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nown for some of the best boxers and wrestlers in the country, Haryana also has a rich tradition of producing some of the finest soldiers, many of whom have attained martyrdom in the battlefield and won the highest gallantry awards - not only post-Independence but also during British rule. The tough and hardy Haryanvi soldier has proved his mettle in the plains of North India, the deserts of Africa, the mountains of Europe and lately the tough passes of the Himalayas (during the Kargil War). Bravery of the highest order, good fitness and the ability to endure hardship in the toughest conditions makes the men from Haryana tough to beat - both in war and peace. Be it an internal insurgency or an external onslaught, these soldiers have excelled. They constitute almost 10 per cent of the 13 lakhs strong Indian Army. No other state similarly dominates the rank and file of the

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armed forces. This raises the question of why Haryanvis love the olive green uniform, and why the Army also loves to recruit them. Is it the spirit of adventure and daredevilry that brings Haryanvi men to the doors of the recruitment centres, or is the comfort of a safe and secure job also a prime motivator? Friday Gurgaon tried to find out what makes Haryana a power-house and the biggest resource pool for the Indian Army. Major General Ashok Sheoran, VSM, who hails from Jhajjar District of Haryana, says that soldiering is a way of life, and it comes naturally to people of the State. Sheoran gives credit to the history and geography of the region for shaping the martial character of the people who now form a bulk of the Indian Army. “Traditionally, most of the invasions came from the North West, and many battles were fought in the plains of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal. Participating in wars was common, both for the rulers as well as the peasants in the area. This has naturally

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THE WEEK THAT WAS  MCG Meeting, held after months, can only finalize 2 items out of an almost 20 item Agenda.  The TP Scheme for group housing is the main item discussed – there were over a dozen proposals.  674 recruits pass out from the Haryana Police Training Centre at Bhondsi.  Haryana District gets 9 more courts, leading to a total of 26, for 3,700 advocates. A new multi-storied court complex is coming up in the City.  GPS has been made compulsory for installation on drilling machines and tankers, by July 15th. There are 100 registered drillers in the City. No drilling can take place from 6pm to 6am.  511 sports coaches to be appointed in the State by September. Applications will be received till August 8th.  NHAI unhappy with progress of the ‘new’ Gurgaon-Jaipur Highway – a final deadline of December 31st fixed for the concessionaire.  A woman is raped by an auto-driver and a policeman. The policeman later commits suicide.  A property dealer is taken into custody after his live-in partner alleges rape.  A 19-year-old boy jumps to his death from the 16th floor of Trinity Towers; a student hangs himself at Jalvayu Towers.  A speeding car kills a cyclist on Faridabad Road. 3 get life terms for the murder of a youth; 4 criminals are caught in

 Palam Vihar.  A woman working in Udyog Vihar is molested by a manager.  A 14-year-old boy goes missing – suspected kidnapped.  The Manager of a Pub on Sohna Road is caught for allegedly running a betting and sex racket.  A 36-year-old, an MBA, who was involved in over 20 cases of cyber crime, is

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be the change you wish to see

1. It is raining very heavily. Bahut ghanna mee aa rya hai.


2. How will I go back home? Ib main ghar ne kyukar jaaunga? 3. Can you drop me in your car? Manne apni gaddi mein chhod sake se?

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4. I don't have an umbrella. Mere dhorre chhattri konnye.

8. Do I have to wait for a boat now?. Ib ke main kishti ki baat dekhun?






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5. The roads are all jammed. Saara roada pey jaaam lag rya se.

7. The car will not be able to get in my lane. Ib gaddi paani mein na jaa paawe.

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6. The road to my house must be flooded now. Mhaare gharale raaste tey baadhsi aa ri se.

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06  Contd from p 1 built them hardy, and made their countenance ‘war ready’,” says Sheoran. The lay of the land, the topography of Haryana, which was also part of the Indus Valley civilisation, ensured that some of the fiercest wars—including the Mahabharata and the three Battles of Panipat— which changed the course of Indian history, were fought here. An important facet for their being considered as favourites by the British and Indian armies is their ethnic and tribal origins. Both Jat and Ahir communities, which supply the bulk of men to the Indian Army, have tribal originals, and till independence basically depended on jobs in the armed services for their livelihood. Major General Hardev Singh, Kirti Chakra, a highly decorated Sikh officer, says that being tribal in nature the Jats of Haryana and Punjab take great pride in the name of their family, village, and community - which gets translated into loyalty to one’s Company, Battalion and Unit. “One has to feel the cause for which one is fighting, and what one thinks must be synchronous to what one does. This makes a great soldier. The Haryanvis are straight and passionate, which makes them excellent soldiers,” says Singh. The view of senior army officials is that the way of life of a Haryanvi, which is basically rural, rustic, adventurous and more physical, matches with the requirements of the armed forces. This is a made for each other marriage. Experts say that there are also certain specific traits that make a Haryanvi stand out as a soldier; these include a very high degree of motivation, the ability to work well in a team, a strong sense of humour as well as the ability to laugh at themselves. General Sheoran says that troops from Haryana demand a very strong and daring leadership. “They want a leader who is strong and can lead from the front. If this does not happen these rustic and rural men are unable to work well, and their ability to deliver goes down dramatically,” he adds. Traditionally non-irrigated parts of the State, such as Rewari, Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Hisar and parts of Rohtak have for long been sending their men to the armed forces. Tan Tai Yong, in his classic ‘The Garrison State,’ tells that the onset of famine in every second generation in non-irrigated parts of Haryana, which was then erstwhile Punjab, forced many people to join the army. The region’s most important district for recruitment was Rohtak, which supplied half of the Hindu Jats to the British Army from 1897 to 1899. Despite changes in their economic conditions, and with lesser reliance on agriculture now, men from the State continue to join the forces in droves. Colonel T.C Rao, President of the Congress Ex-servicemen’s League, says that soldiering is in his blood, as five generations of his family have served the army. Hailing from a village in Rewari, which is a traditional army stronghold, Rao tells that in the 1971 War four members of his family served the country in olive uniforms. “I joined the army as a sepoy, and it was due to the opportunities given to me that

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The Force Multiplier I was able to become an officer,” says Rao, who also obtained a doctorate in Defence Studies during his stint in the army. Even backward castes from Haryana are sending their sons to the Indian army, and they have served with distinction. Sheoran says that it is opportunities, the environment and the conditioning that makes great soldiers; class is not critical. Rao was also instrumental in setting up the Rezangla War Memorial in the honour of Ahir soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the greatest military traditions against the Chinese in 1962. It may be recalled that Ahir soldiers serving in 13 Kumaon, led by Major Shaitan Singh, ferociously fought against the Chinese to the last round and man. Of the 124 defenders only 10 survived. Lt. General O.S Lohchab, who retired as Director General of Military Intelligence, and hails from the Jhajjar area, says that there are several such tales of bravery and martyrdom that have been written by the men of Haryana. Col. Rao says that Ahirs are not only good soldiers but also good sportsmen, and love to don the army uniform. The Ahirs draw their ancestry from Abhiras, which means fearless - an honour they won in the battle of the Mahabharata. In the first century AD the Kushanas and Scythians pushed them to lower Rajasthan in the Aravalli region, and for centuries they were a political power in South Haryana. Rao tells that so brave are the soldiers from Haryana that in the First World War

they received the maximum number of Victoria Crosses – after the British soldiers. General Lohchab also says that soldiering is in the blood of Haryanvis, be they of any caste. He however opines that because of too much emphasis being laid on joining the army, the people of the State have not been able to progress in education, civil services and related professions. “It is because of this reason that people from the State, particularly the Jats, are now demanding reservations for other jobs,” he says. Prior to independence the only two things the Jats cared for were a service in the army, and tending to their fields, adds Lohchab. When asked about the role the government has played in helping the former soldiers, Rao says that a lot of effort has been made in helping ex-servicemen. He is also happy that the first Defence University in the country will come up in Gurgaon (Haryana). “There are very few courses on military studies, research, and psychological warfare in the country. This University will pave the way for cutting edge research on Indian Military and Warfare,” says Rao. Lohchab says that the strong tradition and roots that the army has in Haryana will definitely help the University. Colonel Kanwar Bhardwaj, who hails from Gurgaon, and is the father of Shaheed Captain Umang Bhardwaj, says that there still exists a strong tradition in Haryana of having one member of the family serve in the

The special case of Bhondsi and Palra villages Bhondsi and Palra may just be small specks on the rural landscape of Haryana, which is fast urbanising, but their contribution to the army - in terms of men and sacrifices for the country - makes them special. Bhondsi in Gurgaon is a village of Rajputs who have a rich military tradition, and despite owning ample land during the British period, the men from the village preferred the uniform. Subedar Major Om Prakash, who served the 2 Rajputana Rifles with distinction, recalls that men from his village have served the British Army in both the World Wars, apart from their role post Independence. “I am however disappointed with the present generation, which is neither fit nor inclined to serve the army. Right now I think the number of men from this village who are serving the army is dwindling,” says Om Prakash. His own faith in the army is still strong, and he asserts that there is no profession in the world that matches the job of a soldier. The former subedar is also disgruntled with the ways of the State. “We lost our land to the Jail, and to the BSF and CRPF centres, even as the State failed to create adequate education and health infrastructure for the villagers. We have lost faith in the political system, which has victimized us for being a minor caste,” he rues. Throwing light on the declining number of people from the village joining the army, another exserviceman says that a number of villagers have sold their land and become affluent, and as such prefer other government and private jobs that are abundant in Gurgaon. While Bhondsi is losing its army culture due to the spread of urbanism, Palra village in District Jhajjar is still a fertile recruiting ground for the Indian Army. Every family in the village has a member who is serving in the armed forces, while many of them have won gallantry awards in action. The most famous son of this village is Captain Umrao Singh, who won the Victoria Cross while serving the British Army in Burma. From a total of 900 families there are over 1000 persons serving the Indian Army, and the trend is going stronger every year. The tradition of joining the forces is so strong that every young boy sees this as his first option. Subedar Umrao Singh’s gallantry award is said to have influenced the villagers in a big way, as great honours came his way after winning the Victoria Cross. Everyone wanted to emulate Singh, and even today youth from Palra love to join the artillery regiment in which he served. However, the younger generation is more interested in becoming commissioned officers rather than joining at the lower ranks, as they are more educated and aware, they aver. Like Bhondsi, the natives of Palra are also dissatisfied with the State government for not bringing development to the village. Roads are poor, water supply is irregular, and despite many requests the Administration has done little for the people. Even a promise by the Chief Minister failed to materialize into some good for the village, they assert..

C over S tory armed forces. “The men from Haryana are more daring; during the war they don’t look back. This is the reason that the army also loves to recruit them,” he asserts. Recalling an incident from the 1971 War, when he was a Company Commander in the Rajputana Rifles while leading a company of Jats, Bhardwaj says that his men firmly told him not to look back, as all of them would shed their blood for every drop of his sweat. “It is due to such men, who take pride in serving the army, that the Indian nation has been able to thwart the evil designs of the enemy,” he asserts. His only grouse is that due to the straight-forward, often blunt, nature of the men from Haryana, they are not able to go higher in the ranks. “A number of officers find it difficult to rise, and despite the large numbers only one officer from Haryana was able to reach the top,” he says referring to the recent Chief, General V.K Singh. While recalling his son’s martyrdom in Jammu and Kashmir, fighting the ultras, his eyes turn moist but his resolve remains firm. Serving the nation will remain close to our hearts and this is the reason my eldest son is still serving in the army, he tells. At present Gurgaon has 30,000 active soldiers, of which 3,000 are officers hailing from the rest of Haryana as well as other parts of the country. Bijender Singh, District Sainik Welfare Officer, tells that people from the District served the armies of local Rajas and Jagirdars prior to Independence. He also recalls the sacrifice of Bakhtawar Singh Thakran, a Jagirdar of Jharsa, who revolted against the British in 1857, and fought quite well against the British. “Many people from Jharsa and other parts of Gurgaon were punished for their brave acts against the imperial rulers,” says Thakran. To honour the long list of freedom fighters, martyrs and ex-servicemen, the Sainik Welfare Board is planning to build an appropriate memorial, he says. A number of exservicemen at the District Welfare Board told Friday Gurgaon that they wanted the Union Government to approve the concept of one rank-one pension. “It is because of the discrepancy in the pension system that many men are denied their due share of benefits, despite serving the country ‘equally’. We are retired by the army as it wants to keep the force fit, but this should not mean that soldiers are deprived of benefits,” says an official on anonymity. Another official says that since the majority of troops live in almost isolation, and interact very less with the outside world, it becomes difficult for them to assimilate in the civil society after retirement. “There is need for the government to look into the development of the personality and the educational qualifications of the men in the army,” he says. While former officials have complaints against the government and the system, there is no doubt in their minds that their sons and daughter will join the army and serve the nation in the same way as their fathers and forefathers have been doing. ‘Once a soldier always a soldier’, says Bijender Singh, while filling the form of an official who wants to register with the District Army Welfare office.u

