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Making our mark ! Weekly Journal | Issue 2 | August 2012


A NEW SPECIAL TRAIN FROM GUWAHATI HAS STARTED THE VOYAGES TOWARDS SOUTH - by Shrinkal Sharad Guwahati, September 1- The new train for south specially Bengaluru started the voyage to Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon to enable the inhabitants of the north east to go their places of study or work in south India after facing all the threats in the last month. The train departed from the railway station at Paltan bazar at 2:40 pm and would arrive Bengaluru on Monday evening.

the wait list. We convinced the

Another similar train is set to leave for the same stop on September 5 this statement was made by Rockybul Hussain who is the Assam environment and forest minister to ensure the security of the passengers a special security team of 10 members of Assam police joined railway protection force (R.P.F) the passengers were mostly students and people from Assam and other northeastern states studying and working in Bengaluru and other

did not leave for their home states.

railway officials to attach one more compartment



them, “ said Mr. Hussain .he said the government would run another special train on 5th September. The exodus of people from the north east from southern states started around 15 august after rumors went viral through the internet, various sms and mms that they would be attacked after 20 August if they Due to all the threats thousands of southern cities who finally boarded the train on assurance received by the respective state governments .

people gathered at the Bengaluru

IN spite of the train being scheduled for departure at 1:15pm, it got delayed as the authorities had to add one more compartment to it due to the chaos situation the train was having 18 sleeper class coaches.” when we came to station we saw some people on

9 special trains from Bengaluru to

railway station and therefore the Karnataka government arranged Guwahati. To ensure the security of the people of the north east in Bengaluru the Karnataka deputy chief minister R. Ashoka visited Assam and Manipur on 25 and 26 august and requested the people to return.

CHINESE YOUTHS FLOCK TO GUJRAT TO POLISH GARBA SKILLS -By Anni Pathak Ahmedabad- “Dodhiyu” may be a tongue twister for Chinese, but that hasn’t stopped them from learning its complex steps. Youth from the land of the dragon dance are learning the garba. Students of Sinchuan United University, one of the oldest national university of China.. will undergo training to master the teen taali and hinch, besides the dodhiyu with grace . they will then display their skills during Navratri. The training sessions will take place in two parts in China and Ahmedabad. Gujarati garba teachers in China will initially impart the training. The students will then arrive in Ahmedabad 15 days before Navratri begins to learn steps from local

performers and trainers. The batch will arrive in Ahmedabad on October 1. And perform at Karnavati Club during Navratri which starts on October 16. Likewise the Chinese will also teach Gujarati’s the traditional Chinese dances of the lion, dragon as well as acrobatics. The various forms of traditional dance will be performed by Gujarati’s along with the Chinese during the vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2013. Besides, a 72- member team from China will stage a Beijing opera, which dates back to the third century at Motera Stadium for three days during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit in January next year. The move comes in the wake of

SMS LIMIT HIKED TO 20 A DAY -By Navni August 24: Here is good news for SMS addicts. The government has eased SMS restriction from 5 SMS per day to 20 SMS per day. To stop spread of rumors that led to the exodus of North East Indians from several parts of the country, the government had put a ban on bulk of SMS restricting the mobile users to send maximum number up to 5 SMS per day. And now it has relaxed the restriction from 5 SMS per day to 20 SMS per day. The SMS restriction was worrying Telecom operators who feared 7-10 percent loss in revenues. The announcement is certainly a huge relief for the mobile users especially youth who extensively communicate through text messages. The decision to put a cap on the number of SMS was taken after reports of widespread circulation of SMS and MMS containing misleading information about Assam violence, threats to

The ban came into force after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that spreading of rumours by miscreants had led to people belonging to the north east fleeing from Bangalore, Pune and some other parts of the country. Noting that the guilty should be brought to book, the Prime Minister had said that at stake was not just unity and integrity of the country, but also communal harmony. “Any miscreant fanning rumours should be brought to book,” he said.

