 (in its area). “ACME has been a pioneer in the introduction of innovative and disruptive energy technologies to the Indian industry since its inception – with an aim to help reduce energy consumption, carbon emission and diesel usage. In line with our tradition, we are taking major steps forward to solve one of the biggest challenges of the energy industry, by having an appropriate storage solution for the Kilowatt to the Megawatt class. This will help users replace their diesel generators and invertors, and help utilities to schedule their renewable energy generation as per demand. Samsung SDI, being the world’s biggest Lithium Ion Battery manufacturer and leader in technology and innovation, is our partner for manufacturing and marketing the Energy Storage System (ESS) solution in India and Africa. We believe the unique strengths of the two partners will be able to create and offer disruptive and the right solutions for the Indian market, to resolve issues related to back-up power and distributed generation,” said Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director, ACME. KH Kim, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Samsung SDI said, ”By this strategic alliance with ACME, Samsung SDI will create a milestone, by expanding our business of the Energy Storage System to the India and Africa markets. As a leading company of the LIB-ESS industry, we will continue to explore the market in India and Africa. We believe, with Samsung’s quality, capability and ACME’s network, we can reach our goal of becoming No.1 in this LIB-ESS business.” The Battery industry in India has been registering a CAGR of around 20% over the last few years. On the global front, the last decade has observed the surge in usage of Li-Ion batteries - while that of Ni-Cd, NiMH and Lead Acid batteries has been near stagnant. As per an estimate by Frost & Sullivan, the global market for Li-Ion segment was around $11.7 bn in year 2012, with consumer batteries – for mobile

phone, cameras, laptop, tablet PC and power tools - having a 64% share. This market value is expected to double by 2016 and the share of consumer batteries in the overall segment will be reduced to 52%; industrial usage will grow multifold. In India, this technology will help several industries, including telecom, utilities, defence, off- grid and logistics. The ESS industry will also play a major role, in combination with green energy solutions, to make them a reliable and viable hybrid energy source - unlike conventional solar and other renewable energy options that work as per the natural clock. With the latest technological innovations, the lesser need for recharge and longer duration back-up, will serve the purpose of bringing contiguity in the output. The ACME Group is a leader in the field of energy management and innovative solutions for the wireless telecommunications and alternate energy sector. It prides itself as a pioneer in the development of green technology solutions that are environmental-friendly, energy- efficient & cost-effective – and are capable of delivering a quick return on investment. The ACME group is a result of the vision and commitment of its founder, Manoj Kumar Upadhyay. He has sought to realize ACME’s goal by providing radically new technology solutions through intensive Research and Development. The establishment of ACME Cleantech Solutions Limited (formerly ACME Tele Power Limited) in 2003 was the first step towards realization of this dream. The Company today enjoys an international presence, through its own establishments, channel partners and associates in over 17 countries worldwide. ACME products are installed over 40% telecom sites across the country, and help in Carbon Emission Savings of 2.2 Million Tonnes per annum Samsung SDI, established in 1970, has strived towards a creative and innovative future. Samsung SDI has been creating innovative products with cutting-edge technology, which is being experienced by users today. Samsung SDI pioneered the development and research for the display business market. Since 2000, Samsung SDI has started to develop Lithium Ion Battery (LIB) technology as a venture division, and has attained the global #1 position. LIB business has become a successor to SDI’s thriving Display business. The next generation of Lithium Ion technology is rapidly expanding at Samsung SDI - from sole involvement in digital mobile devices to Electric Vehicles and ESS (Energy Storage Systems).


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ulab Singh Yadav, a candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party from Matiala constituency (Delhi), started as a businessman. He had set-up a small sweets shop in ‘old’ Gurgaon. However, he realised that his passion lay in serving the people. He volunteered as an activist for the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement. In 2012 he decided to enter the political mainstream and joined the Bharatiya Janta Party, to work for the municipal election campaign. This assignment provided him the exposure, but the experience with the Party was poor. He saw infighting and was not comfortable with the process of the collection and use of funds. “I am glad that a party like AAP has been formed, which is beneficial for those of us who want to practise and promote ‘clean politics’,” says Yadav. Matiala is one of Delhi’s biggest


was commissioned in the Indian Army about 41 years ago, in the Regiment of Artillery, and after completing the Young Officers’ Course and School of Artillery, Deolali, was posted to 185 Light Regiment at Bikaner – the only Camel Pack Artillery Unit then of the Indian Army. The Unit was being commanded by Col. Vir Bahadur Singh, a man with a dominating personality and with big bulging eyes – I was literally scared to come near him. We had a young and smart Adjutant of the Unit – Capt. Zamiruddin Shah (ZU Shah), who rose to the appointment of the Deputy Chief of Army Staff. After his retirement, he was a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal (Delhi Bench) and is presently the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. I picked up some finer points of Military etiquette from him – including some tips on fine riding. The Regiment then was still settling down after returning from the 1971 operations in the Rajasthan Sector (Gadara Road, Ghantiali Devi Ka-Mandir much ahead of Jaisalmer). The pay at that time was Rs.450/- (basic pay), Rs. 50/(kit maintenance allowance) and Rs.75/- (DA) – a total of Rs.575/-. Those were the good days and I would save about Rs.300/- every month. I spent a lot of time with camels, horses,

constituencies, with the high rises of Dwarka and villages on one side, and the rural land near Gurgaon on the other. Yadav believes in lending a personal touch to his campaign, and so campaigns door to door. “The current MLA belongs to a powerful community that is influential in the area – especially in the real estate sector. Meanwhile the rural areas and ‘unauthorised’ settlements have been struggling for years with open sewers, piles of garbage and a water crisis. Nothing has been done for the poor population in the area. I am looking at improving the infrastructure and facilities in these areas too,” says Yadav.

Compensation for farmers

The farmers living in Matiala, Najafgarh, Bawana and Narela have to bear heavy losses caused by unseasonal

rains almost every year. Crops worth crores of rupees have been destroyed. This year the farmers have suffered losses of Rupees 30,000 per acre. Rice and bajra crops, in Bawana, have suffered heavy losses. Similarly, in Najafgarh, the mustard crop has been completely destroyed. Due to this, thousands of families who depend on these crops continue to live in extreme poverty.  Yadav feels that such farmers should be given compensation. He has promised a Mahapanchayat exclusively for farmers, where they will discuss the problems faced by them and find solutions.

Civic amenities to ‘unauthorised’ colonies

“No work has ever been done in any of the ‘unauthorised’ colonies in the area. For years, candidates have been chosen from the influential Jat community and they basically work for the welfare of their community. Meanwhile these colonies still don’t have some basic facilities, such as roads, sewers and pipelines,” informs a resident. More than 50,000 people in the Constituency do not have toilets in their homes. This is a cause of ill-health and insecurity, especially among women and children. Of 101 unauthorised colonies in Matiala constituency, over 90 don’t have sewerage lines to take the wastewater from homes to the sewage treatment plants. Yadav promises to build community and public toilets and sewer lines in the area. “Small and decentralised sewage plants would be built, which would be managed by ‘Mohalla Sabhas’. Waste would be managed with the direct participation of people. There would be a separation of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste at the household level and littering would be heav-

The Fading Olive Green guns and various technical and optical instruments. I could pass my retention test comfortably. When I hung up my uniform pre-maturely in 1995, the above traditions and system of the grooming of young officers had almost vanished. The Commanding Officers (for no fault of theirs) were (in 1995) posted with just 10-12 officers; and due to leave, temporary duty and attendance of courses, the strength of officers was further reduced, thus affecting the smooth administration of the Regiment. In the last decade or so the situation has worsened. I have served in 4 Regiments, apart from the staff tenure(s). I do make it a point to attend the Raising Day of at least two of my regiments every year. What strikes you is the shortage of officers, which is probably leading to an erosion of the relations between the officers and their Command (the ‘Paltan’). When Officers are missing from roll calls, games/sports and informal chit-chats, the simmering grievances of their men gradually erupt. This leads to cases of insubordination, fist battles, suicides, and murders. The Govt. must wake up and try to take care of the shortfall of about 12,500 Officers, thereby improving the overall administration in the Units.

Are we today training our young officers as well during their formative years? The institutions of Senior Subaltern/ Senior Captain (and their equivalents) have traditionally played a vital role in the grooming of young officers. Sub– Unit Commanders and Second-in-Commands have their own roles to play, to ensure that a young officer turns out to be a first rate military leader. Good examples set by seniors go a long way in molding the character of a junior officer. The importance of officer–man relationship in the military profession needs no highlighting. The changing socioeconomic norms in the society are adversely affecting the traditional motivators in the Defence Forces. Traditionally the recruiting base has generally been from the rural areas. Family traditions also acted as a motivation for enlisting in the Forces. This is no longer so. There has been large-scale migration of the population from rural to urban areas, especially during the last decade, due to better job opportunities. A career in the Defence Forces is being increasingly viewed as just another job opportunity, sometimes even with a negative bias. The Govt. of the day needs to realize this and improve the pay and perks, both for the serving and the Ex-Servicemen, so that this noble profession does not lose its sheen and charm.

All through my stay in the military environment, I was informed by my seniors and the armed forces officers that the Officers of the Indian Army were at par with the IAS and certainly better than the IPS, and that the Major (a rank attained after 13 years of service at that time) in the Army was equivalent to an IAS Officer with not less than 12 years of service and an SP with not less than 15 years of service (in the IPS). We were also told that whereas an IAS Officer started his/her career at Rs.400/- p.m., an army officer started at Rs.450/- p.m. When I was commissioned into the Indian Army, I felt thrilled to have been lucky enough to join this elite service. I continued to live with this illusion till I was mature enough to realize that there is clear evidence of a deliberate degradation of ranks.

C ivic/S ocial ily fined,” informs Yadav. Yadav believes in solutionbased politics, rather than only pointing fingers at others. “There is a need to bring transparency in the operations of various ‘authorities’. People should know how much water is available, how much is treated and how much is supplied to which area? The approach should be to make such information public on a daily basis. Besides, we should acknowledge honestly that people need to practice water harvesting and other ways to recycle natural resources,” says Yadav. Undoubtedly Yadav’s focus on the poor areas is highly appreciated. However, even people living in high-rises in Dwarka seem to fare no better. Many of them feel let down by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which had promised much on infrastructure. Their major issue is the lack of water, as most of the families are getting just a one-hour water supply in a day. Moreover, they are largely dependent on private backup for power. The issues of various constituents need to be addressed, to win their collective mandate.u Till the Third Pay Commission, four ranks were made equivalent to two Pay grades; and then, between the Third and Fifth Pay Commissions, the rank of Captain was further degraded from a senior time scale to a junior scale. Incidentally, this was the same period when all out efforts were being made to improve the career prospects, by upgrading the appointments. ‘They’ have now done it again, by degrading the rank of Lt. Col. this time. The modus operandi is very clear: first downgrade and then form an “Upgrade Committee”! While we probably have to accept that the ‘system’ has come to stay, the requirement of training/grooming of our Officers, especially during their formative years, remains as paramount as in the past. They are the cutting edge of our Forces and the Commanders of tomorrow. The Armed Forces, despite being apolitical and the bulwark of nation building, have been not only given a raw deal by the politico– bureaucratic establishment, but also been majorly ‘misused’. Firstly, they should not have been used to deal with most internal situations – that is the role of the police. More importantly, the Armed Forces have not been optimally used even against external aggression! u Maj. N.K. Gadeock