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15 starters. Hours later the leftovers were dumped by the cartload, at a nearby garbage site. Unfortunately our volunteers couldn’t reach the site on time and the whole food was wasted.”

few decades ago the kitchen was the most overused place in any local’s house in Gurgaon. Food was always cooked in bulk to cater to big joint families. At the end of the day, though there was plenty left over food, the women devised various practices to prevent its wastage. Before going to bed, they would knead the left over curry into wheat flour. They would soak the left over rice in water. These items were then generally eaten at breakfast. Food was never wasted, as most of the people were from an agricultural background, and knew

“Spend a day with me in DLF Phase 1 and you can see how much food people throw away every day. I see people dumping sackfuls of rice and grains – and vegetables too,” says Ishwar, a sweeper in the area.  For him even vegetables are no less than a luxury. A resident of a Jacobpura slum, Ishwar hasn’t bought tomatoes for the last three months. He also couldn’t have ‘Dashehri’

Every morning his mother offers a handful of kneaded wheat to the cows and leaves aside some chapatis for the poor families in the neighbourhood. “Lord Krishna teaches us compassion, and to believe in sharing and caring,” she smiles. While sharing food is a common practice in villages, those who live in the posh pockets of the City don’t seem to bother. Daya, a domestic help in a household in Nirvana says, “I’m always asked to cook in bulk. The kids usually bring the tiffins back home, uneaten – as most of the times they eat out with friends. A fresh meal is prepared for the dog every day. Most of the times

the value of food. However, today food wastage is a major problem in the City. As the City has offered better earning opportunities to its people, they no longer work in the fields and have little appreciation for the effort that goes into the production of food – they just take it for granted. They love to binge on food; they put it all in their plates, and don’t mind leaving large uneaten portions. On the says, “Recently, the daughter of a famous businessman got married in a farm house. The guests were treated to a lavish 30-course meal. The feast, prepared by 50 chefs, included more than 20 meat and kebab dishes, 20 sweet dishes and

mangoes this summer, as the prices are out of the reach. “Last time I had tomatoes was at the wedding of one of my neighbours,” he informs. However, he still considers himself lucky enough to afford two meals a day. “Sometimes, when I am finished with my dinner, and go out to throw my ‘patal’ in the nearby garbage site, I watch a group of children looking for leftovers. One can also find dogs moving in, and many cows waiting for their turn. I therefore thank Lord Krishna for blessing me and my family with two meals a day,” he says. Ishwar’s family still follows an age-old tradition – to join hands and thank God before having a meal.

they let the food decay in the fridge for days, and then dump a lot of it in dustbins.” The middle class and lowermiddle class in ‘old’ Gurgaon has also been affected by the sharp rise in food prices. Shilpa, a resident of Sector 10, expresses concerns at the lack of nutrition in the food consumed by her children. She says, “Rising food prices and shrinking incomes are driving more consumption of fatty foods. We prefer to spend more on junk food, to reduce the amount of fruit and vegetables we buy. Though it is an unhealthy practice, we have no choice.” Dr. Shweta Pillai, who runs a clinic in Sector 7, agrees with her and informs,

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for wastage, as customers normally order only what they want. Restaurants should also train their staff to serve salads, chutnies and pickles in moderation. Apart from this, food that gets wasted should be collected and given to orphanages, or distributed in slums. The Way Forward An award-winning Chef, It is important to spread Raman Mehra, feels that the awareness about food simplest method to prevent production practices in the City. food waste is to make the Dr. Shweta informs, “People best use of leftovers. “Women living in cities don’t know as well as domestic help should that inside every agricultural be aware of economical cooking produce is a hidden quantity practices. For example, leftover of water and nutrients. For rice could be made into fried example, to grow 1 kg of rice, pulao, rice paper or pepper we require over 2,500 litres of saadham, a south Indian water.” Also, children, from an delicacy. If there is leftover early age, should be taught that curry, add rice and temper it food wastage is not acceptable. with roasted Urad dal. This “In all public schools, the goes well with any bread. teachers should check the Raavi Maa, who runs a small lunch boxes of students, to Dhaba on Sohna Road, offers ensure that they haven’t another solution. She makes wasted any food. Besides, the best use of what people teachers should share the refuse to eat. Some of her hunger stories of less fortunate customers refuse to eat hard children with the kids, and also bread. So she deep fries them at show them some documentary night, and gives them away to films on food wastage,” she says.   the less privileged, free of cost. As weddings and getThe reason most of the togethers witness large-scale people don’t seem to bother wastage of food, caterers and about food wastage is that restaurateurs need to take the burden ultimately falls special initiatives. Raman on the poor only. The well-toKapoor, owner of City-based do in our society need to realise Lotus Caterers informs, “An that it is not OK to waste food, ideal menu should not have especially in a nation where more than three starters, a food prices are skyrocketing seven-dish main course, two to and tens of million of children three sweet dishes, few fruits are malnourished. Remember, and two hot beverages. If even as you leave food in somebody insists on more, your plate, claiming you we go in for mini-sweets are ‘full’, a kid goes to sleep and mini-snacks – where the hungry. The reason why s/he size of the dish is reduced goes hungry is not because to 15gm or 10 gm.” Further, the country doesn’t produce restaurants should prepare enough food, but because food on an ‘a la carte’ basis. her people do not any longer There is then less scope respect food.u “Take, for instance, pregnant women. They mostly request me to prescribe them supplements, to compensate for lesser consumption of vegetables and fruits. Rising prices of food and vegetables is giving rise to a ‘nutritional recession’ in the City,” she feels. 



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f you had wished to buy a top-of-the-line double-door fridge but were dissuaded by the price tag, that dream may now come true. Be it refrigerators, air-conditioners or myriad other electronic and electrical goods, Gobol Surplus Electronic stores are now making these available, in a ‘new’ form, at very low prices. The reason for the low rates is that Gobol’s business model is based on the process of ‘reverse electronics’, which the Company says will change the way the ‘factory seconds’ market operates in this country. Alok Mathur, CEO, Gobol, says that there is a 5 to 6 per cent surplus of these goods that is generated as they pass through the process of manufacturing and distribution. “These products lie unsold due to minor scratches, dents, and sometimes other reasons. We have tie-ups with the top companies, and will make these products available at very reasonable price,” says Mathur. The national market for ‘factory seconds’ of electronic goods is estimated at Rs. 5,000 to 6,000 crores, and is mainly the realm of unorganised players. Mathur says that his Company sells consumer durables, mobiles and IT products at a discount of 25 to 40 per cent. “The ‘factory seconds’ products being sold by us are as good as new and have assured warranties; we also offer excellent after sales service,” he asserts.

The electronics sold by Gobol come under five categories – ‘branded surplus, factory seconds, refurbished, carton damaged - and new’. While most of the products are in saleable condition, those that can’t be repaired are sent to the recycling plant run by Attero, a sister concern in Roorkee, which has one of the best recycling plants in the country. “Our recycling plant processes waste electrical and electronic equipment in an integrated manner. Using top-of-the-line technology we are able to extricate precious metals like gold and silver from the e-waste, and the same is then sold in the commodities market,” says Mathur. He believes that if all the e-waste generated in the country is recycled in a proper manner, then India would need to import or mine less of natural resources, including gold. Mathur adds that Gobol’s business model helps reduce e-waste, as many of the ‘factory seconds’ products normally end up as scrap, when they could actually be used productively for years. “There is a large section of our population that wants to upgrade their life, want to ‘Go Big on Life’,” he says. The Company launched the Gobol stores in October 2012, and has eleven outlets at present, based on a franchisee model. So confident is Mathur of his business plan that his Company guarantees an 18 per cent ROI in an year. As far as recycling is concerned, he says that the Company will soon launch a ‘Take Back’ campaign, whereby


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residents of NCR can give them their ‘dead’ consumer electronics for recycling. Attero has also launched an organised mobile phone 'Take Back' campaign, which has proved to be quite effective. The Company is capable of processing a 1000 tonnes of waste in a year. For a city like Gurgaon, which is quite big on electronics and IT, Mathur says that sustained awareness of e-waste management is required, to ensure an epollution-free City. u

e are at the local grocery shop in my apartment. The owner, a native of Eastern UP, offers sweets and invites us for the inauguration of his new shop in another apartment complex. ‘Congratulations. Where is the new shop?’ ‘Erotica.’ I almost choke on the laddu. ‘What? I mean where?’ ‘Erotica,’ he says happily, ‘near the Masterpee Building.’ The husband nudges me, ‘He means The Exotica, near The Masterpiece Building.’ In emerging cities like Gurgaon, all too often you will come across luxury condominiums with fancy names - such as Miami Mansions, Belvedere Boulevard and Vista Villas. As long as the NRIs are investing, the builders are least concerned about the phonetic challenges faced by house-helps, drivers and maids. After all, the bijou abodes of globetrotting residents cannot be called Shanti Dhams or Prem Kutirs. When you shell out a fortune for Hollywood Heights, Trinity Towers or Eagleton Estates you deserve to be able to evoke that perfect emotion of admiration tinged with envy and awe among your peers. Whoever said that ‘money can’t buy happiness’ never lived in an apartment called Sovereign Sojourn, boasting a heated swimming pool and an all-weather VRV Air-Conditioning. So far away from the Palladiums, Boulevards and Avenues of California we have our very own exotically christened islands of excellence. But that is

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ishitta Narula and Shirrin Malhotra are sisters. “We always fight, but we make up as well. That’s what sisters do: we argue, point out each other’s frailties, mistakes and bad judgment, flash the insecurities we’ve had since childhood - and then we come back together. Until the next time!” says Nishitta. Hence it’s not surprising that both sisters, after having had successful careers in corporate houses, joined hands to start their own venture.

Starting with a creative idea and a lifelong passion for gemstones, Nishitta and Shirrin have built a business that brilliantly showcases rare gemstones and designer jewellery, and which reaches many households across the nation. “Our work involves the use of precious metals. We have developed a unique clamping method for the setting of precious stones. This innovative technique helps to best highlight the colour, depth and brilliance of the gem. The Shirrin & Nishitta label was launched in 2009. Our mother has been the inspiration in the family, and has imparted to us not only her passion for jewellery, but also the creativity and the expertise that is indispensible to building a jewellery brand. As children we were exposed to all forms of art and encouraged to follow our inspiration. We always loved collecting one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. Mom has a knack of combining precious gems,

irregular stones and fine metals with expert craftsmanship - and I believe that we have ‘inherited’ this skill from her!” says Nishitta. Both sisters love to travel, and inevitably add fine pieces of jewellery from all over the world to their basket. “Every piece of jewellery tells a story. Ask any woman what she’s wearing, and you’ll hear a tale of romance, travel, adventure, friendship, celebration or personal epiphany,” enthuses Shirrin passionately! “I would argue that it’s less about bragging and more

as far as modernity in the City goes. Step out and reality hits, when a mound of construction rubble greets you; and you also realise that your fancy abode lacks sewer connection, and that the drinking water often gets mixed with (whatever) sewage lines. The question is, would Greenwood Villa be any less modern if it was called Goverdhan Villas? That which we call Blooming Bougainvilleas by any other name would be as beautiful? Right? Wrong. In a city like Gurgaon or Bangalore, where every second resident has kissed foreign shores, your social existence hinges on packaging and perception. Ponty and Monty may have given way to the more traditional Parth and Manas, but the names of our abodes have to match the West. Every generation wants names to identify with their signature. I honestly feel for those who struggle to get their pronunciation right. I am reminded of my own struggle with Gucci, Givenchy and Cannes. For that matter I still don’t know how to sputter ‘raison d’être’. And even correctly pronouncing a foreign name can make you sound either too pretentious or too cool. The funny thing is that we find it cute when a foreigner says ‘Daily’ for ‘Delhi’, but we take potshots at any Indian who can’t pronounce ‘Leicester’ with a British lisp. As I write, new 'global' residential projects are being launched, and so my social standing is likely to be dented. I will have to learn to pronounce Le Cirque, The Royal Monceu… u

about communicating – of who we are and what’s important to us. We therefore try to understand what wearing a piece means to the person wearing it. It occurred to us that a jewellery piece is the smallest object one can wear that also tells a story. Whether you need to strut the red carpet, glow in the candlelight of a romantic dinner, enjoy cocktails in lavish cosmopolitan lounges or share secrets at casual book clubs, you should wear your jewellery with glamour and grace”. How would they describe each other? “Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. I don’t know how to describe her, but I like her the way she is and I hope she stays that way. I hope I have her as my never-ending source of love, affection and guidance. I don’t know about myself, but she has been a great sister to me. And I hope that one day I will be able to repay her for all that she has done for me. That’s all I ask for. A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost!”, says Nishitta. u

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elhi University (DU) is a brand in the field of education. It is probably one of the few public universities in the country that can give private universities a run for their money. It represents the best of the ‘old’, while constantly introducing new courses along with modern infrastructure and facilities. That is why it attracts students not only from the Capital but also from across the country - and abroad too. Many professionals, bureaucrats and academicians in Gurgaon have charted a shining career graph after passing out from the University. Even today its excellent educational environment and world-class faculty attract many students from the City. A resident of Sector 7, Ashita is pursuing Maths (Hons.) from Kamla Nehru College. Although her day starts with struggling for space in a City Bus and then the Metro, she is happy to have chosen a DU college. She braves the heat and dons the mantle of a typical DU student, with a ‘jhola’ and ‘banta’ bottle in hand. Despite being born and brought up in the City, she likes Delhi a lot. She feels that there are various advantages of being in a DU college. “Besides the excellent faculty, you get good exposure and a lot of opportunities to enhance your leadership skills. Initially you might feel frustrated, as it takes a long time to travel to Delhi, but once you are in the college everything feels fine. The University has provided me an opportunity to be a part of one of the world’s biggest youth organisations, AIESEC. Had I been in a private college in Gurgaon I would have never got a chance to do so, and meet students from IITs and other reputed institutions,” she says. Deeksha Yadav, a student of Kirori Mal, feels, “Students from all corners of the world flock to DU, to follow in the footsteps of Amitabh Bachchan, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kiran Bedi, Imtiaz Ali, Shahrukh Khan, Mira Nair, Naina Lai Kidwai, Barkha Dutt...” Coming from a traditional Haryanvi family, it was not easy for her to convince her parents on DU. “My parents were not comfortable with the idea of my travelling to Delhi alone. They feel that the Capital is unsafe for girls. But when I told them about the facilities and the exposure that a college in DU offers, they agreed. I feel so lucky to be in such a reputed college of the University,” she says. Her neighbourhood friend Saurabh, a third-year student of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), also cherishes his DU stint, and his college. For him, an amalgam of aroma, sound and sight that symbolises the culture of Delhi cannot be found in the plush private colleges or the high rises of Gurgaon.

