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in India. forces that It is this flux of extreme balance – the is threatening to unraveland helpful for a balance that is natural and for civiliwith; great cities to evolve attain glory. sations to develop and urban core, the Gurgaon’s rotting within the City, concretised villages hinterland that and the vast rural is under once comprised Guru-gram, – under and 210 Panchayats threat of being submerged Nagar, Manesar); of a Millennium the new identity that cover 291 villages. a week with in ‘New GurgaFriday Gurgaon spent City, with its capital Meena, checkthe role of the State on’. It is here that Deputy Commissioner will is executed – ensure that the forces comes into play; to ing how the State’s that has known all the populace. of development touch in this historic area, since the Commissioner Gurgaon Deputy some form of governance of Being is the point man of Guru Dronacharya. power, P.C Meena, who in the Dis- time capital seat of the State Administration close to Delhi, the Gurgaon is much been influenced by trict, concurs that the District has also District The developments itself. political and social more than the City viz. Gurgaon the includes 3 sub-divisionsPataudi; 5 teh- taking place there. Contd on p 8  ,and (North and South) Farukh Pataudi, sils (Gurgaon, Sohna,

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hile the City moves on to new real estate ventures on a daily basis, it is leaving a dirty trail. This has led to many legal cases being fought in the High Court, and even some in the Supreme Court. They stem from a lack of sensitivity or accountability exhibited by the Administration. It is not acting or delivering as per laid down policies, Licences, and Acts.

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Crime Councillor Mahesh Dayma (Ward 32) has been approached by many of the residents in his Ward (from Sectors 54, 55, 56, and 57) to do something about the increasing crime in the area. Chain snatching and theft of vehicles is increasing. Women and the elderly are specially feeling vulnerable. The situation is alarming. Even Councillors are helpless now !

There have been literally less than a handful of Completion Certificates applied for and/or issued to date, from among the thousands of Licences issued since the first application in 1981 (DLF)! Rules have been amended or relaxed to condone violations, and to ensure that the builders involved milk every inch of land and FSI - even that which is not rightfully theirs! In a travesty of justice, the very basis of an Act(s) has been vitiated by an amendment to the rules (in the same/another Act) - when rules are just meant to be a means to the end (the Act). Where rules cannot be amended, penalties have been used as a means to regularize violations. No information has been provided by builders on the FSI allotted to them in their Licences, versus the FSI sold by them. All extra FSI, already paid for by the apartment and plot owners, has gone as a bonus to the builders’ account. The implementation of infrastructure within the colonies is not as per the Licences issued to the builders. This is also the reason for power shortages and sewage issues, poor roads, inadequate streetlights, and missing community centres; fire stations remain a luxury ! And the prime Sector 29 plans seem to change most regularly.

Group Housing Societies continue to be wrongly registered under the Transfer of Property Act, and not the rightful Haryana Apartment Owners Act (HAOA). The Common Areas and Facilities (CAF) of all Group Housing Societies have been appropriated by the builders, totally against the provisions of the Act (HAOA) – to either sell off, or to earn regular monthly revenue from. EWS Housing areas have been held back by the builders, to allegedly try and use for alternate purpose in the future. Some have been sold, and even registered in the name of the new owners. This sale, let alone registration, is clearly not allowed. Each of these ‘scams’ impacts individual apartment and plot owners – including the under-privileged. It is not the case that all builders are bad, but it is surprising that in a sector where even today good returns are possible without taking any ‘short cuts’, there is still a propensity to ‘cheat’. It has almost become a part of the DNA. And the Administration seems happy to be complicit.

Recommendations

The Town & Country Planning department must urgently review the status of every Licence issued to date – as per records, and by confirmation at site. A Report must be published, and made available to the public, within 6 months. There should be a separate listing of all amendments made to each Licence, giving details of deviation, and the approving authority.

All requirements and terms of the Licences issued to the builders must be enforced. The ineffective monitoring and inspection of sites by the Town & Country Planning department almost amounts to criminal negligence. Maybe it is time to provide for a criminal provision in the Act, as civil liability seems to have no impact on the ‘land mafia’. All infrastructure that has not been developed by a builder within a colony, as per Licence, should be built by HUDA, and the cost recovered from the builder - each builder has on-going projects in Gurgaon/Haryana. If the builder does not pay, the future project should be held up/ transferred. Transfers seem to be so easy to do; in fact Change of Land Use (CLU) is

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the new ‘scam-tool’. The rule of law under HAOA has not been applied for apartments. HAOA must be enforced. Properties must be registered in accordance with the law, under HAOA. The formation of Apartment Owners’ Associations, and the maintenance of Group Housing Complexes should be as per the Act (HAOA). Maintenance Security Deposits should be released to the RWAs, upon formation of an Association. All Common Areas and Facilities (CAF) of Group Housing Societies must be handed over to the respective RWAs. It is the apartment owners who should own all CAF areas – not the builders. Sale or usage of any Common Areas and Facilities by builders must be stopped. Contd on p 6 

Stop Gurgaon II

urgaon II (new sectors 58 to 115) should not be allowed to start functioning if it has the same basic issues that we face today. However, the first residents are already in – and yes, they are without the ‘official’ water and electricity connections. DHBVN and the builders are yet to provide the power infrastructure, and HUDA is yet to provide the water infrastructure – so no connections are possible. The Supreme Court has just directed the Gurgaon developers (HUDA and private) to ensure that basic civic infrastructure as per Plan and Licences is set up within the next 6 months. If not, the residents should petition the High Court. It is time to actually petition the High Court now itself – to stop the habitation of Gurgaon II, until the basic infrastructure – for at least water, power, sewage connection - is first put in place by the developers. How can Gurgaon II be allowed to be inhabited, when even current Gurgaon has not been provided adequate infrastructure – in fact most planned civic infrastructure and facilities are non-existent, inadequate or in very poor shape? The development charges - EDC and IDC – of course have been collected up front, years ago, from the apartment and plot owners. This scam needs to stop.


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Photography

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Workshop on the creative and technical aspects of life and documentary photography, conducred by the noted father-son duo, Raghu and Nitin Rai. The Workshop offers techniques on getting the perfect shot, improving your vision as a photographer, and learning how to

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njoy the 3rd edition of Short & Sweet Delhi, a festival of ten short theatrical treats, performed by noted names in theatre. This year’s festival will showcase 42 plays, across 4 venues, over 4 weekends. Suitable for 15 years and above. Tickets starting at Rs. 250

Dance

Soul Cages - The Story Of Life, Death & Beyond @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: December 14 Time: 7:30 pm onwards

It lives in two urgaon is a paradox. the Naunequal halves, whereinthe Great as tional Highway-8 acts Wall. The core Divide – like the Berlin the new subbut of the City is rotting; – with malls, gated urbs shine like stars and clubs setting colonies, golf courses never before seen a standard of life

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in India. forces that It is this flux of extreme balance – the is threatening to unraveland helpful for a balance that is natural and for civiliwith; great cities to evolve attain glory. sations to develop and urban core, the Gurgaon’s rotting within the City, concretised villages hinterland that and the vast rural is under once comprised Guru-gram, – under and 210 Panchayats threat of being submerged Nagar, Manesar); Millennium a of the new identity that cover 291 villages. a week with in ‘New GurgaFriday Gurgaon spent City, with its capital Meena, checkthe role of the State on’. It is here that Deputy Commissioner will is executed – ensure that the forces comes into play; to ing how the State’s that has known all the populace. of development touch in this historic area, since the Commissioner Gurgaon Deputy some form of governance of Being is the point man of Guru Dronacharya. power, P.C Meena, who in the Dis- time capital seat of the State Administration close to Delhi, the by Gurgaon is much has also been influenced trict, concurs that District the District and social developments The itself. City political more than the viz. Gurgaon the includes 3 sub-divisionsPataudi; 5 teh- taking place there. Contd on p 8  ,and (North and South) Pataudi, Farukh Sohna, sils (Gurgaon,

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Concert

Guns N’ Roses Live @ Leisure Valley Ground, Sector 29 Date: December 12 Time: 4:00 pm

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et ready for some serious head banging.The popular American hard rock band is coming to blow your mind away. Watch them perform live as they hit Gurgaon, on their tour of India. GN’R, known for its popular numbers like ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and ‘November Rain’, comprises Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Richard Fortus (guitar), Tommy Stinson (bass) and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (guitar).

Chef Vijaylaxmi invites you to

A Cooking Workshop for children (age 8 to 14 years). Children will whip up some easy to cook, nutritious and yummy food! Date-December 9 Contact: 8882812384 or 9810589610 for registrations.

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Control Location: The Mini-SecretarRoom (PCR) in Gurgaon’s lines chirping, phone iat. Wireless sets staff they’re set down, ringing as soon as papers – the very rushing about with air hums with activity. who is the Inspector Rishipal, the Operations, says senior in-charge of given day, we receive seriously, “On any a 3,000 calls.” In between 2,500 to from which he can closed glass cubicle he manages the day-tosurvey all activity, PCR. “We have stateday operations of the equipment, and I can of-the-art servers and has one of the safely say that Gurgaon the country.” in st advanced PCRs

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s a part of its Women’s Health month celebrations, Max Super Speciality Hospital is conducting talks by noted doctors specialising in their respective fields. The Gynaecological Week (Dec 3-9) focuses on gynaecological issues and how to deal with hormonal problems. The expectant Mother’s Week (Dec 1016) will comprise a prenatal Workshop and specialists will talk of neonatal care and health issues related to pregnancy.

Learning

I-Minds @ G-123, Oriental Villa, Sushant Lok III, Sector 57 Date: December 7

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n artistic experience that captures the cycles of life and death as a journey. Presented through Bharatanatyam, ‘Soul Cages’ brings to life a thought provoking philosophy, by examining it through the eyes of mythological characters and ordinary people. The ballet is performed by Savitha Sastry, a disciple of V.P Dhananjayan/Shanta Dhananjayan & Adyar K. Laxman.

Women’s Health Month @ Max Super Speciality Hospital, B - Block, Sushant Lok – I Date: December 3 to 16

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pend a musical evening with DJ Kary. Her experimental styles of mixing music will leave you asking for more – on the floor! Phone: 9953872400, 9990965656

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Coming Up

If you are interested in the Master Chef audition, mail your details to Vijaylaxmi at mcvijaylaxmi@gmail.com. If your name gets selected, she will personally train you before you go to the MasterChef Kitchen!

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tones2Milestones, an after school learning space for children—where they develop their skills, attitudes and perceptions—is conducting a programme, I-Minds, for children between 6-12 years. This enquiry-based programme enhances communication and thinking skills. It gives the children an opportunity to explore and experience the world around them – through research, projects and experiment. Contact: 9716747777


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Khiladi 786

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kshay Kumar and Asin were in the City for the promotion of their forthcoming release, Khiladi 786. The action comedy, scheduled for release on December 7, also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar and Himesh Reshammiya. Akshay, a former resident of Delhi, interacted with the excited audience, while Asin posed for the cameras.

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and Rover announced the launch of the all-new Range Rover in India. HE James Bevan CMG, British High Commissioner to India, unveiled the new SUV. Gurmeet Singh Anand and Raani Anand, MDs Amp Motors Jaguar Land Rover, and Rohit Suri, Head, Jaguar Land Rover were present. The gala launch was complemented with a fashion showcase by MeeraMuzaffar Ali. Also present at the Launch were Promila Bahri, Mohit Burman, Yanchi Vadehra, Vandy Mehra, Atul & Sonu Wassan, Vikram Baidyanath and Mamta Malhotra.

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BOOK

A Chilling Account

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o read ‘Headley and I’ is to re-visit the entire carnage hatched by David Headley and others in Mumbai city. Rahul Bhatt, son of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, made headlines after he was interrogated about Headley, following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Rahul chronicles his experience and interaction with Headley. The book is co-authored by the veteran crime journalist S. Hussain Zaidi. 'Headley and I' is narrated from Rahul's perspective. The scene unfolds like a well-scripted film, with Headley being booked in Chicago, and Rahul discovering that his friend is a dreaded terrorist. The book runs on parallel tracks - one, of Headley’s detention by the Americans, and the other of Rahul discovering Headley’s reality. The narrative moves from Rahul’s interrogation, to court details, and to the investigation conducted by the National Investigation Agency. Particularly frightening are the accounts of Headley’s jihadi training, and his reconnaissance of Mumbai. The book reveals that ‘Rahul’ was a code name for Mumbai, used by Headley. Rahul remembers Headley as a “very good actor, who did not even once slip in the pretence of being a Caucasian…He married four women, and cheated on each one of them... It was as if the man was Ravana personified, with ten heads and ten different faces.” Rahul also talks about his strained relationship with his father Mahesh Bhatt. According to him, despite his parents being married, he always felt like an illegitimate child. “My father never fulfilled his paternal responsibilities. That makes me a super bastard child,” Rahul says. This fact, that Rahul had an estranged relationship

Headley and I Author: S. Hussain Zaidi with Rahul Bhatt Publisher: Harper Collins Price: Rs. 359 Pages: 256 Genre: Non-Fiction

with his father, was exploited by Headley, when he, along with Tawwahur Rana, offered to produce a film for Rahul. The book provides chilling glimpses of a terrorist’s mind – a man who wasn’t loyal to anyone. Written in easy prose, ‘Headley and I’ arrives at book stores in December. The book is currently available on-line.u

012 will go down in film history as the year in which Bollywood created two suspense laden masterpieces – Talaash and Kahaani, both worthy of being ranked amongst the leading movies of the world in this genre. The common element is a brilliant story line. The Talaash for the best Kahaani writers seems to have ended. Talaash has the stamp of all Aamir Khan productions – it is different, and deftly made. It is to the credit of the Director, Reema Kagti, that she has managed the presentation in a manner that no one else Talaash is overawed by Aamir's presence in directed by : Reema Kagti the same space. Full credit to Aamir cast: Amir Khan, Rani Mukerji, too, for the way he has got under the Kareena Kapoor skin of the character – of a person genre: Drama, Thriller who is unknowingly a victim of his own making. He can be stern without furrows showing on his forehead, irrational without being a boor, and plain loveable when he breaks down in a scene towards the end. Nawazuddin Siddique scores in another intense performance – he is indeed an outstanding actor. Kareena Kapoor excels in her role, although she could have been made "less pretty looking", to mesh seamlessly with the other brothel inmates. Rani Mukherjee, in her deglamourised avataar, is just as good – and so is Shernaz Patel, in the role of a person with a different belief system. There are several other characters in Talaash, and Reema has managed to get the best from each of them. The score by Ram Sampath is in absolute sync with the theme, Javed Akthar's lyrics effectively convey the various moods, and Mohanan's camera captures the various hues of the seamier sides of Mumbai. u

Winners' List - Restaurant Reviews

Do send us your views.