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ok Adalats have been successful in resolving minor disputes and compounding of petty offences; of course they can help little in cases where the litigants are recalcitrant and not ready to compromise. The National Lok Adalat in Gurgaon, which was held on November 23, culminated a three month long process, wherein 16,787 cases were settled as a result of the parties reaching compromise or several offences being compounded, as permissible under the law. India notably has a long history of dispute resolution through mediation and arbitration, mainly through Panchayats. The Lok Adalat system is an improvement on this, and involves the courts. These Adalats are held by the Taluk, District and State-level Authorities, as well as the High Court and Supreme Court Legal Services Committees. Organizing of Lok Adalats is becoming a regular practice, particularly after the enforcement of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. A number of litigants at the National Lok Adalat complained that heavy fines were imposed on them, although it is generally felt that the quantum of fines in these courts is less. Saroj, a resident of Jacobpura, whose case had been pending for an year, and was resolved at the Lok Adalat, lamented, “I need to pay Rs 3,500 as fine. We had a minor altercation with our neighbours and a case was registered last year. I had hoped that the fine would be within our paying capacity.” She was however satisfied that the case had been resolved on a single day; she had been running from pillar to post for the last one year to get the issue resolved. The National Lok Adalat also took up a large number of cases related to the Motor Vehicles Act and the Excise Act. Though the cases were resolved in a day, the litigants said that heavy penalties were imposed on them, while the same could have been resolved through a proper channel. Ravinder Kumar, a truck driver who came from Lucknow, said that he had been booked by the traffic police for entering a ‘No Entry’ area in Sector 31. He said that he had been ‘forced’ to do this, as there was massive

waterlogging and a traffic jam on the road. “I came to the Lok Adalat expecting some relief, but seeing the manner in which the other cases are being disposed, it is unlikely that I will get any help,” he said. Similar was the case of Raj Yadav, whose Duster car was booked by the traffic police under different sections. “The traffic police sometimes challans people because it has to meet targets. My driver was sitting in the car and waiting for someone, but the police did not listen. Now I have been fined Rs. 4,000 after waiting for the entire day. The same case was listed to be heard three days ago, but I was asked to come today, to be heard in the National Lok Adalat,” said Yadav. A number of litigants were seen waiting patiently for their cases to be heard, but with half a day gone, it was becoming

Matters that can be taken up by a Lok Adalat include: n Motor Vehicle accident cases where the injured or the dependents of the person deceased in an accident have applied for compensation. n Land Acquisition cases where applications have been made to the government claiming compensation. n Cases for or against local bodies such as the Town Municipality, Panchayat, Electricity Board and the like. n Cases involving commercial banks n Matrimonial or Maintenance cases n Criminal cases that are compoundable as per law n Cases pending in the Labour Courts n Cases before the Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner n Cases pertaining to consumer grievances

Any case that is pending in the High Court or any other Court, where compromise is possible as per law.

an increasingly frustrating wait for them. Rajesh Kumar, whose simple issue of transfer of property had been lying pending in the court for the last six months, said, “We want to transfer the property among close relatives and this is not something complicated, but the officials have delayed it for one reason or the other. I hope the Lok Adalat will see merit and reason and approve it today,” he hoped. Pooja Aganpal, a lawyer in the District Court involved with the Lok Adalat, said that these Adalats are serving the cause of delivering justice faster, and in an easy and affordable manner to the public. The procedural requirements are less and there is no court fee. The litigants can also interact with the judge, which is not

possible in regular courts. “The judges in Gurgaon are doing an excellent job, as most of them are very concerned about the timely delivery of justice,” she said. However, in a large majority of matrimonial and land disputes, many are not ready to compromise, as a result of which these disputes remain unresolved. Parul Sehgal, who has been fighting a protracted legal battle with her husband for maintenance, says that no progress was made in her case in the Lok Adalat, and now the same would be heard again in a regular court. “I had hoped that this Adalat would help me, but nothing happened. The judicial process should be fast-tracked. If justice is delayed, it often loses its

meaning,” she said. Sehgal is seeking maintenance for herself and her two daughters from her husband, who she claims earns more than Rs. 10 lakhs per month. The court has been her last resort, as she has already approached the Gurgaon Police, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and many other forums, to get justice for herself and her family. Sehgal said that it is very difficult for a woman to fight the system and society. “I was initially asked by everyone to refrain from going to the court, but I had no other option. Initially the police also did not properly investigate; they took effective action only after the intervention of NCW,” she said. Her case has now been posted for hearing on the 10th of next month. There is also a flip side. Often litigants have to pay contingency fee to the lawyers, from the settlement amount. At times the fair interests of the parties are sacrificed, as happened in the Manju Gupta vs National Insurance Company case, which demonstrates how compromises and settlements in Lok Adalats are used to deny fair compensation to parties. Gurgaonbased lawyers also agreed that the Lok Adalats, despite resolv-

The Lok Adalats in Haryana have settled over 1.8 lakhs cases from September 1 to November 23, 2013. In all, 2.72 lakhs cases were taken up by these Lok Adalats, informed a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Working Chairperson of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, S. K. Mittal. Mittal also said that Rs 18.13 crores have been awarded to people as compensation for accident cases, and 923 cases under the Motor Vehicles Act were taken up. He said that during the Lok Adalats, District Gurgaon settled the maximum number of cases – 18,614 (followed by 17,680 cases by District Faridabad). Nationally, 39 lakhs cases were put up on National Lok Adalat Day, and about 30 lakhs cases were settled.

ing minor disputes, can prove ineffective – example, if one party does not agree then the case goes back to the court. The Lok Adalats also have no jurisdiction over matters relating to non-compoundable offences. Chief Justice S.K Kaul of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the National Lok Adalat on Saturday, went round various courts in the Gurgaon Court Complex and enquired from the Judges about the numbers and types of cases they have settled at the Lok Adalat. He also interacted with the people present in the Court premises, who seemed satisfied with the day’s Adalat. Later, addressing the members of the Gurgaon Bar Association, Justice S.K Kaul said that Courtwork should never be hampered and there are numerous other ways to protest. He felt that though the lawyers too work to make their livelihood, they perform an important public service, which provides relief to the citizenry. Justice Kaul also said that Gurgaon should have a new modern court complex befitting its status of a ‘Cyber City’. He said that the new Court Complex and Chambers for lawyers should be constructed simultaneously, so that the practicing lawyers do not face hardship later on. He said that he would take up this matter with the State government, so that construction is started at the earliest. On the demand of the Gurgaon Bar Association, Justice Kaul also granted permission for the construction of temporary ‘portacabins’ for lawyers, in place of the current sheds that have been erected by them in the Gurgaon Court Complex - with the condition that they would not resort to encroachments. u


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High-Define Your Display { Shilpy Arora / FG }

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BEFORE to the skin”. A number of international brands offer HD Cosmetics, which promise a perfect coverage of blemishes and imperfections. All of this makes for the perfect Display Picture. “Earlier, marks and blemishes could be hidden under a foundation that was two shades lighter than the wearer’s skin tone. But now, that would look completely artificial on the HD screen. Every imperfection on the skin is clearly visible on these screens. With HD Make-up, we try to provide a natural look, using fine products,” says Divya, a Make-up Artist at Aashmeen Munjal’s Star Salon n Academy. People want to look like models and don’t mind spending Rs.10 or 20 thousand for the look. But at the same time, they don’t want the picture to look artificial. They want the feel of the picture – and their look - to be casual

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oday Facebook is not just a social networking platform - it has become a stage that represents the personality of a person to his/her personal and professional contacts. A Facebook Profile Picture is therefore not just meant to identify a person; it has a bigger purpose now. A Profile Picture or a Display Picture is like the ‘cover’ of the personality of the person. It draws us to the person. People are therefore now spending huge sums of money and hiring professional photographers, to click and shoot them, and in the process get at least that one stunning Profile Picture. The makeover drama is not confined to the world of cameras and lights; it has tapped the world of Make-up too – and not only for women! The package deal is therefore to hire professional make-up artists who can provide High Definition Make-up for a High Definition shoot. Aashmeen Munjal, a renowned Make-up Artist confirms, “Make-up for Facebook Profiles is a significant part of our assignments now. We have started receiving requests from many girls and boys, who want to get a High Definition (HD) Make-up before a professional shoot for their Facebook Profile Picture. As people today prefer to click pictures with an HD Camera because it offers clarity, they understand that the same clarity on their faces can be provided by HD Make-up, because it is sheer, transparent, enhances facial features and gives a subtle glow

AFTER and natural. HD Make-up works well for them. HD Products There are many professional Make-up brands that offer HD Products to cover the skin in a neat and seamless manner, and give the flawless look that people want in their Display Picture. The main ingredients in these products are lightdiffusing minerals, which scatter the light falling on the face and thereby create a soft look. Mica, quartz, silicone and other minerals are usually present in micro form. “HD Products are generally formulated on diamond-shaped granules in 3D formation, so that when the light is reflected on the face the skin looks even and transparent. The product base is formulated in three ways – liquid, powder and gel,” informs Aashmeen. The products have an undetectable texture when

rubbed over the face. Moreover, moisturising ingredients are also present in these products, which prevent the Makeup from drying out - so that it doesn’t cause any cracks or wrinkles. “If you are going for a professional shoot, generally harsh lights are used on your face. In this scenario it is also not possible to go for frequent touchups. HD Make-up doesn’t melt or crack and provides a natural finish for twelve to fifteen hours,” says Nikita Joshi, a resident of Sun City. She had opted for a professional HD Makeup and an HD shoot for her Facebook Profile Picture. HD Make-up also helps cover the glare given off by oily skin. Brands like Revlon and MAC provide special HD Make-up Kits. While Revlon’s PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup is popular, MAC offers the Prep+Prime series for HD Make-up. When asked about any side-effects of the HD products, Aashmeen says, “HD Make-up does not have any side-effects. But it is important to ensure that the Makeup is removed with an HD cleanser. A ‘normal’ Make-up cleanser also works well if applied at least two to three times.”

Your Make-up Makeover Step 1: Clean the face and neck area with cleansing milk. If any Make-up is applied, clean it with a Make-up cleanser. Use separate cotton wool to remove Make-up from the eyes, lips and face. Step 2: Dilute the toner with mineral water and spray it over the face and neck. Let it dry naturally and then clean

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the face with tissue. Step 3: Apply an HD primer with the help of a professional Make-up brush. The primer should always be used according to the skin-type. “A primer helps in blending the whole base and protects the skin from harsh chemicals,” informs Divya.

is preferred for a natural look, grey, pink, blue and brown shades are also used for eye liners. Tip: Use brown HD eye liner under the lower eye lashes for a perfect finish.

detect that this powder has been applied on the face.