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Despite the commencement of the four-year Under-Graduate course, and high cut-offs, there is still a craze for DU colleges. Prof. Mathur, Head of Department, English, Govt. College, Sector 14 says, “DU has taken on the phenomenal task of redesigning the pattern of higher education. For years this has remained unchanged

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through a rigorous entrance exam for a Journalism course. Savita Negi, a resident of Sector 4, is however waiting for the third cut-off. She couldn’t get admission in any DU college last year, and decided to skip one year and wait. As the number of seats has increased this year, she is quite hopeful. “I would rather take admission in an evening college of DU, than get into a govt. college in the City,” she says. 

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across the country. Revamping it to make it contemporary, robust, inclusive and broad-based is a necessity. I am glad that DU has taken the right step at the right time.” Besides academic excellence, various students strive to get admission on the basis of sports and extra-curricular activities. Different colleges of Delhi University conduct Sports and ECA trials, and hundreds of students get admission on the basis of their ‘extra’ talent. Kavita Kataria, a resident of Maruti Vihar, volunteers for NSS in Jesus and Mary College. She likes her college for its sports facilities. “I had devoted all my time for sports, because of which my studies suffered. But Delhi University has given me admission on the basis of my skills in games. I will always be thankful to the University for it.” Every College is proud of its extra-talented students, as they bring laurels to the college from national and international tournaments. Not many colleges in Gurgaon offer admission through a Sports or ECA quota. “Though Haryana is known for its sporting excellence, unfortunately even the government universities in the City don’t provide admission on the basis of a Sports or ECA quota. They don’t even have strong NCC and NSS camps. That is why I chose Delhi University over a govt. college in the City,” says Kavita. Apart from sports, other activities such as debate, drama, literary events and annual competitions play a great role in shaping the personality of a youngster. That is why Charchit D’Souza first applied to Delhi University colleges. “My percentage is not very good, but I can get admission in at least a B-grade college in DU - which I think is better than any private university in the City,” he says. Unlike private universities, where the course material is given on emails and students mostly use tablets and computers, a book-reading culture is still prevalent in DU. Neha believes that this helps immensely in preparing for debates. “After leaving my college what I would miss the most would be my library. I would like to come here throughout my life, and read as many books as I can. The library not only offers a range of books, but an apt environment for reading,” she says. Delhi University is also known for

the range of courses it offers. Courses in General Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Applied Physical Science and Computer Sciences are highly appreciated. Though these courses are not very old, the University has been able to make a mark. “DU runs several courses for students who wish to enter the job market immediately after completing their graduation in a science subject. Also, new courses are offered by combining several science subjects,” says Prof. Bharti Saxena, Lecturer of Biology at JMC. Apart from courses like BA, B Com, BSc, interdisciplinary and professional courses are also well-known. “Courses like BCA are the most popular, but BSc in Computer Science has a distinct identity of its own. From the point of view of knowledge and help in getting a job, the BSc in Computer Science (Honours) is far better than BCA,” informs Sharmishta Mukherjee, an ex-student who took this course at Kalindi College. She is presently working with BHEL as a software developer. This year, easier admission in professional courses such as Journalism and Mass Media has also attracted many students to DU colleges. A resident of Jacobpura, Ramesh Srivastava, is happy that his daughter doesn’t have to go

Many students, especially those who live in ‘New’ Gurgaon, are not enamoured by Delhi University anymore. Aradhana, who has scored an aggregate of 98 per cent, has constantly worked on co-curricular activities, and getting credits, to stand a better chance for a scholarship programme abroad. A topper in commerce in her school, Aradhana says, “I can easily secure admission in any college of DU, but I want to study abroad, as foreign universities offer better infrastructure and international exposure.” Another topper from Shri Ram School, Hemaksh, feels that colleges abroad provide a more holistic experience of learning and many more opportunities for students (than DU). His parents too feel the same. “I don’t think any Indian university offers a similar opportunity to, say, the University of London. Besides, the admission process is pretty simple and less competitive,” says Hemaksh’s father, Kapil Mehra. For him, Delhi University is now passé. Clearly the Capital and the City colleges and Universities need to change – to upgrade and modernize. Experts opine that if the admission procedure is made a little simpler, and the faculty and infrastructure is revamped, it can give a boost to admission in the colleges of the City. Prof. Mathur has a broader perspective. “DU just charges Rs.13,000 for a course that a private university sells for Rs. 2 lakhs.  Making education costlier is not going to ensure better students, even if the paying capacity of a Gurgaonite is high now. They need to understand that only quality education is going to make a difference,” he says. u

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echnology has directly hit the postal department, which was a backbone of this village city till the early 80s. The rapid transformation of Gurgaon has engulfed the post offices also. They have been swallowed by the use of Internet and innumerable courier services. Some of the post offices in the City are in a deplorable state. In Delhi, despite it being a metropolitan state, the residents of several areas still push the Administration to provide a post office for every 6,000 people. In contrast, Gurgaonites have become oblivious to Indian Post. Today only a few areas, including DLF I, Sector-14 and Sector 15 Part-1 have post offices. “In spite of staying in Gurgaon we are deeply rooted to our villages, which are located in the interiors of Haryana. While, over a period of time, we have learnt the nuances of the Internet and courier services, our fellow mates still residing in rural areas depend on post offices. An elderly person in a rural area still trusts the Indian Post while sending parcels. With poor accessibility to post offices in our area we face difficulty in locating our parcels sent from the villages,” said K.D Bisht, a resident of Sushant Lok-I. Namita Gokhale, a resident of Malibu Towne said, “My son is in the Indian Army and gets posted to different areas. At times I do not receive his letters. It is due to the poor efficiency of the post offices in Gurgaon.” The population of Sushant Lok-1 itself is over 20,000, whereas Sushant LokII and III have more than 10,000 people each, and yet there is no provision of a post office for these areas. “As per the approved layout plan 2010 of our area, there was a provision for 3 post offices. However, none have been set up till date. The population of this area is projected to rise up to 55,000 in the near future. We have been deceived by the town planners of our area. Though we have been taking up the matter with the developer for quite a long time, there has been no progress. To avail the postal service one has to go to Galleria Market, which caters to many areas; and due to the lack of public transport facility, the elderly people find it difficult to reach there,” said Anil Sharma, General Secretary of the Sushant Lok Residents Welfare Association. South City-1 also has a similar issue. Though a plot for a post office has been

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Postal Network and Accessibility criteria

To open a new Post Office, there is a condition that if two or three areas share a post office, then the aggregate population of the group of areas should not be less than 5,000. Also, the ‘parent’ post office should have a total population of not less than 5,000. The distances, and the population of the area, should be certified by the PWD or the District Board. At least two officials – the Post Master and his assistant - should remain in the post office at all times earmarked at M block in the layout plan, there has been no update on the same for the past many years. The area is densely populated, with nearly 4,500 families living in it. The nearest post office is located at Sector 45, which is around 4-5 kilometres away. Some residents also opine that had these areas been set up directly by the government agencies, there would have been a certain number of post offices set up. However, the private developers have assumed that given the current ‘modern’ profile of most of the residents, there

would be no requirement for post offices. “Even abroad they give value to their postal department. It is wrong to generalise the entire population on the basis of the viewpoint of some. There are many senior citizens who reside in these areas, and they are accustomed to the old way - of using the Indian Postal services. It is quite difficult to make them learn the new ways of communication,” said Joginder Singh, President of Sushant Lok-II Residents Welfare Association. Residents of those limited areas in new Gurgaon where the post office facility is provided have both negatives and positives to share. Whereas the residents of Sector 14 are facilitated with a full-fledged post office, that in DLF-1 is in ruins. “We are fortunate to have the location of the post office in the market area, which is in close proximity to the residential blocks. Every day the post office opens on time and visitors make the most of its facilities. An adequate number of staff lessens the work load,” said K.S Yadav, President of Sector 14 RWA. On the contrary, the post office at DLF-1 is seen as a blot on the area by the residents. “The post office in our area has everything except the services it should provide. One can see heaps of garbage, stagnant water, broken windows, missing operators, defunct computers, trees that have never been pruned - and the post office rooms have been allotted to DLF employees. There is talk that the present

building may soon be shifted to the D Block new building. Many senior citizens therefore have to travel to far off places to avail the post office services, in spite of having this ‘post office’ near their house,” said Gaurav Singla, spokesperson for the Gurgaon Citizen Council (GCC). An employee of the DLF-1 Post Office revealed, “There is no specific time for the staff to come and go. It depends on their personal discretion, as there is hardly any supervision from the headquarters. There is also shortage of staff.” The younger generation staying in condominiums finds the word post office bizarre. Many of them have never been to, or even seen, a working post office. “Nobody cares for the post boxes installed at several locations in the City. The only purpose they serve is to collect the litter of passers-by. Why do we need a post office when everything is just a mouse click away? I’m not aware of any other facility provided by post offices, except that of delivering mails,” said Mehul Raheja, a 15-year-old. N.K Nagpal, retired Civil Engineer, believes that the City Administration should make attempts to promote all the facilities offered by the post offices. “Not many are aware that the rate of interest on savings account in post offices is 4 per cent, which is higher than most of the private banks. Moreover, the minimum balance required, for opening or maintaining an account, is just Rs. 20. Interest earned up to Rs. 3,500 per year is tax-free. An account can be opened in the name of a minor, and a minor aged 10 years and above can operate the account. There are other deposit schemes as well.” Jagdish Chander, Senior Superintendent, Post Office Gurgaon Division said, “Work on the construction of a new building for the post office in DLF-1 is going on, and we will soon shift the post office there. For South City-1 we have not received the funds from Delhi. As soon as we get the funds the land earmarked for this purpose will be utilised. There are proposals for more post offices in the City, where the population is high. The Postal Department is conducting a survey of such areas.”u


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ur Constitution is emphatic that all citizens should be treated equal, and provides them equal protection under the law. Yet, it is hard for the common person to have easy access to justice. Illiteracy and economic and social backwardness are the common reasons given. Besides, a lack of courage to exercise their legal rights, especially among women, is also a major barrier. Such behaviour keeps people disempowered and subject to exploitation by powerful people. Free legal aid is therefore a pressing need, to help an ordinary citizen enjoy his/ her constitutional rights. Over 65 years after independence there is some movement. With an aim to empower citizens through legal awareness, the Gurgaon Citizen Council (GCC) has established the first private Legal-Aid Clinic in the City, in DLF Phase I. People belonging to the Economically Weaker Section of society, backward classes, women, senior citizens, freedom fighters, riot victims, exservicemen and transgenders can avail free legal service at the centre. A member of GCC informs, “The Legal Services Authority Act clearly says that legal aid is the right of every citizen, and it should be provided to weaker sections of the society free of cost. This will promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity.” This private Legal-Aid Clinic works like a Primary Healthcare Centre, where