Friday Gurgaon has commissioned reviews of 41 restaurants over the past year or so. The reviewer was Aalok Wadhwa, an independent food critic. We are happy to provide his Winners’ List – based on food, service, ambience and value for money.

Ristorante 56

Italian Vatika Atrium (GF), Sector 53. 11. 45am to 2.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm

Bernardo

Goan B 229, Super Mart I, DLF Phase IV. 1pm to 3.30pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Rhino

European 312, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road. Noon to midnight (2 am on weekends). Tel. – 9560700123.

Kasturi

Awadhi SCO 5,6,7 HUDA Market, Sec 15. 12 noon to 11.30pm. Tel. – 9953763508, 0124 4214026.

Roots

Organic Indian Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, Leisure Valley. 8am to 9pm. Tel. – 8800772611

Picante

Mexican Building 10C, DLF Phase II. 9am to 11pm. Tel. – 9810770201.

List of Restaurants Reviewed Category

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Arabian American Café Food Café Food Café Food Chinese, Tibetan Thai, Chinese Far Eastern Eggs European European European European European

Flavours of Arabia Chili’s Mind Café The Joint V Spot Café Hachi Ba Thainese Dine-Esty Eggriculture Escape Eurail L’angoor Rhino Zura

Indian Spice Walk Assamese Bahi Awadhi Kasturi Bengali Love and Mustard Goan Bernardo North Indian Garam Masala North Indian Namche Bazaar North Indian Tau Cafe Yumz North Indian Organic Indian Roots Italian Café Jiji Italian Earth The Lounge Italian Italiano Italian Pizza Vito

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Italian Japanese Japanese Mexican Tea, Mexican Mixed Mixed Mixed Mixed Mixed Pub Food Pub Food Sandwiches

Ristorante 56 Daikitchi Kyoto Picante The Tea Room Company Brix Cocoa House Route 66 The Oak Tree Wokabox Downtown Diner Lemp Brew Quiznos


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Hope on the Ramp

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estival of Hope', a twoday fund-raising event to spread awareness on cancer, was held at the DLF Club Aralias. Organised by Shalini Vig, in association with The Indian Cancer Society and Fortis Memorial Research Institute, over 90 cancer survivors, patients, and their kin walked the ramp at the Event.

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enowned Japanese Piano teacher Kazu Saka, along with her students, performed at a Concert at Westin hotel. Kazu Saka, who has graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae (Musashino Academy of Music), nurses an aspiration to raise young musicians. The students performed wonderfully to an encouraging audience. One of the members of the audience even commented, "The kids performed as professionals."

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The Thinkers’ Forum With Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi

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ne of the important tasks of a thoughtful civil society is to create and sustain as many areas as possible, of informed discussion and debate. In India, that space has remained surprisingly small. An inclination towards passivity, a wide latitude for compromise (even if it involves the abandonment of important values), a fragile and misguided sense of nationalism, a desire to get on with one’s own existence at the expense of wider societal implications – are some of the usually touted culprits. In addition, we harbour a misplaced notion of critique, viewing it in the light of a criticism rather than an essential prerequisite for growth in the fullest sense – as individuals, as society and as a nation. LAMP Trust is taking the initiative to facilitate such a space for dialogue and is organising “The Thinkers’ Forum” to be held in Gurgaon @ 6:30 pm on Sunday, 9th December, 2012. This Forum will facilitate an exploration on the issue of leadership. In the Indian context, the “quality of leadership" issue has long been an abiding staple of political and social discourse. In keeping with these concerns, this year’s theme is “The Application of Principles in an Age of Opportunism: Principle Centred Leadership”. The Forum is open to thinking leaders – professionals and entrepreneurs, who are concerned not only about the ethical foundations of their own professional and businesses practices, but also of society at large. It will present an opportunity to think and dialogue with others, where a carefully selected package of readings supports the dialogue, and where excellent moderation engages every participant. The session

would span 2 hours. Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi will moderate the session, which will include readings—from his latest book, “Why Are We Backward”— and discussions. Vishal is an international lecturer, social reformer, political columnist, and author of seventeen books. Born in 1949 and raised in India, he studied philosophy at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. In 1976 he returned to India where he and his wife, Ruth, founded a community to serve the rural poor. His first book, The World of Gurus,was published in 1977 by Vikas Publishing House, and serialized in India’s then-largest weekly, Sunday. It was Vishal's book, In Search of Selfand India: The Grand Experiment, that first brought his works to the attention of the American public. A recipient of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Distinguished National Service Award, Vishal started as a social activist working among the rural poor in Madhya Pradesh. His daring and innovative work catapulted him into the national headquarters of the Janata Party, where he worked for the empowerment and liberation of peasants and the lower castes. He also served in the headquarters of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Presently, he is innovating an education revolution that will use the Internet to take the world's best college education into every village. Vishal and his wife, Ruth, have two daughters and five grandchildren. There are a couple of seats available for the session on Sunday 07 October. Those interested to participate, call Aubrey Aloysius - 99101-43344 for the invite. http://www.facebook.com/ events/408135229253980


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C overS tory PRAKHAR PANDEY

7-13 December 2012

 Contd from p 1

{ Abhishek Behl and Maninder Dabas / FG }

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fter innumerable battles with the administration, politicians and builders, the general perception that is taking shape in the City is that it would take nothing less than a civil uprising to wake up the sleeping government in Chandigarh. Almost all the participants of the Meet organised by Friday Gurgaon opined that a listless administration, allegedly in cahoots with builders, would bring the City to the brink of collapse. The lack of interest shown by the political masters to implement the rule of law further pains the citizens, who had bought a Millennium dream – which is slowly turning sour. Some important questions that were raised by the panel during the meeting were: What is the reason that the issue of ‘completion’ (Completion Certificates) has remained in suspended animation? Why has the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department not been able to ensure that the terms and conditions mentioned in the Licences are fulfilled? Under what authority have modifications been made, and to what extent, in various Licences issued? What are the lacunae in implementing the Haryana Apartments Owners Act (HAOA)? It was primarily felt that the poor performance of the Town and Country Planning Department, both at the time of issue of licenses, and during the issue of (partial) completion certificates, without any proper checking and monitoring, was responsible for the inadequate, haphazard and poor civic infrastructure in the colonies. The failure of the executive, and the arm-twisting by realtorpoliticians (or vice-versa) has accentuated the problem. Apart from the overall observations and allegations, some specific points raised were (also see page 8): Commander Dharam Vir Yadav, who has been fighting a battle with the builders of Mayfield Garden for many years, while commenting on completion certificates, said that, 'It seems that the policy of the government, whereby the profit of the builder has been fixed at 15 per cent, also demotivates them from filing for the completion certificate. Colonel Sarvadaman Oberoi of Uniworld Gardens said that for a builder, the filing of a final completion under the present set of rules would be tantamount to committing suicide. “The final completion will also bring him under full scrutiny, as the Town and Country Planning department will have to check each and every aspect of the project,” said Oberoi. He further said that neither the builders nor the department have the ability and resources to fulfill the requirements. “The issue of 15 per cent limitation

Gurgaon For Sale on profit also leads to dubious practices. Both the builders and government officials have devised ‘partial completion’ as a quick fix to get out of this matter,” he said – adding that there is no provision of ‘partial completion’ under law. Another malpractice cited by the participants is the registration of individual floors in plotted colonies, without getting an Occupation Certificate. A major reason for violations is that the builders seldom follow the Service Plan Estimate submitted to the TCP department, observed the participants. This Plan Estimate – which lists each and every aspect of the proposed project, including buildings, water, power, road, sewage and related infrastructure— remains only on paper. The Mayfield Garden Estimate has been violated with regard to water supply, sewerage, roads, horticulture, and environment. “Despite all these violations, which finally led to the cancellation of licence of the builder, the DTCP has again renewed the licence! This happened even after a joint survey team which included the Administration, put on record that the infrastructure in Mayfield Garden colony is inadequate, and not built as per the plan,” rued Yadav. The meeting also highlighted that officials based in Gurgaon were not empowered to take action against the builders. All the punitive powers are vested with the Director General, DTCP. Therefore the builders did not give much importance to the local officials, and the heat from Chandigarh comes seldom,

they avered. There is a frenzy to urbanise and issue licences. Announce, issue licences, play the real estate game – but do not provide any real infrastructure – that is the scam. Ashok Bhardwaj, President of the South City 1 RWA, said, “There were provisions earlier also whereby licenses could be transferred or modified, but this policy should not be broadened to such an extent that it leads to wholesale trading by the middlemen.” Since a licence does not stipulate the time by when the building should be delivered to the buyer, it is misused by the sellers, as they cite the buyer-seller agreement as the only document that should be a reference point for delivery, leading to rampant construction delays. With the builders-politicians nexus becoming stronger by the day, and with the help of a strongly entrenched bureaucracy, it is also being alleged that new rules are incorporated, and rules changed, to override the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act of 1976, as well as Haryana Apartment Owners Act 1987. Col. Oberoi pointed out that the Deputy Commissioner can play an important role in streamlining the system. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, if he takes a step that is not politically expedient, he is likely to be transferred. “The DC in Faridabad took effective action, but it is alleged that as soon as he raised the heat he was transferred,” he said. In Dhawan’s opinion the role of the DC in the present scenario should be to ensure

that the apartments in Gurgaon are registered as per the Haryana Apartment Owners Act (HAOA), rather than the Transfer of Property Act. The bureaucracy and judiciary need to be more aware of all provisions of this Act. “Legally the sale deed is not the appropriate document of proof for ownership of an apartment. The right document is the Deed of Apartment, but this is not happening here,” he rued. It is also very difficult for the apartment owners to register a society/association under the Societies Act, whereas the same should have been facilitated by the government under the Apartments Act. Dhawan alleges that the builders, instead of following the HAOA, have formed their own rules and regulations for their condominiums. He says that the Deed of Declaration being filed by the builders is in violation of law, as it does not give ownership rights to the Apartment Owners Association. In a number of cases the employees of the builders themselves have colluded to form an association to take control of the apartment complex, or have formed associations that violate the Act. Gautam Gulati, former

The issue of sale and transfer of building licenses was also raised in the Meeting, with participants alleging that this was not allowed by the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1976 originally. Gulati said that there was no provision in the original 1976 Act for transfer of licence, but it has been allowed surreptitiously under the Rule 17, whereby colonisers can transfer the license to any person with the approval of DTCP. The Panel in unison demanded that this practice should be stopped, as it has become a fountainhead of corruption. A number of politicians and shady businessmen have become realtors under the guise of this rule, they alleged.

President of the World Spa RWA, said that the domestic helpers and service population of the apartments is being denied their share in the EWS housing. The formation of maintenance companies by the builders is another violation of the Apartments Act, because they are not legally entitled to do this, informed Dhawan. He added that builders can’t own the schools, club houses and community centres in the Common Areas, as these belong to the apartment owners – as they have paid for them, as per the HAOA. As far as the Town and Country Planning department is concerned, the participants opined that the department has to ensure that the bilateral agreement as stipulated in the licence is implemented. DTCP must also approve the Deed of Declaration as per the Apartment Act. The DTCP must also ensure that all the apartment buildings take a completion certificate, said Oberoi. He further cited a Delhi High Court judgement which says that till a complex applies for final completion, it has to accept all changes in law that are applicable to the apartment complex. The farce enacted by the builders in collusion with the State does not stop here, alleged Dhawan. He said that he has documents to prove how the Haryana government toyed with the Apartment Owners Act, notifying it more than once to accommodate the wrongdoings of certain builders. “How can an Act of the government be notified twice? This was done just to placate some builders,” he added. The use of the judicial process is another tool that the builders have refined, in order to deny the rights to apartment owners, both in condominiums as well as the plotted colonies. Gautam Gulati, who led the residents in ousting Unitech from their residential complex, said that there are a large number of court cases on-going against the builders, because the State’s executive machinery has failed to monitor and penalise the defaulters. “If you go to the Town and Planning Director for the resolution of grievances, he says approach the courts,” said Gulati. The Department does precious little to check violations of licences issued to the builders. “If the licences are implemented in letter and spirit then nothing can go wrong in the City; but they are perfect on paper only,” he alleged. Soon a list of all the legal cases will be compiled, to find ways to work together, and to ensure speedier justice. To bring transparency and accountability to the system, the participants concluded, a Real Estate Regulatory Body is the need of the hour. It should monitor the functioning of builders, as well as the executive and the bureaucracy, to ensure that checks and balances in the system really work for the benefit of the society as a whole. u


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Haryanvi Made Easy

Get a taste of the local lingo 1. Where are you?

Kith se tu?