Step 7: Apply an HD eye shadow. Use skin brown, peach or pink shades in order to have a natural look. Highlight the upper Step 10: Use an HD Step 4: Use an HD concealer as per the part of the eye with a mascara to define the skin-type and dab it you’re your fingers baby pink or white eye eye lashes. First move over the face and neck area. Divya advis- shadow. the eye lash comb Tip: To make the es to use darker concealers, as they help downwards, and then eyes look bigger, use give a more natural look. upwards. Close the a skinny brown shade eyes and let the masStep 5: Apply an HD foundation. over the ends of the cara dry. Remove Blend two to three shades of foundation. eyeballs and then apthe excess powder or Start with a darker shade and form the ply pink or peach over mascara with a black upper layer with the lighter shade. It is the eyeball. brush. Make sure to advisable to consult a professional MakeAashmeen Munjal comb the mascara Step 8: Here comes up Artist to choose a shade of foundaproperly, so that eye tion, as it can be quite tricky. “People use the most important a foundation of a lighter shade to look step – defining the eye brows. Most people lashes look natural. fairer. However, Indian skin tones are miss out on this part. First blend black Step 11: Use an HD blush-on. Don’t generally pigmented. So it is good to fol- and brown HD eye shadows on a brush low the natural shade of your skin tone,” and apply it in the direction of the eye forget to blend with a blank brush, after brows. Then, comb the eye brows with applying the blush-on. “It is extremely says Divya. important to understand the skin tone, the help of an eye brow comb. skin type and structure of the face, beStep 6: Apply HD loose powder all Step 9: Apply HD eye liner. You can fore deciding the right shade of blushover the face and neck area. HD powder is different from the usual powder prod- use it under the eyes, to make them look on. Many people just use pink. But ucts available in the market. It has an bigger. To make the eyes look small, use sometimes that looks very unnatural. I undetectable texture and it is not easy to it only on the eye lids. Although black would suggest that people consult a pro-

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he only semi-government institution in South Haryana that thrived in this State, and saved itself from political machinations is now ready to fall at the altar of regional politics. The Gurgaon Gramin Bank (GGB), which is one of the premier banking institutions serving the rural populace in seven districts in South Haryana, is likely to be eclipsed under the Rohtakbased Haryana Gramin Bank, despite it being bigger, more productive and having larger reserves. Banking sources say that it was only after intervention from the highest quarters that this unequal amalgamation has been allowed to take place. While an order for the takeover of GGB by Haryana Gramin Bank has been issued, the employees of the former are waiting with trepidation for the notification, which could mar many careers, transfer large reserves to the smaller counterpart and also nip the chances of a pension plan if this takeover is allowed. Insiders say that while Gurgaon Gramin Bank had reserves of Rs. 663 crores, the Haryana Gramin Bank had reserves of Rs. 365. 64 crores in March 2013 (from Rs. 64.12 cr in March 2012). Officials of Gurgaon Gramin Bank allege that the Hooda government wants to use this takeover to give all the ben-

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fessional Make-up Artist to know their right shade of blush-on,” says Divya. Step 12: Fill out the lips with HD lip colour. You can outline the lips with a similar shade. To give a little brighter look, use gloss after applying the lip colour. Make-up is important for a perfect shoot. Keep the above in mind and you would have the perfect Profile Picture. “Attire is important too. Dress-up as per your personality; do not opt for anything that makes you look or feel odd. If a Facebook Profile Picture is also to be used for professional purposes, make it sophisticated - yet keep it simple. People with fair complexion should go for attire in darker shades of blue - such as royal blue, deep blue, aqua blue, cobalt blue or turquoise blue; while people with a slightly dusky skin tone should opt for earthy colours such as brown, honey, orange brown and rust. Hues and tones of cream, pearl and off-white also compliment people with dark complexions,” informs Aashmeen. Besides, hair colour can also enhance your look in a picture. Last, don’t forget to make the picture a little brighter and do photoshop for effect! u

Politically Weak Gurgaon efits to its constituents based in Rohtak and adjoining areas. “If regional rural banks are also treated in this manner, and basic principles and fundamentals of banking are forgotten, then soon these banks will meet the fate of co-operative banks, which have become dens of politics and corruption,” says one of the officials. In fact Syndicate Bank, which has nurtured the Gurgaon Gramin Bank, and has a better record in management of Rural Banks under its aegis, will also have to give up the sponsorship, as the State government has decided that Punjab National Bank, which is the parent organisation of Haryana Gramin Bank, would retain its hold on the merged bank. There are strong murmurs of disapproval in the ranks of Syndicate Bank as well, as it has played an important role in nurturing the Gurgaon-based institution. The decision of the government has evoked strong resentment among the employees, who have decided to approach the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to intervene in the matter, and stop this politically-motivated merger, which will weaken GGB. The Bank employees union has also said that, as per the Reserve Bank Guidelines, RRBs which have a good

performance under various business parameters would have an edge over the others, and amalgamated RRBs would be managed by the sponsored bank of the better RRB. The Union alleges that the sponsorship right was being given to Punjab National Bank on the basis of unaudited and inflated figures of mid-year submitted by PNB, whereas audited figures upto March 2013 should be considered. The bank officials allege that an increase of Rs. 2,000 cr has been shown by Haryana Gramin Bank in the last one year, which is impossible, as any one in banking circles would know. A comparison of figures of the two banks also reveals that the merger of these two banks could be more due to political reasons, as Chief Minister Hooda wants to please his constituency at the fag end of his ten-


ure. Sources said that Haryana Gramin Bank was formed in 2005, after three regional rural banks were amalgamated – the Haryana Kshetriya Gramin Bank, Hisar Sirsa Gramin Bank and Ambala Kurushetra Gramin Bank. The three banks in the last 30 years had done a business of Rs. 6,500 cr, and it is surprising that in just the last 6 months the Bank has added business of Rs. 4,000 cr. When both the banks are compared on various parameters, it is clear that the Gurgaon based bank is way ahead of its counterpart. As far as productivity per branch is concerned, GGB has achieved Rs. 32.25 cr, compared to 23.79 cr of HGB; productivitiy per employee is more in GGB, which stands at Rs. 6.45 cr, as compared to 5.82 cr in HGB; the profitability per employee is higher in the case of Gurgaon Gramin Bank, at Rs. 7.63 lakhs per employee, as compared to Rs. 5.72 lakh of HGB; GGB has reserves of Rs. 663.18 cr, as compared to Rs. 365. 64 cr reserves held by HGB. Senior bank officials say that all these figures clearly point out that the merger should have been the other way round, and the lead should have been given to Gurgaon Gramin Bank. Union officials say that the most negative impact of this unequal amalgamation would be on the employees of the Bank,

as well as the catchment area covered by the Bank. It is certain that the focus of GGB, which is presently South Haryana, would shift to areas that are favoured by the political dispensation. “This is going to affect the spread of rural banking, and the movement of financial inclusion that has been launched by GGB in rural areas of South Haryana, which are agriculturally backward and need special attention,” says an official. Many bank officials fear that their hopes of promotions, which have been in the pipeline, would also be quashed because it takes at least an year to form new guidelines. “Gurgaon Gramin Bank, being a profitable institution, would have made it possible to start pension for its employees, but the merger will ensure it becomes unwieldy,” predicted one of the officials. He also says that the Haryana Gramin Bank did not have matching infrastructure and vision compared to the Gurgaon-based entity, which has an A-plus chest, and has also introduced ATMs. All the branches of the Bank are on the Core Banking platform, and it was only the refusal of RBI that prevented it from launching Online Banking, for which it sought permission from the Central Bank. From the high of launching ATMs and Kisan Credit Cards, the Bank is now low on morale, and every one is keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that this unequal merger being pushed for political benefits is stopped in its tracks. u


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here is a lot of expectation among the 2 lakhs residents of the ‘restricted area’ around the Ammunition Depot, after the State government is said to have signalled that it would prefer the restricted area to be reduced to 100 meters (from the present 900 meters). This move comes after the Defence Ministry rejected a proposal by the State government to shift the Ammunition Depot to Faridabad. Government sources say that since it is impossible to rehabilitate lakhs of people, it has been decided to propose a change in the restriction zone, as national security was cited as a reason for not shifting this Depot (by the Defence Ministry). The residents in the area are elated with the positive development, and hope that in the next hearing an amicable solution could be found. Currently no civic amenities are being made available to the large population living in this area. New power connections have been banned,

no construction is allowed, and even streetlights are not provided. Mehtab Singh, elder brother of INLD Councillor, Gaje Singh, pointing to the map of the 900 meters disputed area, which has been made by the MCG, says that half of Gurgaon - including many sectors developed by HUDA and a large part of the Maruti factory - would have to be vacated if the Defence law is implemented in letter and spirit. “If residents of Sector 18 and 14, and a part of the Maruti factory, have been given regular power connections, roads and water, then why are the poor residents living in this area being denied these facilities. There are numerous unauthorized colonies in Gurgaon, which have come up because the price of real estate has gone beyond the reach of the common man,” says Mehtab Singh. He points out that the State government is legally on a weak wicket because its own agencies have violated the law by developing sectors and markets in the 900 meters

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his has reference to the Page 1 article in your Vol 3, Issue no. 13. It is very informative, disclosing alarming facts about the illegal export of cattle - mainly cows to Bangladesh from 3 big states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. So far a common person only knows that the Central government is earning a huge revenue by exporting cattle meat (mainly cows) to foreign countries, without considering the sensitive feelings of the major community, which treats cows as 'Gau Mata'. Some years ago, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, alongwith with Jain Saint Sushil Ji, raised a massive campaign to check this trade - but to no avail. However, this startling fact, that we are ignoring the illegal activity of export of cattle to Bangladesh by 3 big states is highly deplorable. The citizens of these states are losing a quantum of their productive livestock, and the states are losing revenue. In Haryana, mainly the minority community is involved in such cases, which go unchecked, and this can be termed as an 'appeasement' policy. However, here I may also state that many persons relating to the minority community are breeding cows by opening 'Gaushalas'. This has been disclosed by Sh. Muzzafar Hussain, a Muslim scholar. We all must remember that the contribution of cows is multifold, and they benefit everyone. I urge all three State Governments to check this nefarious activity with iron hands. R.S Jain

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area. The State government has also proposed that residents of the area who would be forced to vacate their houses in case these come in the 100 meters zone, would be given compensation, which would be decided by the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner. Pravin Kumar, a resident of Ashok Vihar, alleges, “Why are the residents of sectors developed by HUDA not subjected to the same rigorous application of law as the people living close to the Depot wall?” The residents also allege that the development in the area came up with the connivance of bureaucrats and lower level functionaries in various departments. Rakesh

Agarwal, who owns a shop, says that a number of residents have valid power connections and have even paid property tax to the MCG. The people in the disputed zone are also critical of the Air Force authorities, for keeping mum all these years and allowing a large number of constructions, and now raising the alarm at such a late stage, when thousands of people have made this area their home. Ram Chander, who owns a small flat in one of the colonies, points out that that there was a time when the Air Force had kept security guards to ensure that no construction took place. An agriculturalist from Carterpuri says that the State government should have acquired the land at the time of creation of the Ammunition Depot. He points to a proposal of creating a golf course and a park in a huge area of land around the Depot, which has been nixed by the Air Force authorities at the highest level. Referring to Property Tax, Mehtab Singh pulls out a sheaf of papers from his drawer and shows a receipt of Rs 20,000, which has been paid to the MCG for setting up a commercial property in the disputed area. Singh says that when residents are being asked to pay taxes,

C ivic/S ocial why are they being denied basic amenities and harassed by the authorities. With no water connections, the residents say they are forced to buy water in the summer, whereas HUDA is supplying water to houses in the 900 meters area, in sectors developed by it. Another grouse of the residents is that even when they try to pave a small street or get a drain built from their own money, the authorities stop them and even register legal cases. Singh also alleges that, “Not only the 900 meters area but even parts of Sector 23 A, Carterpuri, have been denied development because they are part of our Ward.” Referring to the State government proposal that it would compensate the people who have to move out of the area, Singh says, “People who have invested their entire life's savings in buying land and/or a house, would be left homeless if this happens.” The residents are pinning their hope on the judiciary and hoping that the case is decided in their favour, based on humanitarian considerations. Maybe they should take some heart from the Mumbai Campa Cola Society case….or maybe not, as no big politician or big media has descended on this area yet.u