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ata…Pita…Guro…Devo. This Sanskrit adage held a lot of importance until a few generations ago. Tales of the legendary Shravan Kumar and his devotion to his blind parents is a story that we have grown up hearing. Unfortunately, it seems sons like Shravan Kumar don’t exist anymore. Horrific incidents of sons deserting parents, duping them, and even in some cases killing them, are what we hear today. Radhika (name changed upon request), a resident of Sector 14, narrated a heart-wrenching tale of sheer neglect and ill-treatment by three sons towards their mother. “Mataji is an 80-year-old woman who has been the owner of a two-storied house in this sector. Unfortunately she gave away her shares in the property to her three sons. As soon as that happened, the sons started neglecting and even ill-treating their mother. It was only last week that I found her sitting on the steps weeping. I called out to her granddaughter, who turned her back to me. The daughters-in-law never did care. Mataji is so frail that she cannot even walk properly. The sarees she wears are torn and shabby, and I am not even sure that she is given proper food. I have seen her sweeping the aangan (yard) many a times.” Radhika seemed helpless as she told me about this case. There are many such Matajis who are languishing and dy-

assistance is given for simple ailments. The Clinic therefore provides basic legal information and assistance to the people. Legal-Aid Clinics assist in drafting simple notices, filling up forms to avail benefits under government schemes and give initial advice on problems/issues. “As of now we may not be able to fight for the victim in a court, but we guide them about the complete legal procedure, assist them in getting a good lawyer and sometimes also help them settle cases out of court,” says a lawyer at the Clinic. How it helps? Bindu, a resident of DLF Phase V, visited the Legal-Aid Clinic to seek help for a case that she has filed against her ex-husband. She says that her ex-husband, who works as a pilot in Air India, should be charged for domestic violence. “He often sends me life threats. He visits my home in my absence. I didn’t get any support from the police; in fact they passed derogatory remarks against me. I am afraid to visit the police station now. I think a Legal-Aid Clinic in the City has come as a boon for people like me. Thankfully the lawyers here are very supportive. They are working on my case day and night,” she says. Recently, the rape case of a 5-yearold shook the City. The father of the ing a silent death in their homes everyday. Mrs. Sinha, a resident of DLF Phase III, said, “I am 70 plus and live on my own. Though I have five children and six grandchildren, they are all busy with their own lives and do not have much time to spare for me. There are times I miss them, but one has to learn to live with whatever is available. My children have been kind enough to ensure that I have a caretaker who lives with me. My only prayer is that I leave with no fuss.” Old age in this country is now becoming a curse, all the more if one is financially dependent on one’s children. By 2050, India will be home to one out of every six of the world’s elderly population, according to estimates released by the United Nations Population Fund. This future, in a country like India, where pensions and social security schemes are more the exception, is a ticking time bomb. We need to get our act together to protect and preserve the rights of the elderly, before it becomes one more of India’s problem in an already overflowing cornucopia. The enactment of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, was a legislative milestone. However, like many other laws that we have on paper, its implementation has been shoddy and poor to say the least. The salient features of this Act are as given below: The Act defines ‘children’ as sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, and relatives as anyone who is the legal heir of a childless senior citizen, and is in possession of, or would inherit, the property. The Act places an obligation on

victim, who belongs to the Economically Weaker Section, has requested the Clinic to assist him in filing a court case. “Not only those who live in slums and villages, sometimes people who live in the City are not aware about legal procedure. They don’t know how to draft a legal notice. Lawyers from the opposition can take undue advantage of this, and the case often becomes weak. We therefore help them file a case in a proper manner with all the required documents,” says a lawyer. The Clinic also assists people in filing FIRs. “In cases involving dowry, domestic violence or sometimes rape, relatives or neighbours rarely accompany the woman to the police station. That is why many women don’t go to a police station, and a lot of cases go unreported. A privately run Clinic like this can therefore help in a great way,” says Bindu. How is it different from government Legal-Aid Clinics? There are more than 23 governmentaided Legal-Aid Clinics in Gurgaon District. Of these, only three are in the City area - one at Civil Lines and two others in Sector 15. The one in Civil Lines mainly helps runaway couples. Effectively, the private Legal-Aid Clinic is the first clinic in the new urban area. children and relatives to maintain a senior citizen (anyone above the age of 60) or a parent, to the extent that they can live a normal life. This applies to all Indians, both living in India and abroad. A senior citizen who is unable to maintain him/herself by means of his/her earnings or property can make an application to the Maintenance Tribunal for a monthly allowance from their child or relative. If for some reason the senior citizen is unable to make this application, someone authorised to do so, or a voluntary organisation, may take up the case. The Maintenance Tribunal also has the authority to take up the issue suo-moto. On receiving an application, the Tribu-

The elderly in the West are seemingly more fortunate. The family system there is ‘loose’. From a young age a child is taught to be independent. This supposedly helps them to cope better in the later years. nal will issue notices to the children, conducts hearings, take evidence and then order maintenance. The Tribunal may also refer the matter for reconciliation, or pass interim orders for maintenance. Maintenance includes provision for food, clothing, shelter, medical attendance and treatment. The maximum amount that the Tribunal can prescribe as maintenance is 10,000 rupees. If the maintenance amount is not paid

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Recounting her experience at one of the Legal-Aid Clinics in Sector 15, Rama (name changed) says, “It took them a month to draft a legal notice for my case. As against this, when I approached a lawyer in this private Legal-Aid Clinic, he first tired to understand my case carefully and then drafted a legal notice in just a couple of days. They don’t work like government employees. Sometimes they work till late at night. I am amazed to see their commitment towards this social cause.” So far the Clinic has received commendable response. In less than 10 days the Clinic has received over 30 calls. “Apart from victims, many lawyers have called up to express their willingness to provide free assistance,” informs the PRO. Future plans Presently, the Clinic is spreading awareness in the nearby areas, with the help of pamphlets and brochures. In order to reach out to the common man, the Clinic plans to set up various legal-aid camps in nearby villages and slums. Volunteers will be co-opted as ‘middlemen’. A panel of advocates will run this Clinic and conduct camps. It will also come up with a website and helpline number soon. The provision of free legal aid to the poor and the disadvantaged exists in all developed countries. It acts as a tool to empower citizens on their rights and interests. A Legal-Aid Clinic in the City is therefore a most progressive initiative. u within 3 months, and no sufficient cause for non-payment is shown, the senior citizen can approach the Tribunal again. The Tribunal may then impose a fine, or order imprisonment for a term of upto 1 month, or until payment of the maintenance, whichever is earlier. Intentionally abandoning a senior citizen shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to a term upto three months, fine of upto 5,000 rupees, or both, as the Tribunal deems fit. Any transfer of property by a senior citizen, on assurance of being him/her looked after and maintained by the transferee, can be declared as void by the Tribunal if the transferee does not perform as assured. It will require just an application from the transferrer. The Act also mandates the State governments to ensure that hospitals wholly or partly funded by them should set aside beds for senior citizens, ensure separate queues for senior citizens, as also pay special attention to geriatric care. The Tribunals will not entertain appeals that are filed and contested by lawyers. Maintenance officers can represent senior citizens in a Tribunal. The challenge, as with the numerous laws in this country, is both in the awareness and the implementation. If every Mataji is made aware of such a law, she could avert the situation she is in today. All organisations working to provide senior citizens a good life must ensure that they join hands. u The writer is a qualified legal professional who has practiced before the Madras and Karnataka High Courts

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reality check of some sectors of the City reveals a violation of the Indian Forest and Environment Act in almost every lane. Specifically, the miserable state of the (whatever) dustbins, and the plight of the trees, has become a cause of serious concern for us all. Time and again the civic authorities have been made aware about this – but to no avail. The strategy to keep the filth restricted to the dustbins has proven to be a complete fiasco. Besides this, trees with bigger diameters are continuously being ‘nailed’ by advertisers. In April 2013 around 100 dustbins were set up by HUDA at different locations in Sector 14. Poor planning and apathy has led to a waste of this effort. “Earlier, there wasn’t a proper place to dump the garbage. When we complained, HUDA decided to install dustbins in 100 locations. However, there is no contractor to collect the garbage from the dustbins. Hence, most of them are always filled to the brim with filth, and thereafter the waste is spread all around them”, said KS Yadav, President of Sector 14 Residents Welfare Association. As per HUDA officials, the contracts to collect the garbage from the bins are yet to be allotted. Meanwhile, the contractors who are collecting the garbage from the doorsteps are dumping

Civic Nonsense it in the dustbins. “We have suggested that HUDA should keep the same contractor for collecting the garbage from the dustbins, for onward carriage. Delayed collection may lead to several health hazards,” said Anup Singh, Municipal Councillor Ward 17. The situation of dustbins is quite the same in Sector 15 Part 1. Most of the dustbins are either broken or filled to the brim. “What is the use of installing the dustbins when they cannot be maintained by the authorities?” asked Ramesh Vashisht, General Secretary of the RWA. The area Councillor does not see a problem. “I’ve not received any complaint about the dustbins in my Ward. They are regularly being checked. There are a few residents who are reluctant to let the dustbins be placed near their house - except this there is no

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hen a high-rise building is constructed there are certain norms that the agencies involved in the construction have to abide by, in order to acquire a Completion Certificate from the competent authority. However, in Gurgaon, norms are most flexible – and their implementation is the exception rather than the rule. The Energy Conservation Act, 2001 (52 of 2001), makes it mandatory to use Solar Water-heating systems, to promote a more efficient use of energy as well as its conservation. High-rise buildings constructed on a plot size of 500 square yards or more were instructed to follow this norm. However, there is no record of how well this directive has been implemented. “None of the government buildings has installed a Solar Water-heating system in Gurgaon. The officials of the Town and Country Planning Department and the Municipal Corporation are aware of this violation. No action has also been taken by the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA). The SPIO, Department of Environment, Haryana and SEIAA, Haryana, in Chandigarh, in a reply to an RTI in this regard, on March 20, 2013 informed that the letter issued by the Government of India was not

problem. I request the residents that in case they are having any such issue they can call me anytime on my number” said Subhash Chand Singla, Councillor Ward 18. The Junior Engineer Civil, HUDA, Yogesh Kumar said, “For picking the garbage from the dustbin a separate contractor is needed, as one contractor cannot be burdened with the entire work. The process for allotting the work is going on.” As if being cut to make way for development works was not unkind enough, now the trees in Gurgaon are being exploited by advertisers. Ages-old trees with bigger trunks are preferred. This malpractice is happening on a large scale. “There are many trees aligned to the footpath of Sector 14 Bus Stand, and almost all have been nailed by some or the other advertiser. One can see the billboards of coaching classes, hotels, play schools, beauty salons, spas and real estate firms and projects. They are reaping the benefits of the liberty given to them by the Administration. The roots of many trees in the City have already been confined by concrete platforms that restrict their growth; now this nailing is another atrocity by us humans on the plants,” said N. Murthy, a senior citizen. Many NGOs working on environment issues have taken this up with the state government, yet no violator has been punished. “Nail-


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received by them - whereas the copy was attached with the RTI application and the same was sent with the reply to the RTI. I, along with many others, believe that firm action should be taken against the erring officials,” said Raman Sharma, President, Progressive Gurgaon Forum. To befool the government and to acquire Completion Certificates by false means, some developers had ‘installed’ Solar Water Heaters. “At the top of our Society building one can see gigantic Solar Panels, facing the sun. However, they are mere showpieces, as they are not connected with any pipelines. The Society came into existence in 2008-2009, and since then no one has seen the Solar Water Heaters working. No official from the government has ever visited the apartments for any supervision,” said Saggi, President of Nile Apartments, Sohna Road. The

residents of Maple Heights in Sushant Lok, and Richwood City in DLF-IV, also have similar comments. “Once the building is constructed no one bothers to pay any heed to the norms. If the government itself doesn’t bother to follow norms in their own buildings, how can they expect the general public to respect the law? Energy conservation is not something we are doing for others but for our own future. Moreover, there is not much cost involved in setting up such a system. It is just a one-

Energy Conservation Act, 2001 (52 of 2001) :

Mandatory use of Solar Water Heating Systems 1. The use of Solar Water-heating systems will be mandatory in the following categories of buildings, namely: (i) Industries where hot water is required for processing (ii) Hospitals and Nursing Homes, including Government Hospitals. (iii) Hotels, Motels and Banquets Halls. (iv) Jail Barracks, Canteens. (v) Housing Complexes set up by Group Housing Societies/Housing Boards. (vi) All residential buildings built on a plot of size 500 square yards and above, falling within the limits of Municipal Committees/Corporations and the Haryana Urban Development Authority sectors. (vii) All Government buildings, Residential Schools, Education Colleges, Hostels, Technical/Vocational Education institutes, District Institutes of Education and Training, Tourism Complexes and Universities etc.

