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The State As Agent The SEZ Mirage

What's in a Gender?

These women have broken through in male-dominated arenas, and proved more than equal to the passion. They remind us that our focus on women should not just be on their security.

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Traffic Police Charter

The Traffic Police have been a pro-active force for the past few years – and not only in their own domain. We present the 81-point Charter that the Traffic Police have put together, in terms of their assessment of what needs to be fixed at road level by various agencies, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the City.

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Sports City

Our City is hosting the 2013 World Equestrian TentPegging Championship, at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium; as also National T20 matches at the TERI grounds. We bring you a photo-feature on both.

... Pg 20 & 21

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orget being a servant of the people, has this State become just a ‘dalal’ of the developers and builders? There are allegations on a daily basis, involving all sorts of projects – mainly real estate. However, the Reliance SEZ case seems to be exceptional. Here is a project where land acquisition was undertaken by the State and Reliance on the promise of establishing a path-breaking SEZ that would mean colossal investments, business and job benefits for the people of the State. Thousands of acres (and thankfully not the tens of thousands planned) were acquired, with the CM personally selling the SEZ benefits, justifying the land acquisition and providing personal assurances of a great future to his people – especially those who were being asked to give up their ancestral lands. And then the Project got stalled – and finally cancelled. If the SEZ has gone, why should the land not go back to the farmers? Why should the first premise not be to undo the deal? The farmers hardly gave up their land willingly. But what has the State done? It has just earmarked the land for industry – despite having separately allotted land for that anyway! Is this the basis for the next scam? If the transaction cannot be undone, why not at least take it up anew? The land should conceptually be freshly bought. A similar process of negotiation, as before, should be undertaken. That is what would be fair ….and hopefully even legal.

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ointing to a hundred-year-old tree standing inside the much-hyped-butnow-failed Reliance SEZ, Kanwal Singh’s eyes turn moist as he tells us how his father and grandfather would rest under the cool shade during the hot afternoons, when they tilled the land that had been proudly held by the family for many generations. Just adjacent to the Gadholi Khurd Village, his ancestral land has been out of bounds for the family, ever since the State government acquired and transferred it to Reliance SEZ in 2007. The fields have turned brown, and the land has been laid fallow. The proposed industries never came up; the SEZ now appears to have been just a ruse to appropriate the land. While the SEZ boundary wall was

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Reliance Haryana SEZ Limited (RHSL), which was to implement the Special Economic Zone project in Gurgaon and Jhajjar, had bought 1,383 acres land in Gurgaon and 7,000 acres in Jhajjar, to set up an SEZ. RHSL is a joint venture of Reliance Ventures Limited and HSIIDC. The Project was shelved after six years, and Reliance instead decided to set up a model economic township in Jhajjar. The Company now has stepped up efforts to get the agricultural land bought by it declared as urban, so as not to contravene the Land Ceiling Act. This will also help RHSL obtain an industrial licence for the land, which can then be redeveloped as an industrial area. A large part of the land which Reliance is seeking to get branded as urban falls in the Farrukhnagar Controlled Area. quick to come up—it surrounded the villages, captured the common areas and even included religious places— the much hyped industries and jobs never materialised. The Chief Minister had promised tens of thousands of new jobs, with the setting up of this Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The result now is that, with no land to till, and a compensation of an average of just Rs. 20 lakhs per acre, there is strong unrest brewing among the farmers. They are demanding their land back. The land owners also suspect that the government might divert this land for commercial and residential development, thus making huge profits – while the farmers are left high and dry, with their present tense, and their future insecure. While Kanwal Singh is among the few farmers who had a large land holding, most of the land owners in the area own an average of just 2 to 3 acres of land. The majority of them have not been able to buy land in other areas, as the compensation has been paltry – and that too has been paid out

in parts. The farmers in five villages of Gurgaon—Ghadoli Khurd, Ghadoli Kalan, Mohdpur Jharsa, Narsing Pur, Khandsa, and Harsaru—launched an agitation in December 2012 to prise their 1,383 acres back from the clutches of the government. “We are demanding our land back, as the Reliance SEZ has failed to take shape. In 2007, when we refused to part with our land, the Chief Minister had promised more compensation and jobs for our youth – but now he has forgotten everything,” says Singh, who has not accepted the compensation for 8 acres of land (which comprised an orchard, and was right next to the village). Singh says that his entire guava orchard has been left barren, with all the trees having wilted without proper care, as villagers were denied access to the land they once owned. The villagers are confounded as to why the State government is not willing to return their land, or offer a higher compensation, because the price of land in the neighbouring sectors—which come under the residential zone—is almost Rs. 10 crores per acre. “Our land was acquired at an average price of Rs. 20 lakhs per acre, and the base rate was Rs. 12.5 lakhs per acre. The prices have escalated astronomically, and the farmers want the government to either pay a higher compensation, or return the land – especially since the SEZ project is now dead,” says Nathu Singh, Sarpanch Mohdpur. When asked if they are ready to farm the land, and not sell it to builders if it is returned, Singh says that farming is in their blood, and if the government does not allow sale they will be happy to till the land. The land under question in these villages has produced wheat, mustard, guar, vegetables and other grains. The water table earlier was quite high, as there were seasonal rivers passing through the area, and the ground water was sweet – leading to high productivity. “The acquisition of land has not only had a negative effect on the land owners, but also on the allied castes and professions that depend on agriculturists,” says Zile Singh, a resident of Ghadoli. The village potters, carpenters, landless labourers and blacksmiths have all been left jobless. Since these communities also had little land ownership, they have been further left behind in the march to progress. See p 6 


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WORKSHOP  THEATRE NIGHTLIFE  MUSIC  ART

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SHA, Art for Stray and Helpless Animals, exhibits paintings, sculptures, pottery and photographs of various artists from across the country. The Show is curated by Sangeeta Malhotra.

Atul Sobti

Sr. Correspondents: Abhishek Behl Shilpy Arora Correspondent:

Maninder Dabas

Nightlife

Sr. Photographers: Prakhar Pandey Jit Kumar Sr. Sub Editor:

Anita Bagchi

Sr. Designer:

Amit Singh

Designer:

Virender Kumar

Acid House @ Spiritual Bar & Lounge, Hotel Double Tree, Sector 56, Golf Course Road Date: March 22 Time: 8:00 pm

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Living Walls @ Art Alive, No.120, Sector 44 Date: Up to April 28 Time: 11 am to 7 pm

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Group Exhibition of various artists, where the gallery walls become the artists’ canvas. The participating artists are – Krishen Khanna, Sakti Burman, Manu Parekh, Anjolie Ela Menon, Jogen Chowdhury, Madhvi Parekh, Paresh Maity, B.Manjunath Kamath, Jayasri Burman, Jagannath Panda, Mithu Sen, Chintan Upadhyay, G.R Iranna, Gigi Scaria, Subba Ghosh, Sumedh Rajendran, Sharmi Chowdhury, Ram Singh Urveti & Mahula Ghosh.

Interpretive Arts Workshop @ Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park Date: March 24 Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

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Master Recipe

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he third in our astrology series – featuring Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius.

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

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Regular Features Food Take

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Cinema Listings & Helplines ...Pg 7 The Week That Was

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service worth its lmost every significant call-in. Whether it salt has a telephone information is food (or liquor) delivery, civic and reservations, services, bookings on cells... there is a line facilities, grievance call in. But when there which people can or a fire – there is an accident, a robbery that people dial is only one type of service Services. in a hurry. Emergency themselves count people Most haven’t had a fortunate that they for they had to ask situation in which who work in these people the for but help; is distraught people services, helping it is Police yday affair. Whether

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Photography Workshop @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 24 Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

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aantrikz, an all-Goan band, performs live to take you across various popular music genres – American classics, Rock, Retro, Jazz and Blues. Contact: 0124-6546001

3-Sum Electronic Saturdays @ Attitude Alive, UGF, Super Mart I, DLF Phase-V Date: March 23 & 30 Time: 8:00 pm onwards

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njoy a historical musical based on the life of Mohammed Shah, the last Mughal Emperor to sit on the Peacock throne. This dance drama takes you through his rule, his relationship with the courtesan Noor, and his love of the fine arts, music and dance. The Show, commemorating Delhi’s 100th year, is written and directed by Sarita Vohra, and choreographed by Astha Dixit.

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Taantrikz Live @ Cooper’s Grill & Bar, 33, DLF Star Tower, NH* Date: March 22 Time: 8:00 pm

Nightlife

Song of the Birds @ House Of Ishatvam, 348-D, MG Road Date: Up to March 24 Time: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm Workshop for children above the age of 6, that guides the students to learn about the different mediums of art. It also helps the students to discover their own thinking styles, and apply this knowledge on canvas. This Workshop is also for the parents to discover the artistic interests of their child. By understanding this trait of their child, they can apply the concepts of interpretive art that could come handy in the daily life of their children. This Workshop has 4 components: Feeling, Linking, Storytelling and Showcasing.

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isit the Exhibition titled ‘Song of the Birds’, that features cabinets, candle stands and figurines in wood and metal. Contact: 8800255200, 26804344

Exhibition

ASHA @ The Art Gallery, Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 22 to 24 Time: 11:00 am onwards

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njoy a great evening with your gang. Sway to the electrifying music belted out by DJs Carlitto and Mrs. Smith. Make the most of the evening by availing the super offers in store. Call:
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Nightlife

Queen of Bollywood Live @ Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen, South City I Date: March 23 Time: 9:00 pm

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he popular ‘Queen of Bollywood’, Shalmali Kholgade, performs live for fans. After her debut number ‘Pareshaan’ from Ishaqzaade becoming a blockbuster, Shalmali has since belted out more smash hits – like Daaru Desi, Lat Lag Gayi and Rumani. Watch the 'powerhouse' bring the dance floor alive with her performance.

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Godaan – The Gift of the Cow @ Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44 Date: March 22 Time: 7:30 pm

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Baadshah Rangeela @ Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44 Date: March 23 & 24 Time: 7:30 pm

roove to the beats of the best electronic dance music, as the DJ takes you through different levels of music and trance – psychedelic, bass, acid house, minimal, electro and techno.

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For The Other Half

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

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dance performance, based on Munshi Premchand’s novel of the same name. Choreographed by Sudesh Adhana, this Show describes the rural life in India. Call:
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Sports The Great Adventure Fest

Date: March 23 & 24 Motored Paragliding Venue: Haryana Police RTC, Bhondsi Permissible Age: 16+

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lso called powered paragliding, you can take off from a plain surface. You get to sit in a small vehicle, while a trained pilot does all the flying.

Basic Horsemanship Weekend Course Venue: Haryana Police RTC, Bhondsi Permissible Age: 12+

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ere is a chance to learn horse riding from the experts (ex-Army Cavalry Officers), as part of a basic learning weekend course. On completion, certification would be provided by the Haryana Equestrian Federation, Equiwings, and vXplor Adventures. 


Hot Air Ballooning (Tethered) Venue: Tau Devi Lal Stadium Permissible Age: 4+

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et on top of the world in a tethered hot air balloon. This balloon can accommodate 3-4 passengers.

Quad Biking

Venue: Tau Devi Lal Stadium Permissible Age: 16+

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his activity is performed in an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad or a quad bike. This vehicle travels on low-pressure tyres, and is operated with a steering control.

Paintball

Venue: Tau Devi Lal Stadium Permissible Age: 12+

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eam up with your gang to wash out the enemy! Enjoy the most exciting blend of adventure, strategy, team work and fun. 


The Great Cyclothon (Own Cycle) Venue: Tau Devi Lal Stadium Date: March 24 Permissible Age: 18+

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he Great Cyclothon will be flagged off as an initiative to promote green and healthy ways of travel. This will involve cycling 50 kms on a roller-coaster road, that is one of the most scintillating cycling trails around. There are some amazing prizes to be won! vXplor will provide a cycle if you do not have one of your own. The Cyclothon will end with refreshments for all.


