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aybe not since Nehru’s tryst has there been such expectation from a Prime Minister of India. And Nehruesque too Modi is in his nationalism… but of course with a very different Idea of India….and with his feet more firmly on the ground. Modi is the leader that we deserved at this juncture, and he has come good as a Prime Minister. He has stamped his unique style and substance on Delhi, India and the world with characteristic élan. He seems to have a very clear vision for the country and its peoples. In fact he enunciated it in enough detail at the start…and he’s constantly at work on its various elements. To deliver achhe din consistently

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write to us at letters@fridaygurgaon evelopment and progress have been the talk of the town in this Millennium City – though that has clearly meant very different things to different ‘stakeholders’. A city of buildings and therefore builders (not developers) would be the more apt terminology. Civic and social infrastructure has been given a miss….or, more accurately, privatised (no need for even PPP here). Ironically, this messy situation is probably why Gurgaon has been chosen as the premier ‘Smart City’ project (or a test bed…take your pick). And the starting point for this smartness has been identified as 24x7 power – this time thankfully the energy type. Power is today seen as core to any development plan. Sans power, life (residential, commercial, industrial or institutional) is indeed powerless (weak and gloomy). Further, today it is not only the generation,

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to all aam aadmis he has set out on a mission to comprehensively resolve multiple historic, legacy issues - some of which will take a few years and some, like housing, have been estimated to take 8 years. The Central govt. is today a new organic entity. The bureaucracy is being made more productive and responsible – though of course this has not gone down well with those used to currying favour, favouring others or playing games. The ex-CM PM seems serious on promoting Cooperative Federalism with States, and has put his money where his mouth is – by allocating States a much higher share of the total kitty. There is no smell of corruption or scams, and auctions have yielded handsome sums. Ministers have been asked to personally inspect crop failure In States, and crop

compensation has been given for even for 33% damage (vs. 50% earlier), and at 1.5 times earlier amounts per hectare. The India story abroad has been communicated consistently, though with great specificity in each country (almost 20 covered within the year). For the world, and especially our neighbours, India’s Disaster Management skills were most apparent in Kashmir, Nepal and Yemen. An International

Yoga Day proposed by the PM was immediately supported by 177 nations. Foreign affairs was strategically, unexpectedly but rightly taken over by the PM for the first year. Economically, Modi has identified India more as a manufacturing hub than a market. Global players seem to be getting Make in India more. Maybe Indian entrepreneurs are not used to playing an open game; they must remember that ease of doing business no longer means making business easy for them. Modi also seems to have spooked many with the coming Black Money Act. And the PM’s not forgotten our borders – especially in J&K (by heralding a bold coalition, showing great statesmanship), and North East

Towards a Smart Green City the present day civil society of Gurgaon has decided to up the Renewable tempo, with Nirvana Society taking the lead in partnership with Power Grid Corporation. T L Satyaprakash, DC Gurgaon and a person who will play a key role in the Smart City project, says, “Regarding the Nirvana Rooftop Solar Power project, it is a good initiative and I am acting as a mediator.

Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan transmission and distribution of ‘fossil fuel’ power that is important, but also its conservation….and its gradual replacement by Renewable Energy. So that we can move effectively towards an era of Sustainable Development (now that’s a Vision!). Some islands did sprout. The ITC

Green Centre in the City was declared one of the world's greenest buildings in 2012 – getting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from USGBC (US Green Building Council) for outstanding commitment to the environment. The good news is that

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I want both of them, Nirvana RWA President Sanu Kapil and Subir Sen, from Power Grid Corp., and their teams to succeed, so that they mutually benefit, as does the City.” Sanu Kapila observes, “The purpose for our taking this step is to help make society eco-friendly and technically smart. It will also help decrease the pressure on the government agencies, be they HSEB or the Municipal Corporation. The new concept that has been introduced is Net Metering, Contd. on p 6

The DPR for the 3 proposed underpasses (at Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO Chowk and Signature towers) is again being changed. Is it because of too many cooks (now both local politicians and administrators), with obviously everyone having a different view, or does Gurgaon just elicit that extra ‘sensitivity’? After all, Hero (Honda) Chowk is still work in progress for almost a decade!


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Dancing despite Nature’s odds These are very sad days for Nepal, the Himalayan Kingdom. Two earthquakes in the span of a fortnight have reduced most of the country to rubble, and thousands of lives have been lost. The damage to heritage sites has been extensive. As international aid teams wind up their rescue operations, Nepalese are slowly picking up the pieces and putting together their blunted infrastructure. Limping Nepal may take a few years to stand proudly on its feet once again – both figuratively and literally. Nepal’s cultural tradition, though vibrant and celebratory in nature - both spiritually and religiously - is going to find it difficult to survive the agony of this devastating earthquake. We should all pray that Dance, an indelible part of Nepali tradition and religion, does not become a casualty of this collosal disaster.

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Social... Skill Gurgaon It’s not surprising that Gurgaon, the residential, commercial cum industrial hub of NCR, is considered a good ‘test’ market – even by the government. In the field of education, although private institutions (including training and coaching institutes) have ruled supreme in the City, the govt. too has spotted the opportunity. In line with the National government’s emphasis on Skill Development and skill-based training, and amid a global focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the State govt. has added many courses and govt. schools to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).

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 Supreme Court denies relief to Ajay Chautala.  Diesel and petrol prices are raised…. again. Yogendra Yadav holds the first meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the Swaraj Abhiyan in Gurgaon; over 100 members from across the country attend. Haryana plans an award of Rs 5 lakhs for panchayats that take special initiatives - like adopting solid and liquid waste management - under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A committee reviewing the Rapid Rail Transport System (RRTS), to come up between Delhi and Alwar (via Gurgaon and Rewari), proposes that the Kashmere Gate to IFFCO Chowk section be constructed underground. Punjab & Haryana High Court removes the stay on the construction of the Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road – NPR), after a settlement is reached with those who will be displaced.

 A woman’s headless and mutilated body is found in a bag in Dhana village, near IMT Manesar.  A 23-year-old cab owner, who was assaulted in his car in Sector 5, succumbs to his injuries.  A govt. schoolteacher dies in a road accident near Sohna.  A pregnant woman carrying a dead baby is ‘belatedly’ asked by the Civil Hospital to rush to Safdarjung Hospital, but dies on the way.  A lawyer and his son are beaten up near Rajiv Chowk, in an incident of alleged road rage, though the lawyer points a finger