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nited Technologies (UTC), in partnership with United Way of Delhi, recently organized a sanitation and healthcare awareness drive among the community of migrant labourers inhabiting Chakarpur Village - as part of their community development initiative, ‘Pehal’. Pehal aims to provide all-round development to over 2,000 families of migrant labourers, who are living in makeshift houses, through sustained interventions. The objective is to help improve their education, healthcare and habitat, with the active participation of employee volunteers of UTC subsidiaries in India. UTC India employee volunteers, Pehal project officers and members of the community of migrant labourers held a Rally that covered over 12 slum “We measure success with a common clusters at Chakarpur Village, to propagate proper sanitation and healthcare as a prerequisite to building the capacglobal set of operational and environity to participate in economic opportunities. Also, a commental metrics that promote well-being, mitment was made to refurbish 21 toilets in the commugrowth and vitality in the local commu- nity. Pehal initiatives have previously included setting up of a Healthcare Centre at Chakarpur Village; it operates in nities,” said Randy Bumps, the evenings, and will cater to over 7,000 patients in a year. Head – Community Affairs, UTC. A Job Fair has also been organized, to connect the community youth with prospective employers, and apprise the youth of the skills required for the jobs that they want. 58 community youth attended, 21 of whom received offers for employment. United Way of Delhi is an affiliate of United Way Worldwide, the world’s single largest private charity. United Way Delhi has been working relentlessly since 2008 to advance “common good” for the local community, through innovative programs in education, healthcare, environment and livelihood - such as Mobile Science Lab, United Way Evening Clinic, Ability & Inclusion and Elementary School support program. The Organization thus far has reached out to more than 85,000 students and around 25,000 adults in its local communities.u

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Battle Won...Winning the War { Anita Jaswal } Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities… (but) It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. Jim Valvano 


hile it's tragic that so many people have had Cancer, the sheer number of survivors shows the great strides that have been made through early detection and modern treatments. Today many cancer survivors lead fulfilling lives. Navin Kataria is a brave, lucky survivor. It was during a regular visit to the doctor for treatment of asthma and fever, that she was advised to get the lump on her breast checked. “I have to admit, that like so many women, I always knew there was a chance. But again, like so many of them, I never thought it would be me. I never thought I'd hear those devastating words: 'You have breast cancer.' Now that it's been more than five years since my cure, and almost have a ‘cancer free’ prognosis, I can look back and see how God worked in my life during those first dark days and the months of treatment.”reminisces Navin. To get through something so traumatic and life altering, you need something or someone to rely on. “It was the small gestures and moments that helped me keep my spirits up,

when I felt I couldn’t continue. My husband, my daughters and my lovely granddaughter – they were my support system all along!” says Navin. “I will never forget the night before I took my first round of chemotherapy. I made the ‘mistake’ of reading all the side-effects. When the nurse drove the needle into my chest port, just looking at that full bag of toxic, poisonous drugs hanging on the IV stand, I was absolutely overwhelmed. I remember thinking, "God, I feel like you've abandoned me here." Yet, as I watched the IV with its steady drip seeping into my veins, God had an answer for me. 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" I can't begin to tell you how much these ‘words’ helped me on that first day in the chemo clinic. I began the prayerful habit of looking to God's Word for emotional balance. I would say out loud: "Thank you that I'm

The Law & Beyond Arrest { Vidya Raja }


id you know that: women cannot be arrested or taken to a police station after 6:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m., unless the circumstances are extraordinary? Women and children below the age of 15 cannot also be summoned to a Police Station, and must to be questioned at home. Promila is a domestic help who has been working in an upmarket condominium for the past five years. A recent burglary in the household resulted in Promila being hauled into the Police Station for questioning. Her repeated pleas fell on deaf ears and she had to spend the night on a bench in the Station. She repeatedly asked for the officer-in-charge to come and record her statement or release her - neither acion was taken. Fortunately one of her past employers came to her rescue and ensured that she was brought back from the Station in the morning.

not alone. You are here, bearing my burdens and caring for my needs. You have not abandoned or forgotten me. You give me strength for this challenge! I've learned so much during my time with cancer. It's taught me a lot about who I am. It revealed to me my true goals and priorities. It introduced me to a brand new world where time isn't wasted, and important things aren't left unsaid. Some of the facts I've learned about breast cancer also bring encouragement. The good news is it’s no longer labelled a terminal disease. Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. Millions of women have gone through it and have survived. In every community there are breast cancer support groups and there is help, information, and plenty of hope to go around. It helps so much to arm oneself with information for this battle, and to surround oneself with "soldiers-in-arms," because a battle it is! When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally:  give up, or fight like hell. My cancer scare changed my life.  I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I live. The epxerience has helped me prioritize my life. I am not afraid of anything anymore. And we need to especially be

Very often we get so intimidated by the ‘powerful’ that we forget to exercise our rights. This article attempts to provide you with essential information that you should be equipped with, in case you are being arrested. When a woman is being bodily searched, such search can be carried out by a female official only. The search must be conducted within permissible limits of decency and privacy. No arrested person, whether man or woman, can be handcuffed. An arrested woman must be kept in a separate lockup, alongwith other women. In Joginder Kumar v. State of U.P. (AIR 1994 SC 1349), the power of arrest and its exercise has been dealt with at length. It would be appropriate to refer to certain perceptive observations in the Judgment: “The horizon of human rights is expanding. At the same time, the crime rate is also increasing. Of late, this court has been receiving complaints about violation of human rights because of indiscriminate arrests. How are we to strike a balance between the two? The law of arrest is one of balancing individual rights, liber-



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ties and privileges on the one hand, and individual duties, obligations and responsibilities on the other; of weighing and balancing the rights, liberties and privileges of the single individual and those of individuals collectively; of simply deciding what is wanted, and where to put the weight and the emphasis; of deciding which comes first – the criminal or society, the law violator or the law abider. Every person must be told of the grounds on which the arrest is being made. If the person can be released on bail then the same must also be informed to the person arrested. Offences in which the police has the authority to grant bail are classified as bailable offences, and cases where the bail must be obtained from an order of the court are called non-bailable offences. The officer(s) making the arrest and interrogation must bear accurate, visible and clear name tags, with their designations. The details of these officials must be duly noted in the register. If the arrestee has suffered any injuries, minor or major, then medical assistance must be provided. The arrested person has a right to

and endure. I hope my words today have done just that for you,” signs off Navin. "Cancer does not define me, but how I live and fight with cancer, does. And remember, Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” John Diamond u

contact family members and inform them of the place of detention and reasons for being arrested. Similarly, a call to the lawyer, to seek legal help, must be afforded to the person arrested. A memo indicating the time and reason of arrest must be prepared by the police. This has to be signed by a witness and the arrested person. The arrested person must be produced before the local magistrate within 24 hours of arrest. Only with the magistrate’s consent can the person be remanded to custody. Violations, if any, can be reported to either a senior official, or the Human Rights Commission can be approached. Arrest has a diminishing and demoralizing effect on a person’s personality. It leaves a person outraged and alienated, and can also result in turning the person hostile. A balance has to be struck between the security of the society on one hand and the individual freedom on the other”.u The writer is a qualified legal professional who has practiced before the Madras and Karnataka High Courts

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here is still a set of youngsters who are distinctly different from others of their generation. Instead of going to parties, they are passionate about making a difference to the lives of the less-privileged, through the Country’s first magazine on the social sector, “NGO Express”. Leading the young brigade are Prachi Pratap, Pallavi Pratap and Prashant Pratap. The Chief Advisor is Edward Breathitt Jr. They hail from diverse backgrounds. Pallavi is a lawyer, Prachi is a management professional, while Prashant is a doctor. They joined hands to bring about the awareness of ‘Not for Profit’ organisations. “My mother started an NGO, ‘Naari Evam Shishu Sewa Sansthaan’ some 10 years ago. This NGO caters to UNDP and World Bank projects. But we realised that the efforts of NGOs were going unnoticed for a long time, due to which we faced many challenges in terms of getting funds and sponsorships,” says Pallavi. The three siblings therefore took the courageous step, and with their little savings laid the foundation of NGO Express. Started in January 2013, NGO

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he Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association (QERWA), which recently elected a new President after a protracted battle among the residents, is keen that the builder-held areas in Gurgaon should be handed over to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), so that the role of the private builders is minimized. R.K Jain, newlyelected President of QERWA, which is the primary body of all the RWAs operating in DLF Phases 1,2, 3 and 4, told Friday Gurgaon that the maintenance and upkeep of the infrastructure is not upto the mark, and has clearly not matched the expansion of the colonies. “The services have remained static. We now want a duly-elected municipal body to provide civic services, as well as maintain these areas,” says Jain. Jain says that poor maintenance, lack of civic services, inadequate security and everincreasing maintenance fees being charged by builder-owned and backed maintenance agencies - are the reason that they are seeking government intervention. "For example, DLF had promised us that CCTV cameras would be installed and made op-

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Social Expressions

Express is a bi-monthly print and online magazine. The aim of the publication is to make people aware about the social sector and to think differently. The magazine features stories profiling social efforts and social activists. Presently it reaches to nearly 5,000 readers across the country. “Most of the time when people think of making donations, they think of the ‘top 10‘ NGOs. Many that are making sincere efforts at the grassroots level are often not considered,” says Prachi. Their objective is therefore to provide enough visibility to the small and medium-sized NGOs,

so that they can get funds from corporate houses. Bal Manch, an NGO that works for the less-privileged children, has benefited from the coverage given in NGO Express. A volunteer of Bal Manch says, “We are a small NGO. We have over 80 children coming from the

slum area of Kadipur. The NGO was started by two ladies. They invested their salaries to kickstart the NGO. Even today they continue to spend from their pockets, as we hardly get any response. The issue is that we neither have the expertise nor the time to promote the NGO. Besides, we want to spend our time with the children. NGO Express did a great job by covering us, as we received calls from a few individual donors. I am very thankful to the magazine.” Besides this, NGO Express has also helped people in choosing the right NGO. It is therefore important to enlighten people about

'Isolated by DLF' RWA? erational, but this has not happened despite umpteen promises. How does one expect to live safely when some basic parameters are not met? The promises are rarely delivered,” he says. A major grouse of the QERWA President is the attitude of the builder; he believes that they are not even trying to work together, but rather trying to divide and rule. Jain alleges that instead of dealing with them as an elected body, the builder prefers to meet and discuss the issues with smaller RWAs, which are specifically roped in to create divisions and dissensions among the residents. Jain says that a senior official of the Company (Builder) has even said that he was not obliged to meet with QERWA. “We want DLF officials to meet the 21-member executive body of the elected RWA, to discuss matters and resolve the problems being faced by the people,” he says. He also alleges that it is with the connivance of security officials that encroachments by outsiders are allowed in the Colony. A number of vendors are operating without legal permission. The condition of the roads is bad, the boundary

wall and fencing around the Colony needs to be re-furbished and gates need to be set up at the entry and exit points. QERWA has also demanded that a dispensary, a health centre and other community services should be made available to the residents at the earliest. Jain admits that the power situation and water supply was better this year in the DLF areas. The RWA has also alleged that the government of Haryana wants to continue the hegemony of DTCP alongwith the builders, and that is why it has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court. Their intention is to perversely hold up the takeover of the civic services and maintenance of the City by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG). The new Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies Act, 2012 is another sinister act, for similar purposes, they allege. Jain says

that the SLP filed by the government seeks the implementation of the older Punjab Schedules Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Act 1963, as against the more relevant, updated Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994, so that the Department of Town & Country Planning retains its control of the private colonies. In effect this means that the private builders do not take final completion certificates and therefore do not hand over the colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, and continue to indulge in profiteering - against the interests of the citizens and property owners. The SLP talks of protecting the interests of the Department, by implementation of the 1963 Act, and of giving powers to the Director, DTCP, whereas the MCG has already been formed on 2nd June 2008 under the Municipal Act of 1994. The interests of citizens and property owners need to be protected, not the interests of the department, and consequently the private builders, the RWA says. R.S Rathee, Chairperson of QERWA, alleges that the logic of the State government, that only the provisions of

