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November 18, 2010
Life is full of U turns
Inside Pages Page 2: Leaving fear Page 3: Yamuna divers page 4: Runner’s high
NOIDA: At 26, Bhavesh Kakkar knows what he wants in life. He knows he doesn’t want to be a mechanical engineer, although he was trained for it. Having love for music, he knows he wants to be a musician and not a mechanical engineer. He wants to be musician because music keeps him happy. His determination made him and his band ‘BEBAQ’ lucky to find a producer. ‘‘We are very lucky that we got a nice friend, Mr Kabir kahnna who is ready to produce us. Otherwise in India it is realty hard to survive with a rock band’’ says Kakkar. While recording music, they have a hope that they will achieve fame and reach their dreams – this keeps them going. Kakkar says, “Often, People in this field start with lots of enthusiasm but soon they have to fight with financial problem which finally pushes them towards some job, leaving music just as their hobby’’. Kakkar grew up in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. His father was a government officer and was from Nahan, a small town in Himachal Pradesh. He then left shimla to join the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). Kakkar had no clear idea of what he wanted to do with his life, so when his parents suggested he applied at an engineering school in Chandigarh. His engineering school brought a huge lot of changes not just in his personality, and thinking but also in his writing. During his last year of studies, he lost his father due to heart attack, which gave him a different dimension to his life. Kakkar had been fond of writing since his childhood but in engineer ing days, most of his compositions were in English and he prefers hard
Children spreads Diabetes Awareness By Majid Azhicode
Kakkar practising his Guitar and composing album
rock. During his first two years of degrees he got backlogs but in final year of his year he cleared his back log. When companies all over the country were coming for campus placements, students were trying hard to pass the interviews but Kakkar hardly cared about job. He was happy with his band which he formed during his degree with his juniors. His first composition was about Bhagat Singh, which he wrote in 11th class. His all friends got job and busy for new experiences, and that was the time when he lost his father and his mom wanted him to come back to Nahan where they have their little business. He went back and got a good job in steel industry.
But after one and half year he realized he is getting too busy to accomplish his dream for music so he left Nahan and came to Delhi. Kakkar said, “I really didn’t know why I was here and what would I do? I had my friends here I shifted with them and got job in Excel call center. My life get a sudden change, I was just confined to office and home, but it was good to spend time with his friends in flat.’’ He was very depressed from life when he lost his three roommates in 2009, today Kakkar has a girlfriend to whom he considers his world of happiness also joined one of the schools as music teacher. He says, ‘Life in very short span of time taught me alot”.
GREATER NOIDA: On November 14 World Diabetes Day, International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization has sponsored a program worldwide. They Intend to educate people about better treatment and health care coverage and prevention. “Bringing diabetes to light” is the theme of this year’s campaign. India has the highest number of diabetic patient in the world and number is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025. Over 7000 children formed a human chain to spread this message about Diabetes on this day at Greater Noida. The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated this function said, “Diabetes is a silent killer and it is important that everyone in the country is screened for the disease and government intends to do so in next five years”. The Urban Slum Health Check Up Scheme for Diabetes and Blood pressure is taken up in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangluru. The Centre Government will provide the test kit including the glucometers and the states will take care of logistics. The scheme is also to inform people about the treatment by SMS. The screened people will be given cards which will have the results of the tests and their details including socio economic parameters Apart from advice the scheme intends to provide free insulin doses. All the monuments will be drenched in blue lights.
Welcome Relief for Delhi-Noida Direct Users By Dipali Issar
NOIDA: The Residents of Noida, particularly those using Delhi –Noida Direct Flyway (DND) can have a relief after a clearance sought from Anwar A Abbasi, Senior Manager of Noida Toll Bridge Co. Ltd. (NTBCL), that they would soon carry out the upward revision of the toll charges. Started in February 2001, with 13000 vehicles the number has raised to 1 lakh, as the DND Flyway continues to provide its commuters a world class experience, being the most pollution free routes ensuring a safe, fast and delightful driving experience for them to get to their workplace or home. The DND Flyway Project was commissioned on February 7, 2001 with a need to bridge the growing population of Delhi with its neighbours across the Yamuna. It is now jointly operated and managed by NTBCL (Noida Toll Bridge Company Lim-
ited) and ITNL Toll Management Services Limited. It was developed over a period of 24 months under the technical know-how of international companies like Government Private Sector partnership has a team of more than 350 personnel working for it night and day to ensure comfortable and safe driving. Senior Manager, Noida Toll Bridge Co. Ltd. (NTBCL) Anwar A Abbasi, feels that it has been a smooth sailing ride as far as the DND Flyway Project is concerned in terms of its operation and management. Infact, the DND Flyway has had the minimum number of accidents as compared to any other roads in Delhi or Noida. But the NTBCL is at odds with the Noida Authority as they have not given a nod to NTBCL’s wants to increase the tariff at the Noida Toll Bridge. Abbasi said, “Noida Authority has refused to grant us the right to increase the tariff”. Adding further he said that they are also looking for some Development Rights that the Noida Au-
Commuters using DND Flyway
thority plans to give them to offset the hike in costs. The 9.2 Km long DND Flyway will continue to provide its commuters a ride
which ensures a smooth traffic flow amidst wide open green spaces for the next 20 years confirmed Abbasi.