WOLVES KILL KID IN GULBARGA - By Vidhi Tandon VILLAGE Gulbarga- A pack of wolves snatched away an 18 month old sleeping baby and ate it, leaving only the skull in Belur village near Gulbarga on Thursday. A





Rukmana age 18 month old, was sleeping under a tree in a field near Belur village while his

Gujarat aggressively trying to forge business ties with China.

people of northeastern origin living in other parts of the country.

couldn’t find him. On Friday morning, a villager went out to attend nature’s call found some wolves in the vicinity. When he returned with other villagers, they found the baby’s skull. A villager Malakanna Ellnoni

mother Siddhama had gone to

said, “ we’ve been facing severe

work in the field. She fed him

attacks by wolves and boars. Last

and left him sleeping under the

year, a 5 year- old boy was bitten

tree on a mat.

by wolves. The boy was admitted

At 4 pm when she went to take

to hospital and survived.” Forest

the child, to her shock he was


missing. When she informed

visited the village, said Gulbarga

villagers, they joined her in

rural police visited the village

searching for the child but they

and registered a case.

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An apple before bed makes the doctor beg his bread. - By Anni Pathak “Health is wealth” and to complete the adage, this earth has a wonderful collection of fruits in which the delicious and crunchy apple is one of the most popular fruits favored by fitness freaks! This fruit packed with rich phyto-nutrients that in the true sense are necessary for desirable health. The antioxidants in apple have many health promoting and disease prevention properties; hence justifying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Eating an apple everyday without removing the peel is a healthy habit, preventing high blood pressure. According to a Canadian research the fruit with its peels are much more effective than the other super foods. Apples are low in

Where is the l ve? - By Ria Dutta

Our planet is supposed to engulf us in an

calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich in dietary fibers. Apples are one of the most popular and frequently consumed fruits in the world and apple peel is a rich source of flavonoids which provides numerous health benefits.

aura of safety and happiness, instead it veils

Researchers from Nova Scotia Agriculture College tested the peel and the fleshy fruit of apples separately. The peel was found to be up to six times more effective in inhibiting an enzyme called ACE, which is known to cause hypertension and high blood pressure, according to the team’s results in the general food chemistry.

fuels these actions, hate.

us in a toxic atmosphere of darkness and treacherous happenings which take place in every remote corner of the world and affect the lives of every individual. All around we see is pain, suffering, corruption, war, revenge and a very powerful emotion that

stays at home cooking and cleaning? Why is it that the beauty of colour is turned in to an ugly reality when a black man is stripped of his rights and opportunities? Why do we sit on the couch and watch TV while another human being cleans the floors of our room? Why is a mother forced to kill her unborn girl child? Why is it that on one end people are buying two, three mansions

Everywhere you look media blasts news

and at the other end millions are starving on

all around through newspapers, radio,

the road with no homes to shelter them?

television and the internet. The fortunate

Where has all the love gone? How has

individuals just get a glimpse in to the lives of victim’s traumatic experiences by reading through the paper, or viewing an incident. They experience a sense of sympathy and

the angelic realms of this world turned so demonic? There are so many questions to which we do not hold any answers to. Perfection is hard to

Few Fun Facts

at times shed a few tears but then move on

• Apples are a member of the rose family.

what about the victims that are directly

• First apple tree was found in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.

affected by these social evils? The damage

• Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. There are apples that have an aftertaste of pears, citrus, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, strawberries, grapes and even pineapple!

minds and hearts for the rest of their lives.

We are all human beings, sharing the same


• Planting an apple seed from a particular apple will not produce a tree of that same variety. The seed is a cross of the tree the fruit was grown on and the variety that was the cross pollinator.

land, breathing the same air, experiencing

can fight all that has destroyed the peace

the same emotions, despite these similari-

and purity of our world, since after all as

ties why are we so divided? What is it that

projected through numerous books and

makes one man who knows the warmth of

movies which everyone loves to believe in

• It takes energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

mother’s love take away the life of another

on how love trumps hate and good always

• Fresh apples float because 25% of their volume is air (thank goodness, or none of us would have ever experienced bobbing for apples!)

man stripping a mother of her child? Why

defeats evil this is our chance to test that

is it that a little girl with big dreams watches

theory and take a concept of fantasy and

her brother go to school and learn while she

make it a reality.


with their busy lives.

done to them leaves deep scars on their And no matter how hard we try to relate to their pain we never can.