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at a BJP MP from Rajasthan; lawyers threaten to go on strike when the police takes no action; the MP meets the Police Chief on Tuesday and says that he is not involved. A local woman, an ex-constable of Delhi, alleges that she was raped a year earlier by 5 men – who have filed a case of extortion against her in Delhi. A man sets himself ablaze at ACP’s office where he had been called on a dowry harassment charge; his wife and mother-inlaw were also present; the police register an FIR against him; his condition is serious. 5 people are arrested for assaulting 4 Gorkha youth living in Nathupur village; the youth have been admitted to AIIMS (one is in serious condition); the FIR, earlier delayed, now lists ‘attempt to murder’. A man gets 1-year jail for selling sex selection kits – he had sold 70 at Rs 6,000 each.  HUDA undertakes a huge demolition drive to remove encroachments from the Fatehpur Jharsa area in Sector 47; despite the presence of hundreds of policemen, many of them as well as HUDA officials and residents are injured in the violence that soon erupts; MCG Councillor of the area, Nisha Singh, who says that she was just taking a video of the ‘action’, is arrested on charges of ‘instigating’ the residents, but is first taken to the Civil Hospital for treatment of her injuries - she is

released on bail after a day; over 200 people are charged for the violence, including local Congress leaders, and almost 20 are sent to jail. MCG demolishes unauthorised constructions in New Palam Vihar; the Administration removes encroachments from near Metro station entrances. Investors in a project(s) in Sector 103 have alleged that they have been defrauded of over Rs 1,000 crores by the directors of 2 companies (builders). Post the (repeat) earthquake, MCG sets up a 3-member team to inspect buildings, especially in ‘old’ Gurgaon. The Administration sets up a multi-departmental panel to help check the City’s continuing toxic discharge into the Yamuna; the Yamuna Action Plan envisages an extended sewerage pipeline across areas of the City and a new Sewage Treatment Plant. 46 industries have been issued notices by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board. Hundreds of villagers from Carterpuri block roads when residents of Sector 23A do not allow to perform the last rites of 2 people in the crematorium; the residents had obtained a stay on its usage from the High Court; finally the cremation is allowed under police escort. Private schools have allegedly not taken any EWS student on board this year, for Classes 1 to 8. Guest teachers of govt. schools in Gurgaon protest against the ill treatment of their colleagues in Karnal. Auto drivers in Delhi beat up an

Nepal Helplines: 0124 2316100, 2303333 (for aid to Nepal) Red Cross toll free number: 81000-880-88 1800-180-4646 Helpline for children with special needs You can inform the Administration about any suspected female foeticide malpractice on mobile number 8010088088 and earn a reward (if the information is found to be correct). executive who works in Gurgaon.  5 new lanes will be set up at the Kherki Toll Plaza on the Manesar (Jaipur to Delhi) side.  Haryana Human Rights Commission sends a notice to the Police Commissioner asking why 9 police stations in the City do not have separate women’s toilets.  An ultrasound machine of a private hospital in Sector 31 is sealed.  The City gets its first Solar Electronics Training Centre at the National Institute of Solar Energy, Gual Pahari.  ICSE results have been very good at the City’s limited ICSE schools – a few of the children have made it to the top list in NCR, and even nationally.  Gurgaon Post Office will have a 24x7 ATM soon, initially for use of the Post Office’s 70,000 account holders.  52 power feeders re impacted by the storm on Tuesday, with 18 being hit by falling trees.  The City sizzles at 44.4 degrees on Monday, after enjoying decent weather to date. 15-21 May 2015

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he State govt. has completed 6 months, and it's time for the first review – after the 100-day ‘preview’. Despite the presence of many local ‘heavyweights’ across the State, the choice of Khattar as CM was unexpected. It is a measure of the ‘new’ CM’s transparency, and even political sagacity, that the State govt. has boldly put out its 6-monthly performance. The govt. seems to believe that it has started walking its talk. Here’s FG’s view.

While the govt. has rightfully started probing the suspected scams (mainly property related) of the past, it has thankfully not got bogged down with them. Of course the CM has ‘conveniently’ said that it will take time to get the ‘derailed’ system back on track. A White paper on the State’s finances was presented before the (State) Budget. An SIT, headed by the Lokayukta, had concluded that Rs 10,000 crores was the estimated property fraud committed over the past decade. The CM had responded with a clampdown on the approval of CLUs (Change of Land Use), an instrument that allegedly

had been grossly misused. The State has provided adequate and fairly timely compensation to farmers affected (even 33%) by the unseasonal rainfall. The (agrarian) State has introduced the concept of Haryana Fresh (for fruits and vegetables) and Mega Food Parks. Surprisingly, a ‘novice’ CM has taken to the e-world instantly – the State has announced a time-bound delivery of 163 e-services. In fact it has Contd. on p 7

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he new Industrial Policy of Haryana will be announced soon. The focus is on transparency, and on ushering in structural and procedural reforms that will facilitate business and entrepreneurship. This was revealed by Industries and Commerce Minister of Haryana, Capt. Abhimanyu, while addressing the recent ‘Conference on Manufacturing’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Gurgaon. The theme of the Conference was ‘ExploreImprove-Collaborate’, with stress on manufacturing, to ‘Make in Haryana’ a success. Addressing the entrepreneurs, Capt. Abhimanyu said that Haryana is a land of opportunities. With 1.3 percent of the population of the country, the State’s contribution is 3.4 percent in the national economy. Capt. Abhimanyu said, “We have implemented the Right to Service Act in Haryana, making the administration accountable, and if there is any delay the concerned will have to face punishment, including penalties. Everything will be

online – from applications for NOCs to approvals for buildings. There will be no human interface, let alone political involvement.” He added that an applicant would be able to track his/her files online, and in case of undue delay, it would be considered as ‘deemed clearance’. He said that the system of filing affidavits is also being done away with and in the new policy self-certification will be enough. If at any point of time some verification is required, it will be done by involving third parties (for which retired engineers, CAs, architects etc. would be empanelled. He said that the State govt. would follow the concept of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’, meaning thereby that the government would only come in and regulate when someone is not complying with rules or Acts. Industrial plots will now be allotted through e-tendering. According to Capt. Abhimanyu, the government has already, in the last 6 months, helped create support infrastructure as per the needs of the market or entrepreneurs. Citing an

example, he said that it was felt that an Export House needed to be set in Panipat for the facilitation of exports, and it was done. As a rule, if any non-budgeted service or facility is urgently needed, the government is willing to get it done on a PPP basis. He said that the Manesar-Palwal stretch of KMP Expressway, which has been languishing for years, will be completed in 9 months, and it would be made 6 lane (instead of earlier 4 lane). He said that KMP Expressway is not just a road, but the catalyst for a lot of economic activity around it. “Of course the most important issue is job creation, for which the focus will be on manufacturing. Within this, the promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) has been identified as the best strategy for employment generation in the hinterlands of Haryana.” Capt. Abhimanyu asked the entrepreneurs to adopt best international practices on Human Resource, Labour and Environment Management in their units. He added that important Demographic Data and Geographic Data (DD&GD) of the State were being collected, which would be of relevance to many.u

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n a major development that could provide a boost to the flagging Real Estate sector in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has vacated its stay on the construction of the Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road - NPR), which had been stalled due to a disputed residential block in New Palam Vihar. The property owners had demanded an appropriate rehabilitation and/or compensation plan. The Court disposed of eleven petitions on Wednesday, and the remaining two will be heard on May 27. 700 impacted people, who had opposed the land acquisition order, accepted the government’s rehabilitation package. The Court has set a deadline of January 31, 2016 for the vacation of the houses. A resident who owns a house there said that if the Court had instead asked for the alignment of the road to be changed, it would have been better. “We have been living here for the last so many years and have a registered property. However the Court decision at least has recognised our genuine demands, which the government was not ready to listen to earlier,” he adds. Pawan Kumar, a property dealer, says that projects on this road had been at a standstill because of the dispute. Buyers too had stayed away, as no one was sure when this main road would be completed. In fact the impasse had also impacted the laying down of other civic related infrastructure - such as lanes and drains, power, and water and sewage systems. The property dealers are now fairly buoyant. Builders too are happy, hoping that a faster completion of the road would help unlock thousands of crores that have been invested in a large number of commercial and residential projects in this area. It may be recalled that to build this road the Haryana government had acquired 600 acres, but the property owners had moved the High Court in 2007/08. The process of mapping out who will get which plot will be addressed over the next two to three months; the residents getting/opting for free plots will be given those of equal size to what they are giving up. u