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India Hopes to Get Permanent Seat in UNSC Samir Xalxo
New Delhi: The president of the United States of America Barack Obama visited India from 6th to 9th November. India welcomed the intention of the US to back India’s candidature for permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). India has been a temporary member of the security council in the past. With a permanent seat in the UNSC, India will have a role in maintaining international peace and security in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations; which is maintaining international peace and harmony. India can investigate any dispute or situation which might lead to international friction. It can recommend methods of adjusting such disputes or the terms of settlement. It can formulate plans for the establishment of a system to regulate armaments. It can recommend or take action against any threat to the peace or act of aggression. It can call on Members to apply economic sanctions and other measures not involving the use of force to prevent or stop aggression. It can recommend the admission of new Members. It can exercise the trusteeship functions of the United Nations in "strategic areas". India recommend to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary General and, together with the Assembly, to elect the Judges of the International Court of Justice. In the meanwhile, India is now in talks with China, which is the only permanent member of the UNSC, not supporting India’s bid. Cindrella Thawani
US President Obama pleged to support India’s bid for a seat at the UN Security Council Photo PTI
Complaint against CWG Scam commission set up which deals with corruption issues and should not be influenced by the politicians,” they said. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, former IPS officer Dr. Kiran Bedi, agricultural
scientist Devinder Sharma, Asian marathon champion Sunita Godara and many other prominent activists participated in the protest.
Leaving Fear Behind in Tibet
Protesters on Parliament Street, New Delhi New Delhi: The Commonwealth Games has marked it success. This extravaganza carried out many controversies on corruption made by Organising Committee people and politicians too. The group of prominent social activists carried out the anti-corruption protest and they also filed the First Information Report against the games scam on Sunday November 14 afternoon at the parliament street here. The complaint that was allegedly indicates, union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and union Sports Minister M.S. Gill who were the main persons involved in the scam. It also have a report of 377 pages with evidences which have collected from various government agencies. This complaint stated , the top bosses would have benefitted by either taking money from their junior officers or by
directly negotiating with contractors. In such cases, it would be difficult to find evidence against them on paper. The investigating officer should raid the premises of these top bosses to collect evidence of assests disproportionate to their known sources of income or to collect evidence about their role in these offences. The activists demand to government, it should take proper investigation in the corruption on Commonwealth Games 2010 which was held between 3rd to 14th October 2010. One of the activist said, “We will be sending a copy of the complaint along with the memorandum to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Delhi High Court Registrar and to agencies like Central Vigilance Commission and Central Bureau of Investigation. They also demanded to have an inde-
Jean Tshering Lepcha Dharamsala: Lhamo Tso can easily be lost in a sea of Tibetan people as another refugee , who fled to Dharamsala. Though her reason for fleeing from Tibet is much similar to all the other Tibetans. Yet, it has a sadder twist to it. Lhamo Tso, along with her children and in-laws, was smuggled out of Tibet by her husband Dhondup Wangchen. Dhondup Wangchen, a farmer by profession took up the task of filming the rural masses of Tibet. Wangchen knew that he was putting his life on the line. He said, “I won’t regret to die on this soil, since the reason why I die would be for the Tibetans.” Wangchen managed to smuggle the 40 hours tapes out of the country to Switzerland where his cousin, Gyaljong Tsetrin a monk, edited it to a 25minutes documentary. It premiered in a screening to foreign journalists in Beijing on the eve of Olympics. The screening was cut short by the security forces and he and his monk helper Jigme were arrested in March 2008. Lhamo Tso does her bit by participating in the peaceful protests and candle light vigils that were held in Dharamsala asking China to release Wangchen. She is the sole bread earner for her four children and her in-laws. She sustains her family by waking up every morning at 1am to make Tibetan bread, which she sells in the square of Mc Leod Ganj, Dharamsala. This is her only fixed source of income, though she gets lucky at times and
receives donations from sympathetic Tibet supporters. Currently, she is touring Europe with the help of Tibet- France Association to make people aware of her husband’s plight. The Tibet France Association organised a screening of Wangchen’s film leaving fear behind on the 13th of November this year. According to Radio Free Asia and The Tibetan Government in Exile, Wangchen was sentenced to a 6 years prison term on December 28 2009.