S ocial the profile of NGOs and tell them where, and for what, their money will be spent. Although treading uncharted terrain, Prachi feels that they have been growing with every issue. So far the Magazine has managed to put several NGOs on the map. “We have personally met people and interviewed NGOs in every nook and corner of the country,” she informs.  With support from the social sector, NGO Express strives to spread awareness among people and is in a way contributing towards many social causes - such as eradication of illiteracy, child labour, poverty and hunger; and also helping train the youth in various skills, advocating children’s rights and spreading AIDS awareness. “We have officially covered Delhi/NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Karnataka. We have also tied up with, the largest and fastest growing crossplatform global digital magazine store and news-stand in the world. The Magazine will soon be hitting the bookstalls in railway stations across India. It is hoped that the Pratap siblings, along with their young and dynamic team, will not only help the social sector, but also inspire many – especially the youth - to become more socially responsible. u the 1963 Act can penalize for violations of building regulations, is completely flawed and deliberately misleading. The Municipal Act of 1994 was evolved to correct the flaws and inadequacies of the 1963 Act. The SLP has further stated that municipal bodies may not be able to cope with the situation! Rathee says that it is regrettable that the State thinks that a department will be more effective than a large democratically-elected Municipal Corporation. He also alleges that the supersession of the municipal bodies by State departments will defeat the purpose of bringing in the Local Self-Government Act and the Municipal Act. The QERWA members also refer to an order by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, against which the Haryana government has filed the SLP, making it clear that DTCP will have no jurisdiction to initiate proceedings in the erstwhile controlled area now forming part of the municipal area. Jain says that all private builder colonies in Gurgaon should urgently be asked to obtain final completion certificates and the colonies should be handed over to the MCG, to safeguard the interests of the residents. It has been a onesided tilt towards builders for too long now. u


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Juniors’ Journey


he Junior Wing of the American Montessori Public School celebrated their Annual Day. The theme for the Programme was “Journey around the World,” which saw the rising stars perform with zest. The Founder-Director, Lalita Trehan, was the Chief Guest for the Programme. The Event started with the lighting of the lamp, followed by the School Choir’s soulful rendition of the Saraswati Vandana and the School song. Also present were Principal, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director (Edu & Dev), Anita Sharma and Vice-Chairperson, Nidhi Trehan. The students presented a cultural show, resplendent in various costumes. Programmes included cultural dances, aerobic dances, folk arts and skits, which kept the audience absorbed. The students of ‘Balsthal’ sang a touching song, ‘Aashayein’. Chairperson S.K Trehan praised the efforts of students and staff.

Gimme 5!


LF 5 organised an event to celebrate Children’s Day at Club 5. The children were entertained with fun, food and games. Celebrations began with the chefs of Club 5 hosting an interactive cake-baking session, wherein the children were encouraged to create cakes of various shapes and sizes. This was followed by a Fancy Dress Competition, where the children walked the ramp with style. The Event concluded with all the kids on the dance floor.  Parents participated at the Event with equal enthusiasm. The Photo-Boxi, a modern day photo booth, generated a lot of excitement with guests producing instant photographs annotated with customised messages. A snow machine in the Party arena was an instant hit with the kids.

I Have a Dream


idge Valley School hosted its 3rd Annual day, ‘Dreams Work’. The occasion was graced by the Chairman of the School, Lieutenant General Rajinder Singh, PVSM. A welcome song was presented by the School Choir who enthralled the audience with their rendition of the song ‘RVS is Here’. A Musical Saga, ‘Dreams Work’ was performed which showcased the fact that one must dare to dream and not back down when confronted with obstacles. Students were dressed in colourful and vibrant attires and performed confidently.



he kids of Devinder Vihar, from ages 4 to 12, participated enthusiastically in a Cyclothon organised by the Society. The area wore a busy Sunday morning look as kids took to their bikes to commence the first ever Cyclothon held in the Society premises. The cyclists were supported by volunteers, parents, grandparents and the Society members.

Annual Fiesta


athways School celebrated its Founder’s Day. The Guests of honour at the Event were Randeep Hooda, Model & Actor, Paramjit Kaur Narang, School Director and Promod Jain, Chairman. The evening began with a welcome speech by the Director. Dressed in colourful attires, the Primary School students staged the story of ‘The Silk Coat ‘.The Middle School students enthralled the audience with the play, ‘W’, bringing Mahabharat and Iliad on the same canvas. The Senior school students staged the comedy drama, ‘Macbeth goes to Hollywood’ which left the audience in splits. The evening concluded with wonderful words of encouragement by Paramjit K. Narang.


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Ryan International School, Sohna Road

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he Montessori Wing of the School organised a Cartoon Parade for the tiny-tots, who came dressed as various cartoon characters from Disney Land. Their costume and props complemented their ramp walk and the Cartoon world came alive in the School premises. The Cartoon characters spotted were Little Pokemon, Dora, Picachhu, Doremon, Mickey, Minnie, Tweety, Superman, Spiderman and Chhota Bhim. Students from neighbouring Play Schools were invited to witness the Event. The little guests also participated in “Me and My School Kit” race and grabbed attractive prizes.

The Smartest Lot


The IAFA Awards


yan International Group of Education Institutions hosted the Ryan IAFA 5th ICEFLEX Ad Film Awards presentation ceremony at MLR Convention Centre auditorium, Whitefield, Bangalore. Karnataka State Home Minister K.J. George was the Chief Guest, and presented the Awards. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the Ryan Group, founded by educationist pioneers Dr. Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, is credited with introducing world-class education in schools across the nation.

elect students participated in the City Finals of Derek’s Faster, Smarter, Better Challenge. There were more than 25 teams from different schools across Gurgaon participating in the Event. The Ryan team comprised Ishrita Bagchi, Tanmay Betrabet, Gabriella Martin and Aakarshi Agarwal. After a written round, the teams that qualified for the Stage Round were Amity International, Ryan International Sohna Road, DAV Public School, CCA, Bluebells and Rishi Public School. The various Rounds included “Better than the Rest”, “Smarter than the Rest”, “Spin a Yarn” and a Memory Round. The last and final round was the Buzzer round. Ryan International School, Sohna Road was adjudged the winner with 180 points. Amity International came second.

Ryans bag ISA


3 schools of the Ryan International Group of Institutions bagged the prestigious International School Award, a Global Collaborative Learning Competition organised by British Council, in Kolkata. Rittika Chanda Parruck, Assistant Director - Schools and Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India, were present at the occasion. The Ryan School branches that won the award were – Vasant Kunj, Rohini, Mayur Vihar, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Sohna Road, Padmawati, Jaipur, VT Road, Jaipur, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Kundanhalli, Bangalore. Ryan Global School had initiated these ISA Projects, collaborating with schools from USA, London, Nepal and Canada. The students had enthusiastically conducted projects on topics of Environmental Degradation and Toxic Wastes, International & Indian Rivers, Olympics Grasslands in North America, Fractions and more. The students had exchanged emails, conducted online surveys & interviews through video conferencing and undertaken in-house activities on the topics of their interest.

Colours of Joy


ursery D students of Kunskapsskolan were happy to see their parents walking into the Class for the 2nd Theme Presentation, ‘Colours in My World’. The children showed their parents all the hard work they had put in to create the colorful masterpieces on display. The parents got a glimpse of the skillbased activities done in the Nursery Base Group. A discussion was held on the progress of the Base Group, as the parents browsed through the work(s) done by their child.

Hosting Heritage


o promote the heritage of India, Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46, organised a scintillating dance performance by renowned Kathak dancer Monisa Nayak, under the aegis of Spic Macay Virasat Series 2013. Monisa, an accomplished performer of the Jaipur Gharana, ignited the stage with her beautiful balance of Nritya, Abhinay and lyrical beauty. Also present at the occasion were School Principal, Dhriti Malhotra, Executive Director Sunny Bansal and students.

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Attaining Samadhi { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }


he body is the source of all our suffering and so the body must be overcome. Overcoming the body (and therefore our suffering) means going against what the body seems to want. We need to assert mind over matter. We all meet suffering in one form or another and feel a great urge to remove ourselves from the painful spectacles of life. The great mass of suffering all around can weigh heavy upon us. We can slip into a deep state of concentration and feel a kind of intense rapture that we call Samadhi. Samadhi in its simplest form means ‘concentration’ – in the quest for attaining inner peace. It is the concentration in a wholesome state of mind the intensified concentration that results from a deliberate attempt to raise the mind to a higher, more purified level of awareness. Samadhi is also a psychological technique that can offer a transformative vision – an opening to a pure and contented life. Samadhi enables us to find ‘our light’. Young learners may also need it for developing their concentration and memory abilities. Samadhi has great spiritual power. With this vision, many of our troubles can be transformed into opportunities for spiritual growth. Our essence of mind is intrinsically pure, but we allow ourselves to be carried away by circumstances. When we are free from attachment to all outer objects, the mind will be at peace. The transformative on-going visionary experiences through Samadhi help transport us to the doors of enlightenment - which changes what a person sees and experiences. He who is able to keep his

mind unperturbed, irrespective of circumstances, is said to have attained Samadhi. The Samadhi experience is defined as the centering of the mind and mental faculties rightly and evenly on an object. Samadhi gathers together our ordinarily dispersed and dissipated stream of mental states, to induce an inner unification. The two salient features of a concentrated mind are: an unbroken attentiveness on an object, and the consequent tranquility of our mental faculties.. The mind untrained in concentration moves in a scattered manner; it rushes from idea to idea and thought to thought, without inner control. Such a distracted mind is also a deluded one. Overwhelmed by worries and concerns, it sees things only in fragments, distorted by the ripples of random thoughts. To centre our mind and concentrate, we need to clear stray thoughts and to slow down and still our thought process. Sustained application, by anchoring the mind on the object, drives away doubt. This is achieved through the mindfulness of breathing; and later, through various meditations on various subjects. Once the initial excitement subsides and the mind begins to settle into the practice, hindrances are likely to arise. They appear as thoughts, images, obsessive emotions – surges of desire, anger and resentment, heaviness of mind, agitation or doubts. The hindrances pose a formidable barrier, but with patience and sustained effort

The Laws of Karma

they can be overcome. At times, when a particular hindrance becomes strong, we may have to lay aside our primary subject of meditation and take up another subject expressly opposed to the hindrance. To help us reach there, there are positive markers on the road to Samadhi. Rapture is the delight and joy that accompany a favourable interest in the object. Happiness is the pleasant feeling that accompanies successful concentration. The difference between them is illustrated by comparing rapture to the joy of a weary desert-farer who sees an oasis in the distance, and happiness to his pleasure when drinking from the pond and resting in the shade. One-pointedness is a pivotal function that helps unify the mind on the object. Rapture shuts out ill-will, happiness excludes restlessness and worry and one-pointedness counters sensual desire - the most alluring inducement to distraction. When concentration is developed, all these factors help counteract the hindrances. However, hindrances can only be eradicated by wisdom, by reducing them to a state of quiescence, whereby they cannot disrupt the forward movement of concentration. Samadhi takes us to a level where our heads would not be full of either arrogance or self-depreciation. Our thoughts, speech and action would all flow together in a constructive manner.. This brings about a peace of mind. A mind in Samadhi naturally finds bliss in the eventualities of everyday life, and so enables us to fulfill our life’s purpose. u


Zindagi ki Dor Zindagi, tu mujhe ek patang si nazar aati hai Kabhi ooper, kabhi neeche, kabhi idhar udhar jaati hai Zindagi tu mujhe ek patang si nazar aati hai Koi to hai jisne thaami hai teri dor Woh jab chaahe tujhe gagan mein uda de Jab chaahe tujhe zameen pe gira de Uski ungli ke ek thumke se Teri raah badal jaati hai Zindagi tu mujhe ek patang si nazar aati hai Kitne hi rang hain iske, kitni alag alag pehchaan hai Kisi ki chhoti, naazuk si, kisi ki tagdi kamaan hai Woh jhoomti hai gagan mein Jaise zameen par daudte insaan hain Kahin khelti, kahin lad kar kat-ti nazar aati hai Zindagi tu mujhe ek patang si nazar aati hai Jis tarah hawa ke bina naheen koi hasti iski Bina udaane waale ke, naheen masti iski Isi tarah Bhagwaan ke haathon hai yeh zindagi apni Dor tooti naheen, ki kat ke girti nazar aati hai Zindagi tu mujhe ek patang si nazar aati hai. Ashok Lal


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

SMS NR to 08447355801

We come with a package deal of our past karmas

Don’t resist, you fight your adversary in vain,

So say the laws of Vedic Dharma

You have come on earth to master the lower urges

The law of mercy reigns supreme

To be soul strong, do no one harm

Whatever you do, do it with kindness, be sweet

Fate has only concretized your karmas

For what you give is what you will get

Face them and vanquish them

Every emotion is first felt before it is dealt to the other

Sometimes just watch what you fear.