2. Come to my house now. Mere ghar ne ib aa tu. 3. I have to show you something.

THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ The High Court, while expressing satisfaction on progress now, asks all stakeholders to effectively implement their proposals for decongesting the toll plaza. The next hearing is on January 17th. ♦ City malls promise new MCG Commissioner that they will not allow use of polythene from January. ♦ City Bus service to IGI Airport will start from this Friday. ♦ Project work on the new link road with Delhi, as per the Master Plan, is starting. This road will link Mehrauli to the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, via Gwal Pahari – and therefore link into the Southern Peripheral Road. ♦ Haryana exceeds its revenue target for the 11th Plan – 200712. Target was Rs 33,374 crores – achievement is a massive Rs 64,123 crores. The target of all the states together was Rs 14,12,029 crores –

achievement is 92%. ♦ HUDA issues letters to plot owners of Sectors 27, 28, 42, 43 and 57 for paying an increased rate for their land, as per the directions of the Court. The rate increase is in the range of Rs 5,000 per square yard. ♦ The Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh says that there are plans to open a medical college, on a PPP basis, at Rewari. A women’s only medical college has already come up in Khanpur Kalan (Sonepat dist.), offering 100 MBBS seats. A further 3 medical colleges are coming up – at Mewat (2013), at Karnal (Kalpana Chawla Medical College), and at Faridabad. ♦ Delhi’s St Stephens Hospital opens a St Stephens Hospital and Health Care Facility in DLF Phase III. ♦ DC Meena visits the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, which is an eco-sensitive zone, as well as inspects progress on local

projects in Farukhnagar. ♦ Sh Rajeshwar Dayal Sheokand, Chairman of Haryana Environment Impact Assessment Authority, dies in a road accident. The CM attends the condolence meeting. DCP (East) Maheshwar Dayal is the son of Sh Sheokand. ♦ A girl is charred to death when a TV catches fire due to a short circuit. ♦ A caretaker is killed at a farmhouse, on suspicion that he was a thief. ♦ A BPO executive is stabbed in a fight with another person, over a girl. ♦ A property dealer is accused of abducting a woman. ♦ A car overturns – 3 are injured. In a major breakthrough a big inter-state auto lifters’ gang is busted at Sohna, and 5 criminals arrested. They were involved in over a 100 cases, and hail from Mewat and Bharatpur. ♦ A truck driver is robbed of his truck and goods at gunpoint, in Sector 56. ♦ A fake parking attendant runs

Manne tere tayin kime dikhana se. 4. How long will you take? Kitniek der me pahunch jaaga? 5. This is urgent. Ghanaye jaroori se. 6. If you don't come, I will not talk to you. Jo tu nahi aayoga to main tere te

kadde baat na karun.

away with the car of an elderly woman. ♦ A person drives away with a new Skoda car, on the pretext of a test ride. ♦ Badshahpur toll plaza manager runs off with Rs 36 lakhs cash – is caught and booked. ♦ Rs 20 lakhs, that a senior executive had earlier withdrawn from his bank, is stolen from his car. ♦ 150 engineers from multiple municipal bodies of the State visit Bandhwari and the MCG office, to see the working of the Waste

Treatment Plant, and to learn e-governance. ♦ Over a hundred BPO executives of a company stage a protest over non-payment of salary for 3 months. ♦ There is a big protest by the industrialists in Manesar, over the retrospective hike in land rates by HSIIDC. ♦ The City hosts a Global Metal and Steel Scrap Summit. ♦ The City records 200 cases (64% men) of HIV infection – double that of the previous year.


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7-13 December 2012

C ivic/Social

Views Of The Panel RWA Issues

City Issues

Recommendations

Uniworld Garden

Builder has not applied for Final Completion Builder has not returned IBMS/IFMS (Security amounts), upon formation of the Society Poor state of power, water and sewage connection

Sarvadaman S. Oberoi

Poor water, sewage and drainage Poor power status Poor roads

NGOs and Media should work alongside RWAs Legal options should be exercised There is need for a voter recruitment drive

World Spa

Society not handed over common areas, as per HAOA (Act) Maintenance Security Deposit not released to the RWA Operation and Maintenance not handed over to the RWA

Lt Gen S.K Bahri

Poor state of roads Poor state of sanitation Poor law and order

Need strict implementation of the HAOA (Act) The City should be maintained by one Agency only The govt, Administration and police need to be more proactive

Sheetal – Mayfield Garden

Inadequate electricity Infrastructure (66KV) No HUDA treated water supply Community Buildings have not been made

Cdr Dharam Vir Yadav

South City 1-Plotted

Some Common Areas, like Parks, have been encroached by the builder Status of roads is bad There are many stray pigs and animals in the Colony

Ashok Bhardwaj

Traffic jams Poor electric supply Inadequate/costly autorickshaws

More policemen should be deployed Many more electricity sub-stations need to be set up A stiff challan/penalty should be charged for violations

FAOA

Rule of Law has not been applied under Apartment Owners Act (HAOA,1983), while registering apartments Formation of Apartment Owners’ Associations is not as per the Act; maintenance of Group Housing Complexes is not as per the Act; ownership of Common Areas & Facilities is not as per the Act HAOA Act and Builder Licences are not enforced Sale of Common Areas by builders continues There are inordinate project delays in almost every project

B.K Dhawan

Rule of Law has not been applied in Group Housing Complexes Poor Infrastructure No real zoning of the City has been carried out There is poor resource – water, electricity, waste - management EWS Housing is a sham

All City RWAs should join the Federation (FAOA), and promote it A Gurgaon Real Estate Tribunal should be set up to resolve all local cases expeditiously Gurgaon should be maintained by only one Agency – MCG Public participation in policy making should be increased

JIT KUMAR

Gautam Gulati

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Accept Their Gift

{ Anita Jaswal }

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ven though they knew something was wrong, the news that their 9 year-old son Neelesh had Asperger’s syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) sent Shanti and Ganesh Iyer into a state of shock. Like many other parents whose children face the same diagnosis, they felt angry, scared, and uncertain about their son’s future. Dealing with it wasn’t easy. “A couple of weeks after the initial shock I stepped away from my emotions, and took a real hard look at my son. I realised that Neelesh had this affliction since he was born. The signs were there: his obsession with putting things in order, his inability to express himself, and at times irrational violence. We felt angry that our beautiful child, who was so loving and giving, was locked in his own mind. We would get frustrated and wonder, ‘What’s it like for him’? That’s when Ganesh and I realised that we can’t fall apart, we can’t let him down. We have to be strong and do what’s best for him,” recounts Shanti. Shanti was working as the Head of Commerce in Bluebells School, and left her job to look after her son, who now

needed her 24x7. Did they not realise Neelesh was different from other children? “We began noticing something was different when he was about 9 years old. He didn’t make good eye contact; noise bothered him; he had trouble with some of his motor skills, such as using a spoon. He also had a tough time at school. He couldn’t relate to other kids. He would get bothered if things deviated from a regular routine. When I look back at pictures of him at that age, I see that he looked really sad, really serious. My husband and I thought that he was just that way, and that he would grow out of these behaviours. But they only got worse,” says Shanti. What was most important was figuring out how best to help him. Some people with Asperger’s syndrome are very talented in their chosen field of interest, and may enjoy significant academic and vocational success – if given a supportive and inclusive environment. Many have a number of positive characteristics – including integrity, intelligence, endurance, and freedom from prejudice. Shanti thought that maybe the spark of artistic talent, if nourished, might help with some of the trouble-

some behaviours, and provide a way for Neelesh to express himself. At first his teacher insensitively trashed his attempts at painting, but later, when she ‘saw’ his work, she grudgingly accepted his talent. An interesting dynamic is the special role of a younger sibling. Siblings of children with special needs have special needs themselves, and deserve a place of honour. Bhavesh, ten years younger to Neelesh, adapted to keep the peace. He saw meltdowns and other ugly moments a child should not have to see. Instead of growing bitter, he became the self-appointed protector of his brother. And soon they became friends. “It is not necessarily all bad. This syndrome is really challenging – you don’t yell at him if he’s doing something wrong. He just can’t help it,” explains Bhavesh.  “Sometimes he can’t talk much.  Sometimes he has tantrums.  It can be tough for a family, but this has helped us to become a better family,” adds Bhavesh.  “It teaches us patience and understanding... all of us have grown in wisdom, acceptance, and love.”  Shanti talks about the challenges of raising a child with Asperger’s syndrome. “He is a creature of habit and routine. He has been, since the day he was born. He expects things to be the same as they were the previous time;

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and if there is change, there are consequences. Routine is his safety net. If you change it, you totally rock his world. Asperger has definitely changed our lives. We have a long journey ahead of us, but we intend to make it a pleasant one. Neelesh is the love of our lives. I wish that he was more accepted by his peers. He is not understood by many, including teachers/ administrators. It is frustrating and heart-breaking. I urge parents not to fear the diagnosis, but to embrace it, so that families can move forward. Asperger is not insurmountable. Neelesh is a very bright child, but his wiring is

different. That’s all. We have to work continuously to tell him – ‘You’re not the only one, and people with Asperger CAN accomplish amazing things. You don’t have to be that geek in the corner forever – you can go places’. Neelesh Ganesh is now 21 years old. He began painting when he was 14. He is proud to have held his first exhibition at the Epicentre – it was totally sold out! He may be with a disability But he is a boy with dreams. He takes what God has given him And uses it to fulfil the purpose he has for himself. u

CITIZEN

SPEAK

{ Dr A.P. Sachdev }

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his has reference to your story about the Dead Animals Disposal in Gurgaon (Vol 2, Issue 15). For years now the residents of G Block of DLF I have been complaining of the stink coming from the link road – where the dead animals are not buried,but left in the open spaces in the bushes. The MCG knows well about the new technology-CU Plants (Carcass Utilization plant),whereby the dead animals are collected & brought to the modern plant to be converted into organic manure. Details Of Recovery From Dead Animals, By Using In A Carcass UTILIZATION PLANT Dead Animal Weight 250 kgs Less for Dung & Undigested parts 21% Less for Hide 8% Total Less 29% Weight of Animal to go in Cooker 177.50 Kgs Cooker capacity 1500.oo Kgs usage 75% Actual 1125.00 Kgs Per Batch Time for Process 4 hrs 2 shifts,total batches 4 Batches Total Weight used 4500 kgs No of Animal per day 25 Animals RECOVERY

per day

per year

revenue

Hide (8.0%) 507.04 kg 152.11 tons 15.21 lakhs Meat & Bone Meal (16.52%) 743.40 kg 223.02 Tons 35.68 lakhs Tallow (4.34%) 195,3 kg 58.59 tons 175.7 lakhs Total 226.59 lakhs


C ivic/S ocial

7-13 December 2012

{ Maninder Dabas/ FG }

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ith the construction in Gurgaon-II on the boil, and a couple of builders already handling over possession, a pertinent question that our administration severely dislikes to answer, has once again started haunting us. Do we have adequate basic civic infrastructure in place; and if not, what is the pace of its development? Friday Gurgaon has been monitoring the developments in Gurgaon-II. Electricity infrastructure is perhaps one of the most vital requirements. And as of now there is hardly any trace of power infrastructure in the new sectors. “Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) is only a service provider, and either Huda or Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) will develop the power infrastructure in Gurgaon-II. As of now I believe nothing has been developed, and it will take some time to set the plans in motion,” said Sanjeev Chopra, the Superintending Engineer, DHBVN, Gurgaon. Although the construction in Gurgaon-II is going on at a brisk level, and builders have started luring customers with promises of possession in six odd months, is it possible to make an area habitable without having proper power infrastructure in place? “HVPN has made a final plan for the power infrastructure to be laid in Gurgaon-II, but as of now I don't know when the work will start. I believe the only work that has been done till now has been the marking of the areas where sub-stations

Caught Flat-Footed Again and other facilities will come up,” said a HVPN official.

The Plan

Gurgaon-II is indeed a vast area that would cater to the housing needs of more than 20 lakh people, and such a huge population would need a mammoth power infrastructure. HVPN has plans for the development of two sub-stations.

there are lakhs of people living in these colonies. So now, the Administration has decided that a State body, be it HUDA or HVPN, would develop all the necessary power infrastructure – including the share of the infrastructure private builders were supposed to develop. We definitely will not repeat this mistake in Gurgaon II,” informed Chopra.

Gurgaon-II: The upcoming sub-station Capacity

Number of sub-stations

Sectors

400

2

Gwal Pahari and Farukh Nagar

220

5

92, 77, 65, 87 and 107

66

31

59, 61, 62, 63 (A), 64 (A), 67, 69, 70, 72, 72 (A), 73, 75, 75 (A), 76, 78, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 99, 102, 108, 109,110 and 114.

Learning from the Past

“In Gurgaon-II no builders are developing any power infrastructure, except inside their building premises. We have learnt the hard way. In Gurgaon-I (current Gurgaon) we relied on these private builders to build power substations of either 33 or 66 KV, according to their power needs. The builders have sold almost all their projects, and now when we ask them to make the sub-stations, they tell us that we can remove the power connection! As a State body we can’t do that, because

Questions

If DHBVN has now been given adequate notice by GII builders, and it has given a go-ahead, why is there no power infrastructure ready for the completed projects? Clearly the learning is incomplete, or nothing has changed. If private builders have been kept away from providing any power infrastructure in GII, why does Tulip Petals have to apply for an independent feeder? How many such feeders will be needed in GII before HVPN power infrastructure, and therefore official DHBVN power connection, is available to GII residents? It could be years – meaning hundreds of private feeders! Again, nothing seems to have changed...

New Possessions

“Of course without a proper power connection the builder can’t offer possession to the people. The apartment housings that you have mentioned are situated near villages, and the builders have taken connection from these villages. Actually a builder can take a connection from the nearest state feeder in order to start giving possession—till a demand level of 1 MV—I believe in both these places the demand is still under 1 MV. The moment the demand of the residents living in the apartments reaches 1 MV, the builder has to get its independent feeders inside or outside the building. Tulip Petals, near Garhi Harsaru, has already applied for an independent feeder,” said B.K Ranjan, Executive Engineer, Manesar, who also happens to be project in-charge of the power supply to Tulip Petals.

DHBVN’s authority

role

and

Till now it was evident that a builder needs to have clearance from HUDA and DTCP in order to start construction of an apart-

G U R G AO N

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tion,” informed Chopra.

Power Infrastructure

There are five steps in making an area power equipped:

ment. Now things have changed, and a builder has to take the final nod from the power providing agency before starting construction. “We used to remain unaware of the power needs of the up-coming apartments, and hence there always was a paucity of power in the surrounding area. We did not get the time to develop the necessary infrastructure. But in GurgaonII we are getting all the required information about a project in advance, because now builders have to take the final nod from us in order to start construc-

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1) Drafting of the final (layout) plan: (This is the present status) 2) Allotment of the land: HUDA allots land to the concerned department to carry out the development work. 3) Development of the concrete infrastructure: In the case of Gurgaon-II it’s still not clear who will carry out this project. Both HUDA and HVPN haven’t come to any decision yet. 4) Development of the sub-station: HVPN will ensure. 5) The wiring: To connect the different sub-stations to the sources of power, as well as to the final destinations. u

Power Plan

evender Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), addressing 1200 staff of DHBVN, said:

 The power utilities plan to give reliable power supply to each category of consumer for 20 hours, within the next three years.  The per capita power consumption in Haryana is 1400 units per annum, against a national average of 800 units. However, the per capita consumption in developed countries like the United States of America is 18,000 units per annum. This reflects on what we need to achieve.  The power distribution corporations in Haryana are bearing heavy losses at present. The cost of power supply has increased by 330 per cent during the last ten years, while the tariff hike has been a mere 27 per cent. The gap between revenue and cost has increased to Rs. 2.50 per unit. Resultantly, DHBVN and UHBVN are facing an accumulated loss of Rs. 8,830 crores.  All employees will have to improve the financial health of the distribution utilities, so as to strengthen the power distribution system, and help in the purchase of sufficient power. To improve the economic health of the Nigams, the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses have to reduce from the present 30% to 15%, within the next three years. For this, a crash programme for the maintenance of the electricity distribution system in the State is being launched, that will also ensure minimal interruptions in power supply during the next summer.  Villages that reduce the AT&C losses to below 25 per cent on their feeder will get power supply for 20 hours daily. For this, all defective and old mechanical meters would have to be replaced with new electronic meters, all meters would have to be relocated outside the premises of the consumers, and all dwellings in the villages would need to have regular metered power supply. Presently the villages are getting power supply for 11 hours a day. u

As on December 06, 2012 All Prices in Rs/kg.