C ivic/S ocial ing the trees leaves a passage for the termites, which later harms the tree from the inside. We have seen many trees drying up and falling due to such termite attacks. The people from the Horticulture dept. often spray antitermite repellents, but it hardly seems to make a difference as the termites mainly are found within the trunk,” said Rehan Dahuja, an environmentalist. The Indian Forest Act 1927 specifies a penalty for anyone defacing trees. The Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994, says that nailing a tree would attract a jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to Rs.1,000, or both. Section 3-A of the Defacement of Property Act, 1989, of Haryana, specifies a heavy penalty on such a violator. Despite these laws, nothing much has been achieved, and the violations continue. “As per the rules, damaging a tree is punishable in Haryana. A violator is penalised with an amount varying from Rs 50 to Rs 500, depending on the kind of tree. On serious grounds of damaging a tree a violator can also be penalised with a oneyear imprisonment. However, tracking the source of such nailing is a difficult task,” said Devender Rao, Forest Range Officer. The Horticulture dept. of HUDA blames the ineffective implementation of the law on the shortage of staff. “We have started conducting surveys in different areas where the trees have been nailed. As soon as the list is ready we will start working on penalising the violators. Such drives usually take more time due to a lack of staff. At present there is no Junior Engineer at the Horticulture dept. of HUDA,” revealed Executive Engineer HUDA Horticulture, V.K Nirala. u time investment - but who cares?” said Preeti Katiyal, a resident. “We are using the non-renewable resources in abundance, without even caring about the consequences. If there is an alternative then what is harm in utilising it,” said Gaurav Yadav, an environmentalist from the Haryali Welfare Society. In a reply to the complaint filed by HAREDA on this matter on April 20, 2013, Senior Technical Manager, Pradeep Nautiyal, on May 17, 2013 said that the Department of Town and Country Planning and HUDA always mention the requirement of the mandatory installation of Solar Water Heating system for the buildings covered under the said notification, and the same is being enforced to the maximum extent. However, they clearly continue to live in their own worlds. “Walk around and see where all you can see Solar Water Heaters installed. How come these developers, residential schools and colleges received Completion Certificates without their being checked for the installation of Solar Water Heaters? Who would take action against them for not performing their duties well?” asked G.K Mittal, a resident of Malibu Towne. HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar said, “We had a meeting on this matter in March, wherein it was decided to install Solar Water Heaters on both the residential and commercial buildings as per norms. We have passed on the directions to the staff, to install Solar Water Heaters even on the old buildings. The work is in process and we hope to complete it soon.” u

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any infants are deprived the succour of their mother’s milk. Some lose their mother’s at birth, some are abandoned, some have mothers who are incapable of providing… and some ‘modern’ mothers prefer not to. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants up to six months of age, to help ensure good health and the survival of the babies. However, sometimes working women who live in cities are not able to breast-feed their child for the complete period of six months, due to other commitments. “Of 8,000 babies born in our Hospital, almost 35 to 40 per cent couldn’t be breast-fed directly, due to several medical and physical reasons,” informs Dr. Gulati of Medanta. Infants who can’t have mother’s milk at the time of birth may suffer malnutrition and several other diseases later. Unfortunately, one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. ‘Donor milk’ can be a life-saving measure for newborn babies, and help to protect them against infection. With an aim to provide easy access to ‘human milk’, the Haryana Government has set up the first Human Milk Bank in North India. Presently there are over 40 Human Milk Banks in India, situated in Maharashtra and Bangalore. Haryana decided to set up a Bank after a team of 50 doctors from Gurgaon urged the government to establish this facility. “Undoubtedly this is a revolutionary step. We have a tradition of donating ‘human milk’ in our country. In a joint family set-up, aunts often feed infants if their mothers are not around. Yashodha was a wet nurse (‘human milk donor’) to Lord Krishna. However, since wet nurses are not always available, milk banks can provide an alternative,” says Dr. Agarwal, the Chief Operations Officer of the Bank. Dr. Sudha Gupta, a paediatrician, says, “In villages, wet nursing is quite a common practice. At any given time, there are always three to four deliveries, and if a woman is unable to breastfeed, the other lactating mothers feed the child. The Human Milk Bank is just an ‘advanced’ form of wet nursing, so that babies born in nuclear families can also have access to ‘human milk’.”

Bank On Mother’s Milk What is a Human Milk Bank?

Like a blood bank, a human milk bank collects, screens, processes and dispenses ‘human milk’ that is donated by nursing mothers. Establishing a human milk bank, however, means a huge cost. Its establishment involves a highly organised and sanitised process, for the collection, pasteurisation and storage

{ Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj } “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” cried the ancient mariner in the early 1800s, prophesying the shortage of drinking water. It is now predicted that a time will come when there will be no clean water anywhere on this earth except in Canada. Water is essential for life; from vegetation to human beings, all depend upon water for survival. It is imperative that water is not wasted, and every drop is used. Our modern life style is instrumental in this misuse of water. Let us take an everyday situation. When we visit someone, we are normally first offered a glass of water. We mostly pick up the glass, whether we are thirsty or not; and then rarely drink all the water. The left over/’jhutha’ water is poured down the drain. Our civil and courteous behaviour, of offering a glass of water to a guest, is helping to convert clean drinking

of this milk. Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), a body formed by the Indian Paediatrician Society, has laid down certain guidelines for the donation, collection and storage of ‘human milk’. According to Dr. Agarwal, most of the human milk banks in Mumbai and Bangalore are not strictly following the guidelines. “We aim to adhere to all the

Wat-er Waste! water into waste water. Another big enemy of water is the Reverse Osmosis (RO) System, that wastes substantial water while purifying it for drinking. The RO System was developed for the Army’s use in USA and Canada, and has now been adopted by most countries including India. No doubt it cleans the water, by passing it through numerous filters, but the snag is that a bleed is taken off this line to a drain. This water mostly ends up in ‘drains’ as waste water. Many households, restaurants, offices and industries use the RO system – and it is also rampant in small towns and large villages. Further, our urban ‘development’ has destroyed many natural clean water resources, like springs, tanks and wells - and polluted the remaining few. We have therefore left little choice to people, other than to resort to such wasteful


guidelines specified by IYCF,” he assures.

How will it be stored?

A strict procedure will be adopted for the collection, and the final supply, of the milk. The donor mother has to be healthy and not under any medication - except for health supplements such as iron and calcium tablets. Donated milk will be first pasteurised at 62.5 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes. Once pasteurised, the milk will be poured into an autoclave stainless steel container, and then preserved at minus 20 degrees centigrade. From each container, a sample measuring 2cc will be sent for culture and microbiological testing - for HIV, history of jaundice and other lifethreatening diseases. Based on the sample results, only a disease-free stock will be supplied to various hospitals. A donor has to express her milk with the help of a mechanical or an electrical pump. It is recommended that mothers donate milk during the first few days of delivery, as breast milk expressed on the first day of delivery has a high quantity of colostrum, which is very beneficial for infants suffering from diarrhoea, malnutrition and burn injuries. Breast milk expressed over the next five to ten days will be stored separately. It is called ‘mature milk’, and contains sufficient amount of protein. Amazingly, ‘human milk’ can be stored for as long as three months. As much as 700900 litres of mother’s milk can be collected in the City alone. However, there is still a need to promote awareness, and to encourage mothers to donate breast milk. “If every lactating mother donates just 40 to 50 ml of her milk, it will be sufficient. I can assure them that it would not affect the feeding of their own baby, and will greatly help those who need it even more,” says Dr. Agarwal. Presently he is working with a team of volunteers who personally meet lactating mothers in hospitals and villages, to motivate them to donate milk. These volunteers also encourage nurses and doctors in hospitals to inform every lactating mother admitted to the hospital about the milk bank. Moreover, these volunteers help dispel any doubts and misgivings about the process. “We need to set up a human milk bank in every city in the country, so that no newborn is ever deprived of mother’s milk,” feels Dr. Agarwal.u

methods as RO, to obtain drinkable water. Let us see other examples of water usage in our lifestyle – of taps and showers and flush toilets. The lucky few who live in houses with underground and roof top water tanks - having 24-hours water on tap do not bother to close the tap(s) when they only need the water intermittently. There are endless instances of taps kept running at full force, when a trickle would suffice for that chore. And then there is the problem of leaking taps - especially in public places. It is a pity that whereas vegetation protects the water and even animals use it judiciously and do not pollute it, the more evolved and intelligent species – mankind - is the worst culprit. We have to urgently recognize that water is a finite resource that is being misused and overused mercilessly. The time has come when we must use water judiciously, for the sheer survival of all the inhabitants of this earth. u


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Kids Brainticklers

Shivani Ahuja, Class 6, The Shri Ram School, Aravali

Sagnik Roy


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?

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Green Ryan


tree plantation drive was organised at Ryan International School, Sohna Road, as part of the Environment Week celebrations. Students from all the Wings participated with enthusiasm. The Middle Wing students brought flowering plants and saplings of fruit trees, and planted them in different areas of the School. The students made flash cards and sang environment related songs.


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Youth Icon


maad Muzaffar, a student of Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46, was conferred the title of ‘World Student Icon’ at the 19th Annual World Leadership Congress for Youth, held in Auckland, New Zealand. Emaad was selected amongst 1,800 delegates from 60 countries across the world. The School held a Ceremony to facilitate the young icon. “


aran Bhaiya, will you play ball-ball with me?” “No, Can’t you see I am watching Discovery Channel, Kushal.” Karan and Kushal were two brothers who lived in Kochi, Kerala. Kushal was 7 and Karan was 16 years old. Karan had just finished his exams and was looking forward to his trip to a jungle, with Kushal, for a week. He was really adventurous. On the day they had to leave, they both touched their Amma and Appa’s feet to take blessings.”Take good care of your brother and yourself,” Amma said to Karan. “Don’t worry, Amma,” he replied. They sat in a taxi and zoomed off. On the way they talked to the driver, Ramesh. Finally they reached the forest. “How much time will it take?” Karan asked. “We will reach there in a few minutes,” Ramesh said. Suddenly lightning struck. “Great! Lightning on a camping day,” Karan said. “I’m scared bhaiya,” Kushal said. “We’re getting out Ramesh bhaiya,” Karan said. “But it’s raining,” Ramesh said. “Don’t worry bhaiya. We will take care. And it is only drizzling.” Karan pleaded with the confused driver. “Ok kids, but let me help you to put up the tent,” he insisted.The rain stopped and the tent was set. “Ok children, take care,” Ramesh said as he sat in the car to go. The kids waved the driver good-bye and came inside the tent as it was cold outside. “Oh no! It’s already 8:30pm. You must be hungry, Kushal,”Karan said. “I’m starving bhaiya,” Kushal said rubbing his stomach. They opened their tiffins and began eating – one chicken salami sandwich and some juicy apples. Crunch... Munch...It was delicious! Once they finished eating, Karan suggested, “Kushal, let’s go for a small walk.” “No bhaiya, it’s too dark outside.” Kushal said.

I “Come-on scaredycat.” Karan teased. Kushal hesitated, but he wanted to prove that he was not scared... so they started to walk. As they stepped over the dry leaves a creepy voice called, CRICK-CRICK. Then it suddenly started to rain again.”Oh no! Let’s quickly find our tent Kushal,” Karan began to panic. They ran and ran but were unable to find their tent. They noticed a huge, scary house! They hastily ran towards it. When they reached the door, Karan searched for the doorbell, but there was none. “How wierdis this? No bell?”Karan wondered. Karan tried knocking on the door. But when he touched it, the door opened by its own! “CREEEEAK...” A sound came. They entered the house.”Maybe the owner of this house has forgotten to close the door,” Karan said. He was really scared. But he had to find shelter. What could he do?! “Anybody home... Hello!!” Karan screamed. Nobody answered. They kept walking. There was a staircase in front of them. Suddenly, the door shut behind them! Karan and Kushal turned.”Mmus-t b-e t-he wi-nd.” Karan mumbled. Then a voice came, “Oooohhh!!!!” Karan began to sweat. His hands trembled. Then a man came in front of them. He wore a dusty coat and had a long beard... but he was not clearly visible. He started walking towards the kids. They screamed and ran, Karan held Kushal’s hand tightly. They then stopped. The man was standing in front of them. They turned and ran but the same thing happened... the man came in front of them! “Karan, wake up, you have to go to the forest,” his mom said. “No!!” Karan screamed. It was just a dream!

The Haunted House

Eshaan Soni, Pathways , Class V

t was indeed a commendable initiative by the management and Principal Sangeeta Saxena, Chiranjiv Bharti School, Palam Vihar, to host the British Council Classrooms Meet and invite Principals and Senior Teacher Co-ordinators from schools across Gurgaon. The Meet was attended by 16 schools. The British Council’s team introduced their programmes and elaborated upon how these programmes could impact the global education of students, enhance their international exposure and help them team 21st century life skills. The Session was followed by lunch, and a audio-visual of CBS’ ISA journey, by ISA Co-ordinator, Hanu Narang. The teachers present also enrolled for online competence Development Courses on British Council’s online website.

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Karate Kids


arate champs Utkarsh and Gaurish Baberwal were facilitated by the School for being the proud recipients of Silver and Gold medals at the 3rd National Karate Championship 2013, held at Vaish Samaj Bhawan in the City. The two brothers have done the School proud with their National and International level achievements at various Karate Championships/Competitions.