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06  Contd from p 1 by which any ‘surplus’ solar power generated by us would be given to the power grid and we would get credit for it (in our next billing). ‘Smart’ power network connectivity also means that we can flexibly plan the utilisation of our power load(s) – for example, when to run the water pump and other ‘heavy’ utilities" Power Grid has consented to provide consultancy and supervisory services for the implementation of the project – including solar power generation, integration with the grid, security systems and energy efficiency solutions, on a cost plus basis. Gurgaonites in general are enthusiastic on Solar. Ms. Rupali, resident of Malibu Towne, says, “It’s a wonderful initiative and we should also use the same to save electricity. It is both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Unfortunately, in India we are less open to change…we are happy to just move along with what we have. We must become sensitive to the depletion of natural resources and to the impact of all sorts of pollution on our environment. We must also find solutions to minimise our usage of power.” Prior to ITC’s venture, the S M Sehgal Foundation, an NGO, had constructed an environment friendly building in Sector 44. The Chairman, Suri Sehgal, had said that green buildings increase the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water and materials, and help reduce the building's impact on human health and environment through better design, construction, operation and maintenance. A solar power generation unit and a rainwater harvesting mechanism for water supply and groundwater recharge, built in accordance with the zero-waste concept, were the highlights of this ‘green’ project. While inaugurating the building, Governor Kidwai had lamented that while solar energy was the future, for both urban and rural power requirements, it was not being adequately tapped. While the government of India had proactively instituted a separate Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and a Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) more than a decade ago, it is only now that the momentum is picking up the right speed and scale. BEE’s technicians, engineers and experts have come up with specific guidelines for Lighting, Buildings, Appliances, Agriculture, Municipal and civic services and Industries (including transport). A blueprint on overall energy conservation and ef-

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Towards a Smart Green City

ficiency, titled National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) has also been drafted. Different tools, formulae and mechanisms have been devised under this programme: PAT - Perform, Achieve and Trade: this is a marketbased mechanism for enhancing the cost effectiveness of improvements in energy efficiency in large industries and facilities, through certification on savings. EEFP - Energy Efficiency Financing Platform: as the name suggests, it is a mechanism to enable the mainstream financing of energy efficiency projects. FEEED - Framework for Energy Efficiency Economic Development: this is for the development of fiscal instruments to promote energy efficiency MTEE - Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency: this is to create mass awareness and hasten the shift to energy efficient appliances in designated sectors through innovative measures, as well as to make the products more affordable. All the above aspects can be made effectively viable with Solar Power as the source. The latest ‘development’ is the setting up of the National Insti-

NISE Long Term Work Plan (2014-22) Proposed Activities In view of the technical responsibilities assigned to it and the requirements of JNSM (Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission), NISE proposes to organise itself into the following five technical verticals: n Solar Photovoltaic Division n Solar Thermal Division n Resource Assessment and Information Technology Division n Hydrogen Division n Training and HRD Division 2014-15 was the first year of NISE as an autonomous institution. There is now a need to upscale various facilities and to create new ones. The following activities were proposed to be taken up during 201415 and 2015-16: n Upgradation of SPV module test facility n Upgradation of Solar Cell test facility n Expansion of Battery test facility n Enlargement of SPV Water Pumping test facility and other labs n Upgradation of Solar Thermal labs n Establishment of IT Cell 8 n Renovation of workshop facility n Establishment of R&D monitoring cell n Setting up of 500 kW SPV power plant, & a solar collector in a 60 sq.m. area.

C over S tory Solar Thermal and Solar PV plates are the two methods by which we can tap solar energy. PV is found suitable for booster (water) pumps as well as street and community lighting purposes, whereas Solar Thermal could be used for cooking, drying, heating and also cooling. tem test laboratory, battery testing facility and a water pumping system test rig and outdoors test facility. NISE has a fully developed testing facility for small and large sized solar thermal systems and also offers Solar Resource Assessment (SRA). A Solar Electronics Training Centre has just been set up. It has just completed a 1 MW Solar Thermal R&D power project in collaboration with IIT, Mumbai.  NISE has drawn up a result-oriented plan for Gurgaon. As a start, together with Nirvana Society RWA, it will install Photovoltaic (PV) plates on the roofs of the buildings in the Society, to help tap solar power, and also set up the Net Metering system. NISE has facilities to test and certify PV plates. Further, the Institute is also engaged in research and development on the design, performance and reliability of PV modules. NISE has become a fertile ground for engineering graduates, including M. Techs., since it allows them to undertake detailed studies and experiments for their academic theses, hoping that they will come up with some breakthroughs in systems or applications.u

The generation of 1MW of Solar costs Rs 6 to 7 crores. Hydro generation is cheaper, but the initial cost would be Rs 10 crores, and it would need about 5 years to set up. In the National Action Plan for Climate Change under JNSM, the government had planned for a generation of 100 GW of Solar Power by 2022. The Ministry (MNRE) had mooted 50 MW solar generators in different parts of the country. tute of Solar Energy (NISE) at Gual Pahari on the GurgaonFaridabad Road. It is an autonomous institution of MNRE and the country’s apex R&D set-up in the field of Solar Energy. Prior to September 2013, for nearly 25 years it was known as the Solar Energy Centre (SEC), facilitating the implementation of the National Solar Mission and coordinating research, technology and other related works. Acting

as an interface between the government and institutions, industry and other organisations for the development, promotion and widespread utilisation of solar energy in the country, NISE is today involved in demonstration, standardisation, interactive research, training and testing of solar technologies and systems. It is also managing an accredited Solar PV moduletesting laboratory, lighting sys-

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he ‘plan’ for a hundred ‘smart’ cities across the country has set the dovecotes aflutter….as political announcements without substance usually do. The project has a high chance of success as nobody seems to have asked for it and nobody knows what it really means….though fights have already erupted between the ‘contenders’. Every fresh announcement on this scheme is being cheered. Despite even the definition of ‘smart’ and the criteria for selection of a city having not yet been communicated, many are already rejoicing across the

length and breadth of the country. There is excited ‘chai pe charcha’ all around. Will we replicate Bangalore – by transforming an open, green, cool environment into a congested, concrete, hot one within just a decade? Will my smart city be like Gurgaon – the civic infrastructure-less miracle that straddles two millennia? Politicians and administrators are rejoicing because they will now not have to take direct or sole responsibility for the development of their cities. The deal has been made that much sweeter by the government insisting on replacing the current municipal officialdom with a professional cadre. Really? Could one ever have guessed that there

was a professional municipal cadre straining at the leash, waiting to be let loose on ‘smart’ cities? Further, we are told that since ours is a rich culture that prohibits corrupting foreign influences, especially when it threatens us and our agendas, we have decided to invite Singapore, Toulouse and Tel Aviv to set up these smart cities for us. In addition, an American organisation that has the word ‘Philanthropy’ in its name has been roped in to identify the cities. Indian ‘builders’, facing a real estate bust, are salivating at the construction ‘prospects’. Meanwhile the Central political leadership is already looking ahead. They are preparing to launch the ‘smarter’ city project soon.u