Lhamo Tso and her family hope to see her husband who languanshes in prison
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A Good Beginning, IMII One good philosophy in today’s learning environment is to allow the students to learn by doing and not only theory, theory and theory, especially in courses of multimedia, in which hands-on courses such as going into the field to shoot videos, learning how to edit and report a complete story about them (videos), interviewing techniques, writing articles befitting a news and so on, are taught. Most of what the students take with them into the corporate world, after leaving the walls of their academic institutions, comes from what they learn by doing and not necessarily theory, which undoubtedly, also plays a major part in their academic sojourn. It is with this that we hail the Administration of the International Media Institute of India (IMII) for such a worthwhile step in the right direction. A step, which has given its students the gavel of authority to, with their supervision, re-write press releases, cover news events, write profile articles, run and publish, on the Internet, a multimedia web journal and print copies of their paper—The Quest — which is probably the first of its kind in India-based institutions that offer multimedia courses. This, we think, will not only make IMII’s students more astute in the Indian student community but will also make them able to take up newsroom responsibilities, which is evidence by their (students’) daily editorial meetings held among themselves, before their production goes to the printing press. Nevertheless this good start, IMII, we would like to implore your administration to still do more for the students who have demonstrated their willingness to learn in order to contribute to their societies and the world at-large. As your students work to produce each edition of The Quest, there are going to be some, who will demonstrate more leadership capabilities while others will play laissez faire. Nevertheless IMII, you are their mentors, too, and please ensure that they are brought on board so that they get on par with their colleagues, who show the will to learn and never forget: “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” Deterrent measures should be taken against students, who might still be adamant in unscholarly behaviors at the same time you are encouraging, opening and finding avenues for students who are eager to move forward. This we think you can do.
Diving for ‘Diamonds’ in Yamuna By Subuhi Pervez Delhi: Moinuddin and Krishna though as different as chalk and cheese have one thing in common. The duo follows a unique profession they have discovered on their own. Both dive into the Yamuna River and fish out coins thrown in by the devotees. At festival time they come out with a prize catch or two – a gold coin or a gold coated statue - that takes care of them through for many months. One of them was lucky enough to find a diamond ring. The stinking, choked and heavily polluted river provides them their bread and butter. They eat, sleep and even drink the dirty water and claim to be disease free and as healthy as ever. The 65 year old Moinuddin who hails from Lucknow came to Delhi at the age of nine and was clueless on what to do for a living. He was living on the pavement and on one fine day, a pandit ji (a Hindu priest) came and gave him a blanket. The pandit took him along and taught him carpentry and truck driving which enabled him to earn a living. He stayed with the man for nine long years but after pandit’s death, Moinuddin left for Lucknow. He got married to the girl of his choice and had a son. But his world came crashing down when his wife died just three years into their marriage. “I was completely heart broken. I did not marry again. No one can take the place of my wife in my life. I returned to Delhi and since then the Yamuna has been my constant companion.” The sexagenarian lives on the banks of the river and cooks and washes his own clothes. Even at this age, he does not hesitate to dive into the river “and Yamuna maa (mother) has never disappointed me”, he claims.