Kathak Queen


mruti Swarupa Acharya won the 2nd position in Kathak dance, in the Sub-junior category in the 27th All India Dance & Drama Competition held in Shimla. School Head Peeya Sharma felicitated the little “Dancing Queen” and encouraged her to achieve her goal in Classical Dance and showcase Indian Culture on the global stage.


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Development Apartheid


he world has been neatly divided – by a few. This has been centuries in the making now. Certain countries have developed the right ways for this apartheid to perpetuate. It is a different matter that some of them are today not developing well. And this century may anyway change it all. It may well be ‘future to the back’.




he Law and Beyond by Vidya Raja is a good eye opener. Small initial steps before appointment of domestic help will go a long way to give peace and worry-free living for all the members of the family. SV Mahalingam

Some smart developed country mind conjured up the nomenclatures of Developed, Developing, Under-developed and Less Developed Countries. The Developed, the superior, the ‘white’, promised a richer life - a shift from primitive agriculture to industrial revolution (though food remains high on the table), and thence to complex global capital, systems and institutions. They defined the living standard, as also later the gold standard. They were, and are, prescriptive to the developing and the less/under developed, the “Third World’ – even to their own country cousins - through independent-controlled institutions like the UN, World Bank, IMF. Children globally are being brought up accordingly – a subtle conditioning indeed. Japan has been grudgingly accepted in the league of the developed, while China will be fought tooth and nail. Development, to the West, has been more about the Physical, The Material, the Scientific, the Body - versus the focus on Mind, Soul, Heart, Thought and Spirit/Soul of the East. The white man’s burden has been on man making machines, and now on making man-machines (robots). God is in their Machines; they forget that God is within us. Their economic single-mindedness has led to an unprecedented exploitation of nature and our earth’s resources, leading to severe pollution and environmental hazards. And having done it all,

{Ref FG Editorial of July 5-11, 2013} Hindustani (language) as a concept is very noble and idealistic but is it practical in a country consisting of 22 States and several Union Territories? Each state has its own language that has many dialects. According to the official records, ‘the Indian languages belong to four language families: Indo-European, Dravidian, MonKhmer, and Sino-Tibetan. Indo-European and Dravidian languages are used by a large majority of India’s population. The language families divide roughly into geographic groups. Languages of the Indo-European group are spoken mainly in northern and central regions. The Constitution of India recognizes 22

they now go green in the face and preach and warn about conservation and ‘global warming’. Sau chuhe kha kar billis Haj chaleen. Isn’t it ironical that people in the West, with all the physical and material strength, suffer from more mental anguish and disease? What benefit is the development of the bodies, without developed minds - and hearts? The developed world is developing new problems. Their free world has Big Google watching 24x7; healthcare means a full dose of medicines and side-effects; 9/11 has made safe an obsolete word; they talk global but become protectionist the moment there is trouble at home; the more they push the global financial systems the more they are scamhit; free market is a misnomer today; and corruption is ok the higher they go. Even more ironical is that all the ‘white’ preferences have now come to haunt them – to hoist them on their own petard. It’s back to brown bread and browns for healthy living; all ‘refined’ whites are giving chronic dis-ease. Nature has had the last laugh. Would China’s ascendancy correct this anomaly? Would they rewrite history accordingly/anew? Would there be an Asia/East bias after centuries? Or would China follow in Japan’s footsteps – by becoming another ‘brown sahib’ nation? Maybe the answer lies with Bhutan and their Gross National Happiness vision. The ancient Indians had recognized the need for the beneficial co-existence of Purush and Prakriti (of Man/mind/spirit and Nature/material/substance). The world, especially the developed, would do well to remember that, as we line up to a future of wars for water and under-water, for natural resources, for food, over Africa, and for the moon and Mars.u

Fate of Hindustani languages as official languages; these are known as Scheduled Languages and constitute the major languages of India. Additionally, there are 398 languages on record. 58 languages are taught in schools, radio programmes are broadcast in 87 languages and films are made in 15. Interestingly, there is not a single language that is common between people of north and south. The only exception is within the Armed Forces, where, irrespective of their region of origin, the force speaks an ‘Indianised’ common language, that could be defined as Hindustani.

Our currency notes have the denomination written in 15 languages, and several scripts have their independent identity, distinctly different from Hindi and English. The crucial information is given in Hindi and English in equal proportion. If one looks at the world currencies, no other country’s notes are multi-lingual. This leads to the conclusion that Hindustani will have to wage a National war if it has to dislodge the well established English and Hindi. ‘Hinglish’ has more chances of succeeding as a viable alternative, but that may take decades – nay, even centuries - to achieve. Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj

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Health & Vitality... Naturally!

Lime ‘n Lemony { Jaspal Bajwa }


f ever there were a gold medal for versatility amongst fruits and vegetables, it would probably go to this yellow and green citrus duo. Limes are small and round with green skin, while lemons are bright yellow and oval in shape. The tartness, astringency and zesty flavour makes lime/lemon a universal favourite as a refreshing beverage, or as an ingredient in an array of perky dishes, pickles and chutneys. The mere sight of a slice of lime or lemon on a cocktail glass can uplift the senses by evoking sunny freshness and verdant health. Perhaps less well known is their sheer versatility of use as highly respected medicinal herbs and as beauty-aids. Early travellers to India and South-East Asia were quick to recognise the marvellous benefits of this Vitamin C-rich fruit. There are numerous mentions in early Greek writings as well as in the Middle East, of ‘this wondrous fruit from the South-East’. By the 19th century lemons had become an essential ration for soldiers; as a result many a sailor’s life was spared from the dreaded disease of scurvy. Today, from digestion aid to wrinkle-fighter, lemons are recognised as a great natural remedy. Lemons and limes help reduce inflammation and have strong anti-septic, anti-parasitic, astringent and phlegm-reducing prop-

erties. Their high Vitamin C content boosts the immune system and is helpful in the treatment of flu, bronchitis and asthma. Although acidic in taste, lemons ‘n limes are in actual fact an alkaline food, helping to balance the all-important pH. The higher or more alkaline the pH, the higher is our resistance to disease.
As a gentle natural diuretic, lime ‘n lemons in-

crease urination, helping remove excess fluids. The high citrate content helps to reduce urinary calcium output, which can help prevent the risk of developing kidney and gallstones.

Tip of the Week

Adding lemon juice to fruits or vegetables helps to maintain their colour. Applying lime juice to cut fruits (like apples) can help them avoid ‘browning’. Lime juice and lime’s natural oils have been found to be extremely beneficial for the skin. Topical use and oral consumption keeps the skin shining, protecting it from infections and reducing body odour. Applying it for 20 min-

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.

utes to the scalp, as a preshampoo massage, can be an effective remedy for dandruff. Other uses include topical application to treat warts, ringworm, acne and sunburn.

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week – Lime or Citrus aurantifolia & Lemon or Citrus limon

Both Lemon and Lime aid digestion by stimulating salivary and digestive secretions. This helps to enhance the appetite and is beneficial in anorexia, nausea and indigestion. Lemon/lime juice also supports the liver function by enhancing the production of enzymes and bile; the liver is one of the hardest working detoxification and digestive organs in the body. In Ayurvedic practice sour flavours are considered to aggravate pitta dosha - however, lime is an exception to this rule. Having a cup of lemon or lime juice, mixed in a cup of warm water first thing in the morning, is referred to as the ‘master cleanse’ drink. It helps detoxify the stagnation in the blood, enhances bowel movement and aids the digestive juices to kick into high gear (following the overnight fast). Similarly, drinking lemon or lime water before a meal can help with heartburn and acid reflux. Lime and Lemons contain important bioflavonoids, which act as potent antioxidants. The very high Vitamin C content – at 50 mg per 100 gm - covers nearly half of our daily

Q. I have neglected my feet for a long time now. Lately I am finding it

uncomfortable to walk as the soles of the feet have become really rough. I have tried using the pumice stone but there has hardly been any improvement. What more can I do? SH Follow a one-week daily treatment for cracked heels. At night, before retiring, soak the feet in hot water for about 20 minutes. Add some coarse salt and shampoo to the water, before soaking the feet. Hot water helps to soften the dead skin on the heels. With the help of a pumice stone or a heel scrubber, rub the heels gently, in order to remove the dead cells. Avoid metal scrubbers. After washing the feet, massage them with a cream, rubbing it into the skin. Then, apply the cream generously on the heels. Bandage the heels with a clean cloth. Wear cotton socks and go to sleep. Keeping the heels smeared with cream all night will soften the skin and replenish moisture loss. Repeat this every night for one week. If there is pain or bleeding, consult your doctor. A lemon turmeric cream may be applied daily before bath. Antiseptic ointments are also available for cracked heels.

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requirement, and helps in the absorption of calcium and iron in the body. Between the two, the yellow lemon has a higher Vitamin C content than the green lime. In addition to Vitamin C, lemons are a good source of Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and an excellent source of Dietary Fibre.

The Big Brain Project { Juelich / Germany / DPA }

   cientists who cut the brain of a deceased 65-year-old woman into 7,400 slices have created a 3D digital atlas of the human brain – with a resolution that is 50 times greater than that of previously existing models. Called “BigBrain,” the Project was published in the latest issue of the US journal, Science. The model shows features finer than a human hair, and almost on the scale of individual cells, said lead researcher Katrin Amunts, a Neuroscientist at Germany’s Juelich Research Centre and a Professor at the University of Dusseldorf. Those two institutions, along with the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, provided the bulk of the research team. “Although the cells are still somewhat blurred, we see how densely packed they lie, and how they’re



distributed. We see into the furthest corner of the brain,” Amunts said. She offered an analogy by way of illustration. While continents, countries and cities were recognizable in old brain atlases, “now we can look into individual streets.” She said the brain model could later be supplemented with data on molecular structure, genetic information or connections between

The combined presence of Potassium and Magnesium makes lemons a good aid for controlling blood pressure and enhancing heart health.

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brain regions. The scientists found that the cells were arranged according to brain functions. “The arrangement depends on whether the region controls movement, sounds or light signals,” Amunts said. The BigBrain atlas of brain cell architecture aims to facilitate important insights into processes such as cognition, language and emotions. Scientists also want to understand why these processes sometimes go wrong. BigBrain will help doctors too, Amunts said. During deep brain stimulation of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, for example, exact placement of the merely two-millimetre-thick electrodes is important, she remarked. “The atlases that are used for this are very imprecise in parts,” she said, adding that BigBrain could also be used in cases of other neurological disorders. According to Amunts, very few laboratories in the world are capable of slicing an entire brain in ultra-thin pieces of consistent quality, but Germany has a long tradition of scientifically preparing the brains of deceased persons. Another challenge was to develop software to correct small errors in the digitized images, due to tears or folds in the extremely thin sections of brain tissue. u


12-18 July 2013

Play Your Band { Bhuvana Shridhar }


o you want to infuse your exercise routine with new techniques? Then hop on to the Band Fitness training. This Workout is considered the most adorable, especially by women (of all ages). The Band is made of elastic rubber, and offers resistance to the muscles while you work on them. You can practice multiple postures with the Band – which is available in red, blue and green. The colours basically reflect different resistance levels, which vary depending on your ‘status’ – of a beginner, an intermediate or advanced 'Bander'. You can start by selecting a Band that you can easily lift - without feeling fatigued after the exercise. Although in the initial stages the Workout may take a toll on your body, with time your stamina will increase and you will feel more fit. Before you start with the Workout, practice short walking or jogging by standing in one place. You can exercise just twice or thrice a week - on alternate days. Some common Resistance Band Exercises:

Biceps Curl

This is similar to a standing biceps curl with dumbbells. It builds strong biceps over a period of time. Grasp the resistance Band’s handles and step on the Band in the middle. Curl the handles upwards, but don't allow the resistance to stop at the top of the movement - keep the tension on the biceps muscle. Slowly lower your hands and repeat the movement. Repeat the exercise depending on your fitness goals. You can do it for 8 to 12 repetitions.

Triceps Press-Up

It’s one of the best exercises for your triceps muscle. Grasp the handles palms down. Attach the resistance bands to the top part of the door, using the door attachment, or hook the middle part of the bands to a pole. Face the door or pole and step

back, while keeping your arms straight in front of you. Make sure you attach the bands a foot higher than the top of your head, and step back until your arms are stretched in front of you, while holding the resistance band handles. Press the handles downward (similar to a cable triceps pull down). Stop just before your elbows straighten, and reverse the motion (back up). Stop when your elbows are 90° from the ground, and then reverse the motion (back down). Repeat, depending on your fitness goals. You can practice for 8 to 12 repetitions.

Legs Press

This is an excellent way to tone up the muscles of the leg. It works on the hips and thighs as well. Lie on your back and bend your knees. Place a Band around the feet, as you hold the handles tight. Keeping your shoulders a width apart, bend your knees so that your thighs come towards you, and then return to the starting point. You can practice this for about 5 to 8 repetitions.