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nder the banner of the All India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade, the descendants of ‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and Chandrasekhar Azad would launch a nationwide campaign together for the first time from the land of Rewari (Haryana) on May 23, which has been home to many a soldier and freedom fighter. Bhagat Singh’s grandson and All India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade National President, Yadavendra Singh Sandhu, said that a nationwide campaign would be launched to seek ‘martyr’ status (in the official records of the Centre) for the legendary freedom fighter and numerous others who laid down their lives during the country's freedom struggle. He added that President Vinod Yadav Pahari and members of Brigade Rewari, along with other social persons like retired Professor Anirudh Yadav are co-operating in this noble cause. The legendary freedom fighter Rajguru’s grandson, Shantanu Rajguru, said that, rather than honouring the martyrs, in the last 67 years we have begun to forget them. “Today's youth only know of five to ten names, and after 10 years the youth of this country will perhaps remember just a name or two. We’re going to start this ‘fight’ from Rewari and it will be unstoppable, as people will come from different fronts,” he said. The legendary freedom fighter Sukhdev’s grandson, Anuj Thapar, said that history that is being taught today still carries glimpses of a British psyche. “British thinking and policy has still not gone from India. We have to bring about a revolution in the thinking of today’s youth. We will not tolerate any politics on the sacrifices of martyrs,” he said. The legendary freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad’s grandson, Amit Azad, said that it is a long fight for the honour of the martyrs. “Martyrs are the heritage of the entire country. We sincerely hope the government listens,” he said. The Brigade hopes to unite the public on the followings issues: 1. To prepare an official list of martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Indian independence from 1757 to 1947, and to have them declared as martyrs in the official documents of the Government of India, with honour. Though the people had considered them martyrs from 23 March, 1931, they have not got official status even after 67 years of Independence. 2. To delete the insulting epithets (like Revolutionary Terrorist) that had been ascribed to these patriots during British rule. 3. To build a National Martyrs Museum, to help conserve the memories of martyrs. 4. To mandatorily include literature on martyrs and patriots in the syllabus of all Government and private schools. 5. To declare national plans and projects in the names of martyrs, including schemes at local levels. 6. To put the pictures of patriots and martyrs – like Mangal Pandey, Rao Tula Ram, Rani Laxmibai, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrasekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Ashfaqullah Khan, Veer Savarkar, Udham Singh - on Indian currency notes. u

Protect the Aravallis

Full of wisdom & fun

The Aravallis, the oldest mountain range in India, are the lush green hills in Southern Haryana, bordering Delhi. Yet, amongst all the States, Haryana has the second lowest forest cover. Surprisingly, the Haryana government thinks that the Aravallis are ‘not forest’. It has ‘privatised’ the Aravalli common lands through dubious processes. Builders are getting ready to tear down the very trees that help us breathe clean air, recharge our drinking water supply and support the rich ecosystem of the area. Over 20 million trees could soon be lost! If we don’t act now we face serious repercussions like water scarcity, increase in pollution and loss of habitat for wildlife. There are hardly any green patches left in Haryana. If the government keeps selling off forest land, future generations won’t even know what a real forest looks like. Shockingly, there are no National Parks and Sanctuaries in the Haryana Aravallis. Even Mangar Bani, a locally protected Sacred Grove, is not considered forest land by the State government, nor has it been declared a protected area. This is despite the Supreme Court ordering the protection of the Aravalli Hills at any cost. The government thinks that people don’t care about the loss of green forests. They think that they can fool us by selling our forest land to developers, ministers, IAS officers and powerful locals. If enough of us sign, we will send a loud and clear message to the Haryana government that we will not let them tear down this beautiful forest. Sign our petition asking the Haryana government to protect the Aravalli Hills and forests by recognising them as deemed forests - https://goo.gl/UKMTtb. If you want to help with our initiative please send your contact details and area of expertise to protect.haryana.aravallis@ gmail.com Thank you for your support! Protect Aravalli Team.’u

He wants to learn more

He loves to explore He makes a good friend He doesn't pretend Nor offend He defends the weak & the meek He helps the elderly down the street He loves giving treats Of ice cream & tasty things He loves to take the kids on Adventure binges, soccer or swimming Climbing rocks, flying on bicycles Scaling walls, reciting in halls He lives life as it comes When it slows, when it runs He is kind to every one He shares with a heart He has the giving art He is a mother's delight She blesses him with Health, wealth & spiritual might Protection of Divine light May he always be cheerful & bright. Shobha Lidder Writer, Journalist, Teacher, Trainer, Social Activist, Reiki Master, Pranic Healer

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22-28 May 2015 Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46

Save Kids' Lives Now!

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s part of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, MRIS 46 conducted an interactive session with its students, briefing them about safety on roads and responsible driving. Each student signed a Child Declaration on Road Safety.

TT Champs

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he Table Tennis team of MRIS 46 lifted the  Manav Rachna Inter School Sports Championship Trophy, for the U-12 boys category.

Gym Artists

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tudents of Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46 displayed agility, grace and coordination to win the Silver medal in Artistic Gymnastics at the CBSE Inter School Sports & Games Competition 2015-16, in the Under 12 category.

Abacus Aadit

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adit Goyel of Grade III, North America section , MRIS 46, bagged the  Champions trophy at the 8th Haryana State level Abacus competition, 2015.

To the Most Proficient

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n the words of Napoleon Hill: 'Some people dream of success, others wake up and work hard at it. Work hard for you never know when the sweat trickling down the side of your face becomes the first droplets of the showers of success. Work hard and achieve anything, aim higher, dream bigger, fear less, love more, look after yourself, be grateful, stay blessed. Trust your struggle. It's now or never'. MRIS-46 conducted a Proficiency Award ceremony (for Grades VI to XI) to felicitate the efforts of the students who had scaled great heights of academic excellence in the 2014-15 session.

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pen sharing of knowledge and ideas was the key objective of the first in-house Assembly held at Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46. Students of the Primary department displayed an assortment of information related to various places they explored and discovered in their Paragon journey of Unit 1. Grade 1 students shared with all the basic needs for physical survival. Students of Grade II stepped back in time and showcased the first ingredient of civilisation - farming, which brought about a settled way of life. The ten elements that are present in all complex cultures - architecture, art, technology, government, economy, beliefs, behaviour, knowledge, food and dress, were very well explained and showcased through dialogue, role play and a PPT by the students of Grade III. 'How do we recognise a civilisation'? was the Essential Question answered and explained by the students of Grade IV. The Fifth Graders reconstructed the past by stepping into the shoes of archaeologists and the various methods they used to explore the ruins and the remains of Ancient Egypt; they talked of the difference between artefacts and 'ecofacts'.

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yan International School, Sector 40 has always tried to present an educative morning assembly for its students. On the ‘International Day of Family' the students of Class IV B presented a lively Talk Show on the significance of family in our lives. They emphasised that the family is a microcosm of society, wherein people learn to act responsibly, accept authority, have loyalty, be considerate to others and attend to the needs of members who require care and protection.

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yan International School, Sector 40 hosted the Prize Distribution ceremony for the winners of various competitions conducted by Aqua Foundation with the support of Ministry of Earth Sciences. The School was also felicitated for its Green and Clean Earth endeavours. Winners of the Painting competition, Slogan Writing competition and Essay Writing competition all with the theme ‘Clean Earth – Green Earth’ - were felicitated. The other schools that witnessed the Ceremony were Sulabh Public School, Venkatesh International School and Sushila Model School.

yan International School, Sector 40 organised a Health Camp at Silokha Village. A team of doctors from All India Welfare and Research Society worked together with the Ryanites to help create awareness on how to maintain good health. The villagers were very enthusiastic and took the opportunity to get themselves medically examined. Those diagnosed with ailments were given appointments for medical treatment. Free medicines, including vitamin and iron tablets, were given to all. The School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma said that the School has pledged to positively transform Silokha Village.