Moinuddin is one of many who dive to look for rupees thrown by the devotees
He gets Rs 50-100 everyday. Once he got lucky and found a diamond ring and an Asharfi (gold coin). That enabled him to take rest from work for a few months. “It’s a bit difficult for me now that I am getting old. When I was young I could hold my breath for about ten minutes inside the water. But now I can hardly do it for three minutes. But I enjoy the atmosphere here.” While many come seeking bliss, others come to end their lives. I have saved at least forty lives by saving them from drowning. I get Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 for saving a life.” Krishna, his companion, was 11 years old when he came to Delhi from Kolkata in search of a job. Luck favoured him but not completely. He got work but for very few days. Though he is a trained electrician, he failed to find a permanent job and was frustrated. The 30 year old says
he used to come to Yamuna as a child to pick up coconuts, some of which he ate and sold the rest. Once he saw few older men coming out within ten minutes with coins in their mouth. He was curious to know what they did. And since then he made it his profession. “I get Rs 100 – 200 everyday. Some days I do return empty handed. But during festivals, the pickings are usually large. During Navaratras (Puja season) I make Rs 3,000 each day. However, this diving into the river is not possible during the winters, so in those days I pull a rickshaw for a living. But these days there is a strong smell of some gas emanating from the river which makes diving difficult,” says Krishna, who is looking for an alternate profession. There are over 150 men who indulge in this profession, he concludes.
30th India International Trade Fair Begins By Jigme Choden
Delhi: The 30th India International Trade Fair organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has begun at Pragati Maidan from November 14. There are 28 countries participating and about 7000 exhibitors exhibiting their products under the theme “Energytech and envirotech “. The most number of exhibitors participating in the fair are from Pakistan. The fair was inaugurated by the Minister of the Union Ministry for Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma. Rajasthan and Chattisgarh are focus
states of the fair. Rajasthan and Chattisgrah are doing a lot to make use of renewable energy like solar, wind Bio – fuel, hydroelectricity, etc. The ITOP chairperson laid emphasis on the use of renewable energy. During the fair the exhibitors from different industries will showcase different exhibits including agriculture, textile, jewellery, etc. Also, cultural programmes like ghazals, classical dances, street plays and instrumental music will be held at six different venues inside the Pragati Maidan. A senior ITPO official said that they are
thinking of imposing fines to those who are using poly bags despite the ban last year on plastic bags. The organisers, ITPO and the Delhi government are encouraging the use and sale of paper bags and jute bags during the fair. The expected numbers of visitors were around 30,000 plus and on the first day the fair drew close to 50,000 visitors. The fair is open for the bussiness community from 14 -18 November and the public will be able to enjoy the fair from the 19 -27 November.
Powerful Play : A Woman Major in ‘Men’s Brigade’ By Tshewang Lhamo
Noida: Every morning, Major Rajeshwari Raman reads English newspaper, but it’s on weekend she reads it with the help of a small pocket dictionary if she comes across new words. She never stays idle even during weekends, she knits or she continues with her office work. A native of Chennai, she grew up speaking Telugu. But since she moved to Delhi 20 years ago, she’s been working to perfect her Hindi as she needs it for her job. She was commissioned as an Architecture officer through UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) for the Ministry of Defence in Delhi. Working in Military organization is not same as in other government organisations. In other organisations, being a woman people will be indulgent. But in defence services, if a woman wants to move ahead, she must conduct herself like the military officers and must learn to take orders from them,
Major Raman match up with them and follow their traits. Working with the armed forces officers is like walking on the “sharp knife”. With her tight schedule, she hardly gets time to manage her house during weekdays, so her old Bengali maid comes every morning to clean up the house. Sometimes Rajeswari argues with her maid if the maid asks for a raise or if the maid doesn’t clean up properly. Even though with all the arguments, the maid feels
content working with Rajeswari. One evening, Rajeshwari argues with someone over the phone regarding her job. Her worried daughter, Pravitra, with a smile says “Ama[mother] you don’t have to yell all the time, watch your blood pressure.” Rajeshwari just smiles at her daughter’s comment, then says “Well don’t forget, I work in Military Engineering Services, Ministry of defence” Rajeshwari says, in a hoarse tone than the usual, mixed with laughter “Working with the men in uniforms for 10 years does have a small influence over us” she says with her brows raised. “Yeah, mom, you are a brigadier even at home” Pravitra rolls her eyes. Pravitra is currently a fourth year BDS (Bachelor in Dental Science) student in ITS Dental college of Greater Noida. There are two foreign tenants living in Rajeshwari's building. These two foreigners are the only tenants who are of Pravitra's age. Pravitra gets along fine with their for-
eign tenant student living on top floor. Rajeshwari looks after the foreign tenant and cares for them like they were her own daughters. Rajeshwari had an arranged marriage and her parents conducted the holy ceremony of her marriage.She dreams same for her daughter and wants a south Indian Brahmin guy as her son-in-law. This is her only wish. A person who has seen the life of hard earned money knows the value of money. Rajeshwari, who now earns well off, doesn’t have many wants in her life as she says, thanking god, “God has blessed me with happy family and life, I don’t want anything more” as she looks up in the sky with her two palms made as one. In the evening, as the family enjoys the tea, all of them sits together and debates over different topic relating to the smoking habit of the father or the temper of the mother and sometimes over the marriage of their daughter.