Joy first exhilarates in your heart

Be the earth, the tree, the shinning sun,

Before you impart it to another.

The wind, the stream

So with anger & resentment

The life-giving one.

They burn the mind & heart before you impart Forgive your enemy…it is a healing lotion Toxic emotions manifest as illness & pain

Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Teacher Trainer, Social Activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer


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W ellness

Scientific Aid to Stuttering

{ Sid Astbury/ Sydney/ DPA }


Sid Astbury


izza delivery drivers in Sydney used to know him by other names. “I’ve a particular problem saying my first name,” said Stephen Lally, a stutterer. “It seems to get me, always.” Now they know him as Stephen. The 32-year-old communications executive with global media company News Corp, has dumped avoidance strategies and now deals with his speech impediment head on. That means using his own name. And not keeping quiet in company. “If I don’t speak up in a meeting, I’m always angry with myself afterwards,” he said. “And it happens less. And then you reach a point when you just don’t care. You just refuse to let it hold you back.” Only a tiny minority fail to grow out of a childhood stutter. Lally is one of them. In his teens he saw speech pathologists but the therapies did not work for him as well as they worked for others, and he stopped going at 17. The Lidcolme Programme, developed by Sydney University’s Mark Onslow, is the only therapy for children that has been properly tested in clinical trials and found to work. Onslow, a world authority, has helped reveal some of stuttering’s mysteries and helped clear up some of its myths. There is no link with nervousness. More boys are affected than girls. It is present in all cultures. Stutterers are as bright as their peers. Some falter on some sounds and some on all sounds. Some have trouble with particular words. Most of the 10 per cent of children who have a stutter at the age of 4 grow out of it. Stuttering can come on suddenly. It used to be thought that a childhood trauma was responsible. But we don’t think that now. A likely cause is a neurological hitch in language development that mostly takes hold temporarily. “It’s completely idiosyncratic,” Onslow said. “Others will be fluent for hours and suddenly it’ll get them.” Peter Wise, a 53-year-old Canberra librarian, sets greater store on cognitive behaviour therapy than Lally. He is the Canberra head of Speak Easy, a support group where stutterers get together to learn and practice techniques. “It requires a lot of concentration, a lot of effort,” he said. “You have to stay on top of it and keep practicing.

Australian stutterer Stephen Lally

Sheena Reilly

It’s hard work. For adults who stutter, there’s no real cure.” Wise joined a public-speaking club to deliberately put himself in the very situations that once petrified him. “I realize now, looking back, that I made my own problems worse by being ashamed of my stutter and trying to mask it and cover it up,” he said. Wise had dreamed of a career in radio, but did not put himself forward. He closed off that path because halting speech damaged his confidence. It is different now. Like Lally, he has faced his demons. And he too regrets the occasions when he has bowed before them. “I can recall when I just sat there, when I opened my mouth and I blocked and nothing came out at all,” he said. “And giving up speaking altogether, just giving

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up what I was trying to say because it was just too difficult.” A better understanding of stuttering and the broadcast of research has made life easier for some stutterers. “Stuttering is not a sign of backwardness in any way at all,” said Sheena Reilly, head of Speech Pathology at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. On every indicator her research team looked at, pre-schoolers with a stutter were performing as well as their peers – and in many cases outperforming them. “We can’t say it for individual children, but at a group level the children didn’t seem to be bothered by their stuttering,” she said. “We say that because on other measures we found they were doing really well, were very resilient. I think that’s a

A delightful irony, Lally discovered recently, is that the founder of News Corp, Sir Keith Murdoch, had a bad stutter and yet went on to build a communications business that became the world’s largest. He went to London for lessons with fellow Australian Lionel Logue, the speech therapist made famous by his treatment of Britain’s George VI’s stammer. Logue was the leading non-regal character in the film, The King’s Speech. Murdoch’s blocks were so bad he adopted the stratagem of writing out his train destination and pushing the scribbled note through the window of the ticket office, for fear he would be made a figure of fun by others in the queue. In contrast with Lally, and in sync with Wise, the newspaper baron had in this circumstance let his stutter get the better of him. terrific story to tell about these children.” The big question for researchers is, when should a therapy like the Lidcolme Programme begin. Because most children grow out of their impediment, Reilly argues in favour of holding off until intervention is clearly needed. Others are insistent that all infant stutterers need attention, that early intervention is always required. Onslow said many were successful at hiding their stutter in the classroom. “If you ask teachers to reflect on their careers, they rarely remember many students who stuttered,” he said. “But

statistically we know they must have been in their classes, avoiding speaking as much as possible and suffering daily anxiety.” Lally was the lead in the school play in junior school, but by the time high school came round, he was among the afflicted. He admitted to difficult times but was wary of latching on to his stutter as an excuse for not getting on. “I’ve been through every sort of awkward situation in the world,” he said. “I’ve had every type of reaction. There’s nothing that I haven’t experienced. It’s just not that important.”u

Respiratory Health


he tobacco smoke you inhale, the indoor and outdoor air pollution you live with and harmful chemicals that enter your respiratory system can together become a recipe for disaster for your respiratory health. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPDs), which impair a patient’s respiratory system, causing severe repercussions on health, cause a large number of untimely deaths every year. While there are campaigns aplenty informing people that tobacco smoke causes cancer, a large number of people remain blissfully unaware that incessant smoking coupled with pollution can also cause COPDs. COPD is ranked as the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, killing over 3 million people in 2011. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (a 'need for air'), excessive sputum production and a chronic cough. Located on either side of the heart, the lungs are the most crucial parts of your respiratory system, and enable you to breathe and transport oxygen into the bloodstream. A breakdown in their functioning can make the basic breathing exercise difficult, throwing life out of gear. With pollution reaching alarming proportions all over the country, especially in metro cities, along with an increasing number of people getting addicted to smoking, it is important that we discuss, educate and create awareness about chronic respiratory health hazards,” says Dr. Kailash Nath, Pulmonologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon. “Respiratory diseases like asthma, COPD, pneumonia and tuberculosis are emerging as a major concern in our country. Factors like nutritional deficiencies, air pollution and smoking are contributing to the fast spread of such respiratory health hazards in the country. Lack of awareness is also a major cause of worry”, says Dr. Kausar Ali Shah,

General Manager, Columbia Asia Hospital. “The growth in lung problems can be gauged by the fact that most physicians, particularly chest specialists, treat at least 18-20 cases of respiratory ailments every day. The numbers of patients seeking treatment from general practitioners is likely to be much more. It is important that we take note of this unrecognized epidemic before it becomes too late”, adds Dr.Kailash Nath. According to WHO, COPD kills more people than HIV-AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis put together, in the South East-Asian region. One of their reports, called the ‘The Global Burden of Disease’, released in December 2012, also confirmed that around 65% of the air pollution deaths occur in Asia, and close to a quarter of these occur in India. This scenario could get worse in the coming years, if people in India do not take these respiratory diseases seriously. Smoking is definitely a habit that should be avoided. Asthmatic patients should take special care of themselves, especially during seasonal change.u

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Expressingly Yours { Christopher Daruwalla }


help children and young adults understand the elements of drama and its impact on the audience, on society and on the collective voice of young people like them - who will be the active ingredients of a society of the future. Although my work is primarily about theatre and its elements, I find myself increasingly having to deal with youth that on the one hand seem to know what they want, but on the other hand look completely lost. Their identities seem governed by brands, locations, holidays and electronics - by all external factors, rather than what or who they are, their values and thinking. This makes the task of engaging them in something meaningful, a complex and protracted challenge. Today’s youth seems to have lost the art of communicating effectively. Often what comes out is a jumble of words, which needs to be deciphered by further questions… to slowly eke out some form of an opinion. Reading, which formed the base of an effective use of language, has now been replaced by gam-

{ Krishan Kalra }


ing, video and whats app. To add to the mix, short messages on phones have given way to acronyms. What have we done to the art of speech? The things that define the youth of today are ever-changing. Fashion changes like the wind, new gadgets are launched daily, and the Internet - which is like an extension of their spinal chords - is an unknown mass of poorly regulated information. Summer holidays have now become a tool to define ones position in society. Birthday parties and “return gifts” are forgotten as soon as the event is over, and have to be topped by something better the following year. I dare not talk about values. So what is the young new mind to do? How do they deal with this confusion? For a start, when I work with the young actors, I spend some time helping them find their identity - something

that speaks to them and helps them form their own voice. I work on the internals and what drives them - the essentials below the layers they have heaped upon themselves. It is not easy, as this takes time; and time is often the spoilsport when other activities vie for its attention. The youth want an instant fix. Like the person I saw at a doctor’s clinic, and who was arguing with the doctor that an injection was the best remedy for her cold. In today’s world, where drama is finding an increasing role in the world of communication, in impacting one’s self worth and personality development, and even in therapy, it is time to look at the skills of stagecraft through new spectacles. I know, somewhere in the back of my mind, that most people look at drama and communication as something that comes after most other ‘essentials’. But as I often say, “What is the use of a 99 percentile, when you cannot express your ideas in a way that inspires and convinces others?” u The Author is Founder and Creative Director of Actors World – an actor, writer and director, he has trained from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art [LAMDA]. He is the Representative North India for LAMDA - Graded exams in communication and performance. www.