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THE WEEK THAT WAS ♦ Chief Secretary, Haryana talks of need for a single body that would take care of the water requirement of Gurgaon – like the Delhi Jal Board in the Capital. ♦ Gurgaon MP writes to the PM on the NH8 Expressway and Toll Plaza problems. ♦ The State govt. has asked for feedback on the proposed Affordable Housing Policy, 2013 (for mass group housing projects). The current policy (even after years) has not helped achieve the desired objectives, of constructing enough houses, as well as allotting to the intended under-privileged beneficiaries. ♦ The District Administration has asked the Gurgaon Police to lodge an FIR against Pareena Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., as the developer has put out an advertisement in the name of “ New Project” at Sector 99A on Dwarka Expressway - for booking of flats and plots - on the internet, without obtaining prior permission from Town & Country Planning (TCP) Department, Haryana. The FIR would also be lodged against a property dealer ‘Kushmha’, which is an online partner of the developer, and ‘Shree Properties’, which has advertised for booking the properties in the name of this Project. ♦ In a drive launched to check Hookah and Sheesha Bars, the Haryana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) team and local police jointly inspect two premises suspected of running illegal Hookah Bars. Section 144 is in force in the District, banning the operation of Hookah Bars. The team conducts surprise inspections at 2 bars. One Hookah and 1 packet are seized from the Feelings Café (DLF Phase IV), where two boys and girls are found taking Hookah. An FIR is prepared. At another bar, Neon, no Hookah smoking is found. Gurgaon Drugs Control Officer Pooja Chaudhary says that more such surprise checks would be conducted. In July 2011 a Division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had banned the use of Nicotine as an additive in any substance, including Sheesha or Hookah, in Lounges in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. ♦ Chairman S. Indrajith inaugurates the 230th branch of the Gurgaon Gramin Bank, at DLF Phase IV (Chakarpur). The Bank’s total business is Rs 7,155 crores, and it has reserves of Rs 575 crores. ♦ A mechanic is arrested for raping a young married woman. ♦ A minor, who was a victim of attempted rape, is abducted, and then found abandoned. ♦ 2 women are abducted from Sector 10 – a worker’s wife, and a student. ♦ An ASI, Police is shot several times by a person on a bike in Sector 29. 3 people were on the bike when

the ASI stopped them for violating traffic rules. ♦ A live electricity wire kills a person, when he tries to climb a ledge to help his sister cheat in an exam. ♦ A property dealer (ex-policeman) shoots self over a family dispute. ♦ 5 people are killed in various road accidents. ♦ A first-year college student (from College of Engineering) is admitted to hospital, after alleged ragging and assault. ♦ Gurgaon Police now have a new Cyber Crime Cell at Sector 51 Police Complex. ♦ The Police have launched a drive to check illegal firearms; as also a drive in the villages. ♦ Wanted criminals – 2 – are arrested after an encounter, near Manesar. ♦ 6 people of an inter-state gang are arrested, while planning to rob a petrol pump in Sec 29. They have been involved in over a 100 cases of robbery, dacoity, and even attempted murder. They are a part of a large gang. ♦ 13 people in the administration are under the scanner for issuing tens of thousands of fake BPL cards over many years. ♦ A person who filed for bail on the basis of forged documents is held, and a case is filed. ♦ A couple is booked for a Rs 45 lakhs fraud on a person, by promising him a job in the US. ♦ 2 ex-staff of yatra.com are booked for a Rs 22 lakhs fraud on the company. ♦ A car cleaner runs away with Rs 5 lakhs left in the car by the owner. ♦ An employee of a tech firm is booked for fleeing with Rs 2.5 lakhs, taken from customers. ♦ A driver runs away with an Innova car ♦ Masked robbers flee with factory material, after tying up the guard, in Sec 37. ♦ LPG leakage causes an explosion at Raheja Atlantis – 2 are hurt. ♦ A cardboard box and paper factory is gutted by a fire. ♦ Swine Flu cases cross a hundred -105 total. ♦ An accident on Faridabad Road leads to a traffic jam for hours. ♦ Close North RWA, fed up with the builder’s indifference, wishes to take over the maintenance of the condominium. ♦ MCG carries out an anti-encroachment drive near Sadar Bazaar, and areas of ‘old’ Gurgaon. ♦ A box drain, for carrying storm water, and for aiding rainwater harvesting, is being built for the new sectors (Gurgaon II) – from Sec 58 to 98, via Sohna Road, and alongside the Badshahpur Nallah – total 46 km; cost Rs 250 crores. ♦ IDFC may not take majority ownership and the operations of the e-way/Toll Plaza from the concessionaire. ♦ Thousands of workers from local industry protest against poor compensation, and handling of workers’ rights. The focus is on issues with Hero Motocorp, Maruti and Eastern Medikit.

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Get a taste of the local lingo 1. I need to take a bus to the City. Manne shehar jaane tey bus chahiye se. 2. Where is the Bus Stop? Bus adda kith sik se? 3. How much will it cost to get to Badshahpur? Badshahpur jaan tayin kitnek

rupye laagenge?

4. Will I get a seat? Manne seat mil jaagi ke? 5. If I don't, I will sit on top of the bus. Na mile tey main bus ki chhaath pe baith ke chala jaanga. 6. I have seen many people sitting there. Manne ghanne log dekh liye baithe odde. 7. I have also seen people hanging from the bus. Manne bus main ke log latke ode

bhi dekhe se.

8. If they fall down, they will break their head. Agar we girge tey, unke sar phoot jaange.

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Bips Ki Aatma

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ctors Bipasha Basu and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were spotted in a Mall, interacting with fans and posing for pictures. The duo was in the City to promote their upcoming horror movie, Aatma, scheduled to release on March 22.

Laughter Riot At Exotica

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t was was a riot of laughter at Parsavnath Exotica, Golfcourse Road, as the old and young came out to celebrate Holi. Laughter King Mr. Ashok Chakradhar, Mr. Surender Sharma, Mr. Arun Jemini, Mr. Mahendra Ajnabi, Mr. Ashok Swatantra, Mr. Popular Merathi and Mr. Paran Dixit participated in the event and entertained kids and adults with their comedy. Followed by snacks and drinks, the event revitalized their energy and tickled their funny bone. Amit Bansal, Vice President of ECOA said, “Celebrating festivals together gives us a chance to come together and catch up. We wanted to do something different this Holi so we organized the Hasya Kavi Sammelan and we are really pleased that everyone enjoyed the show.” Exotica Condominium Owner’s Association surely knows how to keep their residents happy.

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bhinav Bindra, World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event, was in the City to give away the Best Franchise Award to a Pizza Vito outlet. Pizza Vito is owned and led by Abhinav.

Tripathi Trilogy Colours Of Youth

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aruti Suzuki held the grand finale of their Institutional-level competition called 'Colours Of Youth' – a nationwide search for India’s most talented and versatile youth. Spanning over a period of 5 months, this Competition toured over 150 top colleges across 10 cities. Winners were selected on the basis of their talent, performance and aptitude. Parikrama's Subir Malik, and actress Isha Koppikar, were the judges for this Show.

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mish Tripathi, author of the successful novels, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, launched the final book of the trilogy― The Oath of the Vayuputras― in the City. Published by Westland, the trilogy is a fantasy re-imagining of Lord Shiva's life and adventures. Tripathi interacted with his excited fans and autographed books for them.

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he 4th Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav was held at Epicentre. The Utsav showcased the true essence of India. Acclaimed dancers and musicians from across the country took part in the Utsav, and displayed their talent in front of an appreciative audience.


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The SEZ Mirage The primary grouse of farmers is against the Hooda government, which they claim has turned entire Haryana into a real estate play-field, with politicians and bureaucrats making huge money at the cost of farmers. “Why should Reliance be allowed to own thousands of acres of fertile land, while the farmers lose their livelihood, the villages lose their identity, and the landless in villages find themselves on the fringes,” says Shishpal, a 'lohar'.

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 Contd from p 1 The social and economic ecosystem of the villages has been destroyed in this march to socalled progress," says Singh. “In earlier times we would have offered you a fresh glass of milk, as our guest, but now even we can not afford to keep animals,” says Singh. He orders tea from the neighbouring shop, which is doing brisk business, as the locals have switched to tea as their preferred drink. The days when 'doodh and dahi was the khana of Haryana' seem to have been long forgotten. The youth have their own problems; the lack of education facilities, poor communication skills and little knowledge of English gives them little hope in the sophisticated job market of the Millennium City. Being farmers, they also are not interested in business. Unemployable youth is proving to be a major headache for the local society, as a number of them are turning to crime. “I wish to tell the government that with the current policy of turning the farmers into either useless people or crorepatis, you are harming their next generation very adversely,” warns Nathu Singh. He sees no option but a return to the farms as the panacea for his village’s ills. Being on a dharna for the return of his land since the last couple of months, Mukhtyar Singh says that if the government does not want to return his land, it should at least increase the compensation to half of the prevalent market rate – as the Reliance SEZ is not coming now, and there would be no jobs. “Everyone knows what happens when commercial and residential projects surround a village. They kill it. Our common lands are gone, the Panchayats are dead. The city people don’t share our social and cultural mores, and we are just forced to be part of their ecosystem,” he complains. Almost 90 per cent of the village land in these five villages

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was acquired in 2006, after the government issued a Section 4 notice in 2002. “The entire area was turned into a cantonment. The Chief Minister came and promised us more jobs and compensation, and the people were forced to relent,” complains Satpal, another farmer who has lost land to the SEZ. With no development taking place in the area for the last 7 years, the majority of the land has been turned into a jungle – which villagers now fear will be handed over to builders. Another grouse which the villagers have against the government is its decision to oppose the enhanced compensation of Rs. 31 lakhs per acre, which was decided by the Sessions Court, after the villagers had approached it. “Why did the government oppose it, when it had sold the land to Reliance for more than Rs. 1 crore per acre? This land has been farmed by our family for generations, but the politicians do not have time for such sentiments,” alleges Kanwal Singh. He reiterates the resolve of the farmers to get justice, while pointing to his land where he used to grow cabbages and mustard. The Modus Operandi Explaining the modus operandi adopted by the present government to acquire land,

which is later sold off to private builders for making huge profits, farmers say that Sections 4, 6 and 9 are used to pressurise the landowners to part with their land. Like in Greater Noida, where the State government used emergency clauses to acquire land, the government in Haryana uses law to coerce the farmers; but here it is done in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, unlike the crude ‘UP style’ that was quashed by the Supreme Court. Such has been the appetite of the Hooda government for land, that around 21,000 acres has been licensed to be developed as commercial, residential and industrial real estate in the last one decade. A good percentage of this land has been obtained at cheap rates from farmers; and builders with strong influence and connections have managed to get the licences in conduit with the political class. Sarpanch Nathu Singh says that when the builders fail to acquire land from farmers, they get the powers of the State to tighten the screws, by notifying Section 4 – to acquire land for public purposes. In case this step does not solve the problem, Section 6 is imposed. During this period the builders enter into agreements with the farmers, offering them more money as compared to the State. Recently the villagers

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group of persons devoted to community service have adopted the neglected village of Carterpuri, to improve the health conditions of its residents. The Group, led by a 90-year-old philanthropist, a retired Air Force surgeon, and several members of society living in sectors around the village, started this Charitable Clinic in 2011. The patients are normally women—some of whom very old and neglected by their families—children, and a few old men. All patients are from the Economically Weaker Sections of society. Free medical consultation and free medicines are given to the patients once a week. The patients are also educated on preventive health measures, hygiene, environment and social issues. A physiotherapist offers treatment, and any patient needing advanced care is referred to a larger hospital – and is supported by the Group. The Charitable Clinic earlier operated in Mohammedpur Ahir Mewat, from 20012010. During the last 12 years, more than 25,000 prescriptions have been dispensed.

The Charitable Clinic, with sponsorship from AFWWA Gurgaon, held its second annual Eye Camp on 10/3/2013. More than 90 patients were given check-ups and treatment. The attending Eye Doctor is a professional, who runs several eye charities. The entire Group works to honour and uplift every human life under the motto- "to give and not count the cost".

organised a Kisan Mahapanchayat, in which senior leaders like Sharad Yadav promised to help them, by taking up the case with the Central government. Opposition leaders in Haryana, led by the Chautalas, and even Congress MP Rao Inderjit Singh, have promised them help. However, the villagers think that, like Greater Noida, the Court will have to be their final liberator. Kanwal Singh says that they will approach the Supreme Court if the government does not return the land, and/or does not give their due share to them. Some locals say that even now influential people are approaching the farmers with ‘sweet’ deals, to get the land out of the proposed SEZ. “If the farmers agree to part with half their land, they are proposing to get the land denotified,” alleges Ajeet Singh. He also accuses the Hooda government of not acquiring land in his own stronghold of Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani and nearby areas. The State government is biased against Gurgaon, and this is the reason that land is being acquired without taking the farmers into confidence, allege farmers. What the Farmers Want: The first thing the farmers want is access to their lands, which has been denied to them since the boundary wall

came up. Since the Reliance SEZ has not come up, the government should allow access. In case the government does not want to return the land, it should set up industries where local youth should be given jobs on priority, says Mukhtyar Singh, a resident of the neighbouring village. The villagers also want that commercial and residential plots should be given to them, in proportion to the acquired land. The agriculturists also want that the proposed Real Estate Regulatory Bill should be passed at the earliest, and take effect retrospectively. “Farmers who have sold land in 2000, are now facing penury,” says Ajeet Singh. He further says that if Rs. 70 lakhs per acre compensation can be paid to farmers for giving up land to build the KMP Expressway, then why are owners of prime land within Gurgaon being denied this benefit? The farmers also say that the Reliance project was commercial and profit-driven, so the farmers should be compensated correspondingly. The villagers, surrounded by the boundary wall, also complain that despite the MCG bringing these areas under its wings, it has done nothing to improve the infrastructure and sanitation. Kanwal Singh says that apart from breaking the social and economic cohesion of villages, the Reliance SEZ has hit at the very basics of the serene rural life. Even the British and the Mughals did not indulge in wholesale commercialisation of rural areas, or forced conversion of villages into urban nightmares, allege residents. “We want freedom from the boundary wall, and we no longer want to be confined in an ‘open jail’. Please give our land back; we won’t give up our zameen,” they demand in unison. But no one seems to be listening, as the governments—both at the State and Centre—seem to have been hijacked by dealmakers, scamsters and real estate wheeler-dealers. u

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A ‘Prashashan Aapke Dwar’ (Administration at your door step) programme is organized in a far off village, Pathredi (Gurgaon sub-division). At the direction of the DC (Meena), the officers of various departments provide citizen services, like: preparation of domiciles, resident and caste certificates, certificates for the handicapped, the entering of pending mutations, filling up of forms for widow and handicapped pensions and for domestic LPG connections. Even erroneous electricity bills are corrected on the spot, and faulty electricity meters are replaced. More than 100 grievances are addressed. DC also appeals to the villagers to shun use of polythene bags. A documentary titled ‘Badlaav’ (transformation), highlighting the importance of having a toilet in each household, and the health hazards of open defecation, is shown to the villagers. It is full of Haryanvi wit, and all the queries about why a toilet is needed are answered in a simple Haryanvi dialect. Sarpanch Mahavir also sings a ‘ragni’. An immunization camp is organized for the newborns, and pregnant women. Some widows come to the Camp with their problems, as they can muster courage seeing other fellow women. DC appeals to the villagers to help in curbing female foeticide, and asks them to give their daughters equal opportunities to study. We need to change our mindset, he says. DC says that programme has been organized to reach and help those under- privileged and needy who hesitate to approach the District Administration themselves.