Food Take Area/ vegetables

Palam Vihar

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South City 1

DLF City Phase 5

Sector 23

Safal

Reliance Fresh

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Kids ‘Double Up’

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urgaon kids had a whale of a time with Cartoon Network’s Event, ‘Go Active, Double Up’, held at Leisure Valley. The action-packed Event had games, prizes, and enthralling performances by Ben 10, Tom and Jerry and Oggy and the cockroaches. The aim of the Event was to encourage physical exercise amongst the children and parents, in a fun and engaging way. Cartoon Network also unveiled 8 new costumes of their popular characters. The kids, as well as their parents, had a blast!

Hunt for the igenius

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s part of the grand finale of Max Life Insurance’s igenius Young Authors’ Hunt, the third edition of igenius scholarships was held in the City, with the 27 top winners being rewarded. Max Life Insurance gave away cash prizes worth Rs. 1.1 crores, including two top scholarships of Rs.10 lakhs each to the winners. The prizes were distributed by Chetan Bhagat and Derek O’Brien. This year’s winners were Swarali Chodnekar (Mumbai), Hiya Chowdhury (Delhi), Sanjari Kalantri (Delhi), Aryaman Mihir Seth (Dehradun), Pratyush Kumar Chakra ( Bhubaneshwar), Rajan Agarwal (New Delhi), Arjun Gupta (Agra), Suhani Singh (Delhi) and Labdhi Baid (Kolkata).The scholarship programme entailed a multi-level evaluation process that was conceptualised in association with Derek O’Brien & Associates. The jury members included Derek O’Brien, Ruskin Bond, Neil O’Brien, cricketer Murli Karthik and singer Palash Sen.

Ryanites Aqua Campaign

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he PVR Cine Art Aqua Campaign’s latest edition is on ‘Water Conservation and Recovery’. The aim of this Programme is to inculcate ‘Responsible Water leadership’, and enable children from 50 schools to become role models; bringing about a positive change in society through the powerful mediums of cinema, films and art. Ryan International School, Sector-40 was nominated to be a part of this Campaign. The Campaign event included a powerful theatre performance on Water Conservation by the young Ryanites.

Compiled by Shilpy Arora, email: shilpy.arora@fridaygurgaon.com

Donors @ MRIS

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Blood Donation Camp was organised at Manav Rachna International School, Sector 51, in collaboration with Lions Club, and the staff from Red Cross Society. More than 200 volunteers participated in the Camp – students, parents,

DPS Smarts

school staff and residents of Mayfield Gardens. The Camp was inaugurated by Sr. Deputy Mayor, Yashpal Batra. Also present were the Chairman of MRIS, Rajesh Kalra, Executive Director, Gaurav Rai and the Principal, Dhriti Malhotra.

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elhi Public School, Sector 28 launched the ‘Smart Learning Project’- a gateway to e-learning. Present at the occasion were S. Nakanishi, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Pramod Grover, Chairman, Delhi Public School Society, and Principal of the School, Rachna Pandit. The introduction of e-learning, with Smart Boards, has proved to be informative and creative, for both the teachers and the students.


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MRIS Kalakaars

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anav Rachna International School, Sector 46, began their annual Art Festival, ‘Kala Sanyojan’ at the School premises. Schools across Delhi/NCR are participating in this week long (December 4-9) Art Festival, where the students will be trained on various forms of art by professionals. ‘Kala Sanyojan’ began with the lighting of the lamp by Dr. Amit Bhalla, VP, MREI, and Professor Zahoor A. Zargar, Dean Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Milia Islamia University. The inauguration was followed by a small cultural programme by the students of MRIS-46, and a welcome note by the Principal, Dhriti Malhotra. Mr. Sunny Bansal, Executive Director, MRIS-46 also graced the occasion. The last two days of the Art Festival will be an Exhibition-cum-sale of the participants’ work; the earnings from the sale will be donated to ‘Captain Chandan Lal Middle School’– an NGO for blind children.

Kids Day @ Ninex CCAers Make Waves

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riginal self-composed stories, written by two students of CCA School, Sector 4, were published in a book, WAVES, released by National Book Trust of India. WAVES is the outcome of extensive Workshops—organised by Cine Darbaar and National Book Trust of India—for school students on creative writing.

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t was a day of fun, games and activities for kids at Ninex Mall, on Sohna Road. The Ninex Shopkeepers’ Association hosted a ‘Kids Day’, that was organised and planned by partywala. com. The Event began with a few classes on painting by Art Mania. Once the kids were given a brief, a painting competition was held. Over 100 children participated in the Competition. The fun-filled Event also had a Magic Show, followed by games.

Lotus Annual Day

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otus Valley International School celebrated its first Annual Day, “Rooh…..Celebrating the Spirit of India”. The Event highlighted the rich cultural, social, ethnic and linguistic diversity of India, with performances from different states showcasing their ethnicity. The Chief Guests included Premchand Palety, Chief Executive CFore, Dr. Shayama Chona, Patron of the School, Madan Lal, former Indian cricketer and Nisha Singh, Councillor. The Programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial Lamp by the special guests. This was followed by the inauguration of the ‘All Weather Swimming Pool’, the very first in the region. The Young Achievers of the Academic Session 2011-12 were felicitated. The launch of the maiden issue of the School Magazine—‘Cascade – A Deluge of Expressions’—was another highlight of the Programme. The day was a fusion of symphony, music, dance and mesmerising performances, that left the audience and the students enthralled.

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The Advent of X’mas

hristmas is celebrated on December 25th, as every child all over the world will tell you; but it is the end of November that heralds the beginning of the Christmas season. Everyone is busy planning out the coming weeks, for shopping, buying gifts for themselves and their dear ones, preparing sweets and cakes and organising parties. A few young school children from Immaculate Conception Church in Kanhei (Gurgaon) too await the onset of Advent. Their enthusiasm is a little unusual. It is because they have committed themselves to be Santa’s helpers, and are volunteers to Santa’s Gift Programme organised in the parish. This Programme, that was launched four years ago, brought them so much joy and a new meaning to Christmas, that it has urged them to come forward and  reach out to the less privileged children. The first Sunday of Advent witnesses a child announcing the launch of the Programme, and installing a unique Christmas tree beside the altar in Church. It is unique, since it is not decorated with silver bells and candy sticks – but with white envelopes, containing gift wishes. Though the formal announcement is made four weeks before Christmas, the volunteers begin their ground work much earlier. Santa’s requests from the children in Asha Niwas, Muskaan(Badshapur), Nathupur Village, Kiran Nivas and Anand Ashram are collected and coded. The envelopes are picked up by those  who wish to bring a smile to the little faces. The gifts, wrapped with love, and labelled with the request slip, are then left below the Christmas tree, or at a designated counter, in the following two weeks. On the Sunday before Christmas, the gifts are sorted out, decoded and distributed. This is the fifth year of this Programme, and Santa’s little helpers (Ashwin, Theres, Kenny, Ramit, Nidhin and Lynette) would distribute over 350 gifts this year. Clearly this Programme has given these Children a new meaning to life and Christmas, as they celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus by visiting their less privileged friends at their Staney P. homes. u


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K id Corner

Kids Brainticklers

Ozzimals: Color this picture

Animal Crackers

Solutions

Fill in the grid so that every row, column and coloured box contains ALL the numbers from 1 to 6. Bonus clue: which number should go in the circle: 1 or 4?

Two Wise Men

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7-13 December 2012

GNH Versus GDP { Vedant Batra }

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ustainable development is not a choice but a necessity for survival. We have, over the last few decades, debilitated Mother Earth’s capacity to support life. Stormed by technology and economic greed, driven by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), we are now at a crossroad where sustainable development is the need of the hour. Unless we collectively agree on a common vision to guide us, our society is destined to fail. During my summer internship at the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Commission in Thimphu, Bhutan, I discovered that the Kingdom of Bhutan was one of the first countries to voice their views on GNH as opposed to GDP. They believe GNH to be a more holistic indicator of growth and development, as compared to GDP. The term “Gross National Happiness” was first coined by Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1980s, as a casual reply to a journalist’s question. He used this phrase to emphasise his commitment to build an economy that would be based on Bhutan’s unique Buddhist culture and values. For the GNH index to become a reality, happiness has to be made quantifiable. The Centre for Bhutan Studies, an autonomous government body, spent years to develop various indicators that would become components of the GNH index. GDP was never intended to be a measure of overall social

wellbeing; it has always been a measure of economic growth. Western economic theory holds that economic growth will (autimatically)enhance social wellbeing. However, the assumption that increase in wealth will lead to increase in happiness is simplistic, since happiness is an amalgamation of various factors. These factors are included in the GNH. The Bhutanese base their ideology on Buddhist philosophy that says that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development

occur side by side, complementing and reinforcing each other. The four pillars of GNH are a manifestation of this philosophy. These pillars stand for the promotion of sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.

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In collaboration with an international group of scholars and researchers, the Centre for Bhutan Studies further defined these four pillars into nine different domains (further divided into 72 indicators): health, education, living standards, time use, environmental quality, culture, community vitality, governance, and psychological wellbeing. These domains help to set specific goals for the government. For example, when the GNH Commission conducted a survey, they found that a majority of people ticked ‘no’ to a question related to meditation, under the domain psychological wellbeing. The result was that the government introduced compulsory meditation in schools, thereby balancing psychological wellbeing with other domains. Another milestone of GNH is its policy-screening tool. All public policies in Bhutan, irrespective of their origin (except a royal order or declaration of emergency), shall have to go through the GNH screening tool. The policy is screened through 23 indicators, and marked on a 4-point scale for each indicator. A score of 1 denotes a negative score, 2 an uncertain score, 3 a neutral score and 4 a positive score. The maximum score is therefore 92 (23x4), and the neutral passing score is 69 (23x3). If a policy does not achieve the neutral score it is not introduced. Both, the ministry that develops the policy, as well as the GNH Commission (for an unbiased opinion), do the marking. The measurement of social wellbeing and happiness is complex, and although happiness is difficult to measure, the GNH index is a far more universal index than GDP. In the future sustainable

Visionary Leadership at JK Business School

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one-day Workshop on “Compete Turbulence Time through Visionary Leadership” was organised at JK Business School. The Workshop was inaugurated by Harshpati Singhania, Chairman, JK Paper Ltd. and Govind Hari Singhania, Chairman, JK Education Foundation. More than 100 faculty members and students participated in this Workshop. The Speakers, Harshpati Singhania and Govind Hari Singhania, talked about leadership capabilities, and how to develop inspirational and visionary leadership competencies.

ITM University & ASQ’s Quality Education

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They said that confidence must be accompanied by discipline and sound judgment, and that leaders must not be driven by fear, but hope. Dr. Raghuvir Singh, Director of JK Business School, spoke about the concepts and scopes of visionary leadership.

TM University, along with American Society for Quality (ASQ), conducted Q-21 (a Quality Futuring International Workshop), to emphasise on the quality of education. The students of ITM University were given an opportunity to interact and participate with the world wide top leaders of the American Society for Quality. The Workshop was led by Paul Borawski, CEO and ASQ Global Head, and Jim Rooney, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, ASQ Inc USA. They participated in a wide range of discussions on visioning quality for the 21st century. The Workshop was conducted to make the students understand the importance of futuring in quality education, and the forces of change shaping the future of quality.

development will be more important than just simple economic growth, and the GNH index can help us achieve this form of development. Bhutan, a kingdom of just 800,000 people, was recently ranked 8th in the world by a ‘satisfaction with life’ survey, despite having a relatively low life expectancy, small GDP and a per capita income of just $670. Today Bhutan has become a guiding example for western countries that are looking to transform their economies towards a path of holistic development. As responsible citizens of the world, we have lot to learn from Bhutan.u The author is an International Baccalaureate student of The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, NCR-Delhi, India, who did an internship with the GNH Commission in Thimphu, Bhutan this summer of 2012.

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PRAKHAR PANDEY

The Old Boy Network { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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AIIMS Within Reach { Maninder Dabas / FG }

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or most of us in the 'Millennium City', Badhsa was a non-existent place just a fortnight ago – till the inauguration of an Outreach OPD of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) by the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on November 24, on the outskirts of Badhsa village. As of now the 300 acre campus has a small but functional OPD; but soon it will develop into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that would even dwarf the original AIIMS. This initiative was started in order to reduce the pressure on New Delhi AIIMS. Today about 8-10 thousand people are seen by doctors in more than 50 departments at AIIMS every day. “AIIMS-2 will be completed in the next fivesix years, and will house two national centres—on cancer and heart diseases—along with a full-fledged hospital. The Rs 2,100-crores National Cancer Institute (NCI) will have facilities to deal with various types of cancers, as well as conduct research. NCI would have 600 beds, whereas the total number of beds would be more than 2100 in AIIMS-2,” Ghulam Nabi Azad had said in his inaugural speech. AIIMS-2, 17 km from Gurgaon, will provide tertiary level health care at affordable rates, and so would offer stiff competition to the private hospitals of Gurgaon.