Saintly Lives

andit Bishambar Lal was the official ‘Pujari’ at the Sanatan Dharam Mandir at Sargodha, a small town in West Pakistan. Bishambar Lal was not only the Pujari; he also doubled as the ‘Shastri’ and read from the scriptures every afternoon. He wasn’t there because he had bribed any high-powered managing committee or because his father had done the same job. He was there simply because the people of Sargodha loved and admired this humble man, who was their friend, philosopher and guide in many a difficult situation. Panditji – as he was fondly called by everyone in the town – had been the Pujari for five decades. He took care of the ‘moorties’ in the sanctum sanctorum, while his wife – the ‘Panditayan’ – swept and scrubbed the rest of the modest temple. He was there when the people visited the temple early in the morning, applying ‘tilak’ on their foreheads and giving out ‘charnamrut’ and ‘prasad’. Later, he would make house calls for various ‘poojas’, ‘shradhs’, betrothals, marriages, ‘mundans’, births and deaths. Afternoons were reserved for reading out discourses from the scriptures – first reading the ‘shlokas’ in Sanskrit and then translating them to simple everyday Punjabi. In the evenings the people again came to pay obeisance – especially on Tuesdays – and Panditji would be there to help them. He was indeed a part of the life of everyone in the sleepy little town. And for all his pains, Panditji got only two simple meals a day and a few sets of rough home-washed ‘kurta-dhoties’. The man just didn’t want anything else for himself. All the collections

of the ‘mandir’ went to charity. One morning, while performing his ‘suryanamaskar’, after the routine daily bath at the canal, Panditji just collapsed and died. Other bathers rushed to help but there was no life left in the old man. The saintly man had departed peacefully, without any fuss and without any bother to anyone - so typical of his life. Someone ran and got a ‘tonga’ to carry the body to the ‘mandir’ and the one-room apartment behind it, where the old couple lived. Another person informed his wife. When the body was brought to the mandir courtyard, the Panditayan came and quietly touched her dead husband’s feet. In a low composed voice she told the gathering to wait for her, as she also wanted to “accompany her husband” to the cremation ground. “Give me a few minutes to get ready”, she said, and went into her room. The people were aghast. Women did not go with funeral processions those days. Yet, she had asked them to wait, and so they didn’t have a choice. Half an hour passed but there was no sign of the old lady. All arrangements had been made and the people didn’t want to delay the cremation. They said that they would try to dissuade her once she came out. After some time, one of the ladies went and knocked at the door. There was no response. She knocked response. She then pushed the door gently; it was open. Inside, the Panditayan sat in ‘Samadhi’. As the lady touched the Panditayan’s shoulder, the lifeless figure just rolled onto the floor. The woman shrieked and more people rushed inside. Someone felt for the pulse. There was none. The lady had indeed succeeded in ‘accompanying her husband’ on his final journey.u

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Music to the Mind

{ Bhuvana Shridhar } Music has a complete message for humanity It has a message for the human body It has a message for the human mind And it has also a message for the human soul” If music be the food of love play on….. The mind has many marvellous powers, far more than we have ever dreamed of, and meditative music lets us tap into those realms. While the process of relaxation is spontaneous and natural, humans in this modern society cannot take relaxation for granted. Desires drain the peace of our mind. To relax, we must let go of everything and de-stress ourselves, and consciously find a state where the body can re-activate its wonderful healing abilities. Soulful music meditation has great healing potential, as the entire human body is energised and influenced by sounds.

Process and Preparation

Before we are able to go into subconscious meditation with the music, we need to be in a spontaneous and relaxed state of mind. It is only then that we can begin an amazing inner journey of self discovery. In order to heal various parts of ourselves we need to feel the inside of our body and spirit. The right kind of meditation music will help us do that.

Types of Music Meditation

Catharsis Meditation Music has been designed to take you deep into the subconscious levels . The emotional catharsis happens as we hear the music and this heals our mind, body and soul. It helps to release emotional and mental stress, and clear any debris from the unconscious mind. Alpha Wave Music is basically made up of alpha waves and has a therapeutic effect on our senses. It is infused with subtle alpha beats and subliminal neural beats. This has a relaxing effect as well as leads our attention to the realms of the body and away from disturbing thoughts. Shaman High Energy Music, or what’s called the music of the soul, will help to awaken our inner thoughts and ask the subconscious mind to help us in our journey. This kind of music has a deep impact on all levels of our mind and aids in healing at a deeper level. The elements of the musical notes will enable us to clean our minds and remove the stress of everyday life. They will increase our deep breathing patterns and relax all the muscles of the body. Shamanic musical notes are ideal for meditation, as they help the mind and the body to gradually heal themselves.

Zodiacal Meditations

Aries: Meditate on Shamanic High Energy Music for surmounting hurdles. Pisces: Meditate on Music of Ling Bao for peace and harmony. Gemini: Meditate on Shlokas of dashavatar of Lord Vishnu for success and well being. Taurus: Meditate on Buddhist and Tibetan meditation Chants for stability and success. Leo: Meditate on Rudrabhiskeka Chants for good health and peace. Virgo: Meditate on Alpha Wave Music for clinching important deals. Sagittarius: Meditate on Lao Tse Teachings for enlightenment and spiritual growth. Libra: Meditate on Saint Adnath for peace and health. Scorpio: Meditate on Sufi Soul Music for correction of depression and balance. Capricorn: Meditate on Catharsis Meditation Music for balance and harmony. Cancer: Meditate on Sufi saint Hazrat’s spiritual Songs for all round growth and harmony. Aquarius: Meditate on Alpha Wave Music to bring in stability of body, mind and spirit. u Tarot Reader

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he story of Volkswagen’s Kombi, a global legend of a van that also goes by the names Microbus and Camper, is ending at last, with production winding up in Brazil in December – 63 years after the first van went on sale in Germany. For its last showing, Volkswagen of Brazil is manufacturing a limitededition T2 model, sprucing up the old dowager with whitewall tyres, elegant curtains on its windows and a paint scheme of white and pale blue. It became the Microbus in the United States and Britons dubbed it the Camper. Other English speakers and most of South America knew it as the Kombi or Combi. Even in Germany, Volkswagen chopped and changed model names: a minibus version there was called the Caravelle, while ordinary Germans nicknamed the T1 and T2 the Bulli. It later became the van of choice for American hippies as well as overland travellers sleeping aboard, as they puttputted from Europe to India and down the Malayan peninsula to Singapore The demise of the T2 will be a sad day for Camper-Combi-Microbus fans around the world. In Brazil, the Kombi has been a classic for decades on the streets of the land of samba, just like its no less legendary little brother the “Fusca” – which means Beetle to the rest of mankind. As a van for moving house, a closed transport vehicle that carries even cows and a minibus which in easygoing Brazil can carry more than 25 passengers - the Kombi can be seen on city avenues and jungle tracks

A Volkswagen Type 2 T2 pulls out of a parking spot at Volkswagen’s Anchieta plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. At the wheel is Michael Macht, Volkswagen’s Chief of Manufacturing. T2 production is now ceasing in Brazil, the last site where it is made. Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge

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Soeren Stache

The last edition of a transport Legend

The Last Edition Volkswagen T2 now on sale in Brazil features this special white and pale blue colour scheme. The Type 2 van family was introduced by Volkswagen in 1950 and the first T2 came out in 1967.

A couple of Volkswagen Type 2 T2 vans, with ladders on their roofs, drive along the waterfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the model remains a commonly used vehicle.

alike. “It is an icon of the industry, not just due to its successful sales, but also to its charisma,” says VW Marketing Manager Marcelo Olival. “There is no cheaper and more efficient way to transport a ton of freight,” he says. The last Type 2 is staying true to its predecessors; its design is as round as ever, as are its headlights. In addition to its tailgate, driver’s door and front passenger’s door, it also has its wellknown sliding door on the right. Inside, the last-edition Kombi retains its commitment to minimalism. The dashboard is dominated by a large, round speedometer, with the fuel gauge on the right. But the last Type 2 is also modern: it has a stereo with an MP3 player and a USB connection. The Type 2 has been used as an ambulance, a patrol vehicle, a fire

Demands driving sales of Men’s Cosmetics { Daniela Wiegmann/ Munich/ DPA }


here was a time when a man’s entire cosmetics collection consisted of deodorant and soap. But now there’s a huge range of madefor-men anti-ageing creams, wrinkle creams and skin-peel products. That’s paying off for cosmetics manufacturers: last year the global men’s cosmetics market grew by over 6 per cent. One explanation for the growth is the emphasis we place on looking young and dynamic in the workplace. Spending the whole day staring at a computer is no excuse for having rings under your eyes. “Looking attractive is regarded as being part of what you put into your work,” says Rebekka Reinhard, author of the German beauty advice book Schoen. It’s okay for someone to work 10 hours a day in an office, but it’s not all right to show it in your appearance. Reinhard has written that it’s considered almost immoral in today’s West for a man not to work on his looks. “It’s like when a man lets his potential get smothered by layers of fat and flabby skin.” A round belly is no longer regarded as a sign of wealth in most workplaces. Modern managers are more likely to boast about the latest marathon

they’ve run than what they just ate. In the United States, it’s not unusual for beauty tips to be a topic of discussion among a group of men. “It’s becoming normal over there for guys to have their tear ducts removed and get their faces lifted, so they stay looking young and maintain their career chances,” explains Reinhard. A growing number of men in Europe are opting for cosmetic surgery, to get closer to their ideal image. In Germany, for example, 16 per cent of all patients who underwent cosmetic surgery last year were men. A third of patients who had their ears or chins altered were men, according to the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. “Hair loss, big ears and prominent chins,” are a few of the typical male

“problem zones,” according to surgeons. The cosmetics industry has also responded to demand by offering lunchtime treatments for men on the go. Twenty per cent of clients who visit Germany’s Nivea Spa shops - a chain of city-centre salons offering facials and massages - are men, according to a spokeswoman for Beiersdorf, Nivea’s owner. “They tend to book the massages more than facial treatments, but there is definitely a trend among men for manicures and pedicures, especially during the summer months,” she said. For men who want more than just a quick fix, there are a range of more permanent options to choose from. “Lots of men get their eyebrows dyed,” says Angela Wuerstle. The Munichbased hairstylist says she has observed that a growing number of successful businessmen are placing emphasis on how they look. They’re getting their hair dyed and eyebrows thinned out more often. According to cosmetics maker Beiersdorf, there is another factor driving growing sales. Half of all beauty products for men are bought by their women. Among the latest products on the market aimed at men are night creams. u

department vehicle, a library on wheels, a community vehicle, a hearse, a takeaway van and a TV crew vehicle: to this day, this allpurpose vehicle can be found almost everywhere in Brazil. Its exit was prompted by technical considerations: from 2014, technical security regulations will be in place in Brazil that set hurdles that are just too high for the Kombi. From next year, airbags and ABS braking systems will be compulsory for new vehicles in Brazil. Brazilians nicknamed their Kombi the “Jesus me chama” (Jesus is calling me), an allusion to its spartan level of safety and the prospect of sudden death in an accident. More than 6.2 million T1 and T2 models of the Type 2 have been sold globally since 1950. u

Smart Headlights make raindrops vanish   

{ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/ DPA }


team of experts from chipmaker Intel and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have come up with ingenious futuristic headlights, which render raindrops invisible. Rain affects driver visibility, especially at night and it can prove to be a big distraction. The new lighting does away with regular bulbs, which beam light onto the darkened road, and replaces them with a projector and camera. This set-up monitors the droplets as they enter the headlight beam and sends the data to a processing unit that estimates where each individual droplet is headed. The falling raindrops are blotted out with projected light, in order to present the driver with a rainless field of vision. Processing the information takes only 13 milliseconds, says the chipmaker. The camera and projector take up a fair bit of space in the car, and these will need to be drastically downsized before the technology can be installed in production cars. Intel says the rain adaptive headlights may appear on vehicles within 10 years. u


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eorg Fraberger’s hand is made of sturdy plastic: it’s a prosthetic. His foot, which emerges from his hip, steers his wheelchair via a computer. Yet the 39-yearold Austrian does not fit the stereotype of a seriously handicapped man without arms and legs. Fraberger is a Psychologist at Vienna University and is the author of a book about the human soul, a work informed by the realization that many of his patients, though having a perfect body, money and possessions, are unhappier than he is. It is a thoughtful book, and one that can inspire. It all began with the cult late-1960s film “Harold and Maude”, about a love relationship between a young man in his late teens and an old woman. When Georg Fraberger saw it many years ago, he was fascinated. “In the film, two humans breach the boundaries set by society’s values and still find happiness,” he says. The film is what motivated him to study Psychology. Today he regards himself as living a happy life outside the norm, “even though many people cannot imagine this,” he says above the quiet humming of his wheelchair. “Although, of course, my life is not without

its problems.” Fraberger radiates the sense of assurance of a person who loves his life, his profession, his wife and children. Gregor, the youngest child (3 months), has all his arms and legs, and the father is happy that this is the case. But he would also have accepted a child with defects. Fraberger’s book is titled “Ohne Leib, mit Seele” (Without Body, With Soul), which tells his own story and the story of a discovery. “Previously I had thought that reason must take over whatever a non-perfect body cannot do, and that this defines the being.” With a doctorate in Psychology, he began working in the field of Neurology and saw patients who had clearly lost all ability to reason, yet seemed to have preserved robust personalities. This observation became the starting point for his hypothesis that alongside the body and mind, there must be a third element, something decisive – the Soul. To him, the Soul is the element that drives human beings and is even more of a force than body and mind. It is something that can effortlessly release a great amount of energy. It’s a hypothesis, he admits, that has yet to be proven by modern science. The Psychologist feels that western society devotes too little time to pondering over the Soul, while giving a lot of

Wolfgang Kamm

Not much body but a lot of Soul

Georg Fraberger in the lobby of a Berlin hotel.