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o you want to sell your old laptop but do not know where to go, or want to buy a second hand laptop with a guarantee and promise of technical support for an year? For both buyers and sellers of used laptops, Mandeep Manocha and Nakul Kumar, both first generation entrepreneurs, have set up a recommerce website with operations based in Gurgaon and covering the entire National Capital Region. It is called reglobe.in. The duo reveal that they have built an online platform on their website, wherein a person can get his laptop valued after answering some basic questions. If a person agrees to the valuation, and is ready to accept the deal, then a representative from Reglobe is sent to pick the laptop and deliver the cash. Manocha says that their company buys used, obsolete, and otherwise undesirable laptops from consum-

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ers. The business plan of this ‘recycling company’ works around offering a guaranteed price to the owner of the laptop, organising a free pick up, refurbishing the laptop in a specialised workshop, and then selling the same to buyers who do not wish to spend on a new laptop and/or are comfortable with a ‘reliable’ second-hand one. Reglobe’s goal is to take advantage of the very big secondary market for electronic goods—like laptops—which is highly unorganised. “We want to bring some ‘system’ into this industry, so that people can dispose of and buy products through a safe channel,” says Manocha. The unorganised market, says his partner Kumar, lacks trust, convenience and after sales support – and this is where they plan to chip in. Reglobe encourages people to part with their unwanted machines, that can prove to be of great help to certain sections of society like NGOs.

This also helps in reducing e-waste generation, which of late has started to become a major problem – especially for cities like Gurgaon. In the coming months, Reglobe plans to organise buy-back camps in different condominiums, in collaboration with the RWAs. To ensure that no data leak or theft takes place, it is ensured that the laptops bought by the company are formatted as soon as they reach the workshop. In case a customer does not want to sell the hard disk, he/she is allowed to retain it – though of course the price or offer gets reduced. Whenever a transaction takes place, the seller has to give an undertaking about the product he/she is selling, provide an ID proof, and sign an indemnity bond. Kumar says this is to ensure that laptops are not obtained from a dubious source. The current target of the Company is to reach 1,000 laptops per month. Adequate checks and balances have been put in place. The Company is planning to add other categories soon; this will include mobile phones, Tablets and related gadgets. The laptop pick-up services are also being extended to Mumbai and Bangalore within a month. “We are quite happy with the response. People in Gurgaon are very satisfied with the service launched by us in mid-February this year,” says Kumar. He says that recycling is crucial for society, as resources are at a premium and should be used wisely. Prior to setting up the ‘recommerce’ website,

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the duo had set up a tyre recycling plant in Faridabad, which converted rubber from used tyres into furnace oil. “Almost 300 tonnes of tyres were recycled by the Company every month, and every one associated with us made money and also contributed to the environment,” says Manocha. After running the plant for 2 years, they decided to make a profitable exit, as the organisation had reached a plateau. There was not much more one could do, they admit. When asked what are the learnings in starting a business from scratch, both say that it very difficult to meet the requirements of the government, and work through the bureaucracy. After selling off the tyre business, they

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either Rome nor any other city was built in a day – because the nicipalities – with hundreds of crores. formation of a city is an evolution The money has not come back. The ‘gifts’ this Budget could bring This year’s financial budget is exthat requires constant care and reThis year’s Budget could bring some sources. Gurgaon generates money in pected to be tabled on 29th March. salvation for Gurgaon. Rs. 500 crores is surplus, but yet the City lies in sham- This year too the goals have been set high expected to be given for the development bles. So, what propagates this theatre – although the authorities appear a little works – which includes the construction of the absurd, and why haven’t we cautious. The amount for development of roads, water and sewer lines, street been able to give our City and citizens works is expected to increase to Rs. lights and Foot-Over-Bridges. Public a state-of-the-art civic infrastructure? 500 crores (from Rs. 300 crores budToilets and Bus Shelters are high in the Perhaps the will of Gurgaon’s so- geted last year). Rs. 59 crores is expublic’s priorities. Rs. 108 crores have been called caretakers is not iron clad. The pected to be allocated for buying new budgeted for Village Development. Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon equipment – including a 101 metre (MCG) couldn’t spend even half of its hydraulic platform for the Fire deallocated budget, despite the whole partment, and super-sucker machines their wards—and the MCG officials is City gasping for improvement in the to save residents from the trauma of poor. Vimal Yadav, the City’s Mayor, flooded streets during the monsoon. crumbling civic infrastructure. had said recently, “The (MCG) officials Operationally, the real problem is are incompetent. Due to the poor track Why was the money not spent? “There are many aspects to this problem. We a lack of co-ordination across various record, no reputed company comes forcouldn’t spend the full amount be- stakeholders. The co-ordination between ward to take up the development works cause, firstly, we didn’t have enough Councillors—who give estimates for the in Gurgaon. The officials don’t hire top manpower to take up the many proj- development works to be undertaken in consultants. They only know how to shift ects. Although we have been the blame to the Councillors. We MCG Budget (Rs. crores) asking the State to provide us hope that the new Commissioner more manpower, they have not does something concrete in the done anything in this regard. Item coming financial year.” Yash2012-13 2012-13 2013-14 Secondly, MCG has its area pal Batra, the Senior Deputy Budget Outlook Expected in patches, and this makes it Mayor, differs. “There is no difficult to plan big projects,” Revenue problem between the Councillors said an official. For sanita- Property Tax and officials. Many works are be500 123 200 tion, MCG could spend only Stamp Duty ing done. The real problem is 350 168 500 Rs. 20 crores out of Rs. 32 Ad. Revenue that we don’t have enough of 30 11 30 crores budgeted. And even Trade Licence an area to work on. Most of 4 8 10 with this, Gurgaon doesn’t Vehicle tax the colonies we have are un3 2.65 2.5 look clean – anywhere. authorised, and MCG legally Bank Interest 40 48 55 Ironically, the Chandigarh cannot do any development ‘masters’, while not approv- Expenditure work there. The few colonies ing any worthwhile projects and 40-odd villages under Development Works 300 155 500 for Gurgaon, and delaying apMCG are too scattered. DevelSanitation 32 20 40 provals for months and years, opment work, such as the layEstablishment 72 22 have twice asked Gurgaon to ing of sewer lines and concrete New Equipment 59 fund other Haryana city Muroads, has been done in almost

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started to think of how the core business of recycling could be married to ecommerce, so that they could offer a product that added value not only to the customer but to the society as a whole. “With the generation of so much e-waste, we decided that refurbishing laptops and other electronic items could offer us a new opportunity,” says Kumar. They also say that their basic philosophy is that everyone in the supply chain should make money – only then does it become a rewarding business process. They have decided to make recycling their way of life. With the motto of ‘Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle’, they believe that one man’s waste could always be another’s resource. u

all the villages,” said Batra. The Councillors, however, don’t buy this argument. “This is hilarious. Have the unauthorised areas come to the fore overnight? Didn’t they exist at the time the budget was made; were the officials not sure whether they could carry out works in those areas? These are just excuses. The truth is that that there is no connection between planning and implementation. Another reason why the allocated budget doesn’t get spent is that there is no co-ordination between Chandigarh and Gurgaon – both the establishments do nothing except pass the buck to each other. Any project beyond the expenditure of one crore rupees needs to be sanctioned from Chandigarh, and this clearance takes months – ostensibly because of inadequacies in the paper work done by both the establishments,” said Nisha Singh, the Councillor of Ward no-30. “The Budget of MCG is just an allocation of money for different sectors and wards. There is no review of past records and projects. And once the Budget is finalised, they give tenders in a hurry; there is rampant corruption,” said Nisha Singh. From its inception in 2008, MCG’s effect has seldom been felt. Neither has it been able to bring about any significant change in civic facilities, nor could it bring the entire City under its jurisdiction. The incompetence and inexperience of MCG officials was even exhibited for revenue calculations (apart from expenditures). Last year MCG had made an estimate for collecting Rs. 500 crores as Property Tax (or House Tax). Due to poor homework, and in fact utter confusion on the applicability and basis, MCG could only manage to collect Rs. 123 crores. u


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he District Grievance Committee Meeting was held this week in Gurgaon, under the Chairmanship of Prahlad Singh Gillakhera, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Haryana. The complaints lodged in the Meeting included personal issues, as well as general problems being faced by the citizens in Gurgaon – such as rampant opening of liquor vends, problems in obtaining Aadhaar cards, House Tax issues, problems of pigs roaming in the City, and the lack of bus shelters. In one of the major orders, the Chief Parliamentary Secretary directed the officials to lodge an FIR, after enquiring into the complaint lodged by one Devender Singh against Apex Buildwell Private Limited, which is developing a group housing scheme in the City. The complainant alleged that the builder was demanding Rs. 8 lakhs in ‘black’ money, for booking a house in the affordable housing scheme in Sector 37 C. A senior official of the Gurgaon Administration, who had enquired into the issue, said that the builder indeed was demanding money through his dealers, which was against the law – and recommended that an FIR be lodged against him. On hearing this, Gillakhera asked the senior police official present to verify, and then book the concerned builder for wrong-doing. Listening to another complaint lodged by Hukam Chand and other residents of Wazirabad, Gillakhera directed the officials of the revenue department and HUDA to measure the land belonging to the complainants, so that their allegations relating to illegal demolitions could be resolved. Accusing the HUDA officials of demolishing his house, Hukam Chand said that land on which his house, and of others,

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he Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Gurgaon looks after the whole of Gurgaon District, except Gurgaon City. Under his guidance and monitoring, all the developmental schemes—of both the centre and the state— are implemented in the rural areas of the District. Pankaj Yadav has recently been appointed ADC, Gurgaon. “Gurgaon is a different place altogether – clearly different from Bhiwani, where I was an SDM before my posting here. This place is a conglomeration, and the City has become quite cosmopolitan – whereas the rural areas lag behind. Of course even they are not as backward as the villages are in Bhiwani. My focus would be to improve on the implementation of the schemes,” said Pankaj Yadav. Yadav hails from Shikohabad, a small town in Ferozabad District, Uttar Pradesh. In the last decade, the bureaucracy has seen quite a change, and now people

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Citizen Forum was constructed belonged to him. He also said that water and electricity connections were legally obtained by the owners, and even EDC paid to the concerned department. Dr. Praveen Kumar, HUDA Administrator, while responding to the complainant, said that the Department would again measure the land under question, but reiterated that no demolition had been undertaken against structures that did not come under State land. He agreed to a joint probe with the revenue agencies, to resolve the matter, as directed by Gillakhera. Acting on the complaint of Rajpal, resident of Chandnagar Village, Gillakhera directed the PWD and Forest Departments to measure and release the land that had been occupied by the departments against the owner’s wish. A direction in this regard was issued to the Tehsildar, Farrukhnagar. On a complaint filed by Chote Lal, Gillakhera directed the electricity officials to resolve the issue, as the documents submitted by the petitioner had been lost by the department. Gillakhera was assured by the official that the complaint would be resolved at the earliest. The matter pertaining to Orchid Petals Housing Society, in which the RWA had appealed against the builder, was dropped, as it was confirmed that the residents have got relief from the civil court. Another matter pertaining to a Co-operative Housing Society also was dropped because the complainants were not present to plead their case. In one of the petitions relating to a temple in Jharsa, Satbir Singh Bhardwaj requested that the temple, being ancient,

should not be demolished by HUDA. He requested that since it was a religious issue, the Administration could take a humanitarian view. Replying to this request, the HUDA officials maintained that this temple had no mention in the revenue records, and as such was illegal. Gillakhera said that it was now the decision of the concerned department to take a stand as per the rules and regulations, and instructions of the Supreme Court in this regard. After taking up ten complaints which were listed in the Meeting, Gillakhera listened to the general problems being faced by the citizens. Colonel Man Singh, member of the Grievance Committee, apprised him about the menace of stray animals— particularly pigs—being faced by the residents in the City.

During the Meeting the members of the Grievance Committee also raised the issue of irregular meetings held by the District Administration. They also demanded that the Agenda of the Meeting, and date, should be informed in advance.

Singh said that despite spending thousands of rupees, the MCG has not been able to get rid of the pigs. He also informed that an enclosure was built by the MCG, at a cost of Rs.17 lakhs, a few years ago, but it was lying unused. Some of the members asked that action be taken against those who were involved in rearing pigs illegally. Singh also apprised the Meeting that rampant setting up of mobile phone towers was also a major issue being faced by the residents. Gillakhera asked MCG and HUDA to look into the matter, and ensure that whatever is set up is within the framework of rules issued by TRAI. HUDA Administrator Praveen Kumar also admitted that this matter was serious, and it was decided that a joint team would be constituted to look into the matter. On the issue of some major trains not stopping at Gurgaon Railway Station, DC P.C Meena asked the members to give him a list of trains, so that the matter could be taken up with the rail authorities. Meena also assured that bus shelters, bus stops and new buses will be introduced in Gurgaon within two months, and the City will

Ensuring Deliverance from prestigious engineering and management institutes have elected to get into these government jobs. Yadav did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Roorkee, and later worked for the Indian Oil Corporation at the Panipat Refinery for more than half a decade. What was the reason for him to leave his job and sit for the UPSC Civil Services exam? “Civil Services certainly have their own charm. Apart from the power, and other benefits, it really gives you an opportunity to change the lives of the people – and that too in large number,” explained Yadav. Yadav is not new to Haryana, as he has spent more than a decade here. “You can't compare Haryana and UP, because my state is so vast that both the social and cultural paradigms change after every few hundred kilometres. Haryana is smaller and has more uniformity.