Resistance Bands are effective, userfriendly, affordable, portable and a convenient method of doing workouts. They: n  improve body metabolism n keep you fit and lively through the day n help improve breathing patterns n help you burn off those extra calories n help you get rid of excess stress and harmful toxins in the body,
increase flexibility of your muscles and develop your athletic power.u

The Big Fat Wedding Show The Big Fat Wedding Show will be the epitome of all wedding shows in the Indian Market. There will be over 50 Exhibitors to choose from. The Big Fat Wedding is one of a kind, as it allows you, the consumer, to Enquire, Book and Purchase all that you need for a wedding under one roof – and get to deal directly with the retailer(s). Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be stressful; that is why we have been working hard to bring you a selection of over 50 wedding experts and suppliers, enabling you to source all the products you need for your special day - at one place. Whatever you are searching for and whatever your budget, The Big Fat Wedding Show has it covered: from bride and groom wear to florists, venues, designers, photographers, cake designers, jewellers, wedding planners and honeymoon destinations. You will have all you need to fulfill your dream wedding; it's surely an Event to witness. Do carry your big shopping bags, and get a friend along to assist you. You will shop till you drop. We are in your City on 29th and 30th August, at the Bristol Hotel. You can email us at for an invitation, stall space and sponsorship. Watch this space the next Friday too, for updates and more information.

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The Secret Life Of Devinder Seth { Krishan Kalra }


evinder Seth was a successful chap − at least by the usual yardsticks of society. A fairly senior business executive, he was enjoying all the frills of a high profile corporate job − a decent salary, furnished house, car & chauffeur, entertainment and foreign jaunts. An accomplished wife and smart children made up the family. It was an enviable existence by any reckoning. Occasionally he dabbled in ‘creativity’ through his forays into writing, speaking and photography. To his credit were minor successes like ‘letters to the editor’, or an article here and there, mostly in professional journals. The scrapbook kept getting thicker. A few well-prepared talks were repeated with monotonous regularity in different fora. Even with the usual clichés and borrowed lines, these speeches did not exactly make him a forceful orator. The same talks were then typed out as articles, and sent to all possible publications − unmindful of the pile-up of rejection slips. Secretly Devinder had envied those prolific speakers at management seminars − on the ease with which they delivered long talks, their seemingly effortless participation in panel discussions, and their extempore speeches. He thought a lot about those lucky authors whose charming little pieces appeared as ‘middles’ in the major dailies. Their style, the fluidity of their words and phrases and their subtle humour felt so ethereal. Then there were the regular contributors to the financial papers, writing scientifically researched articles on issues of national importance. His greatest desire was to become a prolific writer – but he feared it would remain just a dream.

Then something happened.

The editor of a well-known glossy met him at a party and agreed to look at one of his professional articles. She even asked for several colour transparencies of his photographs. Our budding writer-cum-photographer was in seventh heaven. The write-up related to rural life. Several rolls of film were exposed – with early morning visits to the country side, furious hunts for the right shots, consultations with friends regarding technically superior pictures…as well as snubs from rural women misunderstanding his motives. Somehow the job was completed and the article, with slides, was sent to the magazine’s editor. As if by magic, it appeared in print a few months later. There was no end to our hero’s joy. His ambition now didn’t appear all that distant. He was going to live his dream. A sense of happiness enveloped him as he sat in his office contemplating the vistas opening up. He saw an announcement of a photofeature competition in a popular fortnightly, inviting black & white pictures depicting ‘India with a touch of humour’. The issue carried pictures by celebrated photographers - it all looked so simple. Traffic intersections, birth control hoardings, ‘dabba brigades’ of poor people going to answer the call of nature in the open, monkeys, bears with trainers, bullock carts…everything looked typically Indian and humorous. Twenty enlarged pictures were duly despatched, and the next thing he saw was a letter accepting all of them. They had even decided to publish the photographs in a special edition, with accolades for the budding new photo-journalist - a new force on the scene. All of a sudden there were requests pouring in for his photo essays, and offers to commission him for special projects. Even some international magazine wrote to ask for contributions, to be paid @ $500 per picture. What came next was even better. He became much in demand at various management workshops. His talks were greatly appreciated, replete with witty remarks and appropriate anecdotes. He talked practical sense, not the bookish stuff of those visiting professors. His speeches were quoted. His articles generated tremendous response and debate. There were no more rejection slips. He was invited to many panel discussions on TV, and commanded respect. Business schools vied with each other to include him as their faculty. And finally, he was writing middles for newspapers. Their well-known authors were no more distant heroes - they were his fellow writers. His pieces were actually better - more interesting, urbane and literary. He had become a writer. He had arrived at his dream destination. Suddenly Devinder was jolted from his pleasant reverie. His phone was ringing incessantly. It was his wife calling from home; another bunch of rejections had arrived, and she wanted to know when he was going to give up this madness ! u

12-18 July 2013

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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eople who come for psychotherapy to me often ask, “What is the purpose of life? I do not know what I am really here for.” Such people are still in the ‘waiting room’ of life, and long for that ‘something ‘ that they still have not found. They also feel that the moment they discover that ‘something’, they will automatically have a purpose that will define and integrate their lives. Some of them continue to live in the ‘no purpose’ labyrinth, and leave this planet dissatisfied. Yet, many do find their ‘something’, and live in harmony with their life’s new purpose. Every person is here on earth for a specific purpose - even if it takes a while to ‘see’ what that is. Most of us struggle and search for how to make a meaningful difference in our and others’ lives, and finally live the life we are meant to live. We are constantly searching for ways to align ourselves with a higher calling and a deeper purpose. How do we infuse our daily lives with meaning and purpose? We should try to be activated in body, mind and spirit, and equipped with a kind of resiliency, vision and creativity that transcends ordinary human capacities. We should strive for a new operating system – rather than an upgrade – to make our life happier and contented. It may need a lifestyle change. may be what is exactly required in order to find and live for a purpose. There are enlightened individuals who can help tap our immense human potential, empowering us to discover and finally live as per our life’s purpose. There are also those who feel emptiness, a yearning, confusion – and even depression. At a primal level, there are believed

Finding Purpose

to be three parts of our brain: the reptilian (instinctual), the mammalian (emotional) and the primate (thinking). The reptilian and mammalian parts of our brain are very basic in nature. The reptilian handles things like aggression and territory; the mammalian things like food and sex. The third, the thinking and primate part of our brain, focuses on things like perception, planning and handling complex concepts. This is the part of our brain that knows deep down that we need to find a meaning to our life – a purpose. Purpose is what gives us the strength to carry on, through all difficult changes, transitions, relationships, activities and conditions. Even suffering ceases the moment it finds meaning. When living a practical life of purpose, we can see the picture at both the micro and the macro level. Our micro-level purpose is to know our values, and then try to be in integrity with them. The macro-level purpose is the big picture. Our values, strengths and

passions must align, for us to discover our purpose. However, the most vital piece to the purpose puzzle is to learn how to give – rather than get. All forms of life, all natural phenomena, have some purpose. There is always movement or evolution towards some kind of outcome or fulfillment - whether it is a tree that produces fruit, or clouds that form to create rain; or whether it is night or day. However, we humans become so wrapped up and possessed by our daily activities, engagements that the awareness of our own unique life purpose is easily dimmed - and then lost in wilderness. We are obsessed with ourselves. There are consequences of not knowing or finding purpose in life. Many who have become successful in their work or relationships in their outer lives, yet somehow feel hollow, empty and unfulfilled. They feel defeated in some way, or incomplete, despite a conventionally successful life. Sometimes they wonder if they have been on the wrong path all

S piritual


along - chosen the wrong career, or the wrong life partner. That is because our true inner self always knows when our life purpose is out of sync with our outer life. The latter is often a false self, but we have identified with it because it has been so rewarding to our ego. Perhaps the path that was chosen for them could have been more meaningful or purposeful, if they had tried to discover it. Very late in life many people finally realize that they felt most in sync when they were helping people. Those who do experience a clear inclination, a purpose, but do not pursue or fulfill it, remain incomplete and dissatisfied. It is important not to confuse seeking happiness with a discovery of our purpose. Happiness is what we experience in the daily flow of life; highs and lows are situational, and will fluctuate. Purpose is deeper. It is more of an underlying sense of peace and overall fulfillment, a sense of integration and the continuous unfolding of our being. When we are living in accordance with our life’s purpose, we view the ups and downs, the disappointments and successes, as just a part of what we encounter along our path. The more we consciously infuse our thoughts, emotions and behaviour with positive, lifeaffirming energy, and with kindness, compassion and generosity, the more we keep our egos at bay - and are able to see our true purpose with greater clarity. There is happiness in knowing our purpose - what we must do. We must always live a life of compassion for others – to be at peace with ourselves. 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 PRAKHAR PANDEY

Pray You Must

Life is the seasons of the earth Sometimes pain sometimes mirth Over yourself take command Remain still and calm It’s all about the eye of the storm When all about you are mad and crazy When all solutions seem hazy Remain in remembrance of your God Lord Guru “Man-tra” Mantra is a tool to sublimate the mind Lest it drive you blind Or insane with anger and lust To rescue yourself…Prayer is a must Shobha Lidder Writer Journalist, Social Activist, Teacher, Trainer, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer



Realtors Face Reality

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here is good news for home buyers, with the government confirming that the Real Estate Regulatory Bill approved by the Union Cabinet last month would be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament. Stating this, the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Secretary, Arun Kumar Misra, said that the Bill would now be sent to a Parliamentary standing Committee for consideration and suggestions. Misra was speaking at the Annual Convention of National Association of Realtors (NAR), India. Making it clear that the Bill will not lead to a rise in the price of real estate, Misra emphasised that the prime objective of this legislation was to bring in more accountability and transparency in the industry. “The Regulatory Bill clearly says that when you start selling property, all the licences and permissions should be in place,” he said. Misra told the NAR members that the role of brokers and dealers has also been defined in the Act, and asked the members to promote professionalism in their industry. Prominent developer Sam Chopra, CEO

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

Naveen Raheja was of the strong belief that the Real Estate industry should work more on self-regulation.

of Remax, and President of the Delhi-based Association of Property Professionals, said that the aim of the Convention was to emphasise how a broker could become a real stakeholder in the industry, and form the most important link between developers, buyers and even the government. “This Convention was very successful; while we had hoped for a

NAR India was established in the year 2007 as the apex national level association for realtors (real estate brokers) in India. In the last 5 years it has grown rapidly, and has over 25,000 member representatives spread across 26 cities. International delegates from the USA, France, Brazil, Singapore, Ireland, Germany, Dubai and several other countries also participated. The participants were real estate brokers, developers, IT companies, analysts, housing finance companies, investors and many others interested in Real Estate. NRIs and PIOs also found this Convention very useful. Indian School of Business (ISB) from Hyderabad was the Knowledge Partner. participation of 500 members, 850 members have come in. Our goal is to educate, train and bring more professionalization within the real estate broking community,” he said. NAR-

India is also focusing on the mandatory Licensing and Certification of brokers, as is being done by SEBI and IRDA in their corresponding industries, says Chopra. The brokers are an

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ith the delay in the setting up of a new Sewage Treatment Plant in IMT Manesar, local industrialists are urging HSIIDC to focus on improving the functioning of the existing plant, which has a capacity to treat 15 MLD sewage - as only 40 per cent of the factories are functioning in this industrial area. Amina Sherwani, Founder Member of the Manesar Industries Welfare Association, says, “Why is this current Plant unable to treat sewage? Is there an inherent fault in its design, or in the execution and maintenance? We must study this first and not spend more money to acquire 150 acres of land for adding new capacity, and end up just creating another albatross around our necks. We have observed that many new projects often end up as benefits only for those who commission and construct them,” she alleges. The capacity of the present Sewage Treatment Plant, which is built on 20 acres, can be expanded to 30 MLD within the same area. Sherwani says that in future the authorities should go for models that use less chemicals and power.