Quiz Kid

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yan International School, Sector 40 participated in a quiz and an art competition at Purana Quila, New Delhi on the occasion of International Museum Day. Anshika Sodhi of Class VIIA bagged the 3rd position in the quiz and the 4th position in the art competition, in the 12-15 age group. She was the youngest winner among 50 participants from various schools.

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he students of Ryan Global School, Sector 40 participated in a thought enactment based on the value of humility. They highlighted, through their dialogues and actions, the importance of being humble.

Healthy Teaching

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ooks Distribution at Sulabh Public School by HOPE Initiative, a nonprofit organisation working for health awareness among school students.

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hanti Niketan School, Sector 4 students came First in Gurgaon District in an NGOs-organised Talent Hunt 2015


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impatient. What Modi ironically needs is a Patel - for ensuring that his govt.’s policies and initiatives are effectively implemented across the nation. A senior person needs to imediately be given the charge of facilitating, overseeing and reviewing BJP States and CMs. It should preferably be Sushma Swaraj or Rajnath Singh (though Home is more critical); Niti Aayog can only play a staff role. The PM needs to ensure Modi is trying to help the poor by focusing on the best implementation of his programmes emiminating poverty rather than forever keeping and initiatives in BJP-ruled States – even 1 them dependent on doles. With Finance being at big State to start with. Swachh Bharat, Beti the heart of every Gujarati, Modi’s focus even Bachao Beti Padhao, Jan Dhan, Insurance & on ‘inclusion’ has been on financial inclusion – Pension initiatives, as also Digital India, Skill through the opening of Jan Dhan bank accounts India, Make in India and Smart City need to be (12.5 crores), including an overdraft facility, and operationally successful at ground level. A BJP simple, effective Insurance policies (7 crores State has urgently to be issued). The Aadhaar developed as the next Card + Bank Account (Gujarat) role model. + Insurance Policy There has been little done for agriculture, At a national level, seems to be his combo and that’s why may be farmers have there is little evidence answer for the poor – reacted more – though unseasonal of learnings from, to help the govt. target rain has probably been the trigger. The or best practices of, them for help on food second Green Revolution (primarily individual States being and fuel supply, as for East India), Soil Health Card and applied elsewhere. well as allowing them Irrigation (PM Krishi Sinchayee Yojana) The PM should ensure to help themselves seem to be still on the drawing board. that one key initiative financially, both Even the ‘Rurban’ vision doesn’t seem to from every State/ in good times and have kicked off anywhere. Metro is taken up for bad. Gujarat has implementation all also been given the across the country. GIFT of a worldNiti Aayog should track their implementation class financial centre – the Gujarat International religiously (just in a manner of speaking!). Now Finance Tec-City. The big canvas has been rolled is also the time to tie up and allocate the finances out in Railways and Defence, offering tremendous for the funding of mega infrastructure projects. scope for investments and employment, while This has to be big bang, with a combination of the significantly increased coal availability will further auctions of resources, divestments, ‘black fuel the 24x7 power ambitions. Railways has the to white’ and an India Infrastructure Fund. opportunity to showcase the PPP model on a grand scale. Year 2 must be for ‘home’ – from Day 1. It’s time for the PM to undertake a whirlwind tour of India… The tragedy is that while the PM has enacted though maybe he needs to seal Bihar first – that’s his role superbly, he has not been backed by his the realpolitik for BJP’s Rajya Sabha seats. They team. Everyone seems to wait to be told what to cannot continue to be ‘blocked’ in Parliament. It do next…and the PM has had his hands more also must be the year to excite the youth. 2 key than full. Maybe it’s a matter of trust, or the PM programs should be on the PM’s Home Page: is too hands on to be a delegator. But change this Digital India, to e-enable education and to must – for the people, and even for his future and extensively deliver e-governance; that of the Party. There is no one looking at the Skill India, to get the jobs going. day-to-day stuff that most of the citizens have expected from his govt. and waited for patiently. This visionary PM should best be judged at the For example, inflation is down, but food prices end of 3 years. By then most would probably be are not. Deliver he probably will, well before singing his tune …again. u the close of his term, but the people are getting (by starting to align it strongly with the heartland). And he’s redefined India as a Maritime Nation. He’s brought a strategic focus to our coastlines, bays, seas and oceans….and the Ganga. The Navy, ports and waterways are finding mention and meaning after decades. A National Maritime Authority is but an announcement away.

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Tagged in India A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products, which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region or country). GIs have been defined under Article 22(1) of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS ) Agreement as: ‘Indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or a locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin’. Darjeeling Tea became the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004-05.

GI Tags – India (235) – Part II Handicrafts Geographical Indications Pochampalli Ikat Srikalahasthi Kalamkari Kondapalli Bommallu Machilipatnam Kalamkari Budiiti Bell & Brass Craft Leather Puppetry Uppada Jamdani Sarees Venkatagiri Sarees Bobbile Veena Mangalagiri Sarees & Fabrics Muga Silk Muga Silk of Assam (Logo) Madhubani Paintings Applique – Khatwa Patchwork of Bihar Sujini Embroidery work of Bihar Sikki Grass work of Bihar Bhagalpur Silk Bastar Dhokra Bastar Wooden Craft Bastar Iron Craft Champa Silk Saree & Fabrics Bastar Dhokra (Logo) Sankheda Furniture Agates of Cambay Kutch Embroidery Tangaliya Shawl Surat Zari Craft Patan Patola Kachchh Shawls

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Jammu & Kashmir

Mysore Silk Bidriware Channapatna Toys & Dolls Mysore Rosewood Inlay Kasuti Embroidery Mysore Traditional Paintings Ilkal Sarees Ganjifa cards of Mysore (Karnataka)

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Navalgund Durries Karnataka Bronzeware Molakalmuru Sarees Sandur Lambani Embroidery Kinhal Toys

Bagru Hand Block print Thewa Art work Phulkari

Kerala

Aranmula Kannadi Alleppey Coir Maddalam of Palakkad Screw Pinecraft of Kerala Brass broidered Coconut Shell Crafts of Kerala Cannanore Home Furnishings Balaramapuram Sarees & Fine Cotton Fabrics Kasaragod Sarees Kuthampully Sarees Payyannur Pavithra Ring Chendamangalam Dhoties & Set Mundu

Chanderi Fabric Madhya Pradesh Leather Toys of Indore Bagh Prints of Madhya Pradesh Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh Maheshwar Sarees & Fabrics Bell Metalware of Datia and Tikamgarh(Logo) Leather Toys of Indore (Logo) Solapur Chaddar Solapur Terry Towel Puneri Pagadi Paithani Sarees & Fabrics Warli Painting

Maharashtra

Kotpad Handloom Fabric Orissa Ikat Konark Stone carving Orissa Pattachitra Pipli Applique work Khandua Saree & Fabrics Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics Bomkai Saree & Fabrics Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda Villianur Terracotta Works Tirukanur Papier Mache Craft Kota Doria Blue Pottery of Jaipur Molela Clay work Kathputlis of Rajasthan Sanganeri Hand Block Printing Kota Doria (Logo)