However, despite agricultural and economic prosperity, a lot of work needs to be done here, to bring parity in the society. For example, even the remotest area in Gurgaon is better than most areas in Bhiwani. Schemes like MNREGA need to be implemented in areas in West Haryana on a war footing. Haryana currently pays the highest daily wages

under MNREGA,” explained Yadav. “I believe that all the schemes are excellent, as they don't have any flaw on paper. It's the implementation where the waters get murky, and deserving people do not receive the benefits that were constituted for them. My only priority is the proper and effective implementation of the schemes. Schemes like MNREGA, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) and Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojna (SJSRY) can bring a sea change in society, provided first that identification of the right people takes place. Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), and the newly launched Priyadarshini Awas Yojna (PAY), offer cemented houses for the poor, with all basic amenities like a toilet and kitchen. We all know how important a house is in the life of a family. RSBY is an extremely beneficial scheme, under which

soon have a good quality transport system. Col Man Singh also raised the issue of Aadhaar Cards and Smart Cards, as the citizens were facing difficulty in obtaining the same. Singh said that the government should take immediate action, and ensure that residents, particularly senior citizens, are able to avail these facilities easily. He also asked MCG why residents of HUDA sectors should be forced to pay the House Tax. “Why should we pay double taxes, if we are not getting any service?” asked other members as well. The members also questioned the policy of DHBVN, of putting up multiple meters on a single electric pole – which would impact many people in case of an accident. The issue of liquor vends was also raised by Singh, who said that setting up of these vends in all parts of the City was making the areas unsafe, particularly for women and children. Singh said that vends in markets and main roads should be removed, so that these do not attract miscreants in busy places. The District officials agreed to look into the matter – but it was evident that, with the Haryana government seeking to maximise excise revenue, nothing much is likely to happen on this issue. During the meeting the Chief Parliamentary Secretary also directed that Ambedkar Hostel, which has been allegedly occupied by some miscreants, should be freed from their clutches, after the matter was raised by the All India Dhanak Samaj. Senior officials present in the meeting included Chairman of Zila Parishad Kavita Yadav, DC P.C Meena, HUDA Administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar, ADC Pankaj Yadav, DM Manisha Sharma, SDM Satender Duhan, SDM Vivek Kalia, and Pataudi SDM Vatsal Vashist. u

a poor family can get medical treatment up to Rs. 30,000 in some specified hospitals. We have identified 35,000 BPL families in Gurgaon District, and if these schemes are implemented properly, their lives can be changed. To me, health and education are the two main sectors where the government should spend the maximum of its resources,” added Yadav. “Poverty is big scam in India. The benefits of the schemes have not reached the deserving people. The mechanism of identification of the deserving, in our country, is shallow; it doesn't allow for the proper identification of the most needy. Caste, religion, creed— mixed with one deadly sin, greed—make this process putrid. If we can improve our work mechanism and the mode of identification of the needy, I don't see any reason why poverty can't be eradicated from our country,” said Yadav, while signing off. u


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What's In A Gender? JIT KUMAR

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From dirty tar and mortar, to hot furnaces and macho machines, women seem to have conquered many career fields that were once considered male-dominated. Friday Gurgaon speaks to three women who are thriving in a ‘man’s world’. An Interior Contractor Sarina, 44, is an interior contractor with an educational background in architecture. Designs are normally given by foreign clients, and she works at construction sites, using mortar and blocks to give shape to many modern hotels and offices. “People say that women can’t progress in the construction sector. I wanted to prove them wrong. I wanted to show them that a woman can do anything that a man does – and even better,” says Sarina.

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are all strong guys because they need to operate the machinery. It is often very difficult to convince a client that I can do it better than a male contractor. I have normally been first given small sites as compared to my male counterparts, as people want to test a woman in such a role. Once they see my work, their attitude changes. I still get ‘looks’, since it is unusual to see a woman in that environment. It doesn’t bother me though,” she says. She completely rejects the view that most women fear heights. “This seems absurd; the same women go to the highest points of the scaffolding, to pass the mortar and blocks,” she says. Sarina, Interior Contractor Her hard voice and tough “When I was 13-years-old, I decided I wanted personality are the gift of her to do something challenging. The opportunity came in difficult circumstances. My husband and I separated, profession. “You can’t afford to be soft. To and so I had no choice but to work, as I had the responsibility lead a team of 40 men, you have to be very of two kids,” says Sarina. She started a company as an strict, and manage everything from costs to interior contractor, with an investment of just Rs. 70,000. exports, and team building. There are many Started in the year 2000, her company, “Adharshila”, women working in the architecture and interior today has over 40 employees, and is registered in seven designing industry, but not many women enter states of India. Sarina takes pride in the fact that her my industry – and I can’t see it change. I love clientele includes renowned hospitality groups such as what I do though,” says Sarina. The hardships Sarina has gone through, since she was a Taj, JW Marriott, and Doubletree Hilton. “The industry is male-dominated – you walk into a little girl, has helped her conquer this ‘men’s construction site and it’s dirty, noisy and full of men. They territory’ on her own terms.

“It is just like making a cake. Only, I do it with flame and glass,” says Sonia Sareen, a glass blowing artist in the City. For many years she has amazed onlookers by creating complicated designs, such as traditional church paintings, designs inspired by Indian mythology, and multi-figured structures. “I first prepare my recipe on glass, with colours. Glass has no real melting point, it just softens when its temperature changes by a degree – from 1399°C to 1400° C; and this is when you have to shape it,” she says. Blistering furnaces and toxic chemicals don’t scare this young, well-mannered, and softspoken lady. “I took up B.Sc in my college but dropped it in the first year itself. I wanted to do something in the field of designing. When I went to New York, I learnt this exceptional art of glass blowing. Since then, a blowing furnace, working with risky metals like lead and playing with chemicals has become my passion,” she says. She has garnered enough expertise not just in the field of glass blowing, but also in cold ceramics and paintings. With her beautiful artworks on glass mosaics, art on stained glass and unique sculptures and murals, Sonia has shone in a field that has historically been dominated by men. Having her own studio and factory in the City, Sonia works meticulously with a team of 14 men. “I am blessed to have a supportive husband and two lovely kids, who are also very creative,” says Sonia, while showcasing an artwork done by her children. “I have never come across a job I can’t do just because I lack the strength. And I have never had any safety issues in the City. I use my intuition, and take sensible precautions. I never plan things. I feel that if things are done freely, they turn out to be unique and special,” smiles Sonia. She sure is an independent, free- spirited and charming woman. Today, when people look more for comfortable jobs, this type of calling is difficult to explain. For a woman to take up glassblowing is even harder to explain.   “People have often questioned how this ‘little girl’ will handle a hot, sweaty and macho job. I tell them to look at my work, not my physique,” laughs Sonia.

An Off-roader

Off-roading, once considered only a man’s profession, is today being conquered successfully by a few women. Every time Sushma gets into her car, revs up the engine and hits the road, eyeballs dance and heads turn. She says that there is nothing better than exploring the wilderness and nature on wheels. Her passion for driving began when she moved to the hills after her marriage. “In 1997, when not many women found it proper to go ‘off-road’ and explore the hills of Nainital, and risky valleys near Hemkunt Sahib, I did it all. I started with a regular Gypsy, and explored important sights all across the country,” says Sushma, who loves the City, as it is situated in the midst of the Aravali Hills. When asked about the risks involved while travelling alone at night, Sushma says, “The world is not that bad. In fact, when you drive into small towns and villages, you come across very

Sonia, Glass-blowing Artist

Sushma, Off-roader

simple people; they of course look at you strangely, but they will never harm you. There have been times when I have taken my daughter along on off-roading trips. Thankfully, I have never faced any issues. Once I went to a hilly area near Badrinath, and a group of naughty children deflated the tyres of my car. There was no place to spend the night, and I couldn’t find any workshop. Luckily, I met some army personnel, who inflated the car’s tyres with a special device. After that incident, I always make sure that I have all emergency equipment and service kits with me,” says Sushma. Breaking the myth that one needs a high-end car like an SUV and Land Rover to take up off-roading, she explains, “One can start with a Maruti 800. It is one of the best cars in India. You don’t need to be super rich to make a mark in the field of off-roading.” Sushma also vouches that women drive more for comfort, convenience and enjoyment. She believes she drives as good as any man.


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website: www.fridaygurgaon.com


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popular belief with people in their late 50s/early 60s is that it’s now time to start counting the days leading up to their retirement. For many, the very idea is a scary roller-coaster ride. So much may change in their life - the daily routine, relationships, relinquishing control, assumptions and expectations, the quality of life. After all, they are moving from the

However, some people who are well into their golden years are pleasantly pursuing new and creative activities, with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. It was with this conviction, after 30 years of being in business—exporting a variety of products, designing interiors and crafting wooden furniture—that Ravi Chadha took a conscious decision to call it a day as a businessman. With no desire to slow down or retire, he looked forward to explore his passion in life – the Oriental art and science of Feng Shui. His exposure to various holistic transformation programmes and self-healing techniques—like Reiki, SHY, Past Life Regressions, Space Clearing, Dowsing, Vaastu Shastra, the Landmark Forum—helped him attain a greater clarity of thought, and delve deeper into the understanding of Feng Shui. Literally translated, Feng Shui is Wind & Water. A study of this science unveils great learning based on the laws of nature, the interaction of the five basic elements and the continuous inter-play of the Yin

Colour Me Holy { Sujata Goenka }

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he wintry misty mornings have changed to bright sunny days. The sky is blue and the air is clear – at least till the western winds bring in the dust from our neighbour. My first rose has bloomed. The Tulsi plant, which had shed all its leaves during the harsh winter, is once again alive. There are all kinds of birds on the trees, busy hunting for the safest nesting site – so far the parrots seem to be winning the war. The little humming bird (my favourite) has secured its place in a tall bush. Everyone is busy at home, changing the entire wardrobe. The heavy dark-coloured winter woollens are being stored away. Cotton pastel shades are coming out of the closets; light shades are cooler to wear. The shops are restocking their wares, with summer colours. There are numerous exhibitions being held in the City. Most stall owners are selling clothes; people need summer

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Rejig, Not Retire known to unknown terrain.

{ Anita Jaswal }

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wear, specially women and children . The previous summer collection has been discarded, as either out-dated or worn-out. Summer clothes need to be replaced more often, as they are washed frequently. This season brings the festival of colour. Holi is when the farmers celebrate the new harvest . A few miles into the interior of Haryana,a sea of yellow greets the visitor. The long grain of yellow dancing in the wind is breath taking – it is sirsum (mustard). ‘Vasant Mahotsav’ is another name for this day. The first harvest is offered to the gods, to bless us with prosperity. The new crop refills the stores in every household; and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi. This also explains another name for this celebration - ‘Kama Mahotsava’. This day also is a symbol of Holika. We burn all our negative feelings and deeds, and regenerate ourselves by lighting a fire.

and Yang energies all around us. It is essentially all about creating a harmonious environment that will nurture and sustain you. It is an invaluable support system in today’s highly competitive society, where many people suffer from low self-esteem, or are prone to depression. Commissioned by Zee Television, Ravi Chadha conceptualised, scripted and featured in a series of eight highly inter-active episodes of about 30 minutes each, elaborating the impact of Feng Shui on different aspects of our lives. These have been aired frequently in India by Jagran Channel, as well as in USA, UK and the Middle East. Besides appearing on numerous television shows, and invited as a guest speaker at several seminars and talks by leading organisations, he has also written regularly for prestigious newspapers like the Financial Express, and several lifestyle magazines.

Here are some of his homilies:  Our homes should essentially provide us with a sense of belonging, a sense of security and a healthy and harmonious existence, for us to be able to pursue our chosen level of growth –

There is also the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap,  who demanded that everybody in his kingdom worship him; but his pious son,  Prahlad,  became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister, Holika, to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as Holika was blessed with a boon that made her immune to fire. Prahlad was saved by the Lord himself, for his extreme devotion; and evil-minded Holika was burnt to ashes – for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. Since that time, people light a bonfire called Holika on the eve of the Holi festival, and celebrate the victory of good over evil – and also the triumph of the devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition – and this has another legend attached to it. There was once an ogress,  Dhundhi,  who used to trouble the children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by the children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’.  It is also a season of fun and love. Lord Krishna is deeply associated with Holi, as he played along with the ‘gopis’. There are numerous events during Holi: the famous Hasya Kavi Sammelans, and the thumris and dadras. Enjoy this season; let unbridled laughter flow. But be wise and safe – use colours made of flower petals or vegetables. The chemical colours may cause allergies. The idea is to revel – with food, music and dance. Respect those who wish to stay away from colours, as it might not be their idea of merriment. Happy Holi. Holi aayee re...u

be it in health, wealth, fame or spirit.  No home is bad; each may offer you a unique opportunity to create and enhance your well-being and growth.  Within the home, each of your belongings is either increasing your personal energy levels or depleting them.  Your home is your true identity, it is your foundation – and it can surely become a catalyst for change in your life.  Your home is the blue print of what is going on in your life  ‘De-natured’ environments create ‘de-natured’ people; our salvation begins when we bring nature back into our environment. Ravi also advises his wife Sarita—a landscape designer—on creating appropriate Feng Shui and Zen gardens that would provide a soul-soothing experience for the inhabitants. Ravi Chadha strongly feels that each day gives us a new beginning to experience something afresh; our interest and passion to learn should never cease. By re-inventing ourselves each day, we can make our life interesting and meaningful – and an adventure. u

prakhar pandey

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While taking evening walk on the roads of sector 45, many times I observed that the street lights are not on. On close observation I found that the lights are switched on by some one by connecting two hooks of wire hanging all day loose and open, on some of the light poles. If the person responsible to switch ( or hook ) the lights on, does not come on time or at all, some of the watchmen near those light poles does the job. In this 21st century this unsafe system is highly objectionable and needs immediate action from concerned authorities. Ramakant Gupta B-704, Apex Apartments, Sector 45

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Kids Brainticklers

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?