Facilities

"As of now we have this air-conditioned Outreach OPD, which comprises general medicine, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, ENT, anaesthesia, general surgery – and X-ray facility. I believe in the next five years or so we will have one of India's best and biggest hospitals,” said Dr. Rehan, the senior doctor and head of the surgery department. “Yes, we are low on doctors and other support staff. However, I am quite surprised at the response of the people of the surrounding areas, as we don't get any respite from 9 am to 2 pm, and already around 500 people daily come here for treatment,” added Dr. Rehan. Almost all the doctors and the support staff live in Delhi. “Yes, I live in Okhla and it's quite difficult to come and work here. But AIIMS has provided us with

a pick and drop facility from our houses. As far as the atmosphere is concerned, it's fantastic to see the green and yellow fields of wheat and mustard. The surroundings are pollution free, which is a great respite. I am enjoying my work here,” added Dr. Rehan. AIIMS-2 also offers free medicine facility to all the patients getting treatment at the OPD.

The Local Impact

Since the arrival of this project the whole area has started dreaming big. “Gurgaon is just an hour away from our village, but we lag behind by at least a century. The arrival of this new hospital has given this area hope. I have come here with my wife for her treatment, and doctors have treated us with respect and care,” said Rajender Singh, an old villager. The roads leading to the hospital were buzzing with excitement, as people animatedly gave us the directions to the hospital. Situated on the side of the Gurgaon-Jhajjar Road, AIIMS-2 indeed could be a game-changer. “The villagers are already very

excited, as the rates for their lands have gone up. With the advent of a full hospital in the next half a decade or so, this area would develop into a full fledged city, which would be an extension to the underconstruction new Gurgaon.” said a senior doctor. Land which used to be around Rs. 30-40 lakhs per acre a year back, is now being sold at almost Rs. 1.5 crores per acre. “The villagers are waiting for the price to go further up. The whole area would soon become urbanised, and the outside population would become a source of income, as they would need places to stay. The green fields you are seeing outside the gates of this institution would be gone within a decade,” said Attar Singh, another young and educated villager. Gurgaon-Jhajjar Road would soon be converted into a four lane highway. “I believe once this road is made we would be able to come here within a time span of one hour. The connectivity with the Dwarka Express Way (aka NPR) would open up this area completely,” added Dr. Rehan. The hospital and surrounding areas would also have uninterrupted water supply from the under- construction NCR Canal, which is running parallel to the proposed road.

An employment hub

It is important that service also gets focus. “I have been roaming here for the last two hours, but till now no doctor has entertained me. And as you can see there is no place or chair to sit, so I have to stand, despite having pain in my chest and legs. In 'sarkari hospitals' people don't get treatment without knowing somebody in the hospital. I was here on 24th November also, when our CM and Health Minister came, and I was told that I would get my glasses by the 27th – but till now I have not. That's why I have brought my son along with me,” said Banwar Lal, an old Badhsa villager.

AIIMS-2 would provide an avenue for employment opportunities for the youth of Haryana. Both the skilled and unskilled workforce would get enough opportunities, and the change has already started. “This Hospital, by providing jobs to the youth, would save our kids from becoming antisocial elements. As of now almost thirty boys from our and nearby villages have got jobs in Security here,” said Rajender Singh. All security guards are from Haryana and Outer Delhi villages, and they too are quite excited. “I believe this is a great opportunity for young boys like me who are not very educated. This job doesn't give much money, but it ensures that we won't waste our time. There are also tractors and JCBs working here on contract, which again belong to the villagers. We believe AIIMS-2 would help us in turning the wheel of life into a new and bright direction,” said Sunil Kumar, a young security guard.u

urgaon is a city of the busy young, with neither the time nor the inclination to accommodate the people who are living their post-retirement life in its milieu. For the elderly, the very solitude which was once a hallowed space, becomes not only a burden but a void, that slowly starts eating the inner being. They start seeking reasons and opportunities to be in human company. DLF Senior Citizen Council is an initiative that not only helps to fill this void, but gives new meaning. “Post-retirement life indeed shifts an individual into a different paradigm, in which solitude and comfort become a burden! This Council is a platform that provides the elderly an opportunity to serve the society. It has been in operation for the last ten years, and as of now we have 380 members from all across Gurgaon. To start with, some senior individuals met in Windsor Court, and thought of creating a group of like-minded people,” said M.L Gulrajani, the General Secretary, DLF Senior Citizen Council, who works as a professor at IIT, Delhi. ‘Love - Friendship & Care’ is the motto of the Council. “We believe in keeping our life in motion with the fuel of excitement, and the best way to create excitement in life is to set new goals. These goals may be small, but they give enough reason to live – and live long. We try and organise different activities to keep our members busy. Broadly our type of activities are: patriotic programs on Republic and Independence Day; lectures on spirituality and moksha; medical awareness programmes in and around the City, with the collaboration of the big hospitals; and seminars on various subjects especially pertaining to the lives of senior citizens. We all stand by each other in times of grief and sorrow, though we don’t intrude in the personal matters of an individual – even if he or she asks for it,” added Gulrajani.

Philanthropy is a virtue that gets young when an individual gets old, and this Council too believes in working for the poor. “We believe that civility stems from the seed of education, and it is the best way to bring some sort of parity in society. We organise camps where we donate books and other means of education to the kids of poor people. Most of our programmes are organised at the DLF City Club, PhaseIV. The Club has provided us some space. Apart from this we believe in taking the City along with us, and that’s why we have contacts with different NGOs that work for the betterment of the City in different spheres – such as environment and infrastructure. For example, we work in close collaboration with ‘I am Gurgaon’, a City-based NGO that works on environment. This year we have planted 265 trees in the Millennium Park, and we inspect and monitor the growth of these trees,” added the Professor. Almost half of the post-retirement life gets spent in hospitals and clinics today, because the elderly are easy prey to the City’s increasing pollution levels, that often lead to serious health issues. “With the help of the City’s big hospitals we organise medical camps in different parts of the City, where not only our members but other senior citizens too can get themselves checked for any ailment. We believe that a dipping health is one of the reasons why the elderly have become ‘unwanted’, and that’s why we try to give ourselves a healthy life,” added the General Secretary. An old individual in Gurgaon might not have much money and property to brag about, but he or she has an anubhav (or experience) of life, a treasure of its own. The Council provides the opportunity to these stalwarts to pen down their experience as learnings for the young and inexperienced. The Council’s annual magazine – ‘Anubhav - a souvenir’ is a platform where the members express their experiences and learnings, that their long and gruelling life has taught them. When an individual gets old he/she wants all the reasons and occasions to smile; and that’s the bedrock of this Council’s existence. The Council organises ‘Hasya Sammelans’, where the members present their jokes, and poems full of satires. “We provide our members the opportunity to showcase their talent, which also gives them a feeling of being wanted. The ‘soul’ motto of DLF Senior Citizen Council is to keep the light of life alive inside the heart of an old individual,” signed off Gulrajani.u


7-13 December 2012

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

’Allo Aloe ancient Egypt this plant came to be revered as the plant of immortality. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used Aloe Vera to treat wounds. Not surprisingly, Aloe is one of the most widely-used ingredients in highgrade skin care products. This hardy, short-stemmed succulent plant has leaves which are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green.

{ Jaspal Bajwa }

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eserts have always presented a vivid contrast of images. In many a tale of high adventure, the eventual sighting of a green oasis signals good fortune and abundance. It is in this context that we examine a class of plants called the succulents, which have saved many a life in the desert – by providing the only source of water. After a rain in the desert, the succulents can swell to 130 per cent their usual size, as they store water in the fleshy portion of the stem or leaves. During periods of drought they slowly shrink back to normal, and continue to glean water from the arid soil or the moist night air. The gel matrix which stores this life-giving water is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals, that have a selfrepairing capability (to prevent leakage of the water). Over centuries many of these plants yielded other secrets, hidden deep in their interior – suggesting a long list of medicinal effects.

Although Aloe Vera is one of the oldest plant-based home remedies, most people think it is an anti-inflammatory remedy, and hence only good for the skin. In reality, all the parts of the plant (gel,latex and juice), are extremely useful, for both external and internal use. The gel has been used topically to soothe and heal wounds, and to rejuvenate the skin. Internally, Aloe has been used for stomach disorders, insomnia, haemorrhoids, headaches, gum diseases and kidney conditions. Compounds derived from the Aloe latex have been used in several laxatives, to alleviate constipation. Although the list of benefits is indeed impressive, it is also important to mention that large scale clinical evidence in humans is still in the process of being generated.

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Most of the typical Aloe Vera products available on retail shelves are very weak – and some contain little or no Aloe Vera juice. In contrast, simply removing the gel from a living Aloe Vera leaf, and placing it on the face, can be far superior to the most expensive skin care product. Aloe can be grown at home in pots. It requires well-drained sandy potting soil, and bright sunny conditions. Terracotta pots are preferable, as they are porous. Potted plants should be allowed to completely dry prior to re-watering. During winter the Aloe Vera plant may become dormant, and require little moisture.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week : Aloe Vera

Aloe has many common names – like Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe and First Aid Plant. Aloe Vera is also called True Aloe, as vera means “true” or “genuine. Aloe protects the body from oxidative stress, and eases inflammation of the joints. It soothes the skin, hydrates it, and accelerates the regeneration of new tissue. Aloe can also be used internally – it helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, from the inside out. Aloe Vera juice can benefit the stomach, because it provides an alkaline bias to our diet. As a digestive aid, the juice can help alleviate constipation. Some herbalists believe it can also help heal ulcers, IBS and Crohn’s disease. Skeptics would however contend Aloe Vera juice, as marketed, is overly hyped, as there is neither scientific evidence, nor regulatory approval to support digestive health claims. Aloe Vera juice is generally considered safe, as long as the potentially toxic compound Aloin is removed. Children, pregnant women and nursing mothers should not consume Aloe internally. Although the laxative properties of Aloin have been scientifically proven, it can irritate the intestinal wall – prolonged use should be avoided. u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

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The New Topping In Town { Alka Gurha }

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ost of us have tasted olives in Italian dishes – like pizzas and pastas. The super-markets are flooded with different varieties of preserved olives. If eaten straight off the trees, olives have a sharp bitter taste – hence they are eaten after curing and processing. Most of the world’s olives are grown in areas around the Mediterranean Sea.

Green or Black?

The colour of the olive corresponds to the ripeness of the fruit when picked. Most olives start out green, and darken to black as they mature. Normally, green olives are denser and firmer than black olives. Black olives are usually used for the extraction of olive oil, because as the olives ripen the oil content in them increases. The taste and texture of any olive depends on

the method and duration of the curation of olives. Olives are cured or pickled using various methods – oil-cured, water-cured, lyecured, brine-cured and dry-cured. Some olives are naturally fermented. Each process takes a different time,

and has a different effect on the flavour. When olives are preserved in brine solution, they grow softer over time. It is important to note that sometimes canned black olives are often green olives cured with lye, and exposed to oxygen. The black colour in these olives comes from oxidation. The green olives (that we buy) in a jar are marinated in water– with a bit of vinegar and brine salt, to kill the bitterness.

Nutrition facts

The nutritional make-up of black and green olives is nearly identical. 100 grams of olives contain about 100 calories, 3 grams of fibre, and 2 milligrams of Vitamin-E. Olives are packed with monounsaturated fat and several other minerals – like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and copper. They’re also rich

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Health Benefits

The health benefits of the olive are pretty much identical to its oil. They protect the heart against disease. Antioxidants eradicate the free radicals that are responsible for oxidizing cholesterol. The polyphenols and flavonoids in olives are said to help in lowering the inflammation caused by arthritis. Researchers say that olives can help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes – experienced by menopausal women. Since olive oil is extracted from pressed olives, olives are rich in monounsaturated fat. Hypertensive people should also keep in mind that cured olives contain high sodium, which can have an adverse effect on their blood pressure. In a supermarket, while choosing olives for health benefits, always opt for those that have been traditionally cured, as opposed to lye-processed. Other than that, olives are packets of nutrition and taste. So go ahead and sprinkle them on your favorite pizza – or add them in your pastas and salads. u


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he inadequate and poor civic infrastructure of this City frustrates the residents, in some form or the other – at some point or the other. There is just so much not there, or not working. To resolve the problems, there is no dearth of meetings and seminars, and good intentions. The Administration attends, is supposedly all ears, promises action, and then does not act. And the priority is anyway only the sale (and resale) of land – so, for example, demolition requests, that help the Administration gain/regain land, are most welcomed – and speedily acted on.

EDITORIAL Atul Sobti

Infrastructure will therefore move at its own pace. In this scenario, to ensure that frustration does not impact the spirit of Gurgaon, a focus on a few unique and/or bold initiatives may be the right tonic. They should impact the Gurgaon of today, as well as set an example for Gurgaon II (the new sectors) – and even for the upcoming cities of India. Here is a proposal for 3 such initiatives: that would make a worthwhile impact on our daily lives; and/or would help our City become more sustainable; and/or would be a model for the wholesome urbanization of India. In the process our City would be cleaner and greener, and more inclusive – and of course modern. We would also leave a good legacy for our children.

1) The MG Road project

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am a regular reader of Friday Gurgaon, I really like the way you people feature and cover the all news related to Gurgaon. I heartly congratulation the all th team of Friday Gurgaon who are puttting their great effort day and night.News of Gurgaon is really helpful to all the residence of Gurgaon as well as Those related to Gurgaon. Keep up good work. Bhavisha Buddhadeo

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he article ‘Apne liye jiye to kya jiye’ really touched my heart & soul. Hope this brings a change in humanity through such kind & touching words. Shubhra

Everyone goes to/through MG Road – almost every day. It is our prime stretch. Before it gets too late, this is the time to spruce up the road, clean and clear it up, light it up with LED, make it a high security zone, allow only pedestrians and cycles/cycle rickshaws in the side lanes, provide for auto and taxi parking (and cycle/rickshaw stands), control the traffic with volunteers, and put up public toilets. Also, construct 2 multi-level parking facilities near Sikanderpur and IFFCO Chowk. This focused project could be completed within 6 months.