Georg Fraberger, 39, an Austrian psychologist who maintains that we do have a soul, manoeuvres his cellphone in the lobby of a Berlin hotel. Fraberger has prosthetic hands and steers the wheelchair with his foot, which is directly attached to his hip.

attention to status symbols and supposedly ideal shapes, such as looking like a leading fashion model. “For the first time we are experiencing masses of people who have everything - a job, family, a house and money,” Fraberger says.

Saint Peter’s bones on public display for first time

Dealing with the dead in natural disasters { Robin Powell/ Manila/ DPA }


ictures of bodies lying in the streets of Tacloban and other areas of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, are one of the starkest images of the disaster. Survivors in desperate need of aid are also calling for the relief authorities to clear the bodies of victims – some in body bags, others causing a stench as they decompose in the open. But as the relief effort continues, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations have reiterated their advice that the Philippine government should focus its relief efforts on the living, rather than the dead. “Obviously it’s distressing to see bodies on the ground, and the government is doing the best it can, but from a health perspective, bodies are not a health risk,” said WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander in Manila. “There is a widespread and erroneous belief, even among some health professionals, that dead bodies are a source of disease and therefore a threat to public health. This is untrue,” says the WHO’s fact sheet on care of the dead in disasters. “Contrary to popular belief, dead bodies pose no more risk of disease outbreak in the aftermath of a natural disaster than survivors,” WHO says. “The micro-organisms responsible for the decomposition of bodies are not capable of causing disease in living people,” the guidelines continue. “Dead bodies do not cause epidemics after natural disasters,” says the ICRC’s field manual on managing bodies after disasters. “Most infectious organisms do not survive beyond 48 hours in a dead body.” “Certain diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, pose a potential risk for individuals who come into close contact with dead bodies, but not for the general public,” the manual says. WHO adds that efforts to deal with the dead - such as spraying the area around dead bodies with disinfectant - “take staff away from caring for survivors, and are unnecessary.” Mass burials without proper identification can later cause suffering for surviving relatives, the Organization says. u

“And yet, they feel so devoid of values and strength.” Looking at his own life, Fraberger talks a lot about happiness and about meaning. He talks about his parents, who, committed devotees of the hippie generation anno 1968, accepted him unconditionally and gave him and his brothers room to develop without parental pressure. He also talks about doctors in Heidelberg who, in the wake of the Thalidomide medication scandal, which caused so many birth defects five decades ago, were able to cope with his serious deformity without shying away from him. In fact Fraberger’s case is not connected to Thalidomide, a

drug that was used by pregnant mothers in the late 1950s and early 1960s to counter morning sickness. He was born after its use ceased. To this day it is a puzzle as to why he was born without arms and normal legs. Looking back, he feels he was born at a favourable time. Today, disabled children face more difficulties, he believes. Pressure to perform is much greater, and oftentimes career planning for kids is already starting out in elementary school. Fraberger says today’s technical capabilities are “great,” but do not really make having children much safer. Nobody can know what kind of child they are getting, what talents and personality it will have, regardless of whether the child has a defect or not. When Georg Fraberger was looking for a female partner, he posted his portrait on the Internet. It showed his dark hair, friendly brown eyes, and his open face. He lied about his physique, claiming to be 1.8 metres tall, 80 kilograms in weight, muscular and sports minded. After two hours of a Skype exchange with a woman, Fraberger let the mask fall and then posted her images of his real body: 1.12 metres, prosthetics, stumps for arms, wheelchairridden. That woman today is his wife. u

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he presumed remains of the founder of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter, were shown in public for the first time on Sunday, as Pope Francis celebrated mass for the closing of the Year of Faith. Francis knelt before a bronze box with the Latin inscription “Ex ossibus quae in Arcibasilicae Vaticanae hypogeo inventa Beati Petri Apostoli esse putantur” – “From the bones found in the hypogeum of the Vatican Basilica, which are considered to be of Blessed Peter the Apostle.” The box, containing eight bone fragments measuring 2-3 centimeters each, has been stored in the chapel of the papal apartment since 1971.

Towards the end of the open-air service in Saint Peter’s Square, which was attended by 60,000 faithful and 1,200 high-ranking prelates, the Pontiff held the relics in his hands and remained in deep prayer for a few moments. The bones were found during wartime excavations under Saint Peter’s Basilica, which revealed his tomb. In 1968, Pope Paul VI said there was “convincing” proof that the remains belonged to Saint Peter, even if that finding is still disputed by some experts. In his homily, Francis called for “peace and concord” in the Holy Land, Syria and “in the entire East.” Later he recited his Sunday Angelus, during which he recalled the 80th anniversary of Holomodor, the Soviet-era famine that killed millions in Ukraine.u

Google: Government requests for user data almost doubled since 2010 { San Francisco/ DPA }


equests to Google from governments and courts around the world, for information on users, has doubled in the last three years, the tech giant reported recently. There were just under 25,900 requests in the first six months of the year - which affected some 42,500 user accounts - compared to 13,424 inquiries in the first half of 2010. The numbers were published in Google’s Transparency Report, which the Company issues twice a year. The most requests during the first half of 2013 came from the United States, followed by India, Germany, France, Britain and Brazil. u

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Fakes, tricks cloud China’s booming Art auction market Bill Smith

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Replicas of Chinese Artworks for sale at an “Art Village” in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Replica paintings at low prices are a thriving and legitimate business.

Perhaps fuelled by the presence of this new breed of buyers, many of whom knew little about Art before they invest, a huge illegal industry has grown, creating forgeries of famous works or new works in the style of old masters – often with certificates and elaborate stories about how they were “discovered.” China has an enormous pool of talented artists who make a living making replicas of famous works, most notably in the “artists’ village” in the southern city of Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong. Many of the better quality forgeries that can sometimes fool even experts, come from studios in Beijing and the nearby northern city of Tianjin, as well as the southern cultural hub of Nanjing. Artron, a Beijing-based Art information company, estimates that some 200,000 artists in China reproduce famous works. A few of the best copiers become master forgers, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auctions. Popular artist He Jianying assessed 20 works sold under his name and declared only three genuine, Artron reported in June. Doubts about authenticity were a major reason behind buyers’ failure to pay for items accounting for almost one-third of sales values reported at recent auctions in China, according to a survey conducted by the New York Times. In a high-profile case in 2010, an oil painting of a nude woman, by famous artist Xu Beihong, was sold by the Beijing Jiuge International Auction Company for 72.8 million yuan. Xu’s son had certified the work as genuine, but a few months later a group of Xu’s former students at the Central Academy of Fine

Staff examine an Andy Warhol-style portrait of Mao Zedong at an “Art Village” in Shenzhen.

Stephan Scheuer

hina became the world’s largest auction market for art and antiques in 2011—overtaking the United States—fuelled by a rush of the country’s new super-rich collectors and an army of canny investors. Yet, behind the boom lie concerns over deliberately inflated prices, elaborate fakes, illegal currency transfers, money laundering via auctions and the use of artworks as bribes for corrupt officials. A bust followed the boom. The Chinese Art market fell by 24 per cent to 10.6 billion euros (14.3 billion dollars) last year, putting it back behind the United States, according to the Art Market Report 2013 by the Maastrict-based European Fine Art Foundation. “The main reasons for the deceleration in growth were both demand factors - including a slowdown in economic growth and continuing liquidity constraints - and a reduced amount of high quality, high priced works coming onto the market,” the Report said. At Beijing’s Asia Hotel, on a recent Saturday, business remained brisk. Scores of buyers watched the auctioneer’s hammer drop almost once a minute at a Poly International Auction Art sale of Chinesestyle artworks, mostly priced between 10,000 yuan and 100,000 yuan (1,700 to 17,000 dollars). “It’s like a drug,” one elderly buyer, who identified himself only as Mr Zhang, told dpa. Zhang said he bought and sold artworks to supplement his pension. Two lines of clerks for telephone bidders flanked the room as images of the lots changed rapidly on a large screen next to Poly’s auctioneer, with prices displayed in Chinese yuan, dollars and euros. Poly is the biggest of more than 300 Art auction houses in China, followed closely by its main rival, Guardian Auctions. Global auctioneers, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, have footholds in China, while they dominate auctions of Chinese and international works in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong, which attracts wealthy buyers from mainland China and across Asia. Some Chinese investors have turned to Art and antiquities in the past decade, because of uncertainty over whether China’s boom in property and stocks can continue to deliver high returns, said Rebecca Li, Deputy Manager of the Epailive Auction Company.

An Art auction run by the Poly International Auction Company in a luxury hotel in Beijing, China. The clerks on the left wall are taking telephonic bids. Poly is China’s biggest Art auction company. China’s mania for expensive Art has taken a hit due to revelations of fraud.

Arts issued an open letter explaining why they believed the work was painted by one of their classmates. Many fake works carry certificates of authentication, while some experts who assess the works are themselves “fakes,” Chen Lusheng, Deputy Curator of the National Museum of China, told State media. “Many famous experts appearing on TV programmes are not known at all in Art circles,” the Beijing Review quoted Chen as saying. In 2011, a jade dresser and stool set attributed to the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) sold for 220 million yuan at an auction, before historians pointed out that such items were not used in that period. A jade-carving workshop in the eastern province of Jiangsu later admitted it made the set, which was chipped in places to make it look authentic. The loose regulation of auctioneers in China also puts auction houses “at risk

of becoming channels for money laundering,” Chen Gong, the Head of Beijing-based Anbound Consulting wrote in the Global Times newspaper in October. Valuable artworks and antiques have become popular vehicles for corrupt officials to hide their assets, since lavish homes, flashy cars and even expensive watches and clothes are easily spotted by China’s growing horde of online anti-corruption activists. Prosecutors said Wen Qiang, the former Head of the regional judiciary in the southwestern city of Chongqing, amassed 69 paintings and works of calligraphy. But the most costly forgery was a painting by Zhang Daqian, which had a certificate of authentication from a government office and was valued at more than 500,000 dollars. Wen was executed in 2010 for corruption linked to organized crime. Guo Shenggui, the former Head of a district court in Beijing, was another collector notorious

for his “trickery” in acquiring artworks, the Global Times said. “Those who wanted to bribe Guo learned to present him with at least two scrolls of calligraphy – one fake and one authentic,” the newspaper said. Guo, who was given a suspended death sentence after he was convicted of corruption, returned the copies and kept the authentic works, it said. “Paintings and calligraphy are easily convertible,” Wu Shu, a wellknown scholar on China’s Art market, told the newspaper. With Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s broadening campaign against official corruption, more officials could have incentives to pass off their expensive artworks as cheap reproductions, fuelling a new trend for “fake fakes.” “They simply declare their Art to be fake and virtually worthless,” Wu said of the corrupt officials who come under suspicion. u


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