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Mystical God-moments

{ Dr. Rajesh Bhola }

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fter being born on this planet we pursue many things and accumulate a host of materialistic possessions. However, we rarely try to sincerely discover the mystical force that is behind everything - the Ultimate Truth… God. All sorts of illusions cloud our vision during our lifetime. Most people feel the need for some sort of ‘enquiry’ only at the fag end of their lives. They miss out on a most worthwhile search, the pursuit of which is so enriching that it can enable us to lead our lives contentedly and die peacefully. Discovering Him is indeed a mystical experience. Most religions prescribe some method (say, meditation) to help feel His presence. Mysticism is defined as a spiritual discipline aimed at union with the Divine through deep meditation or trance-like contemplation. Many years ago I had gone to Meerut to meet the mother of my very dear friend. She was 80+ and well, but had been confined to bed due to a knee problem. Now she had suddenly stopped taking any food for the past 10 days and was restless. Relatives and friends had come from near and far. I sat at her bedside and held her tender hand in my hands. She seemed to feel comforted, and within a few seconds her restlessness was gone. Then, ‘mysteriously’, she took her last breath and bid adieu to us all. Had she been waiting for a ‘healing’ touch? Was I the ‘carrier’? I could not separate myself from the experience. Suddenly, and without warning, something invisible seemed to be drawn across the sky, transforming the world about me into a kind of tent of concentrated and enhanced significance. However, I did not feel like sharing it with anyone. What had been experienced was ‘mine’, though at a level where ‘I’ was no longer the familiar ego. I felt that while my words may inform and illuminate, they were as likely to obscure and mislead. The concern was not simply an

intellectual one - my peers might regard my experience as ‘confused and groundless speculation’ or ‘superstitious self-delusion’. However, within hours of the experience I found myself talking with friends, desperately attempting to convey something that I could not myself understand. They did not, as I had feared, question either my sanity or my sincerity. Rather, much to my amazement, the telling and retelling of the experience kindled a small ‘spiritual movement’, which began with some youth and then spread to the adults as well. Whenever I spoke of the experience I tried to be intellectually cautious and spiritually responsible. I found myself incessantly repeating the following refrain: “It was like this, but not really; it was sort of like that, but not in the way that you might initially think.” Unfortunately, as I quickly learned, many of these people heard what they wanted to and disregarded the rest. What I offered as fumbling, grossly inadequate descriptions, became concretised in their minds as authoritative expressions of first-hand experience. I gradually shied away from providing any description

at all, drawing nourishment from the experience that was – inexplicably and paradoxically – still with me, and began to explore the paths of contemplation and inward reflection. Mystical experiences seem to last for a relatively brief period of time, but reveal an otherwise hidden or inaccessible knowledge. They seem beyond the range of human volition and control and give us a sense of oneness and wholeness… and timelessness. Mystical experiences seem to reveal the nature of our true, cosmic self. My ‘mystical’ experience has helped shape the many contours and colours of my life. In this connection, my ‘background’ may be relevant. I was nurtured on the milk of Hinduism. My parents took me to a temple on a weekly basis on Tuesdays and I had genuinely tried, as best I could, to accept the teachings and doctrines that I had learned in the process. I knew that religion was immensely important to my grandparents as well as my parents, but it never ‘clicked’ at a personal level. Searching for answers – as well as a deeper understanding of my family – I had read the great Gita at a

go, cover to cover. However, despite a willing spirit and an open mind, the answers were not forthcoming. The more I reflected on the matter, the more difficult it became to reconcile faith in God with the widespread, unwarranted and undeserved suffering in the world. I was especially troubled by the suffering of innocent children. Though I was not entirely convinced that God did not exist, I refused to accept the pain and suffering that He had ‘created’. In short, not only was I not looking for a ‘visit’ from God, I had even taken back the welcome mat. Maybe these elements laid the foundation for my ‘experience’. They may even have ‘prepared’ me in some important sense. Even so, the experience itself was unsolicited, unexpected, and – in terms of occurrence, phenomenology and content – intensely surprising. However, as odd as it may sound, the experience was both reassuring and unsettling. Although I had never taken a class in mysticism or philosophy, I had thought deeply about philosophical as well as religious topics. I tried desperately to make sense of the experience. Eventually, having emptied my conceptual toolbox, I quit struggling….

and chose the phrase ‘intensely surprising’. Maybe I should have left the experience as just a feeling, for mystical experiences are essentially ineffable, beyond expression - in fact their expression seems in some sense forbidden. Many mystics agonise over their inability to conceptualise or express – even to themselves – what they regard as fundamental cosmic truths (states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by the discursive intellect). In common parlance I might say “I had a mystical experience” but, phenomenologically speaking, it would be more accurate to say, “A mystical experience engulfed (had) me.” William Blake, the English mystic, poet and painter captured the notion of ‘The One in the All and the All in the One’ in four memorable lines: ‘To see the world in a grain of sand And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour’. If one is to take seriously the possibility of union with God, one must be prepared to affirm the possibility of attaining a spiritual state in which feelings such as ‘God and I are one’ or even ‘I am God’ are neither merely metaphors nor blasphemy. To achieve such a union, the mystic typically cultivates a path – not of exultation, but purgation. The Upanishads have taught us that everything in the entire universe – heaven, earth and beyond – is contained in a small space within the heart: ‘in this body, in this town of spirit, there is a little house shaped like a lotus and in that house there is a little space…’. Heaven, earth, fire, wind, sun, moon, lightning, stars - whatever is and whatever is not… everything is there.u

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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 30 years. He can be contacted at rabhola@yahoo.com

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ature comes to us as a whole, not in select pieces of our choice. Similarly, life is both black or white – and often ‘grey’. Both the good and the bad co-exist, and need to be managed together, to get the desired optimal result. The same quest for ‘duality’ applies to Cholesterol and its role in heart diseases. Cholesterol is a natural waxy substance that is found in all the cells of the body. Our liver manufactures it, and small amounts go towards creating healthy hormones that help build the body’s cells. There are as many as 18 kinds of Cholesterol. However, to keep it simple we divide them into two categories: HDL (Good) and LDL (Bad). While Total Cholesterol (TC) count is to be watched, even more critical is managing the ratio between the Good and the Bad. The Cholesterolcarriers in the blood stream are the lipoproteins. The low density versions (LDL – Low Density Lipoproteins) tend to deposit Cholesterol on artery walls, where it builds up as ‘plaque’ and eventually interferes with blood flow and leads to heart disease or stroke. High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) are the saviours; they re-circulate Cholesterol back to the liver, from where it can be eliminated. For long ignored, HDL is now taken seriously by the medical profession as a heart-protection factor. HDL can help remove cellular Cholesterol. Importantly HDL has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-clotting properties – which together help inhibit atherosclerosis and reduce cardiovascular risk. Conversely, genetic factors, Type 2 diabetes and certain drugs lower HDL cholesterol levels. Of course our lifestyle choices have the single largest impact on the prevention of chronic diseases. Our daily habits, especially the focus on an ‘active lifestyle’, combined with a no smoking and no/ moderate drinking rule, can greatly impact our Cholesterol ratio. Poor lifestyle choices lead to extra kilos of body weight, which take their (heavy) toll.

Managing the ‘Good & Bad’ (Part 1)

Tip of the Week    

The American Heart Association recommends that all adults age 20 or older have their Cholesterol (and other risk factors) checked every 4-6 years; it is a good idea to check more often after 40. A Total Cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal. However, one must take into account risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and blood pressure before ‘setting’ the target for each individual. Research suggests that for every 0.03 mmol/l increase in HDL, cardiovascular risk is reduced by 2-3 percent.