2) The Waste Management project

We may find a solution to water in the next 5 years

FAMOUS QUOTES The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel

other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost

– rest of Haryana and Delhi co-operating (though the Capital is already complaining of low Yamuna supply); and also generate the power. So we may avoid becoming a desert; but we are surely going to drown in our own muck. Much sewage is already flowing untreated into the Yamuna; and soon sewage will start being generated at double the rate at which it can be treated. Yes, we are serially oriented – we will get more water, then build water storage and treatment facilities, and finally realise that sewage treatment (of more sewage from more water) is very inadequate. We also do not segregate waste, it is not collected daily, we dump it anywhere and everywhere, sewage connections are rare, storm water drains are sewage drains, sewage is more over ground – we are building the cesspools for epidemics. Nearby, our garbage solid waste mountains are beginning to pollute the soil, and the Aravallis. With a lot more untreated sewage going back to the Yamuna, it will be even more water out, and garbage in – from, to the Yamuna. This at a time when the Supreme Court is already mad at the lack of progress on the Yamuna (Clean Up) Action Plan. We can change course – it is more difficult for the Yamuna to do so. We must set up the most modern and sustainable waste segregation, collection and treatment process. We must also compulsorily use treated sewage water for gardening and other such purposes. We should also aspire to become a No Litter city. The youth would be the best ambassadors for this project. Yes, we can…do this. In fact we have no choice.

3) The Village project.

A city like Gurgaon has come up around villages – as would many more in future India. Modern city life also spawns a variety and number of support and service staff, most of whom cannot stay in the main city residences. The villages become modern slums, abutting the high rises and modern colonies. The staff stays in village extensions, often far from work – at exorbitant prices, for just a room. It is time Gurgaon set an example, as the premier growth City of India. The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Housing Policy needs to be implemented effectively, and integrated with the planned modernization of villages (the Master Plan of course has no such provision – surprised?). We should take up a village and its proximate colony, and pioneer a model Village Modernization cum EWS Housing Policy. We have about 40 villages in the current sectors, and about 30 more in the new sectors. It is time to work on a Slum Free City project (of course, we also have a challenge of ‘unauthorized colonies’, which hopefully will take care of itself come election time - in a year or so). If we cannot implement this in our current Gurgaon (Sectors 1 to 57), we should definitely ensure it is done in Gurgaon II (Sectors 58 to 115). This model could be a model for central Urban Renewal funding – though Haryana at least is not short of funds. Wonder where they go, though….u


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{ Anita Jaswal }

Speech and Drama’ is a boost for shy children, a haven for those who love literature, and a magical outlet for those who are driven to perform. It gives students the confidence to speak, to communicate, and to be heard. “Speech and Drama takes children through a stimulating array of speech development exercises, while exploring dramatic texts in a dynamic environment. Students develop the art of public speaking, and expand their writing skills. In addition to presenting their own masterpieces, students act out theatre scripts and poetry with aplomb,” enthuses Jimmy Eapen, who has specialized in Early Childhood Education and Speech and Drama at Julia Gabriel Centre, Singapore and Trinity College, London. Originally from Kerala, he worked with many schools in different parts of India; and finally, in 2003, settled in Gurgaon, establishing the Julia Gabriel Centres across India. He started taking Speech and Drama classes and Parent Toddler programmes – a new concept in India then. Jimmy is passionate about teaching, as well as acting. He strongly believes that children learn best through play.

Make Food While The Sun Shines PRAKHAR PANDEY

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ith gas becoming dearer by the day, piped gas connections remaining only on paper, and electricity becoming an even rarer commodity particularly during the summers, solar cooking is an option that could help Gurgaon denizens not only overcome the energy shortage, but also reduce the carbon footprint of the City – that is notorious for guzzling millions of litres of diesel every month. With the Millennium City getting quality sunshine for almost 8 months in a year, experts opine that solar cooking could be a viable option, particularly for those families living in plotted colonies and HUDA sectors. It will not only reduce dependence on gas but also help in reducing the cost of living, they aver. Charu Jain, founder of the Advit Foundation, says that solar cookers can safely cook poultry, fish, vegetables and rice, since a well-insulated solar cooker, with a quality reflective panel can reach a temperature of 250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (about 120-150ºC). Jain says that the most widely used solar cooker in India is the box type, as it can hold multiple pots – helpful in cooking for a large number of people. Roots Café in the Leisure Valley Park also uses solar energy for cooking some of the goodies it offers. Sanjay, a worker, says that the Café uses the parabolic solar cooker to cook kheer, and boil pulses and rice. “The cooker can attain the requisite temperature to ensure that Indian style tadka and frying can be done on it,” says Jain.

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Although there are not a large number of people lining up for solar cookers yet, people in the industry say that with the advent of solar water heaters there is a growing consciousness among home buyers as well as commercial establishments to opt for solar cooking as well. Vijay Singh, a resident of Sector 14, says that he was not aware of the potential of solar cookers prior to his visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, and now plans to add it to the family kitchen. Jain says that there is need for more awareness to be created. “The government must support the solar cooking programme, by offering more subsidies, as well as spreading the message in a more effective manner’, she argues. In her opinion, solar cooking, coupled with traditional sources (like LPG, kerosene), can cut the energy demand of the City by half. At present three kinds of solar cookers are available in the market – the box type, the parabolic, and the panel ovens. The box cookers, aver experts, are slow in cooking the

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You need a dark pan, a baking rack, a temperature gauge, and pot holders. Step 1: Put the stove at a place where there is clear sunlight, that reaches the cooking box directly. Incline the box to ensure that the shadow of the panel is of the same size, on the sides of the box. There should be no (or minimum) shadow on the sun facing side. Step 2: Put the items for cooking into a flat dark pan. Add masalas and salt to taste. Step 3: Put the pan with food into the solar cooker’s box, and fix the temperature gauge to the inside of the cooking box, to be able to check the temperature. Close the glass cover of the cooker tightly, to ensure that heat does not dissipate. Step 4: You may need to change the direction of the box, to ensure that it continues to receive maximum sunlight. Step 5: Cooking will take double the time of a conventional stove. So check the food accordingly. When the food is ready, use the pot holder to remove the pan. Your sun-cooked food is now ready. Say namaskar to Surya, and enjoy it.

Creative Expressions

He also believes that no two children are alike, and that every child has the potential to develop his/her own creative as well as artistic skills. He ensures that his lessons are not only lively and fun, but also engaging for the young actors under his wings.   Speech and Drama lessons are becoming an increasingly popular extra-curricular activity, that allow young boys and girls to gain confidence, develop independent thinking, strengthen their communication skills and, of course, have fun. They study a wide range of Speech and Drama activities – including voice, diction, drama, public speaking, social communication, storytelling and

food, as they use a reflector to focus the sunlight inside the box The average cost of box cookers is Rs. 3,000. The parabolic cookers create a high temperature, as they focus the sun’s heat to a specific base where the food is placed. This kind of oven needs supervision, and is used mostly by commercial establishments. The average cost of parabolic cookers is

How to use a box-type solar cooker

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stage craft. Presently holding classes in three different locations in Gurgaon—Intellitots in DLF Phase IV, Apple Blossom Preschool in Greenwood City, and Maple Club in Palam Vihar— Jimmy also conducts Workshops for schools. The popular modules are on how to make use of music, art and drama as educational tools, to make learning a fun experience. He also conducts Workshops for teachers and the corporate sector on parenting – sensitising parents about various aspects of raising a child, and inculcating reading habits in children. “Speech is communicating with one another, and Drama is choosing an interesting way

to express it. Fear of speaking in public, or socialising with peers, is not uncommon in children. They are anxious, afraid of being ridiculed, or being the centre of attention.  The truth is that these fears will stay and develop in children – if not challenged. Speech and Drama is a springboard for developing accurate vocal skills through poetry and prose. It instils a love and appreciation of literature and the arts through experience and exposure. It builds or develops    confidence, self-esteem, social skills and conversational abilities. It also teaches empathy. It provides opportunities for children to experience the world from perspectives outside their own,” explains Jimmy. “We further encourage their imagination by playing ‘dress-up’, where the children experiment with, and act, as the characters they are learning about. In this way they learn how to characterise and dramatise. They become willing performers. They willingly step out of the box. We teach through poetry, rhymes, prose and the dramatisation of storytelling, motivating them to participate. This fun and interactive way of learning further helps children overcome their shyness, stretches their imagination and enhances their ability to articulate, express, present and per-

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from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 7,000. The panel oven uses panels to direct the heat to a box-like container, where the food is placed in pots. The container stores the heat and ensures better cooking. These are cheaper than the others. The cost of the equipment can be recovered within in two years, says Jain. Jain says that while solar cooking helps in cutting the energy demand and reduces cost, it also needs a good quality of sunlight to produce enough heat. It is also important that the solar cooker is positioned rightly. As per the standards, solar cooking is effective in areas that receive at least an average of 4 kilowatt hours of sunlight per square meter per day. It does not work properly in windy and cloudy conditions. A person is needed to oversee the operations when cooking for long hours. Despite the energy shortage and the increasing prices, Abhimaniyu Bhatia, an architect, opines that it would be difficult to popularise solar cooking, as a large number of people in Gurgaon live in condominiums, where space is at a premium. He however agrees that if the government makes it mandatory for commercial establishments, and pushes it in plotted colonies, then there could be a great saving of energy, and reduction in costs. Sun gives life to all us beings, and if its energy is utilised properly, we would not need to rely only on conventional fuels, says a wisened Singh. His new year resolution is to bring home a solar cooker. Come join the green bandwagon! u form in the English language,” he adds. Every child has a unique gift of intelligence. Children have different learning styles, and the sooner we discover this, the better. The Speech and Drama programme targets and develops these intelligences – through fun and interactive activities. Jimmy’s sessions engage the children in all aspects – whether they are word-smart, music smart, body-smart or art-smart. This allows the teachers to discover a child’s learning style, and to develop natural talent to the fullest. In these classes students can express and share their ideas freely and fearlessly. For some, improving self-confidence and developing communication skills is an end in itself. Others are enthusiastic actors, keen to pick up knowledge and techniques that they can apply in a live performance. From the young beginner practising a poem about a giant, to the advanced student preparing a scene from Shakespeare, the students learn (in different ways and at varying levels of complexity) how to use the voice and body to tell a story. Jimmy’s classes are known to be high in energy, with non-stop fun, that has students coming back for more. u


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by ShahnaZ Herbal Cosmetic Queen Padma Shree Shahnaz Husain is the CEO of the Shahnaz Husain Group – India’s leading company in the field of natural beauty and anti-aging treatments.

The Breath Of Life

Q. I am 65 .For several years I have been using Garnier hair color

[dark brown].I noticed a dark colour patch has appeared on my forehead. This is quite embarrassing. The dermatologist diagnosed it as hair colour patch .Could you recommend some natural herbal color with no side effect. My hair is silky thin dark brown .

Shashi Gaur SH Natural hair colourants without chemical side effects are plant ingredients

like henna, indigo, catechu, etc. We have recently introduce Colour Veda Natural Hair Colour, which imparts a blackish brown colour to white hair. It contains natural colourants like indigo, catechu (kathha) and henna, along with other ingredients like amla, brahmi, shikakai, bhringaraj and manjeeshtha. It conceals grey hair effectively and also conditions the hair, adding thickness, body and shine. After application, the colour gradually becomes more intense in a day or two.

{ Bhavana Sharma } “Yoga is neither sitting in the lotus pose nor looking at the tip of your nose. Yoga is the oneness of the soul and the cosmic mind” – Kularnava Tantra

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nderstanding our energy balances is key to maintaining the health of the body, and the life of the spirit. The Yogas act on the energy centres (or nadis) in the body, and help us release tension and stress – thus relaxing our mind, body and soul. There are certain rules that have to be followed by every practitioner of yogic exercises. If taken lightly, they could effect the normal working of the physical body. For instance, yoga should not be done immediately after a meal. If the meal has been heavy, then a four hour gap between the meal and the practice has to be maintained. Unlike other physical exercises, we cannot drink water during the practice, or after any inversion asanas (poses). Also, one should not have a bath immediately after yoga, as it is essential for the blood to circulate to every area of the body. Taking a bath also restrains the toxic substances from being released by the body. For most beginners a warm up is essential, before one starts the asana practice. The warm up must also be yoga based – such as surya namskaar (for those who are fit) and the pawan muktasana series, or joint-releasing poses (for those who have some kind of physical ailments). During winters the cold tends to contract our muscles, which then need warming up – so that our muscle elasticity and performance remains intact. Ashtanga is a form of yoga that heats you up from within. You can practice a series of flowing asanas, connected by special breathing techniques, to create internal body heat.

One of the most common yoga techniques is the breathing practice of anulom vilom (alternate nostril breathing). The ratio of inhalationretention and exhalation has to be gradually increased. Another important tip would be to direct the breathing to those parts of the body where you are experiencing resistance and tension. The tense areas will slowly release their blocked energies. Benefits: This yoga practice can help increase the body temperature, and calm down stress levels. Apanasana, or the downward energy pose, is to be done every morning and evening. Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat, close to hips. Your one hand should be on the stomach,

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and the other on the other side of your body. Shut your eyes. Focus on your breathing, and the rise and fall of the stomach – as you inhale and exhale. Count the breaths with every inhalation and exhalation as one, and move up to 50 counts. This may take about ten minutes or more, if your breathing is slow and steady. Release the pose by moving your body gently and opening the eyes. You may also bend yourknees inwards, as per the illustration. Benefits: It can boost the respiratory system, calm the master glands, and is therapeutic for several ailments. This pose can be used for meditation also. The Veerasana is also called the thinking man’s pose. You need to lie on your stomach, or even sit up, and place your hands under the chin. Shut your eyes and relax for as long as possible. Benefits: Improves belly breathing and overall health. The lower back, kidneys, stress glands and the legs get toned and relaxed by this asana. The Vajrasana or the thunderbolt pose, can be done by sitting on the floor with your knees bent. Place one hand over the other. Shut your eyes and stay in this pose for as long as possible. Benefits: It is one of the most powerful meditative poses. It may also be used to do pranayam exercises. Yogamudra asana, or the psychic union pose, may be done seated on the ground. Reach behind with both arms and grasp your right wrist with your left hand. On an exhalation, the forehead is slowly lowered to the floor

Ask the beauty expert questions on skin, hair and beauty. The best question (picked by Shahnaz Husain) will receive a gift hamper from the Shahnaz Husain Group. Write to us at letters@fridaygurgaon.com

Cookery tips by Vijaylaxmi Masterchef

Suggestions for Low Calorie Starters Opt for steamed items – like 
momos, vegetables with a dip, chicken balls, fish filets or prawns served with chili sauce. Go low-cal with these dishes: Jacket potatoes, roasted chicken wings, or grilled vegetables. You can also opt for baked dishes, instead of fried, like – samosas, 
chicken tikkas or kababs,
 cutlets, pizza, tomatoes with herbs, cauliflower with olive oil, garlic paste and coriander powder.