Artistic Strokes

Chavvi Ahujas Grade VI, MRIS

Shubham Mangla, Grade XI, MRIS

Nisha Yadav, Grade IX, Stavex International School


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The Young Philanthropist

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evina Bolina, a resident of Gurgaon and a Class 8 student of Sanskriti School (New Delhi), uses her passion for painting for a good cause. Devina has been making greeting cards from the age of 9. The money earned by the sale of these cards is given to charity. Her efforts have been lauded by even the PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, in a letter of appreciation in 2008. This year Devina has contributed the funds raised by the sale of the cards for the education of underprivileged children at the Happy School, Gurgaon.

Euro Voyage

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uro International School, Sector 45 held its Graduation Ceremony. The theme of the Programme was ‘The Voyage Exploring Dance & Music’. The tiny tots of M-I to MIII performed dances from various countries―Japan, France, Israel, US and illustrating that music and dance have no boundaries. Present at the occasion were Chairman Satyavir Yadav, Chairperson Sarla Yadav, Director, Euro Group of Schools, Reena Sharma and Principal of Euro International School, Sector 10, Nidhi Kapoor.

S.D Sharma, State Election Commissioner of Jharkhand, Kamal Capoor, Trustee of The Happy School, children, teachers and volunteers were present at the School for this event. Devina spoke about the theme

of her art work – promoting peace and harmony in the world. The children of The Happy School also had a brief interactive session with Devina. Devina donated Rs, 25,000 to the School. Those who wish to support Devina’s work may contact her at artforhope.diva@gmail.com

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week-long Talent Fest― Experientia―was organised by MRIS51, for the students (Nursery-Grade V), along with their parents. The Festival was abuzz with activities that included debate, painting, dancing (solo and group), singing and mono-acting. Both parents and students participated with great enthusiasm, showcasing their diverse talents. The festivities culminated with a spectacular yoga show, and an electrifying performance by the School Band, Resonance.

Chiranjiv Bharati School-Palam Vihar

Chiranjiv Jamboree

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hiranjiv Bharati School, Palam Vihar celebrated its annual function (Pre-Primary to Classes I & II) ‘Jamboree 2013’, with a zest & zeal. The Programme began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by a rendition of the Saraswati Vandana by KG students. There were dance performances, musical renditions and themed shows. The Puppet Show, put up by students of Classes I and II, received a lot of appreciation and applause. The occasion was graced by Goldy Malhotra and Archana Ansal Luthra of the School Managing Commitee, Principal Sangeeta Saxena and Headmistress Shoma Lahiri.

Parent-Sibling Meet

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he School also organised a Parent-Sibling Meet, wherein an interactive session with the parents was conducted by Goldy Malhotra. The parents were informed about the various new ventures undertaken by the School – 3D Audio-Visual aids, the Robotics Club, the E-Library, the Language Lab and the Sports Facility. The Meet emphasised the benefits of admitting the siblings of the (currently studying) students to the School. The Meet was attended by Archana Luthra, Trustee, and Principal Sangeeta Saxena.


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Traffic Police Charter The Traffic Police have been a pro-active force for the past few years – and not only in their own domain. We present the 81-point Charter that the Traffic Police have put together, in terms of their assessment of what needs to be fixed at road level by various agencies, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the City. NH8 1. New Exit from Control Expressway to service road to be provided just after the end of Shankar Chowk flyover, to facilitate the commuters headed towards DLF City Phase I & II, to reduce congestion at the Exit. (Action : NHAI/D.S. Const.) 2. The stretch between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza should have three FOBs. Two of them have been made, and the third one needs to be made as soon as possible. (Action : NHAI/D.S. Const./PWD, B & R) 3. NHAI needs to make extra lanes for the traffic coming from Jaipur at Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza, because during the peak hours the narrow paasage results in massive traffic congestion on the Highway. In various meetings, NHAI has explained that extra lanes can’t be created because of the stay order from the honourble Supreme Court. Gurgaon Police has suggested NHAI to make a staggered Toll Plaza in Z shape. (Action : NHAI/D.S. Const.) 4. Traffic light should be installed at Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk. (Action : NHAI) 5. Service lane should be widened from Sirhol Toll laza till Ambience Mall. (Action : NHAI/HUDA) 6. Speed limit boards should be put in places between Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza and Kapriwas Border. Signage boards also need to installed at various places, such as Manesar, Pachgaon Chowk, Bilaspur Chowk and Sidhrawali Morh. (Action : NHAI/D.S. Const.) 7. Bus stands and Lay-byes should be made on both sides of NH-8. (Action : NHAI) 8. Traffic light should be properly installed at Jharsa Chowk, as it’s not visible to the commuters. (Action : NHAI) 9. Both the U turns at Rajiv Chowk should be widened. (Action : NHAI) 10 Proper signage boards should be put in place on National Highway and the State Highways, indicating the right distance of the Trauma Centre and Civil Hospital. (Action :NHAI/PWD) 11. Triangle shaped divider should be reduced in size at Rajiv Chowk. (Action : NHAI) FOB/Flyover/Underpass should be made at 12. Hero Honda Chowk. (Action : NHAI) 13. Lay-Byes and Bus shelters should be made on NH-8. (Action : NHAI) 14. Warning lights should be installed at Shyam Chowk. (Action : NHAI)

Roads 15. The road that goes to MG Road and NH-8 from DLF Phase-III should be widened, because the construction going on for Rapid Metro has made the lives of the masses difficult. (Action : HSIIDC) 16. Roundabout at Cyber Park in Sector-39 should be either reduced in size, or removed fully. (Action : HUDA/MCG/PWD) 17. Illegals cuts between Rajiv Chowk and Ambedkar Chowk should be shut down, and iron railing should be installed. The cuts are: Opposite Air Force Station, in Village Islampur, opposite Mir SinghPetrol Pump,opposite S.D.A.V. School, opposite Malibu Towne, opposite Omaxe Mall. (Action : HUDA/PWD) 18. Road going from Hero Honda Chowk to Subhash Chowk should be repaired and an iron railing should be put on the divider. (Action : HUDA) 19. Slip road should be repaired at Jharsa Chowk. (Action : HUDA) 20. Slip road should be made around Subash Chowk. (Action : HUDA) 21. From Iffco Chowk till Mehrauli Border, a six feet tall iron railing should be installed at the median. (Action : HUDA) 22. Illegal speed breakers made on Sohna-Palwal Road should be removed. (Action : HSRDC) 23. The cut that goes to Sec-17/18, at Iffco Chowk, should be widened. (Action : HUDA) 24. Slip roads should be made at Trident Hotel T point, Peepal Chowk, SMS T point. (Action : HSIIDC) 25. Slip road should be widened on the road that goes to Udyog Vihar, from Shankar Chowk.

(Action : HSIIDC) 26. Slip roads should be made at Badal Chowk, Jwala Mill Road, and Shyam Chowk. (Action : HSIIDC) 27. Agrasen Chowk should be reduced in size. (Action : MCG) 28. Mahavir Chowk should be reduced in size, so that an Underpass/Subway’FOB could be made. (Action : MCG) 29. Slip roads should be made on both sides of the T point in front of Hanuman Temple, on Old Delhi Road. (Action : MCG) 30. Divider should be repaired from Sethi Chowk to Bhuteshwar Mandir. (Action : MCG) 31. Iron grill betwen Mahavir Chowk and Dhundahera border should be repaired. (Action : MCG) 32. Jharsa Road needs to be repaired near the Civil Lines Hospital. (Action : MCG) 33. Divider should be made from Bhuteshwar Mandir till Khandsa Road. (Action : MCG 34. Debris on the road should be filled, between Bus Stand and Old Delhi Road. (Action : MCG) 35. A divider should be created near Gurgaon One building on Old Delhi Road, by putting a barrier. (Action : MCG) 36. Following roundabouts should either be reduced in size, or be removed altogether: M.D.I. Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, Telephone Exchange Chowk Palam Vihar. (Action : HUDA/MCG) 37. A divider should be created on the road between Gaushala Chowk Palam Vihar and Bajghera crossing, by putting barriers. (Action : HUDA) 38. Speed breaker in front of Reliance Fresh should be removed. The road should also be repaired. (Action : HUDA) 39. Road should be relaid between Bhagat Singh Chowk and Sheetla Mata Chowk. (Action : HUDA) 40. Slip road should be made at the left side of Himgiri Chowk. (Action : HUDA) 41. A three-side slip should be made at Khandsa Road. (Action : HUDA) 42. Road is broken in front of Tau Devi Lal Park in Cec-22/23. 43. Slip road should be made at Rezangla Chowk. (Action : HUDA) 44. Central verge should be constructed on the newly built Pataudi-Tauru State Highway. (Action : HSRDC) 45. Central verge should be constructed on the newly built Gurgaon-Jhajjar (via Sultanpur Lake) State Highway. (Action : HSRDC). 46. Zebra Crossing to be marked and provided at multiple locations. 47. Zebra Crossing should be made in front of all chowks, triangles, schools and hospitals. (Action : NHAI/ HUDA/MCG). 48. Zebra crossings should be made at all red lights and chowks in front of schools and hospitals. (Action : NHAI/HUDA/MCG). 49. Parking space should be constructed in Old Jail Complex. (Action : HUDA). 50. Parking for Autos should be made at Huda City Centre Metro station, Sikanderpur Metro station, and MGF Mall. (Action : HUDA). 51. Parking should be made in Udyog Vihar. (Action : HSIIDC). 52. Southern gates of Huda City Centre Metro station should be closed, and an FOB should be made to ease the life of commuters. (Action : HUDA). 53. FOB should be made at Dhundahera border. (Action : MCG). 54. In order to connect Gurgaon Village and Sheetla Colony, an FOB should be made at Sheetla Mata Road. (Action : MCG). 55. An FOB should be made at Peepal Chowk, for labourers coming to various phases of Udyog Vihar. (Action: HSIIDC). 56. FOB should be made in front of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Gate no-1. (Action : MCG). 57. Flyover should be made at Bajghera crossing. (Action : MCG)

Lights 58. Street lights should be installed at following points: Sec-55/56 T-Point to Ghata T-Point, Ghata T-Point

to Faridabad Toll (Action : HUDA 59. Street lights are not working from Subash Chowk to Hero Honda Chowk. (Action : HUDA/MCG) 60. Street lights are not working at the following points: Sheetla Mata Mandir Road, Old Delhi Road. (Action : HUDA/MCG) 61. Halogen lights should be put in place at Sec-17/18, and Bhuteshwar Mandir. (Action : HUDA/MCG) 62. Traffic light should be put in place at Sector-30/31 Market, South City-II and Rajiv Chowk. (Action : HUDA/MCG/NHAI) 63. Traffic Umbrella should be made for the comfort of traffic constables managing traffic at Silver Oak red light, MLA Flats red light, Genpact red light, Kanhai red light, Wazirabad Sabzi Mandi Chowk, Artemis red light, Sec-40 red light, Golf Course red light, Kanhai T point near Metro station, and Cyber Park Sector-39. (Action: HUDA), Highway/ South Gurgaon, Sikohpur Morh, Naurangpur Morh, IMT Chowk, Pachgaon Chowk, Bilaspur Chowk. (Action : HUDA/MCG) 64. Traffic light should be repaired in front of Kalyani Hospital. (Action : MCG 65. Traffic lights should be installed at following points: Sohna Chowk, New Railway Road, Court T-Point, Mata Chintpurni Chowk, Agarsen Chowk, Old DLF Chowk near Kalyani Hospital, Himgiri Chowk, Khandsa Chowk, Spanish Court intersection Palam Vihar. (Action : HUDA/MCG 66. Traffic umbrella should be constructed at the following traffic points: West Gurgaon - Court T Point, Old Jail Chowk, Pasco red light, Maruti Gate No. 2, Red Light of Sec-22/23, Khandsa Chowk Sec 10, New CRPF Camp Chowk. (Action : MCG). 67. Traffic lights should work 24X7, and to ensure this adequate power back-up should given at all red lights. (Action : HUDA/DHBVN). 68. Electrcity poles should be put on the sides of the road which goes to Khandsa Chowk from Bhuteshwar Mandir, as these poles are on the road, which could lead to accidents. (Action : MCG)

Encroachments

69. Encroachment should be removed at the service road, on the road that goes to Z Chowk from Sushant Lok’s B block. (Action : HUDA) 70. Encroachment should be removed in front of Hamilton Court. (Action : HUDA) 71. Encraochment by hawkers should be removed from in front of IBM building. (Action :HSIIDC) 72. Encroachment by shopkeepers and hawkers should be removed from Hanuman Temple till Kapashera border on Old Delhi Road. (Action : MCG) 73. Encroachment at Anajmandi by hawkers should be removed, so that the traffic going to Sector-10 A and 37 can move with ease. (Action : MCG)

Sewage 74. Sewage hole should be brought to the level of the road in front of Police Colony. (Action : MCG) 75. Open sewage pot holes between Pataudi Chowk and Sector-9 College should get covered. (Action : MCG). 76. Sewage pothole should be levelled with the road, on the road that goes to Bus Stand from Bhim Nagar. (Action : MCG). 77. Sewage hole should be levelled with road at Sethi Chowk (Action : MCG). 78. Damaged sewer should be repaired near Sec-12 A. (Action : HUDA). 79. Sewer holes at Bhim Nagar morh and New Railway Road should be level with the Road. (Action : HUDA). 80. Sewage system at Hero Honda Chowk should be improved, in order to ensure that the service road doesn’t get flooded with sewage water. (Action : HUDA/NHAI

Misc. 81. Bhusa Mandi should be shifted towards Sector-34 Marble Market, in order to reduce the traffic congestion on Khandsa Road. (Action : MCG)


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I Wanna Meet God...

{ Archana Kapoor Nagpal }

You will meet God.

The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, In the seven colours of the rainbow, In the bunch of roses, Enjoying a high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, In the rising sun, and the shining moon, You will meet God.

The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, In the gesture to help a stranger, In the effort to eradicate someone’s pain, In the process of feeding a hungry man, In the thought to share happiness, You will meet God.