Nature’s Wonder Food(s) of the Week: Optimal HDL/LDL ratio Foods

A healthy diet contains fat that can give us between 25

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to 35 percent of our required daily calories. Within this, saturated fat or trans fat should account for less than 7 percent and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats should be maximized - as these tend to improve HDL.

Some of the best foods that help us get an optimal HDL content, and therefore a more optimal HDL/LDL ratio, are: n Fatty fish - like salmon or tuna, fish oil supplements, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil – all of which give us the important Omega-3 fatty acids n  Avocado - an excellent source of quality fats n  Olive Oil - probably one of the best for Omega 6 n  Nuts - a study showed that about 67 grams of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pistachios, brazil nuts and macadamia nuts) per day helped increase HDL cholesterol and improved the HDL/LDL ratio by 8.3% n  Garlic - has been found to lower Cholesterol levels, prevent blood clots, reduce

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blood pressure and protect against infections. Loaded with sulphur-containing antioxidants, garlic plays a crucial role in regulating Cholesterol levels. A study conducted by the Bastyr College (Seattle) showed that participants having three fresh cloves of garlic everyday boosted their Good HDL by 23 per cent in one month n  Organic Apple Cider Vinegar - another very strong arrow in the quiver. In addition to a whole host of other benefits (of improving metabolism, especially as an early morning or pre-meals ‘master cleanse’), it can also help lower Bad Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels (the most common type of fat in the body) n  High fibre whole grains and beans (black, kidney or pinto beans) - which help us maintain a good HDL/LDL ratio. Oats are a rich source of Beta glucans, which interfere with the absorption of Bad Cholesterol as well as help eliminate it from the body – which in turn boosts good HDL Cholesterol levels n  Fresh oranges, tangerines or cranberries - delicious fruits rich in polyphenolic compounds. Several studies suggest that the increased consumption of these fruits or their juices may increase the plasma HDL Cholesterol level n  Black or green tea, taken without milk or sugar to provide a similar effect (as above) n  Red Wine - its consumption in moderation (less than 250 ml a day) can also increase HDL Cholesterol n  Spinach - which ontains lots of Lutein, the sunshineyellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolks. In addition to guarding against age-related macular (eye) degeneration, Lutein also helps build an optimal HDL/ LDL ratio n  Eggs - help increase the amount of HDL n  Dark Chocolate - contains polyphenols that prevent oxidation of Cholesterol and help improve our lipid profile.u

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ew’ Gurgaon, which was the hub of ‘Aam Aadmi politics’ during the Lok Sabha elections, and voted almost en bloc in favour of the AAP candidate Yogendra Yadav, embraced saffron in the Assembly polls. In the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP candidate, Rao Inderjit Singh, had polled 6,44,780 votes, while INLD's Zakir Hussain got 3,70,058 and AAP candidate Yogendra Yadav got 79,452 votes. Yadav, however, polled almost 27,000 votes from the Gurgaon assembly area, and it was expected that if AAP had fought the Assembly elections, it would have been a strong contender for the Gurgaon constituency. In the absence of a viable alternative to the Congress, many of these 'AAP voters’ and several others preferred to go with

been the average performance of Congress candidate Dharambir Gaba, who came a distant third. He was expected to win, riding on the strong Punjabi vote bank of almost 70,000 votes. All the permutations and combinations of the political pundits were proved wrong not only in Gurgaon, but across Haryana as well. It seems that people once again – even for an Assembly election – voted overwhelmingly for BJP in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even the strong, tried and tested caste arithmetic was proven incorrect in this election, says Vijay Arora, a Congress supporter. He is rankled by the poor performance of the Con-

It had been a brave decision of Amit Shah to sever ties with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), when the latter refused to budge from its 50-50 stand, considering that BJP had no real independent ‘standing’ in Haryana (of course, in retrospect, if he could take on the Shiv Sena in Mumbai, the HJC decision would have been a ‘cakewalk’). Shah also stayed away from any ‘tie-up’ with INLD. With a repeat historic performance in Haryana, at Lok & Vidhan levels, Modi-Shah have proved that they are indeed mega game-changers. In many areas of ‘new’ Gurgaon, including DLF, Sushant Lok and adjoining localities, a large number of people did not even know the local party candidate, but still voted for BJP. Even Umesh Agarwal admitted that people had voted with asha PaNDEY

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has won even in areas considered to be our strongholds. The people have just voted for Modi," he admits. Analysts say that the Lok Sabha

PM. In adjoining Badshahpur, the BJP candidate, Rao Narbir Singh, had to face a stiff contest against Rakesh Daultabad of the INLD and (BJP) Party rebel Mukesh Sharma, who made the contest quite interesting. While it was a neck-to-neck race in Badshahpur hinterland, the BJP candidate got overwhelming support from many ‘new’ Gurgaon colonies, which are still a part of this constituency. Almost 95 per cent votes in these ‘new’ Gurgaon colonies went to Narbir Singh - giving him a chance to become an MLA after a long time. The ‘elite’ corporate crowd did vote in many areas. In Pataudi and Sohna too the BJP won by huge margins, again despite not so strong candidates. In Pataudi, Bimla Chaudhary won by a good number, and she ascribed her victory to PM Modi and also to her mentor, Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, who has quite a large following in the Ahirwal belt. So strong was


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t’s not surprising that Gurgaon, the residential, commercial cum industrial hub of NCR, is considered a good ‘test’ market – even by the government. In the field of education, although private institutions (including training and coaching institutes) have ruled supreme in the City, the govt. too has spotted the opportunity. In line with the National government’s emphasis on Skill Development and skillbased training, and amid a global focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the State govt. has added many courses and govt. schools to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Today, in Gurgaon, 30 govt. schools are offering 10 Vocational Skill courses. These are in: n Retail n Beauty & Wellness n Automobile n Agriculture n Media Entertainment, including Animation n Security n Physical Education & Sports n Travel and Tourism n Patient Care Assistance n Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services (IT & ITES). Each Government school runs two sessions, with separate sets of vocational teachers. Further, guest lecturers visit these schools for special classes. This helps the students get a feel of the real world. The students are also given an opportunity to undertake fieldwork. The courses are offered to students of Classes Nine to Twelve and the books are provided by the government. The main textbooks are in English, though guidebooks in Hindi are available in school libraries. The student strength in each class is around 25-30. The vocational subjects are considered like any other optional subject. Examinations are conducted for these subjects in line with the general system of examination. After passing their exams the students are given certificates from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), which is a big help for the students who intend to take up further studies abroad. This certificate is internationally recognised, and the syllabi offered for these vocational courses come under

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the purview of the National Occupational Standard (NOS). The subject experts help the students enhance their talent and develop superior skills. The schools are confident that such courses will help students get ready employment. Prashant, a successful student from the Sanskriti Model School, says that on passing out he was immediately offered a job by Vishal Mega Mart, a retail business outfit. “However, I did not opt for the job as I want to study further. I want to complete my graduation and hence I took admission in DU (Delhi University),” he says. He adds that the specialisation acquired by the students through vocational

The National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) organises qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitudes. These levels are defined in terms of learning outcomes that a learner must possess, irrespective of how they were acquired – whether through formal, non-formal or informal learning. The focus is more on outcomes than inputs. NSQF is therefore akin to a quality assurance framework.