For the last several years the residents of Village Kankrola have faced immense problems, as the untreated sewage would enter the village, particularly during the monsoon. “Rainwater would mix with the sewage and enter the houses in this village, causing health and environment problems. The earthen bund constructed by HSIIDC was so weak that it would be breached even when there was mild rain,” alleges Sherwani. Not only is this affecting the ground water in Manesar, but the mixing of treated water with sewage has also impacted the eco-system of Sultanpur Lake, which lies 10 kilometres away. It is due to the poor planning and development of this industrial area that this historical Lake has shrunk from 600 metres to 300 metres in the last one decade. Sherwani says that the natural drains that used to recharge the water bodies have been damaged, due to concretisation and unnatural construction. “The rainwater that used to go to the lakes and other small water bodies now waterlogs the villages inside Manesar. When it mixes with the untreated sewage it creates havoc in the lives of people,” she asserts. Sherwani further says that fertility of the soil, quality of water

and the health of local villagers is all being affected because of the poor maintenance and upkeep of the Sewage Treatment Plant. She has filed a Civil Writ Petition in the Supreme Court, to prevent further acquisition of land in Manesar - which has been proposed by HSIIDC on the pretext of expansion of the industrial area. This, at a time when less than half the factories are functioning. Sherwani’s husband, Milin Kapoor, says that HSIIDC has changed the land use of several plots that were meant for social infrastructure, which has negatively affected the quality of life of both the labour as well as industry. “Where is the Dhobi ghat, the Shamshaan ghat, parking for trucks and trailers, plots for the group housing of workers? HSIIDC has changed the land use and sold them as commercial plots, and this has happened in several instances,” the duo asserts. They also say that the farmers in the adjoining areas, whose land is now being proposed to be acquired, are also fighting in the courts to thwart this nefarious design of the State. “The officials need to understand the implications of indiscriminate land acquisition, and instead focus on using the existing land wisely,” they say.u

important face of the industry, and need to come together to give better service and satisfaction to the buyers, he said. Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao, Founder and Chairman of NAR-INDIA, stated that the central theme of this Convention was ‘Customer Orientation’. He said that the objectives of the Association are to bring real estate brokers under a common umbrella, improve awareness and skills and create networking opportunities for improving business. Rao also said that NAR India’s mission is to mediate between the regulators/ government, the producers/ developers and the consumers, in order to bring about reform in the industry and contribute to economic development. With partnerships at the domestic as well as the international level, particularly with NAR Global of USA – a 105-yearold organization with over 1.1 million members – NAR India is well-positioned to meet its objectives. Speaking at the event, Manish Mehta, Vice President India Homes, said that an aim of NAR-India was also to create a national level organization that generates and disseminates authentic information on the Real Estate market. It is important to improve transparency, he asserted. u

Real Estate-Rates (in Rs. as of July 10, 2013)

Palam Vihar Circle Rates - 45000 Actual Rates A block

70000 to 80000

B block

75000 to 85000

C block

65 to 75000

D block

70 to 80000

E block

75 to 85000

F block

75 to 80000

G block

70 to 80000

H block

75 to 85000

I block

75 to 85000

J block

70 to 85000

K block

70 to 90000

The rate of 66 sq yard plots are between 80 to 100, 000

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Sermons Condemn Sexual Grooming at British Mosques { Helen Livingstone / London / DPA }   


orshippers at about 500 British mosques recently heard sermons condemning the sexual grooming of children, following a number of high-profile paedophilia cases involving Muslim gangs. The latest case involves seven men, most of Pakistani origin, who were convicted of operating a paedophile grooming ring in the university City of Oxford. Five were given life sentences and two jailed for seven years. “We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases, and as Muslims we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime,” said Ansar Ali, Spokesman of campaign group Together Against Grooming (TAG). “The Koran and traditions of our Prophet exhort us to act against evil and injustice, and create just societies,” he said. The campaign has been supported by key Muslim groups – including the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board and the Islamic Society of Britain. Far-right groups such as the English Defence League and the British National Party have taken advantage of the grooming cases to stir up anti-Muslim hatred. The sermon also comes at a time when community relations have been strained by the murder of a British soldier in the London suburb of Woolwich, by two suspected Muslim extremists.

There has been an increase in attacks on Muslims and Islamic centres since the killing in May, according to community groups. “The combination of publicity from a number of these (grooming) cases hitting the headlines in a short space of time, and the fallout from the Woolwich case, will create a major challenge for the Muslim community,” congregations were told in the sermon. Ibrahim Mogra, MCB Assistant Secretary General, said it had been very well received at the mosque where he preaches, in the Midlands city of Leicester. “I have never received so many ‘thank yous’ after a sermon as I did after this one,” he told dpa. “We’ve made it clear that this is not an issue of race or religion, but a criminal issue – and it should be dealt with as such,” he added. Focusing on race or religion risked giving ammunition to racist groups, he said. Alyas Karmani, the youth worker from Yorkshire who wrote the sermon, said it was an “unprecedented” and “proactive measure” by the Muslim community. “It shows that we want to quite conclusively establish that Islam forbids this practice,” he said. “Because the spotlight is on us as a community, we need to use that to really increase the profile of this issue across the whole of society.” In the sermon, religious leaders told worshippers: “We wish to show our support for the victims of this terrible crime, many of whom are innocent children.” “We wish to affirm that Islam as a religion of mercy and compassion

places a strong obligation on safeguarding and protecting the weak and vulnerable— particularly of women and children— from oppression and abuse.” Ali said: “This is the start of what will be a nationwide project in which we seek to work with others to eradicate this practice from all communities.” The men convicted as part of the grooming ring in Oxford used drinks and drugs to subdue their victims - mainly young, white girls - as well as beating and burning them. They raped the girls, forced them to have sex with other men and also offered them to other men for payment. It follows several other cases which have also hit headlines – including in Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford. In some of the cases authorities have been criticized for not taking action soon enough, for fear of being accused of racism. Earlier this month a group of parliamentarians issued a report condemning authorities for being “inexcusably slow” to investigate the abuse. “There is no simple link between race and child sexual exploitation,” the report by the Home Affairs Select Committee said. “However, evidence presented to us suggests that there is a model of localized grooming of Pakistaniheritage men targeting young white girls.” “The condemnation from those communities of this vile crime should demonstrate that there is no excuse for tip-toeing around this issue,” it continued. u


Writing Quicker On Touch Screens { Berlin / DPA }


he classical typewriting keyboard was developed for 10-finger writing, but it’s less optimal for smaller touchscreen keyboards – most of which are used with onethumb typing. The Max Planck Institute in Saarbruecken, Germany, has therefore developed a keyboard with a new KALQ layout – optimized for fast two thumb typing on touchscreen devices. The individual letters are laid out so that users’ thumbs can be used for nearly every letter – increasing the speed of typing to as high as 37 words per minute. The KALQ keyboard is available free on Google Play. Those users who would rather swipe over the letters instead of typing them can now use the Google keyboard, also available free on Google Play. A pre-requisite to install the Android app is that the Smartphone must run Android 4.0 or higher. The Google keyboard could previously only be used on devices where the Android OS was not modified by the smartphone manufacturer – so it worked in particular on Google Nexus devices.u

Facebook Prank Drives Teen To Suicide { Pham Bac / Hanoi/ DPA }


n 18-year-old Vietnamese girl committed suicide by drinking pesticide, after classmates edited images of her face onto photos of women in revealing outfits and posted them online, police said. The woman had threatened to kill herself if the photos were not taken off

the social networking website, Facebook. “The whole class saw those pictures. I was angry and made a fuss, but the class just teased me more,” the note said. She died four days later. “We have received the petition from her family to investigate the case,” said a police official. “Anyone who violated the law will be punished.” u

Potluck For Social Networking Introverts { Andy Goldberg / San Francisco/ DPA }   


new social network aims to draw in almost 90 per cent of the users who peruse content on sites like Facebook, but are too shy to actually post anything. Potluck, which launched recently, comes from a start-up funded by the founders of Twitter, and aims to take the stigma out of communicating with strangers online – by focusing on the posting of links without names or avatars. According to the Potluck creators, this will relieve the anxiety felt by many people about posting on regular social networks, where “you’re under constant pressure to live up to expectations – of double-digit likes, original witticisms, breathtaking images.” According to Potluck, 86 per cent of web

users suffer anxiety about posting content. The Company refers to these individuals as “lurkers” as opposed to active posters, and believes that the simple format of posting links and talking about them will draw them out of their social shell. Users will be able to see their friends’ links, and the links their friends are talking about - triggering the kind of conversations with friends of friends that Potluck claims are becoming all too rare among users of Facebook and Twitter. “You’ll often find yourself seeing new faces, talking to people you don’t know yet, and stumbling across topics you wouldn’t have thought to look for,” Potluck said. “These interactions couldn’t happen in other places online, where talking to friendsof-friends is creepy, and browsing content that isn’t perfectly tailored to you is a drag.” u

22 A Purrfect Coffee S

ipping coffee and relaxing with a cat is something most cat owners only do in the confines of their home. But now an enterprising businessman in Munich has opened a Café with four resident cats that patrons can call their own. Thomas Leidner opened “Katzentempel” (Cats Temple) in May, with toys to amuse the cats and padded shelving where the cats can relax and sleep. Leidner serves vegetarian food only, and special hygiene rules have to be observed. Meals

are served with individual covers, to prevent cat hair from getting on the plate. The kitchen is strictly isolated from the rest of the Café where the cats reside. Food and drinks are passed through a small hatch into the sitting area. Food is not allowed to be stored or prepared in the Café, which explains why there are no cold drinks or a coffee machine. Everything the Café’s patrons eat or drink comes from the kitchen: a cat-free zone. There are separate entrances for the kitchen and service personnel. Schlegel says the Health Safety authority is impressed with how Katzentempel is implement-

India Launches Satellite { Siddhartha Kumar / New Delhi / DPA }


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{ Elena Zelle / Munich / DPA }

Caroline Schmidt (l) strokes a puss at the “Katzentempel”, or Cats Temple, in Munich.

ing its hygiene rules. Leidner also makes sure the that resident cats are properly cared for. The cats have a place they can withdraw to, they have there own sleeping spots, a cat toilet and places where they can scratch their claws. “The Café has been conceived in a 3-dimensional manner; cats like to look down on things sometimes,” says Schlegel. The cats never eat scraps from the kitchen, and are always provided with proper cat food. Even the Café’s entrance has been designed keeping the cats’ welfare in mind. The cats are not allowed outside due to the traffic, and guests have to pass through two sets of doors to get in.

Leidner was inspired to open the Café last year when he visited Vienna, where there is a Cat Café. Hygiene and animal welfare concerns were uppermost in his mind. “It’s been very tough, but everyone was very fair,” says Leidner. Leidner, 30, has been active in animal welfare for a long time. “Sometimes parents bring their kids here because they think it’s a kind of children’s zoo,” says Leidner. Flash photography is not allowed, sleeping cats are not to be woken up or touched, and no-one is allowed to put their feet (with shoes) on the chairs. “It’s really the humans who are the guests here,” he says. u

Every Split-second Counts

when it comes to braking from 80 km/h most are way off the mark,” said the expert. A typical exercise for the students is to apply the brakes and take avoiding action on a flat highway. “Most of them pull on the steering too hard – that is the big mistake.” Many taking part have a brand-new car parked in their garage, said Bente. These drivers are not keen to just avoid the first scratches and bumps, but also anxious

An inquisitive cat inspects a branded mug in the store.

{ Clemens Schoell / Berlin/ DPA }


child leaps out in front of a moving car or suddenly there is a patch of oil on the road ahead. How should the driver react? Around 60 per cent of rear-end collisions and shunts could be avoided if the motorists involved learned to react half a second more quickly. The courses teach drivers to react more quickly, and to carry out emergency braking. An estimated 90 per cent of German drivers are not familiar with the technique. Most cars are fitted with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The system is a good thing, yet experts say that if not used properly, it not only fails to stop accidents, it can actually provoke them. Simply put, ABS uses sensors to measure each wheel’s rotation speed. Under heavy braking, if a sensor detects that any of

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the wheels are about to lock, it sends a signal to a computer telling the brakes to relieve braking pressure on that wheel, to prevent it from locking. This computerized brake pumping action can happen up to 15 times per second. The result is a smooth and steady slowdown to a halt, shorter braking distance and the maintenance of steering control. The system works best on wet roads, and there is no need to pump the brakes manually either. An untrained driver needs between 0.7 and 0.9 of a second to carry out heavy braking – compared to only 0.3 sec-

onds for someone well-versed in the technique of stopping a car swiftly. “The time lost here is something you can never reclaim,” said Bente. Needless to say, when the going on the highway gets tricky, the braking time-lag can be fatal. Even the most sophisticated braking aid cannot prevent a collision, and for that reason it is essential that drivers behave sensibly in traffic. Despite ESP (anti-skid technology), you cannot overcome the dynamics of physics. Many motorists do not seem to grasp even the simplest physical principles, said Herrmann. Driving in to a turn at twice the speed means that the centrifugal force acting on the vehicle increases four-fold. “At 40 kilometres an hour, most drivers underestimate the braking distance by about two to three car lengths,

ndia has launched the first of seven satellites that will help build its own navigation system, aiming to join a select group of countries that possess such technology. A rocket launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) placed the 1,425-kilogram satellite into orbit early this week, Agency Chief K. Radhakrishnan said. The full constellation of seven satellites is scheduled for completion 2016, the Space Agency said. China, the US and Russia have their own satellite navigation systems. The project is aimed at reducing India’s dependence on Global Positioning Systembased services. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the launch marked an important milestone in the development of the country’s space programme. India plans to send its first mission to Mars later this year. u

to get to know the driving characteristics of the new acquisition. Bente wants to see the “man in the street” showing more enthusiasm for honing his/her driver skills. In his view, the roads are full of motorists who cannot fully control the vehicle they are piloting. “They are driving in front of you or behind you every day of the week,” said Bente. “It’s an uncomfortable feeling.” u

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