The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, In the innocent smile of a child, At the top of Everest, In the cluster of stars, Or the nine revolving planets,

The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, In every atom to molecule to cell, In every drop of your blood, In every tear from your eye, In every surprise of your life, You will meet God. The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, In the act of giving, In making others happy, In the feeling of sharing and caring, Covering a naked body, You will meet God. The child asked the father, ‘How can I meet God?’ Father smiled and said, ‘I will tell you’, Look in the mirror, If you can convince yourself, You made everyone happy in your life, Then only you can meet God, As God is within you only!

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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Mind Your Words

ords have the power to both create and destroy. They can be received like daggers... or a warm blanket. Words are our representatives. They are the creation of our self; every time we open our mouth, we give the world a glimpse into our personality. While we cannot control other people’s words, we can surely control our own. It is important to pay attention to what comes out of our mouths. It is not appropriate to just say whatever we think; and it is also not okay to say something to someone without first considering why we need to say it. Words do wound. Paulo Coelho rightly says, “Of all the weapons of destruction that man could invent, the most terrible and the most powerful was the word. Daggers and spears left traces of blood, and arrows could be seen from a distance – but the word managed to destroy without leaving any trace.” There is another aspect to the usage of ‘correct’ words. A lexicon of loathsome words needs to be taken away, as we make faltering steps towards a more global, better connected and tolerant society. Usage of crude stereotyped words and abuse, towards a minority, or the underprivileged, is offensive – and corrosive. People still use

unacceptable words against persons with disabilities. This group, still so exiled from mainstream society, is called “retarded” and “mental” by many. Not just in the playground, but in social places, in the office, and online. People make derogatory jokes about the disabled. However, with the population of the disabled having gone up manifold over the last two decades, the fight-back has begun. Special campaigns have been launched. Many pledges are taken by children, who have siblings or friends with special needs. One of the children coming to our organization to drop his sister for special education, says, “All my life I have heard people saying ‘retarded’ and ‘mental’. It makes me really upset. No one understands how hurtful

There is great potential in communication. Many great leaders spend much of their lives communicating. They are exceptionally effective and purposeful communicators. Their purpose is to convey the message of peace, through peace in the heart. They never waste words. Their words are well-chosen. They challenge many basic assumptions. They touch people’s hearts, and move them to positive action. When they speak, they provide a healing touch. There are many examples of people coming to these leaders, and being enlightened and changed by a single conversation. Many of them have gone on to inspire others. In the case of Mahatma Gandhi, the listeners became freedom fighters. All such great men are in a way great warriors; each of them has seen that the true victory is to conquer oneself and one’s words – rather than conquer others.

it can be, until you have someone close to you being called that. But far worse than my own bruised sensitivities, such language reflects how we view the world – reinforcing the exclusion of people with disabilities from the rest of society. People with physical disabilities have become figures of fun, and mental incapacity is a term of insult. My sister gets unpleasant stares wherever she goes”. He continues, “It even happens in the US. Some parents complained over the appearance of a children’s television presenter’s missing arm; a major fashion chain insisted that a similarly-disabled worker be hidden out of sight of customers; and a college allowed classmates to hold a vote to ban a student having Down’s syndrome from a classmate’s farewell party”. People should bear in mind that one in six disabled people are born with their disability, and the number of people with disabilities is rising. Despite this, there is so little interaction with disabled people; in fact a majority of people world wide believe that they are ‘inferior’. Given this, it is not surprising that people with disabilities find it so much harder to get jobs, are far more likely to live in poverty, will be paid less and bullied more if they do find work and, increasingly, are victims of hate crime. There are a number of terrible stories of the parents of disabled persons, who killed themselves and their disabled children after facing years of hostility from their neighbours. The reality is that disabled people are regularly mocked, taunted, harassed, hurt and humiliated – with the most vulnerable, those with cerebral palsy and mental disability, suffering the worst. We need to step forward, and offer our respect and inclusion, to more than sixty million of our fellow citizens, who are leading their lives with disabilities. Let us at the very least start to mind our words. 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.

Guru Tales My Guru was a story-teller He told me many stories Allegories Of legendary gods Or saints and bards. Parables of life’s drama Such were Krishan & Rama. They all unfold some iconic role Some magnificent goal For men to learn, at times to turn For inner strength and anchor. Buddha spoke of Inner stillness Be aware, don’t despair Drop desires, vanquish pain Buddha power you can gain. Zen masters said don’t struggle too hard To understand life Just live And be like the tree. Jesus made supreme sacrifice For mankind Even as they nailed him to the Cross He said, ‘Forgive them Lord’. First they nailed Him Then called him Christ Such is the paradox of life. And so my Guru Told me tales with moral Vedantas True saints are not just talk They walk the talk. They dedicate their lives To uplift the sufferings Of their fellowmen So say Guru & Zen. Guru Nanak spoke of Ek Onkar, Sat Naam Naam japo, Seva karo Be noble & able. Earn and help the disabled The weak, the old The old is gold Be a moral house holder A saint, a soldier. Spoke Gita’s Lord to Arjuna Be thou attached only to The Atma, the Paramatma Any other object of attachment Will be snatched away Betray or cause you pain All in vain. Only to the Higher Soul be true Rest is illusion, a delusion. Shobha Lidder Writer journalist, Teacher Trainer, social activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer


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hile there may seem to be an outward lull, especially in the western world, on financial scams, the next one is not that far away. And scams are anyway in full flow in China and India. Something fundamental has changed over at least the last decade. Finance and Money sure have taken a different role in our lives now – both official and personal. The means is now an end. Corruption, and the easing of values – even in the private sector, and also at the top – is just one of the symptoms.

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In personal careers, the dictum was that you should just concentrate on performing consistently well; and you would surely earn well – the ancient Karma philosophy. Now, the idea is to doctor the performance to the incentive/ bonus plan. It is the age of the short-term earnings career plan, rather than a mid/ long term experience career plan. Even in our personal lives it is no different. We think that money, in the form of ownership of assets and gifts, can make up for, or replace, family and friends (time). For some, spending ‘quality time’ has become the in-telligent excuse. We still convince ourselves that parents are quite central to our life. We love to mouth the climactic dialogue of Deewaar – ‘Mere paas Ma hai’; true - just that Ma is now Mama Cash. u

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran , The Prophet

FAMOUS QUOTES

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There was a time when the best of corporations believed that consistent – year on year - profit growth was the end result of a well-planned and implemented business strategy, centred on the customer and executed by an engaged team. Now, for many, profit can be manufactured out of thin air. A shortterm profit target needs to be met, come what may. Enter the finance whiz kids, led by a CFO – a relatively new entrant in corporate history. Whiz kids can help ‘manufacture’ profits even without any operations. Of course this is not too difficult for a breed that was primarily responsible for the current global turmoil, by indulging in some murky, derived deals globally. Some CEOs have therefore happily let go of – or maybe just didn’t want to understand – the increasingly complex finance function, in exchange for ‘assured’ positive quarterly profit ‘reporting’. The operational decisions in these set-ups are made on the basis of what will impact profit for the quarter. Many ‘investments’ are interminably delayed, or even dropped, if they take too

many quarters to pay back. Short-term decisions, often inimical to the company’s future, are taken without a second thought. This ties in with the short-term tenures of many CFOs and CEOs. It’s every man for himself – the company be damned. Fairly ineffective boards have only made this easier. The various ‘frauds’ and ‘scams’ have been ‘tackled’ by making the environment and laws and Acts more complex, and thereby making the role of finance – rather than the business and customers more central. And yet the scams refuse to die…in fact they get bigger and seamier. Finance was a function, a means, a financial summation of the operations - an outcome; it is now quite an end in itself. And this end seems to justify all means.

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” – Mark Twain Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” – Lao Tzu If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” – Keith Richards Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” – Carl Sagan Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!” – Adolf Hitler It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton Jr. The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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{ Jaspal Bajwa }

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ach day in spring heralds a fresh burst of activity. The murmur of the streams gets louder, the birds chirp happily, and the butterflies and bees seem busier than ever – flitting from one flower to the other. As life stirs anew, our body longs to jettison the heaviness of winter. As we shed the extra layers of protection, there is a noticeable spring in our step. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasise the importance of a periodic cleanse. Spring is a great time to prime the liver, so that it can smoothly carry on its critical role of detoxification and metabolism. The right choice of foods can help. Spring foods should ideally be light and dry. Excessively sweet or salty foods are best avoided - as are all rich, fatty meats and dairy foods, which make the liver sluggish. Spicy, bitter and dry foods that have a pungent or astringent taste, help reduce the heat in the liver and clear excess fat, mucous and moisture from the body. Bountiful Nature offers a number of bitter greens and astringent foods. The best spring vegetables are fresh leafy greens (spinach, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, bok choy, dandelion), okra, beet, asparagus, celery, carrot and artichoke. Liver rejuvenation is aided by the consumption of chlorophyll-rich green foods (collard greens, wheat or barley grass juice, seaweed, blue-green algae, chlorella and spirulina), sprouts and milk thistle.

should be washed and stored like other salad greens.

Health & Vitality... Naturally!

A Spring In Your Veggies

Gently-warming pungent herbs and spices are particularly good for spring – and include turmeric, mint, spring onions, ginger, horseradish, parsnips, watercress, chamomile, basil, cardamom, marjoram, cumin, fennel, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf. These powerful immune boosters protect us from springtime allergies and acute illness. Amongst the pungent vegetables, radish plays a stellar role. Its pungency comes from volatile phytochemical compounds that are released on cutting the vegetable. Belonging to the mustard (Brassicacae) family,radish has several variants - red, black and white.

An excellent detoxifier, radish is good for the liver. Low in calories, radish also contains a good amount of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

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Radish tops (Mooli patta) are often discarded. However, these crunchy peppery hot leaves offer a healthy and delicious filling for ‘parathas’, and can add variety to soups, sandwiches and salads. Radish leaves are super rich in calcium, protein and iron, as well as Vitamins A, C and K. As the leaves don't stay fresh for very long, it is best to choose bright, crisp green leaves, free from blemishes. They

Nature’s Wonder Food of the week: Horseradish or Armoracia rusticana Horseradish is a long, tapering root that is used as a condiment in the kitchen. The root is used to make the popular spicy sauce, which is loved for its signature zing. It literally burns its way through, cleansing the sinus area. Horseradish is a potent stimulant, diaphoretic (increases perspiration), diuretic and digestive. It has been used in the treatment of fevers, arthritis, gout, and respiratory and urinary infections. It can also help with sinus infections, lung congestion and influenza. Amongst radishes, Horseradish contains the highest amount of Vitamins A & C. Its root contains many volatile phytochemical compounds (isothiocyanates), which give it the pungent character, as also its antioxidant and detoxification properties. Horseradish has up to ten times more glucosinolates ('powerful antibiotics') than broccoli. Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a very strong-flavoured Japanese variant of horseradish. It has significant anti-bacterial properties. It is also said to curb the growth of mold and yeast. The anti-coagulant properties of wasabi could help prevent blood clots.u Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) For education purposes only; always consult a healthcare practitioner for medical conditions

As You Soya, So... { Alka Gurha }

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Soybeans are : n  High in fibre content n  High in protein content n  Low in saturated fats n  Cholesterol free n  Lactose free n  A good source of omega-3 fatty acids n  High in phytoestrogens

Nutrition

Soy is a high quality protein. It is one of only two known plant foods (the other is amaranth seed) to contain all the essential amino acids – similar to those found in meat. Some soy products are sources of calcium and iron, such as Chinese tofu or tempeh (made with a calcium coagulant), and calcium-fortified soy drinks.

Health benefits

Research suggests that soy foods,

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and food containing soy, have a range of health benefits: During Menopause: Soybeans contain hormone-like substances called phytoestrogens (‘phyto’ means plant). Given the right conditions, these compounds copy the action of the female hormone estrogen, though with much lower potency. Soybeans contain about 50 times more isoflavones (type of phytoestrogen) than other members of the legume family, such as lentils and peanuts. It is believed that a soy-rich diet helps reduce menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, because the phytoestrogens act like a mild form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Coronary Heart Disease: Estrogen may protect women against Coronary Heart Disease during their reproductive years, but these cases increase remarkably after menopause. Soybeans have been shown to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels – both known risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease. Caution: Soya is also a common allergen. While many use soya milk as an alternative to dairy milk, it is likely that some people may be sensitive to soya. u

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Coming Of Age 18 & Dreaming

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fter completing his Class 12, Ankit, a student of St Angels, wants to fly high. He wants to get into Stanford University, to take up Aerospace Engineering. Ranveer, a student of Lancers International, is passionate about Astronomy. He wants to join Harvard, following in the footsteps of his father. Kirti, on the other hand, wants to keep her options open. “My first choice is Fashion Designing. But I will also apply for courses in Architecture and Accounts,” she says. There are more than 7,000 children, from over 250 schools in the City, appearing for the Class 12 Board Examination. There is a heady mix of preferences, plans and passion.

The Foreign Connection

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Despite good higher education facilities, and rising job opportunities, in the City, the craze to go abroad still prevails among the students. Anjali, a student of Class 12 in Pathways, says “I am an art lover, and want to go to Italy to pursue my undergraduate studies. This way I can also join my cousins living in Europe, and enjoy my college life.” Most of her family members have studied abroad. While her parents took up post-graduate studies in mainland Europe, her brother has done his schooling in the UK. Most of the students who have siblings or cousins studying abroad, aim for a foreign university. In fact, some of them are sent to IB schools just to ensure that they can easily get into a foreign university. Vanshika, a parent, who chose an international IB school for her

Bon vivant

...Pg 8

Caged Freedom

Looking for liberation for decades, girls and women in this Millennium City are now facing confinement, as they are daily targeted by goons and lumpen elements on the roads and in public transport. Family routines and lifestyles are being impacted. This needs to be stopped aggressively.