Since the bulk of employment opportunities in Gurgaon come from the IT sector, there are a number of private institutions that are offering courses in cyber laws and ‘ethical hacking’. Gurgaon has seen an alarming increase in the number of cyber crimes, be it the hacking of email accounts, stealing of sensitive data, copying of address books, interception of data, password attacks, Trojan attacks or espionage. Little wonder then that there is an increased concern for security among companies, be they big or small, private or public. This has given an immeasurable boost to the career of ‘ethical hackers’. Capitalising on this demand, a number of institutes have come up in the City in the past two years, offering certificate programmes that equip students as well as professionals with expertise in this domain. It’s clearly time to temper our (vocational) skills for the virtual world also.

courses is enabling them to find jobs fairly quickly, and this has been of great help to many needy students. The vocational courses will be implemented in colleges also, thereby enabling students at the university level to raise their skills and employability. During the classes, students are also taught soft skills, to develop their communication capability. Given the importance of agriculture in Haryana, the government schools offer a course in Agriculture education. In fact in Haryana a number of public and private institutions offer elaborate courses on agriculture and scientific farming, research, teaching and inspection, besides the commercial activities of establishing farms, plantations, orchards and agri exports. The Haryana government has very recently announced that Gurgaon will have its own university. The need for such a university was also felt on account of the mushrooming of many a private university in the City,

S ocial with question marks over the quality of education imparted by some of them. “Private institutions are expensive and have caused financial hardship to many families, which have had to cough up huge sums in order to ‘secure’ the future of their children. They had little choice. The government’s decision to introduce vocational courses has been of great help. Our school has ‘specialised’ on 2 course offerings – (Patient) Care Assistance and Beauty & Wellness. The students are very excited as there is something new to learn and they can also earn through this learning subsequently. They can even start their own businesses. Doctors from Max Life visit our school as guest lecturers,” says Indu Yadav, Principal of Bheem Nagar Government College. The Principal of Jacobpura Government School, Sheel Kumari, says, ”We implemented these courses in our school only in 2013, hence we do not have a batch that has completed the entire course.” She compliments the State government for such a step because it has helped the students and brought a smile to the faces of their guardians. “The students get the opportunity to develop a strong base and also a chance to work after completing their higher secondary studies,” she says. The courses are offered at 4 levels - Level One to Four - Class Nine being Level One and Class Twelve being Level Four. “In our school we have two specialties, namely Retail and Beauty & Wellness,” Ms Kumari adds. “The Millennium City is the hub of IT companies and we want our students to be a part of these companies. They should be capable of competing with the students passing out from private schools. The government is also doing its bit to check the number of dropouts. Vishal Mega Mart, Spencers and Big Bazaar are providing good placement opportunities to the students of government schools and colleges. Doctors from Civil Hospital and other private hospitals also visit these schools to hire personnel to man their healthcare units. The subjects that are currently being offered suit such demands,” says an NSQF source. The induction of these professional, vocational courses will bolster the number of students attending government colleges, helping them to expand further to meet the emerging employment demands, he adds.u


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Sakela dance

Dancing despite Nature’s odds community of Morang, Jhapa and Darjeeling (India) are agriculturists, fishermen and weavers. During the Parbwa festival, the community indulges in drinking and dancing. The Dhimal dance is performed with a fish pot. A highlight is the handmade jewellery and attire of the dancers. The boys wear a kachchad (waist

Lakhey dance

Ghatu dance

Dhimal dance

Manjushree

hese are very sad days for Nepal, the Himalayan Kingdom. Two earthquakes in the span of a fortnight have reduced most of the country to rubble, and thousands of lives have been lost. The damage to heritage sites has been extensive. As international aid teams wind up their rescue operations, Nepalese are slowly picking up the pieces and putting together their blunted infrastructure. Limping Nepal may take a few years to stand proudly on its feet once again – both figuratively and literally. Nepal’s cultural tradition, though vibrant and celebratory in nature - both spiritually and religiously - is going to find it difficult to survive the agony of this devastating earthquake. We should all pray that Dance, an indelible part of Nepali tradition and religion, does not become a casualty of this collosal disaster. There are hundreds of Nepali dances that dot the villages of the country. They have not only been an integral part of Nepali classical and folk culture, but have even captured the international imagination. The Lakhey dance is one of them. Lakhey is a ferocious demon, depicted by a dancer known by the same name. The Lakhey dance is performed in the valley (in and around Kathmandu) as per the Newar tradition, during festivals like the Yenya. Lakhey is worshipped as a demiGod by the Nepalis. People perform rituals before the Lakhey dancer, as he moves in a dancing parade from village to village. He dances wildly and bears a scary look, with a mask made of papiermache’ and hair made of Yak’s tail. The duel between Jhyalincha (a little boy) and Lakhey is also enchanting. During the bi-annual Sakela festival, men and women form groups, attire themselves in traditional costume, and perform the Sakela dance together. Leaders from both the sides guide the dancers as they form a large circle and move to the beats of the dhol (drum). The temple priest sacrifices a hen as an offering to the Gods. Western Nepal, home to the Magar and Gurung castes, has a popular dance called the Ghatu. The Dance is performed on the full moon night during the month of June. It is traditionally performed by two virgin girls, who depict the life of an ancient Nepali king. They are accompanied by males. The lasses orchestrate their movements to the rhythm of the modal, a type of drum. Ghatu is also known as Kauda and Chudka. The Dhimal

garment). In Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, hardworking agriculturists (men and women) from the Jyapu community dance to the beats of Dhime (a type of drum). Their costume comprises of Haku Patasi (saree), cholo (blouse) and an artistically woven Bhadgaunli cap. The Dhime dance celebrates the harvest.

Bajrayogini dance

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According to Tantric lore, Nepal is blessed with four Goddesses. Bajrayogini is believed to love and protect her devotees. A dance of the same name (the Bajrayogini dance) brings out the qualities of this powerful Goddess. Like Kali Mata in India, Bajrayogini depicts valour, peace and turbulence. A skillful mix of hand gestures, feet movements and quick skilful body movements are the highlights of this dance form. Jhijhiya is a beautiful dance that is performed to please Goddess Bhavani (Parvati) during the auspicious Hindu festival of Dusshera. It is believed that performing Jhijhiya helps ward off evil spirits. The villagers come out of their houses and dance enthusiastically on Bijaya Dashami (the tenth day – like Dusshera). Women carry pots made of clay, which have burning oil lamps inside, on their heads. As the women dance, onlookers count the holes on the pots - an act that is supposed to help ward off evil. As one travels towards Central Nepal, one is greeted by the enchanting dance Manjushree, which is also known as the Charya Nritya. This Dance eulogises Manjushree, the oldest of the Boddhisattvas. Manjushree is considered to be the epitome of intelligence. He is believed to have torn apart the mountains with his sharp sword. The Jhayura dance is performed by young boys and girls in groups. They express the natural feelings of reciprocity between the two sexes. The amorous and blushing looks of the dancers, especially the girls, are a sight to watch. Much like the Jhayura is another dance known as the Deuda, which is performed during the Nepali festival of Gaura. Goddess Gauri, the consort of Shiva, is invoked for the prosperity of the family. Young lovers gather excitedly at Tundikhel. This dance is popular in the districts of Toti and Dailekha. Dances are a part of spirituality and religion in Nepal, especially in the villages, but they cannot be divested even from the popular city life. While today there is mourning, there is clearly hope for Nepal beyond the horizon. This was best echoed by a brave Nepali earthquake survivor, who looked into TV cameras without betraying any inner emotions and said, “We have suffered incomparable losses and Nepal will never be the same again. But our culture will remain in our hearts”. Amen.u The writer is a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse and choreographer

Jhijhiya dance

Deuda dance


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