in front. Hold this pose for as long as possible. Continue normal breathing. Inhale, and raise your head. Benefits: It calms the body completely, and improves breathing and digestion. It gives traction to the spine, and is a cure-all pose for several ailments. Upavistakonasana, or the wide leg forward bending pose, can play a major role in achieving many physical benefits. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched, and keep the palms beside the body. Extend the legs widely as far as possible. Bend forward and touch the big toes with the corresponding hands. Keep your forehead on the floor for a few minutes. Benefits: The blood flow to all areas of the body is increased. It boosts respiration and may be also used as a pose for mediation. It prevents hernia, and relieves sciatica problems. u Tarot Card Reader, Author


7-13 December 2012

The Real Sixth Sense { Archana Kapoor Nagpal }

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. - Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)     2005, New Delhi, India:   was getting married, and as part of Indian rituals was scheduled to organise an hour’s ‘puja’ (means ‘prayer’ in India). It is a religious ritual performed by Hindus as an offering to various deities, distinguished persons, or special guests. It is done on a variety of occasions and settings – from daily puja done at home, to temple ceremonies and large festivals; or to begin a new venture – like my wedding. I was not able to relate to this thought.   I believe that God wants us to be with people who need our help and attention, rather than performing ‘puja’. I convinced my parents that I wanted to visit a school for ‘children with special powers’ (those deprived of the sense of sight). With the help of a friend I located a school near my apartment. It was a life changing event for me.  The School had 67 children, and it was mainly funded by the government for all its needs – from education to three meals a day. I never thought that spending half an hour with the children at the School could be so meditative. It was a busy day for the School administration, as all three meals were to be served by a Corporate Team. They permitted me to distribute fruits as a late-afternoon snack for the kids.  I was ready with my basket of fruits, and I could see all

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the wonderful children standing or waiting in a queue. They were amazing children. Other than being uniformly dressed, they were benevolent in greeting any stranger. The moment I entered they could sense my presence, and welcomed me with a warm ‘Namaste’ (a non-contact form of salutation that is traditionally preferred in India). The charm on their faces, and the smile on their lips, induced an inspiring thought in me. These children live happily even though they are deprived of one of the key senses. They will never ‘see’ that the sky is blue and the grass is green, but still they are living with pride and personal contentment. I can still feel the positive vibes while writing each word of this story. I feel ecstatic!   I started the task of distribution, and a polite ‘thank you’ from each child was like a blessing for my marriage. It was a very hot day, and I quickly distributed the snack, so that the children could soon go back to their respective classes. They were perspiring under the scorching sun, and their red cheeks glistened like polished apples.   I had almost reached the end of the queue when I realised that I was left with two children and one apple. It was immensely embarrassing for me, and it was hard to figure out a solution. I went to the second last child in the queue to tell her my concern. I had not yet completed my sentence when both the girls instantly said, “We will share.” I was overwhelmed. The administrative coordinator got me a knife, and I cut the apple into two equal parts, for my two little angels.  On my way home I was thinking about a quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, “There is no delight in owning anything unshared.” I have seen people fighting for materialistic things, and breaking homes to acquire houses made of bricks. I have seen people fighting for power, dragging others down to get to the top, and then calling it, ‘competition’. I have seen people stealing food to satisfy their hunger. We can see colours, and for us the sky is blue and the grass is green. But what is the benefit if we cannot see a tear in someone’s eye? What is the benefit of our sense of ‘sight’, if we cannot feel someone’s pain? We are just beings, not ‘human beings’, else we would have been human at heart too. We would have shunned violence. We should share love, to make our planet worth living, as ‘there is no delight in owning anything unshared’.  These ‘children with special powers’ are born with a sixth sense, that we as ‘normal’, ‘competitive’ human beings cannot see, though we are blessed with the sense of ‘sight’. The sixth sense is often referred to as intuition. But that day at the School I saw the real ‘sixth sense’ of humanity. u (The writer is the author of ‘14 Pearls Of Inspiration’, and an avid blogger) 

Good Morn

After every sunset Dawn And so life goes on, When your anguish is very deep Rich harvest you shall reap. Those who have done no wrong Will come out strong, For every onslaught you receive Or feel deceived Lord will compensate galore For sure. Live today without dismay There is a secret in his delay – Pray! What irks you, leave behind you Live life anew, For nothing is worse than Self curse And life is never reimbursed. So look for dawn Every morn, And you will be born And reborn Good Morn! Shobha Lidder Writer journalist, Teacher-Educator, Social activist, Reiki Master

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The Spiritual Dimension { Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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ife is a matter of relationships – not accomplishments or acquisitions. Nothing brings greater joy than the people whom the almighty has placed in our life’s journey. A child’s little touch, the embrace of a wife, interaction with friends, the laughter within our homes – nothing compares to these. Relationships provide unparalleled fulfilment. And nothing brings greater heartache than the breakdown of these relationships. When relationships do not work, the pain is immense. To maintain good relationships with other people, a person should first have a good relationship with the almighty. Fellowship with Him—the vertical dimension of life—is a pre-requisite to fellowship with other people on the horizontal plane. The horizontal dimension is concerned with the preoccupations of money, work, security, advancement – everything material. The vertical dimension is attainment on the spiritual front, and the thought of being one with everything. This meaningful thought takes us

to a higher purpose of life. It enables us to reflect on our being, rather than having. It makes us enjoy the quality of every moment of our life, rather than weigh the quantity of what we get. Understanding the vertical dimensions of the personality is fundamental to our individual growth and evolution. It is also core to the evolution of consciousness. If we think of spirituality in this worldly and horizontal way, we simply bring the sublime down to the mundane. What is required is the reverse – to raise everything mundane to the vertical sublime. It seems paradoxical to the person caught on the horizontal dimension. The more we have, the happier we think we will be. The vertical path begins with giving up some things. On the vertical dimension, most of the things the horizontal lovers cherish seem like an unnecessary burden. How can one rise to the heights while carrying so much baggage? The vertical dimension is unconditional. It means that one will

not take refuge in accumulation of money, security, status, and all the things that constitute the horizontal way. If everyone moves up on the spiritual health level, keeping the thought of a higher purpose in mind, we will be able to let go of the feelings that otherwise lead to greed, hate and conflict. This shift from the horizontal to the vertical dimension is enlightenment. If we let our focus drift back to the past, or forward to the future, we are functioning in the horizontal dimension. Entering the vertical dimension requires a high degree of ‘presence’. The ‘now’ needs to be the main focus of our attention; though we should not to be limited to that dimension alone. In space consciousness, there is no future and no past – only the present. This is called “emptiness”, because it is an opening into the vertical dimension – that has no limit. The arising of space consciousness—a shift to vertical rather than horizontal awareness—is the next stage in the

evolution of humanity. It is then possible to experience a fresh spirit of perception. Enhanced awareness of the immediate natural environment has a very powerful influence on the psyche. To be mindful is to keep in mind. The way human beings behave is partly because we do not appreciate the incredible resources and beauty that exists within us, and in our relationships, within all the realms of our consciousness. If we realise that this earth is a Garden of Eden (on a horizontal plane as well), we have everything we need to become completely happy and blessed. We should, however, keep some sense of the vertical dimension, to attain that transcendence, to catapult ourself into a higher realm—away from the delusion of everyday life— to a position where we think well of others, and become useful in the world. u Dr. Rajesh Bhola is President of Spastic Society of Gurgaon and is working for the cause of children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities for more than 20 years.


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he real estate sector in India has been under the shadow of black money, shady deals, illegal parking of wealth by political wheeler-dealers, and lack of regulation and monitoring by the authorities. In this scenario, Friday Gurgaon asked some difficult questions to Dr. Prodipta Sen, Executive Director, Aplha G Corp, a company that has pioneered concepts like Real Estate Asset Management (REAM), built a reputation by making good their promises to buyers, and developed some classy properties across the country – including ‘Gurgaon One’ in the Millennium City. Dwelling on some of the burning issues that are faced by the real estate sector, Sen says, “Most of the problems related to this sector would be resolved if the government gives it an industry status, which has been in the pipeline for long. Real Estate is the second highest generator of employment in the country, and is a major contributor to the GDP, yet it is not trusted by the banks, the government, and even the consumers,” asserts Sen. If the sector gets industry status, Sen says, it would be easier to get loans, banking transactions would become seamless, licensing would become easier, and industry parameters will get defined. Unlike the majority of the real estate community, Sen also welcomes the proposed Real Estate Regulatory Bill, saying that it would help in bringing more accountability and responsibility into the system. “In our country we like to have someone watching over us, and only then we work as per plan, and are more vigilant and careful,” says Sen. He adds that it would also help in improving relations between buyers and sellers. His own company, Alpha G Corp, he says, believes in serving the buyers, and delivering the goods as promised. “We have always delivered our projects in time, and build quality has been as per the agreement,” asserts Sen. Incidentally he also owns an apartment in the Gurgaon One complex, built by the company in Sector 22. “The money collected from buyers of a particular project is spent on that project, and never diverted. We use the money to build and deliver,” he says. Sen says that Alpha G Corp fully understands that the time of one-sided agreements is over. “If the real estate industry is to survive, then good harmonious relations with the customers is a must. A good regulator body will hasten this process, and industry status will boost our appetite for business,” says Sen. In the Gurgaon One complex, where Sen was elected as the President of the condominium for four years, the company handed over the maintenance of the building to the RWA within the stipulated time. “There is always a grouse among apartment residents that builders are holding on to common areas. But this

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The White Sheep never happens in our case; we construct the building and hand it over to the rightful heirs, and move on to the next project,” he says. The Company has also transferred the Interest Bearing Security Deposit, collected from the buyers, to the RWA. This transfer has often been a bone of contention in most of the gated complexes in Gurgaon today. “We follow the rules in letter and spirit. Being customer centric has also helped in building a great rapport with our customers,” he says. When asked about what process they followed in building the EWS homes that have to be mandatorily built by a developer, Sen informs that in case of Gurgaon One they invited applications from the BPL population

Real Estate Asset Management (REAM) is a concept pioneered by Alpha G Corp, when it launched Central Park I on the Golf Course Road. Under this model the Company get into a partnership with all the stakeholders, and the responsibilities span from sourcing of the land to its final sale/lease, and the management of properties post completion. of the State, and for allotment an open draw of lots was conducted in the presence of a HUDA official. Alpha G Corp also believes in the pan India growth story, and has extended its presence to tier II and III cities, such as Amritsar, Meerut, and Ahmedabad, “The aspirations in these cities are rising, people are becoming more demanding, and have also started to earn more. This motivated us to move to other cities,” he says. The Company, he says, has managed to win the confidence of buyers across India, and this is the reason their property offerings are oversubscribed. “The buyers know that we will deliver, and maintain the right quality,” he asserts. In addition, the documentation system, builder-buyer agreement, and other requisite legalese has been standardised by the company. “These are fair and transparent documents, and adequate care is taken to safeguard the interests of the buyers,” he asserts. To ensure that investors, who are often said to be the primary drivers of real estate industry in Gurgaon, do not overpower the end users, Alpha G Corp does not sell more than one property to a single individual. “This is

anjit Kumar Chandra, a resident of Sector 15, was recently awarded the Karmachakra Puraskar, and made a REX Global Fellow. Chandra has worked as a Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, MIT, Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins University, and Memorial University Newfoundland, and as a visiting Professor in many other universities. He has published over 500 papers in prestigious journals, and 25 books. He is a member of over 21 professional societies, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. He has received over 110 awards worldwide, including 21 honorary degrees. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Baron in France and Scotland.

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done to ensure that mainly end users get the property, and speculation is avoided. We accept payments through cheques, thus making it more transparent,” he says. On the expansion of the City under GMUC 2031, Sen says that the Gurgaon story is stable. “The City has the muscle and the ability to absorb much more expansion than what is being planned, but the key to this will be the building and sustenance of adequate infrastructure – particularly with reference to water and power,” says Sen. He also opines that both residential and commercial projects in Gurgaon will have to adopt environmentally sustainable measures like rain water harvesting, judicious use of power, and zero discharge of waste water. The new project of the Company in Sector 84 has accommodated every such measure, to ensure that the effect on the environment is minimum, and the development is sustainable. In his opinion the developments on NH8 and Southern Peripheral Road could prove to be game changers for the City. They could also shift the locus of commercial activity away from MG Road. “It is likely that a new

City Centre of Gurgaon could emerge in this new development, but the key criteria would be infrastructure,” says Sen. He predicts that by 2015-16 we could see major development along these roads, but it needs to be matched with internal sector roads, power, and basic amenities. On whether the builders and government have learnt from their mistakes from current Gurgaon, Sen says that the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex Plan 2031 is a positive document, that takes a holistic view of development in the Millennium City. He asserts that sustainable growth should have been the basic principle of every one in the City, but this did not happen. “Now we have a chance to make amends in Gurgaon II, by adopting practices that put the least pressure on resources,” says Sen. Despite half of the residential complexes in Gurgaon being empty, why are new properties being sold at even higher prices than the past? Sen says that while demand and supply are key variables, one cannot ignore cost. “Look at the variables that go into making a building, such as land, cement, steel and labour. The cost of all these products has multiplied, and this is the primary reason the prices are rising,” he asserts, while not discounting the role of investors in this process. When asked about any price correction expected, particularly in Gurgaon, he informs that a slight correction has already taken place in commercial real estate. Rentals have also stabilised. FDI in Real Estate, as and when it materialises, will help the commercial real estate sector in the City, he believes. As far as the residential sector is concerned, the prices have gone up because of pent up demand, and further increase will depend on the delivery schedules. If the properties are delayed the prices will go up. “I think certain areas in the City, including Sohna Road and Southern Peripheral Road, will see appreciation in both kinds of property,” he predicts. Sen feels positive on the City, as he feels that all the major stakeholders— including the government and the civil society—have demonstrated that they are ready to contribute to making the millennial aspirations of Gurgaon a reality. u


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orruption has become an entrenched in the global economy. Despite the efforts of campaigners in different parts of the world, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI), shows that two-thirds of the 176 nations surveyed had a score below 50 – which means they are very corrupt. “The financial crisis has helped to further expose the corruption that was already taking place, but this corruption also contributed to the financial crisis itself,” said Anne Koch, the Berlinbased corruption watchdog’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. Greece’s ranking in the 2011 survey stood at 80. This year the debt-hit nation slipped to 94 in the global league table – making it the most corrupt nation in western Europe. Leandros Rakintzis, the Public Administration Inspector tasked with rooting out corruption in the civil service, said that,