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Life Near The Metro

Swanky concourses just 2 years ago, the Metro stations today are engulfed by cesspools and crime dens.

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Lawbreakers @ 16

New Age Security

An area of a thousand acres, in and around DLF Phase V, has been under the spotlight for over a year. 3,000 CCTV cameras capture the picture of what is happening on the roads, and even within. The Control Room, connected to Gurgaon Police, is at the DLF Golf Club.

daughter says, “When we put Sidhi (her daughter) in an international IB school, the aim was to prepare her for study in the US. Most of the schools there follow an IB curriculum. Moreover, US universities give preference to students who have studied in an IB environment.” Payal, a teacher in Blue Bells, says, “Unfortunately, today students are not bothered about the reputation of a college or university. They are only attracted to the tag – “Studying Abroad”. What attracts them is independence, and the perception of a glamorous college life abroad – not studies,” she says. She gives an example of a student who chose a newly-opened university in Australia over Shri Ram College of Commerce (Delhi University). Some students feel studying abroad does make one more independent. “When my elder sister joined a university in the UK, she had to do all the household chores herself. She at first didn’t even know how much detergent to use in the washing machine! But she learnt it all during her course in the UK,” feels Namrata, a Class 12 student of the Cambridge School. Her mother, however, seems worried about the huge expense involved in sending her daughter to the UK. “We send almost Rs. 50,000 to the elder daughter per month. Now, if Namrata also opts for a course in the UK, the expense will be double,” she says. Due to this high cost of studying in the UK and the US, some students are also considering different destinations – like Singapore and Malaysia. “I am looking at Singapore because it is cheaper and closer to Contd on p 6  India. You can join a medical course

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ASHA PANDEY

oybeans or Soyabeans are an important protein source. They belong to the legume (pea) family, and are native to East Asia. In fact, they are the only vegetable that is a complete protein. Foods that contain whole soy provide vegetarians all the amino acids that they need to stay healthy. As soybeans mature in the pod, they ripen into hard, dry beans. These beans are processed, and used as tofu, soy sauce, soy granules and soybean oil. The oil is used in many industrial applications. Tofu is the coagulated milk protein made from soy milk – just as paneer is made from dairy milk. These days many foods and drinks are fortified with soy – including beverages, flour and oil.

Civic/ social

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ot so long ago, Vivek (name changed) was sixteen, and used to ride an Atlas bicycle. When he was turning eighteen, he asked his father for a Bajaj Chetak – but instead was admonished. ‘Legally you may soon be permitted, but you are not yet ready to handle a motor vehicle,’ said his father. For the next three years of college, the same bicycle served his purpose. The Bajaj Chetak doesn’t exist today, and nor do those kind of fathers. Today, many sixteen year old boys drive bikes and cars on Gurgaon’s roads. They don’t think twice about not having a driving licence. At markets, malls, theatres, or even at schools, one can find hundreds of under-age kids driving cars and bikes – and tearing down at lightning speeds, even on broken roads. Why do the children, as well as their parents, believe that doing this is fine – or right? Is there no morality, no rationality, no fear? Are they not aware that under-age driving is a crime, and that their sons/daughters could even kill someone – or be killed?

ASHA PANDEY

Last year more than 14,000 challans were issued for underage driving. “Machines have been attracting humans for centuries, and the attraction for these kids is not at all abnormal. In older times our parents would keep us away from the motor vehicles till the time we obtained our licence, and even after. But now these kids are exposed to vehicles, and speed, at an early age. The real change has taken place at the level of parenting, and the change in the social and economic status; and that’s why the

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Visualise... Smile... Meditate { Bhavana Sharma }

flow down your neck. At the same time, rotate your head slowly from side to side. Next, allow the Smiling Energy to flow to your thymus gland, which is located behind the upper part of your sternum – and picture it glowing with vibrant health.  Feel the thymus gland become warm, as it begins to vibrate and expand like a flower blossoming.

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nner Smile Meditation Therapy (ISMT) was founded by Prof. Park Jae Woo, an eminent author, scholar, teacher and an internationally renowned philosopher in the field of human healthcare and spirituality. ISMT is an incredible way to participate in the spiritual development of our being. Inner Smile Meditation can be attempted easily, to rejuvenate and repair various organs of our body.

As the Energy touches the Heart Chakra, you can allow it to heal your nervousness or anger, or any other negative emotion that is residing there. Extending the Smile relieves stored tension, and enables positive vibrations to develop. Spend as much time here as you need, to feel the heart relax and expand with loving energy.  This expansion will feel like a flower blossoming, and fill your heart with love. 

The Technique

The mind is the most powerful tool that we have; the more we learn to use it to our positive advantage, the better our life will be. Visualisation is a powerful mental technique, that uses our imagination to assist in our healing process. It has been found in many religious practices as well, and has also been widely applied by Buddhists. Visualisation is a very important part of Inner Smile Meditation, as we consciously create a map of our body in our mind’s eye. Choose a quiet spot. It is advisable to do these meditations at least about half an hour after taking your meals. Wear comfortable clothing, and loosen anything tight around your body. Remove your shoes. Sit on your chair, with your feet firmly placed flat on the floor. Close your eyes, and deep breathe for a few minutes. Keep your back straight, and clasp your hands together in your lap – right palm on top.

feet in front of you. It could perhaps be an image of yourself smiling, or someone or something that you intensely like or respect. It could also relate to a happy memory of any incident, or an experience that you can replay in your mind. Try to focus on the midpoint between your eye brows—on the Anjana Chakra or the Brow Chakra—and draw enough energy, and hold it there. Let your forehead relax, and allow the ‘Third Eye’ to open. As the Smiling Energy accumulates at the mid-eyebrow, it will begin to flow through the body.

Smiling Energy

Making it Work For You

Preparation

Close your eyes and become aware of the soles of your feet, and feel their connection with the earth below. Next, visualise a source of energy up to three

The Smiling Energy will flow from the brow to other parts of the body – starting with the cheeks, nose, mouth and all the facial tissues. Let the Energy

{ Krishan Kalra }

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y friend Sunder is a compulsive gambler. He’s been taking bets since childhood. His reckless betting has often got him into trouble, but he has this uncanny knack of getting out of it – by betting more! Like the time we went to see a movie. This tall bald guy in front of me kept swaying his head. My requests had no effect on the irritating pendulum. I was very upset, and whispered to Sunder that I felt like slapping the guy’s bald pate. Sunder’s reaction was instantaneous “Bet me hundred rupees and I’ll do it”. I was horrified. “How can you, we‘ll get into trouble”, I whispered. “Leave that to me, is the bet on?” was his cool response. Jokingly, I agreed; and before I had time to back out, my friend had thumped hard on the gleaming round object in front, followed by a loud “Shyam, fancy meeting you here, how have you been my dear?” The

Next, let the Energy travel and reach the lungs. You will feel your lungs soften, and you will breathe with a new ease. Feel the air lighten up as you inhale and exhale. Now send the Smile Energy into your liver (on the right side, just below the rib cage), soften it and rejuvenate it with your love. Let the Smiling Energy now flow across the abdomen to the pancreas, which is located within the left lower rib cage. Thank it for its work, and 'see' that it is healthy and functioning smoothly. You can then Smile into your spleen. Let this loving energy build up and then flow into the kidneys.  Like in the heart, this will increase the flow of chi circulating through the body. Continue to  Smile at your adrenals, as you feel the burst of adrenalin. Last, send the Smil-

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ing Energy into the urinary bladder, urethra, genitals and the perineum.

Collect the Smiling Energy

One must collect the Smiling Energy, by storing it in the Navel Chakra – otherwise the excess energy may cause an imbalance in the body, and the meditative practice may go all wrong. The navel area can safely handle the increased energy. To collect the Smile’s energy, concentrate on your navel area, about one and a half inches inside the body. 

Don't Bet Your Shirt guy turned around, his eyes glowering, angrily cursing his tormentor. Sunder was ready: “Oh my God’ he said in mock horror, “what have I done? Bhai Saheb, I am terribly sorry; from behind you look just like my old friend Shyam – please forgive me.” The indignant man couldn’t say anything, “You should be careful,” he muttered, cursed some more under his breath, and resumed bobbing his head. I could hardly suppress my laughter. Mercifully it was soon intermission time and the lights came on. Sunder extended his open palm for his hand-won booty. Hesitatingly, I took out my wallet. “I’m feeling sorry”, piped my friend; “OK, double or quits – I will do it again”. He must be kidding, I thought. I didn’t believe he would risk it. It was my best chance to recover the loss. “You are on”, I said quickly. Sunder located his prey near the coffee counter. Quietly, he approached him from

Bon Vivant

behind, and gave him another sharp one on the oily sphere. “Shyam, you rogue, I just got into trouble thinking you were sitting in front of me” he said rapidly. The poor baldy’s coffee spilled out. He spun around, cursing loudly, ready to box the offending fool. My friend stepped back, looked genuinely shocked and crestfallen, folded his hands, and meekly apologised. “Arre Bhai Saheb, how could I be so stupid? You have every right to hit me. I must tell Shyam to start wearing a wig. Can I massage your head? May I get you another coffee…”? He said all this in near genuine humility. After the interval, the twice-bitten “takla” never came back to his seat. Maybe he found another place, maybe he just went home. I was of course poorer by Rs. 200. Sunder is very proud of his prowess at betting. He thinks he’s unbeatable.

Then, mentally move that Energy in an outward spiral 36 times; don’t go above the diaphragm, or beneath the pubic bone.   Women should start the spiral anticlockwise, men clockwise.  Next, reverse the direction, and bring it back into the navel, circling it 24 times.  The energy will now always be in you, as it is safely stored in the Navel Chakra. You can now channelise it to any other part of your body.   You have completed the Inner Smile Meditation. u Author, Tarot Reader

By his own admission, he knows of only two greater gamblers. First, the American secretary, who took a $100 bet with her colleagues that she could get the new boss to take off his shirt within 15 minutes of his arrival in the office. As soon as she‘d introduced him around, and escorted him into his glass fronted room, she said “I’ll bet you $50, you have a big black mole behind your left shoulder”. Not wanting to miss out on a joining bonus, the guy promptly took his shirt off. Sunder’s other role model is the drunk who won $50 at the bar counter for “biting” his left eye. He just took out his glass eye and put it between his teeth. After a couple of rounds he wagered $500 for “biting his other eye”. Everyone thought he was a goner, and wagered to teach him a lesson. Know what he did... he took out his dentures and closed them over his good eye. Someday Sunder hopes to bet-ter these two. u


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ARIAS In The ARAVALLIS

{ Srimati Lal }

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his week, the Aravalli Hills on the Haryana-Rajasthan border literally ‘came alive with the sound of music’, with a gripping performance of an exclusive Opera-Pastiche, ‘Alexander The Great In India’ –   performed in the unusually spectacular setting of Neemrana Fort-Palace’s open-air amphitheatre. What made this Opera remarkable was its international cast of Sopranists, dancers and musicians from France, Francis Wacziarg America, Germany and India. Credit must be given to Francis Wacziarg, and his partner Aman Nath, for restoring and transforming some of India’s beautiful and ancient heritage-sites into designer-retreats. They make such exquisite settings and cultural venues for creative expression. Falling completely in love with India three decades ago, in his thirties, Francis became an Indian citizen many years ago. As a longtime opera-aficionado, Francis has taken the initiative to present several authentic European operas in various Indian cities. Having lived extensively in Europe, and as a longtime Opera-fan, I long to see a suitably-inspiring Indian version  of my all-time favourite ‘La Boheme’ – Puccini’s moving and beautiful 1896 saga of the lives of struggling painters in Paris’ Latin Quarter (a zone where I have painted as a young artist). The unmatchable quality of the Operatic genre is its Magic Realism:  the best Opera is as ‘real’ as it is ‘magical’. Conceptualised by Francis’ daughter Aude Priya, Alexander’s operatic theme is perfectly suited to an Indian ethos. The legend of this flamboyant Greek conqueror has been interpreted in various ways, over the centuries, by several European Opera-writers.   Aude, who was born in Mumbai, and is now an Overseas Citizen of India, studied Greek mythology and classical music, and was hence keen on presenting this ‘Pastiche’ in India. With a vibrant group of performers, and a timelessly-striking Greco-Roman amphitheatrical open stage-setting—specially designed by Francis and Aman— the two-hour performance was ideally visualised. ‘Allessandro Nell’Inde’   (‘Alexander in India’)  is the original Libretto by one of Italy’s most famous operawriters, Pietro Metastasio. The play that Pietro penned on Alexander’s campaign in India proved so popular that it in-

spired over 70 composers to set it to music --- from Vinci’s 1729 version, to Puccini’s 1824 opera. Technically, the Neemrana Palace version falls into the Operatic genre ‘Pasticcio,’ or  Pastiche ---  a popular European performance-style that consists of an arrangement of songs by a variety of renowned composers, all following a common storyline.  Such Pastiches  were frequently staged in 18th-C. Europe; here, Aude-Priya has carefully selected a fine bouquet of more than a dozen classical compositions and Arias – by Handel, Bach and others. These are discer ningly arranged into a composite of musical, dance and acting methodologies. Our own ancient Indian dramatic

folk-narratives, such as Pandavani and Baul-sangeet,  utlise this very same Pastiche  method --- one that includes song, theatre and dance; Bollywood merely being a modern extension of the same. The cast, orchestra and choir of Alexander included the stellar American Sopranist Robert Crowe, who lives in Germany; the Franco-Indian Sopranist Aude Priya; the noted American-Indian Modern and Kathak dancer Justin McCarthy – on the Harpsichord; Nathalie Ramirez Tovar on the Flute; Malti Shyam as lead dancer and Choreographer; Hemant Kalita, lead dancer as Alexander; Tapan Mullick on Cello; Utpal Ghosh on Tabla; costumes by Parvesh and Jai; and Mallika Taneja as narrator. This expressive team