The origins of dance can be traced back to the earliest of human civilizations through archaeological discoveries of artefacts, sculptures and cave paintings depicting various dance forms through human figures showing the dimensions of dance within the our society and culture from prehistoric times where dances were important parts of ceremonies, rituals, celebrations and entertainment. Through time dance has evolved from the olden days to what it is now. It has become sophisticated and advanced involving

many more types of dances and displaying numerous steps. Dance has incorporated new styles and moves making it an extremely popular art form practiced all around the world. New form of dance styles include break dancing, krumping and street dance which are all a part of the hip hop culture. Along with square dance and electric slide which form step and tap dances. Classical forms of dances include ballroom dance, waltz and ballet. Other forms of dance include tango, salsa and jiving which come under partner dances. Another popular dance form is disco dance and party dancing seen at night clubs which is dominant among the youth of this generation. Dance is also used in the form of exercising in this health conscious era of having a healthy slim body. In contrast to the metropolitan lifestyle of dancing there still

And even though we feel powerless to take on the numerous evils in the world if we take the first step by focusing on eradicating the social issues in our cities, then moving on to our state, then our country and finally the rest of the world, by looking past our personal prejudice and rising above our


- By Vidhi Tandon

The term ‘dance’ brings to mind a type of art that involves movement of the body to a certain beat of music. It portrays the graceful rhythmic flow of the body’s movement to achieve forms of expressions, exercise, spiritual, performance and social interactions and is active in every corner of the world integrated deeply with each culture. The beauty of dance lies in its ability to non-verbally communicate meanings through performance widely seen in folk dance and ballet. Dance can be social, participatory, ceremonial, competitive and even erotic.

achieve but working towards it is not.

exists the mythological cultural folk dances of Africa and the Amazon rainforest practiced by the various tribes residing there. No matter what style every dance has two things common body movement and flexibility. Each step involved in each dance form brings in the capacity of the human body to mould itself and take up new shapes synchronising harmoniously with music to insure the free flow of motion of the body to express forms of interactions and meanings. A world without dance would be quite stagnant. It is dance that gives free flowing energy packed with a whole lot of fun making it one of the most popular art forms in the world.

Youth is the spring of Life. It is the age of discovery and dreams. India is of largest youth population in the world today. The entire world is eyeing India as a source of technical manpower. They are looking at our youth as a source of talents at low costs for their future super profits. If Indian youth make up their mind and work in close unity with working class people, they can hold the political power in their hands. Indian youth has the power to make our country from developing nation to a developed nation. Is it a dream? No, their dreams take them to stars and galaxies to the far corners of the unknown and some of them like our own Kalpana Chawla pursue their dream, till they realize it and die for it in process. The youth hopes for a world free of poverty, unemployment, inequality and exploitation of man by man. A world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, language and gender. A world full of creative challenges and opportunities to conquer them. Let us convert these hopes in reality. The role of youth is of most

lifestyle and come together, we

-By Navni importance in today’s time. They have underplayed in field of politics. They should become aspiring entrepreneur rather than mere workers. It can play a vital role in elimination of terrorism. Young participation is important because youth are the country’s power. Youth can recognize problems and solve them. Youth are strong forces in social movements. They educate children about their rights. They help other young attain a higher level of intellectual ability and to become qualified adults. “Youth is wholly experimental and with the full utilization of the talents of the Youth, India will become a complete Nation.”

By Vidhi Tandon, Ria Dutta, Anni Pathak, Navni and Shrinkal Sharad