“The problem is getting worse, especially now that people’s salaries have been reduced - so it is more difficult for someone to reject a bribe in order to help accelerate the delivery of state services - the economic crisis is not helping the situation,” he said. “A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year; but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power, and secret dealings are still very high in many countries,” said Transparency. Based on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied at the top with a score of 90 points, while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia each had the bottom score of just 8. Worryingly, the Survey showed that there has been little improvement in the corruption rankings of nations that have emerged from the upheavals of the Arab spring. Western industrialized

nations such as Switzerland, Canada, Australia and Sweden dominated the top ten cleanest states again this year. But China—the world’s second biggest economy and a powerhouse of global

growth—continued to languish well down in the rankings at number 80, with a score of 39 points. The world’s biggest economy, the US stood at number 19, while Japan came in at the

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17th position. Europe’s largest economy, Germany was at 13. Russia appears to have made little headway in tackling corruption. It was again a major under-performer, occupying the 133 slot in the 2012 survey.u

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hina is “exporting deforestation” (despite curbs on the illegal timber trade in many countries) where it sources its growing imports, according to an environmental group. “China is now the single largest international consumer of illegal timber, importing wood stolen by organized criminal syndicates on a massive scale,” the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said in a report. The report estimated that China illegally imported 18.5 million cubic metres of logs, and sawn timber worth about 4 billion dollars, last year – much of it from nations that have introduced measures to curb the illicit trade. The illegal logging “drives corruption and poverty” in some Asian and African nations that export wood to China, said Faith Doherty, Head of the group’s Forestry Campaign. The group sent investigators to South-

China “exporting deforestation” Western China’s Yunnan province, where some Chinese firms “buy up entire mountains, and clear-cut the forests” across the border in Myanmar. “Within 100 kilometres of the border there is no teak anymore,” said a Chinese trader. Some 500,000 cubic metres of logs still cross from Myanmar into China annually, despite a 2006 bilateral agreement to halt the illegal trade. The report, ‘Appetite for Destruction: China’s Trade in Illegal Timber’, praised “significant progress” in global forestry protection over the last decade, and hailed the efforts of the United States the European Union and Australia – to ban products using illegally logged wood. “Key producer countries—such as Indonesia—have dramatically improved enforcement against illegal logging,” the report said. China had also taken

“vigorous and laudable steps” to protect its own forests, but it “nurtured a vast and ravenous wood-processing industry, reliant on importing most of its raw materials.” The crackdown in Indonesia led to an increase in smuggling from Myanmar, while some Chinese timber companies in Yunnan had already set up logging bases in Mozambique. Investigators re-

cently found “scores of China-operated log yards” in Mozambique – where both low-level corruption and complicity by politicians were fuelling illegal trade, said Julian Newman, the group’s Campaign Director. Since Madagascar enforced a ban on rosewood exports in 2009, China had imported illegally logged rosewood from Central American nations – Belize, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In South-East Asia, armed gangs smuggled logs from Laos, Thailand and Cambodia into China, sometimes via Vietnam. Chinese companies co-operating with officials and organized criminals also imported illegal logs and timber worth an estimated 1.3 billion dollars from Russia’s far east last year.   The Chinese government was still “incentivizing crime”, by largely ignoring illegal timber imports, Senior Forests Campaigner Jago Wadley said. But the group saw hope in a “dramatic increase in imports from ‘safe’ countries” such as New Zealand and the United States, Wadley said. u

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merican carmaker Henry Ford, famously said of his popular Model T, that customers could have it in any colour they liked, as long as it was black. Beginning this week, smokers in Australia can buy a packet of cigarettes in any colour they like, so long as it is green. The plain-packaging rule is a world first, the latest in a campaign that has helped cut the rate of those who smoke daily, to 16 per cent – from 22 per cent in 2001. Anne Jones, head of lobbying group Action on Smoking and Health, is delighted that the brand imagery will soon be going from the tobacconists’ shelves. Better still, she said, is that 82.5 per cent of the surface area of the new, drabgreen packets must be given to dire health warnings and gruesome graphics of rotten teeth and blackened lungs. “We’ll see smoking get denormalized for young people,” she said. Scott McIntyre, Spokesman for the local operations of London-based British American Tobacco Plc (BAT), was unperturbed by a change that will see big brands—like Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Kent and Pall Mall—re-

duced to small letters on the front of packs. “People will go in and get the brand they’ve always got,” he said. “Even the government has said there’s actually no proof that it will reduce smoking rates.” That is understandable. Already, no jurisdiction is tougher on smokers and tobacco companies than Australia. The latest measure (which BAT and other cigarette makers unsuccessfully fought all the way to Australia’s highest court) comes on top of a blanket ban on advertising, rules preventing display of products, and prohibitions on smoking. These measures have cleared the haze from most public places – even on beaches and in cars.   Up next is a push to limit what tobacco companies can

use in making cigarettes. “Every other product on the supermarket shelf has passed a whole series of safety checks,” Jones said. “This is a product that actually kills people, but it’s been unregulated.” So why not go the whole hog and ban tobacco sales outright? New Zealand, in fact, has proposed 2025 as the last year that selling cigarettes will be legal. “There would be chaos. Some people are profoundly addicted,” Sydney University Public Health expert Simon Chapman said, of proposals for Australia to go cold turkey. Chapman, who has campaigned against smoking for 40 years, has suggested the government should oblige those who are addicted to take out a paying license, stipulating how many smokes they could buy with their smart card from authorized sales outlets. Quitting and surrendering the license would be rewarded with the reimbursement of all the annual fees paid, with interest. Under Chapman’s licensing plan, the remaining 16 per cent or so of the population who smokes would be on a database, and could be targeted with individual cessation incentives. The whole scheme could be made to pay for itself, or it could

receive a subsidy through an extra levy on tobacco sales. BAT’s McIntyre sees creeping prohibition as an infringement on the rights of businesses and individuals. “It’s a legal product that people have known for 40 years; there

have been health warnings on the packs, but there are 3 million people plus in Australia that make the choice regardless,” he said. “They are adults like you and me, and they know the implications – but they choose to smoke.” u


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mall pearls of perspiration are collecting on the brow of Olivier Demol, under his white chef’s hat. Demol is stirring a large tub of liquid chocolate with a big plastic spatula. He then dips filled rolls of brittle into the aromatic mass. Demol is a master chocolatier at the Belgian confectioner, Neuhaus. The Belgian Association of Confectioners, Choprabisco, dates the invention of Belgian pralines to 1912. At that time, Jean Neuhaus filled cream into a chocolate casing in the basement of his pharmacy in Brussels – and invented the Belgium praline. A hundred years later,the art of chocolate making has become a trademark for Belgium. The streets of central Brussels are lined with chocolatiers – such as Godiva and Leonidas. The best chocolatier at the moment, Pierre Marcolini, happens to be Belgian. His

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s a planned tax repatriation deal between Switzerland and Germany is likely to be blocked by left-wing opposition in Berlin, Swiss banks are now taking the only option available – forcing foreign tax evaders to come clean. Under the proposed agreement, German tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts can anonymously settle their bills with their tax authorities. Switzerland has successfully concluded similar deals with Britain and Austria, and talks are ongoing with Italy. Swiss banks are not overly concerned about the likely failure of the Bill in the German Parliament (which could happen

Belgium Praline Turns 100 luxury pralines are in high demand from Kuwait to Japan. Demol develops around 100 different chocolates per year, only five to 10 of them make it to the market. “We spend up to six months working on new pralines. We alter the aroma or the mix of ingredients,” he explains. Chocolate is his passion. “I even dream about recipes. I’m a chocoholic.” Neuhaus delivers 300 million pralines every year, to 50 countries around the globe. At the Company’s big production hall, on the outskirts of Brussels, the hum of large machines, and the scent of chocolate, nuts and nougat, fills the air. On the first floor chocolatiers are preparing a filling for pralines, that a big conveyor belt will transport to the next level below. Each praline follows its own special production procedure: for “Manon Sucre”—the only by the end of 2012), as they have already started employing their new strategy. Major banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, as well as the smaller regional banks, have stressed in recent weeks that they no longer accept untaxed foreign assets. It is not hard for the banks to convince their clients of the new policy, as many Germans finally want to come clean, said German Tax Attorney Sebastian Engler. “Many of our clients realize that the times to hide money in Europe are over. Most of them are over 65 years old. They want to bring their inheritance in order, and don’t want their heirs to be burdened with criminal problems,” said Engler. German tax evaders will actu-

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Neuhaus praline without chocolate—a butter cream core is formed, and then dipped in confectioner’s sugar. For other pralines, chocolate casings are poured, filled with cream, nuts or other ingredients, and then sealed. During each step of the production process, the pralines

are cooled down and shaken – to achieve an even spread of the filling, and to avoid air bubbles. At Neuhaus, each praline has its own history. “Temptation” was created for the World Expo in Brussels in 1958, and “Albert” for the wedding of the Belgium prince in 1959. “We have many old recipes that we still use to make pralines,” says Demol. Some of them haven’t changed over the course of 75 years. According to Choprabisco, Belgium’s praline and chocolate industry has a yearly total revenue of about 5.2 billion dollars. Nearly 50,000 tons of chocolate were exported from the small country in 2011. Peggy

Swiss Banks 'Come Clean' ally profit if the staunch opposition by Social Democrats and the Greens kills the bilateral deal. If they report themselves to their tax authorities, they will have to pay between 10 and 15 per cent of the hidden assets. Under the tax agreement, the rate would have been between 21 and 41 per cent. The new approach by the banks is based on the Swiss government’s “clean money strategy,” which was announced several years ago but had not been fully implemented. The policy to handle only clean money was developed as a reaction to pressure from the United States.

Threatened with lawsuits against Swiss banks that allegedly helped US tax evaders, the Swiss government agreed this year to loosen its banking secrecy rules, and has provided more banking data to US  tax authorities. Wegelin, Switzerland’s oldest bank, felt so threatened by US prosecutors early this year, that it split its non-US  business into a new entity, in order to evade charges. Although Swiss banks stated that they are no longer dealing with shady assets, their business may suffer in the medium term. Foreign clients could, combined, withdraw up to 200 billion Swiss

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estle will start developing nutrition products and medicines based on traditional Chinese herbal medicine, the world’s biggest food maker announced at its Swiss headquarters in Vevey. The Company has agreed to form a joint venture with Chi-Med, a medicine and health supplement producer in Hong Kong

francs (215 billion dollars) of untaxed money from Swiss accounts until 2016, the German consultancy zeb/rolfes. schierenbeck.associates said. Swiss banks managed some 590 billion francs of private foreign wealth last year, according to data issued by the Swiss Bankers Association. Despite these drawbacks, Swiss banks seem committed to their clean money policy. When reporters of the German daily Handelsblatt recently posed as tax evaders seeking to invest in neighbouring Switzerland, all seven banks they contacted rejected them. u

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oviegoers should try to see ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, at a cinema equipped to screen it in 3D, at the faster film speed of 48 frames a second (in which it was filmed), said Director Peter Jackson. It would appear in a crisp format, said Jackson. He compared it to hearing music on a CD for the first time, after listening to the scratching of a needle on an old gramophone playing a vinyl disc. But there is a snag. Only 1,000 of the 25,000 cinemas worldwide that are scheduled to screen the movie are able to do so in the 48-frames-a-second format, Jackson said. “We’re just dipping our toe in the water. You have to make the cinema-going experience more magical and more spectacular, and get people coming back to the movies again,” he said. u

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van Lierde, Director of the Chocolate Museum in Brussels, says the reasons for Belgium’s success are the know-how of the country’s chocolatiers, first class ingredients and traditional production. “The fine-tuning is still all being done manually. That is very important.” Chocolatier Laurent Gerbaud has a small shop in the centre of Brussels, where he produces his pralines fresh every day. Gerbaud uses only small amounts of sugar, and no additives. His specialities are fruits coated in dark chocolate. He also uses more unusual fruits – like physalis, lingo berries, ginger or chilli. “It all depends on the ingredients,” says Gerbaud. “Packaging and presentation are just show. Good chocolate and good fruits are what’s really essential.” Machines now support the production process.     “The basis has remained the same,” explains Neuhaus’ boss, Jos Linkens. “We have only refined the process.” u

– that is owned by the Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate. The deal will enable Nestle to tap into Chi-Med’s library of traditional Chinese medical herbs – one of the largest of its kind. The joint venture—called Nutrition Science Partners Limited— will focus on the health of the digestive system, and will later expand into metabolic diseases and brain health, Nestle said. u

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beefy-looking concept vehicle— being fielded in a US design contest by Mercedes-Benz—could point to the shape of the G-Wagon offroader to come. The smooth, futuristic looks of the Energ-G-Force Concept are a far cry from the boxy current G model – which has been in production with various facelifts since 1979. A replacement is long overdue. The concept lines up in Los Angeles for the LA Design Challenge, at the Los Angeles Car Show – from November 30 to December 9. The funky interpretation of the G-class is a testbed, built around a fuel-cell drivetrain – which features four hub motors for optimal traction. Styling elements include a battery of four moulded-in front headlamps on the roof, and a “Terrascan” device – which evaluates the surrounding landscape, and adjusts the suspension accordingly. u

he new generation Mercedes-Benz S-class limousine, due next year, will be able to drive itself through slow-moving traffic jams, the Stuttgart maker has announced. The flagship is packed with gadgetry – much of it designed to improve safety. A series of 26 cameras and monitoring systems scan the road terrain ahead, controlling both the speed of the vehicle and the distance between the limo and the vehicle in front. The autonomous driving system in the new S-class operates at speeds up to 40 kilometres an hour. The driver can actually take his hands off the steering wheel below that speed, but Mercedes says the driver must always remain in control. The assistant is likely to be a boon in gridlocked traffic situations – where a high level of driver concentration is called for, even though cars make only slow progress. O t h e r S-class safety f e a t u r e s are a brake assist system, which can detect cars and pedestrians approaching from the side – ideal for when another vehicle jumps a red light. The S-class warns the driver, tightens the seat belts, and modulates braking – in order to avoid or lessen the impact. Daytime LED running lights are also standard, along with a device which turns off the high-beam when an incoming car is detected. u


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