deftly conjured up the melodrama, love-intrigues, obsessions, egotism and flamboyance of 326 B.C. In that fantastic epoch, on the banks of the Indus (called River Hydaspes in the Opera), a daring young Greek soldier called Alexander defeated the Indian King Poro --- thus setting off a complex chain of cross-cultural currents in North Indian history. In a deft subtle touch, the Indian  performers, Hemant and Malti, depicted the Opera’s  Greek personae; while the Europeans, Robert and Aude, depicted the Aman Nath Indian Raja Poro and his queen. There was not a single false note. The opening Allegro by Handel, ‘Se mai turbo il tuo rispose’ (My turmoil in your repose) stirringly reflected the turbulence of Alexander’s presence in India. In Part II, Bach’s Prelude was magnificent; as was Handel’s   ‘Caro, Dolce’  (Sweet Care)  in Part III’s Conclusion. The Indian dancers, Hemant and Malti, stood out with the fluid beauty of their Kathak-inspired movements. Robert was an outstanding Sopranist as King Poro; and Aude Priya’s trilling, bird-like sopranos bore a mellifluous tonality. One cannot fault the two European Sopranoes in either their discipline or emotion. It is my fervent suggestion that Indian singers, writers and musical compositions should also be a part of future operas. The absence of Sanskrit or Indian linguistics was a lacuna in this presentation. Future productions must also employ far more flamboyant costumes and adornments, that utilise more authentic Indian brocades, jewellery and embellishments. Visually, as stage-essentials, truly operatic, largerscale and stronger set-designs, as well as more advanced sound-effects, must be rigorously applied. The ‘lightweight’ visual effects in this Opera were more like those of an ‘in-house’ production. At Neemrana, for a few magical hours, one believed that  this world can, indeed, be one.  Bravo  to the admirable  joi de vivre and bonhomie of Francis’   international vision of a world that can be joyously united by Culture. Amid the echoes of all manner of delicate Arias, this was the final Truth of the production – watched in an eternal amphitheatre by all the silent shadows lurking within an ancient Indian Palace. u Artist, Writer, & Curator The Opera was repeated at Delhi’s Teen Murti auditorium.


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ayors from around the world gathered at the United Nations headquarters to come up with an action plan to stop violence and crime in cities. Mayors of major cities from almost every continent shared experiences, and agreed on global guidelines to make cities safer, as part of the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), a UN-Habitat initiative. “Nobody can speak of human rights without putting safety in first place,” said Guilherme Pinto, Mayor of Matosinhos, Portugal.     The Mayors agreed that crime and violence in cities can be combatted through protecting vulnerable populations, improving urban planning, engaging the community and ramping up law enforcement. “We have good news: All the cities that are here, have shown that they have found policies that can improve the safety of their cities. ... You can work, and you can get results,” said Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. Violence against women—including domestic abuse—was one of the focal points of the discussions. UN-Habitat cited a global study, showing that 63 per cent of women living in urban areas never go out at night alone out of fear. In South Africa, 79 percent of women felt unsafe in public areas. “If some cities tolerate violence against women, you are never going to have a safe city,” said Mexico City ex-Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Chairman of the GNSC steering committee. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that cities around the world needed to share best practices, as most are financially self-reliant, with no additional state or national aid to enhance security. Clos said the main goal is to “recover street life,” encouraging people to reclaim public spaces, and use them without fear. u

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S President Barack Obama believes an American could make an effective Pope, dismissing concerns that a pontiff from the United States would be influenced by his government.   “It seems to me that an American Pope would preside just as effectively as a Polish, an Italian or a Guatemalan Pope,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News. Two US Cardinals had been named by Vatican experts in Rome as potential papal contenders: Timothy Dolan of New York and Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston. Asked whether a Pope from the United States would “take orders from you,” Obama noted his past difficulties with the US  Catholic bishops, who have blasted him for provisions of his health care reforms, that would force most employers to offer coverage for birth control. Churches would have been exempt from the rules, but religiously affiliated groups—like hospitals and other charities—would have had to comply. Obama had offered a compromise earlier this year, that failed to satisfy many faith groups – of agreeing that employers would have to provide the coverage, but would not have to pay for it directly. “I don’t know if you’ve checked lately, but the conference of Catholic bishops here in the United States doesn’t seem to be taking orders from me,” he said. Obama, who was a member of a liberal protestant denomination before taking office, but has not joined a congregation in Washington, said he hoped the next Pope would focus on “what I consider the central message of the gospel. And that is that we treat everybody as children of God, and that we love them the way Jesus Christ taught us to love them.” A Pope who focuses on the Catholic Church’s devotion to service would “have a tremendous and positive impact on the world,” Obama said. u

Only 28 Countries Have Key Road Safety Laws { Albert Otti / Geneva / FG }

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nly 28 countries have traffic laws aimed at mitigating all the main vehicle safety risk factors, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Geneva. The WHO called on countries to introduce necessary laws as soon as possible, as currently only 7 per cent of the global population is protected by comprehensive laws in all five key areas: drinking and driving; speeding; motorcycle helmet usage; seat belt use; and child restraint. “If this cannot be ensured, families and communities will continue to grieve, and health systems will continue to bear the brunt of injury and

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lobal losses from disasters in 2012 amounted to more than 100 billion dollars for the third year in a row, as catastrophes increasingly hit industrial and private property, the UN disaster agency said. Floods, earthquakes and cold snaps created costs of 138 billion dollars last year, even though there was no mega-disaster in an urban area, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). “A review of economic losses caused by major disaster events (since 1980), shows that, since the mid90s, there has been a rise in economic losses,” said UNISDR Director Elizabeth Longworth. In 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Some 9,300 people died from natural disasters in 2012. Typhoon Bopha took the highest toll, killing 1,900 people in December in the Philippines. Floods in Pakistan and Nigeria also killed hundreds of people. In monetary terms, the costliest disasters were Hurricane Sandy, which hit the US East Coast in October, and two earthquakes in Italy in May. u

Conclave Seagull Becomes Celebrity { Alvise Armellini / Vatican City/ DPA}  

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seagull that posed on top of the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, during the Conclave to elect a new Pope, has become an instant celebrity on the internet. With the world’s eyes fixated on the spot where a plume of white smoke eventually announces the papal election, the bird’s performances were immortalized in pictures quickly relayed by media all over the world – leading to an anonymous Twitter user setting up a “@SistineSeagull” profile on the micro-blogging website. It had soon gained more than 5,000 followers. u

disability due to road traffic crashes,” WHO Director General Margaret Chan said. Road accidents claimed 1.24 million people around the world in 2010, and figures have not improved since 2007, the WHO said, citing the latest available data. The risk of getting killed in traffic is highest in middle-income countries, where car ownership is on the rise – especially in Africa. People in Africa have the highest such risk - 24 of 100,000 people. The rate is lowest in Europe, where only 10 of 100,000 are likely to die this way. Seat belts laws are the most common of the five types of laws. However, such bans are still lacking in Central and Western Africa and South-East Asia, the report showed. Country-wide urban speed limits of 50 kilometres per hour are the rarest type of traffic law. Such laws still have to be introduced in most of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the WHO said. u

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he European Union could face a “social revolution” if it does not adapt its push for austerity, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said. “I have big worries about the coming economic developments,” Juncker said. “I won’t exclude (the possibility) that we run the risk of seeing a social revolution, a social rebellion ... I think we will have to find a new intersection between consolidation and growth policies.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for money earmarked under the EU’s growth pact to flow better, “so that young people in Europe get jobs.” But achieving competitiveness is also key, she said. French President Francois Hollande meanwhile, argued that there is “too much rigidity” in EU budget policies and urged “flexibility”, as he arrived for talks with his 26 EU counterparts. u


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f you are reading this in your pyjamas, in the middle of your work day, it might be time to change your employment habits. Marissa Mayer, the former Google wunderkind who moved to Yahoo last year, in a bid to save the struggling web pioneer, has unleashed her latest weapon to right the listing Yahoo ship: a ban on telecommuting. Mayer’s reasoning comes from a need for everyone at the company to pull together, and to benefit from the insights and decisions that come from impromptu meetings. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” said a Yahoo memo explaining the move, which has sparked an impassioned online debate about the pros and cons of telecommuting – and could be the start of a backlash against the popular practice. “Marissa Mayer has lost the plot,” Rana Florida, Chief Executive of Corporate Strategy Consultants Creative Class Group, wrote on The Huffington Post. She argued the decree was a “giant step backward at an important time for women, who would be hardest hit by the new rule. The fact that Mayer is one of the handful of top women CEOs makes it that much more disappointing.” It was equally galling to the many who tout the utopian Silicon Valley

Yahoo’s Work-At-Home Ban Patrick Pleul

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Google Honours Air-Writing Glove A woman working at home in Germany. Many companies encourage telecommuting, but some are questioning the value of spending so much time working away from the office.

dream of a smart workforce, collaborating remotely via the wonders of broadband. None other than Virgin’s Richard Branson flayed Mayer in a blog posting, calling it a “perplexing step backward”, for a modern-day organization like Yahoo. Columbia Business School Professor Raymond Fisman told CNN that while Mayer’s decree may have been unusual, “it’s the right call for a leader who is working to turn around one of the internet’s laggards.” He cited numerous studies that have found that “personto-person interactions are

Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Company head Marissa Mayer has issued a ban on telecommuting.

3D Motion Controller { San Francisco / DPA}

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f you’ve ever dreamed of controlling your computer by waving your hands in the air – like Tom Cruise did in the film Minority Report – your dreams are about to come true. Such a 3D motion controller has long been hinted at by devices – such as Microsoft’s Kinect interface for the Xbox. But the new Leap Motion Controller for Windows/ Mac computers claims to be 200 times more sensitive, and says it can track the movements of both hands and all ten fingers at 290 frames per second - allowing the kind

ee being forced to relocate, ping me,” he tweeted. “Etsy loves remotes!” If some unnamed Yahoo insiders are to be believed, the company’s telecommuters were not exactly filled with a stunningly conscientious work ethic. “If we want to change, compete, and make

a comeback – all hands have to be on deck, in meetings, contributing ideas, involved, etc,” said a Yahoo worker on the discussion site, Quora. “I think its a great thing for the company,” said another Yahoo veteran. “The policy is not as strict as everyone is reporting. There is still reasonable measures in place for family and emergency but you damn sure can’t hide at home any more.” u

of precision needed to control the tiniest movements on your screen. The device will go on sale for 79 dollars in the US in mid-May, and is already available for pre-order, Leap Motion has announced. Leap Motion says the device has obvious uses for artists,

crucial”, and said that the move will counter the moralesapping feeling of working in a half-empty office. Yet there are also numerous studies that have found telecommuting to boost productivity and worker morale. Teleworking “can produce resource savings and reduce time, expenses, and greenhouse gas production associated with commuting,” is a view of the White House Office of Management and Budget Chief Jack Lew, now in line to become Treasury Secretary. Management Professor John Sullivan, of San Francisco State University, said the productivity boosts of telecommuting are most often seen in service sectors. When the focus is on innovation, working from home doesn’t work. “If you want innovation, then you need interaction,” he said. “If you want productivity, then you want people working from home.” In Silicon Valley, where companies are continually engaged in a life-or-death fight for the brightest workers, Mayer’s decision risks Yahoo getting stuck with employees whose biggest skill is being able to turn up on time. Rival bosses, like Rasmus Lerdorf of the artisan sales site Etsy, were quick to spot the opportunity. “If you are a remote Yahoo employdesigners and engineers, as well as for ordinary home computer users and gamers – and expects developers to come up with novel ideas for the device. Leap also announced that it has partnered with Asus, which will bundle the Leap Motion controller with select new computers, later this year. Users can connect the 5-centimetre gadget to their computers through a USB port, and will be able to find compatible programs at an app store—that Leap Motion will operate—called Airspace. Early reviews in the tech press have been outstanding. Wired called it “the best gesture-control system we’ve ever tested”, while The Verge called it “the next big thing in computing.”u

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pair of German computer scientists—who created a glove that can recognize the motions of handwriting—has won an 81,000-dollar award from Google, for what is hoped will be a method that makes it easier to enter data into Smartphones. “The airwriting glove makes it possible to write in the air, like on an invisible blackboard, said inventor Christoph Amma. His Karlsruhe Institute for Technology said it could make typing on miniature Smartphone keyboards unnecessary.

Amma designed the glove with Tanja Schultz. Amma said the failure rate was 11 per cent, which dropped to 3 per cent if the glove was modified to an individual’s handwriting style. The researchers hope to use the money from the Google Faculty Research Award to refine their glove, and make it more comfortable. Amma said he could see the glove being downsized into an armband, or even become directly integrated into a Smartphone – which would then be waved through the air as if it were a pencil. u

Facebook Revamps News Feed { Andy Goldberg / San Francisco / DPA}

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acebook has announced a major revamp of its news feed feature; the social networking giant said this would give more choice and control to its 1 billion users. The redesign of the news feed is the first major makeover of the core Facebook service, since company Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the Timeline, in late 2011. Zuckerberg said the idea behind the revamp was to provide users with the “best personalized newspaper” experience. The change provides users with bigger images, multiple feeds divided into categories and a uniform look across mobile and PC devices. The most striking visual difference is the increased prominence given to images – that now comprises almost 50 per cent of items in the news feed, Zuckerberg said. News items will also be divided into different categories, with users able to choose feeds from friends, close friends, music, photos, games – and from pages a user follows. In a nod to Facebook’s mobile apps, the design will also feature a side navigation bar for a consistent look across all platforms. Chris Cox, Facebook’s Vice President of Product, said the new look would be rolled out to a small number of users, with Tablet and Smartphone versions to follow. “Because this is a big change on the web, we’re going to be very careful and slow in how we move it out,” Cox said. When the product is more “polished,” it will be rolled out broadly. u


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