November 18. 2010
Runner’s High By Archana Thiyagarajan
Delhi: Close to 30,000 people will hit the road on November 21 morning and as much as 210,000 US Dollars will be awarded as prize money in one of the most prestigious sporting events of the country – the Delhi Half Marathon. This 21-km race has set the global running fraternity to a pulsating rhythm as the participants are busy training for the big day. The Delhi Half Marathon has been awarded the prestigious gold label for
marathon this year,” says Mr. Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam Running, the organisation that is the brain behind the Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Marathons. The event, besides hosting a half marathon with individual prizes as high as 25,000 US Dollars, also hosts a 10-km run, a wheelchair race and a veteran race to promote the spirit of running among the people. And not just that – there are about 70 NGOs that are participating in the marathon to raise funds for various causes.
Voices Against Anti People Law
John Dayal addressing the meeting By Abu Zafar
Runners at Lodhi Garden
third consecutive year, an honour that only six half marathons in the world share. The label is awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations if a marathon fulfils their list of criteria, which includes global television coverage, elite participants from at least five countries and strict doping regulations among other things. With a world class marathon so close to home, how does the Indian running community feels about this? “It’s a running revolution that’s sweeping the country. From a country that’s not known for running, there are at least 10,000 people attempting the half
Attracting top runners from around the world, the marathon will also see celebrities like Bipasha Basu and Arshad Warsi among others. In 2008, Mr. Deriba Merga from Ethiopia clocked a joint fastest time of 59 mins 15 seconds at the Delhi Marathon. However, Ashis Roy (78), the oldest participant of the half marathon is of a different view. “I think that the few marathons we have in India, including the Delhi Half Marathon concentrate more on the elite
Delhi, Nov 14 : Human rights activists, lawyers and journalists raised voices against some special laws in the country naming them Anti People Laws in a national convention at Constitution Club of India here in New Delhi. The convention was organized by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations. Participants were critical of several Indian laws like Orissa Freedom of Religion Act 1967 (OFRA), Un lawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA), Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and formation of National Investigation Agency Act. But they welcomed the government decision to ratify the United Nations Convention against torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or Punishment. Manisha Sethi, president Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association explains "The focus of democratic movements is mostly on draconian and 'special' laws but we also need to look at the way in which the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary law is rapidly diminishing. The safeguards which were provided to the accused in the ordinary law are increasingly being suspended in favour of quick and summary dispensation of 'justice'. The normalisation and acceptance of
Luxury Apartments On Railway Land
Construction Site By Saurabh Yadav
Delhi: Parsvnath Developers has won a 90 year lease on a 38 acre Railways plot with their winning Id of Rs 1651.51 crores. Parsvnath Chairman Pradeep Jain confirmed that an ultra luxury apartment complex of 2000 units would come up on the land within four years from the day of construction. Construction is undertaken for a 'super-luxurious' apartment complex on Magazine Road, Civil Lines[. ]and this project will be 'more luxurious'
said Chairman Jain. “This property is going to change the skyline of Delhi, especially in terms of luxury houses, a school, hotel and luxury club,” he added. At Rs 43.4 crore per acre, this price is second only to the Rs 44.1 crore per acre DLF paid for 38 acres at Moti Nagar in 2007. “This is the biggest real estate deal when you consider the fact that 750 railway quarters are to be redeveloped free of cost,” said Anil Gupta, General Manager (projects), Railway Land Development Authority.
The plot, adjacent to Kishanganj Railway Station, currently hosts railway housing ( broad gauge and metre gauge), a slum cluster on one end, an abandoned locomotive shed, a park and other public land besides some scrub being used as an open toilet by nearby residents. There is also a pedestrian shortcut to the Railway station from Filmistan. Like any abandoned, dark public space in Delhi, it is also used to consume alcohol. It is enclosed by busy markets and very narrow and busy roads on all sides. In partnership with Parsvnath Developers, Red Fort Capital will have a 49 % stake in the land asset. Running its Delhi operation from a suite in the Hyatt Regency, Red Fort Capital is a Cayman Islands based real estate Private Equity fund with an office in Mauritius Among its value added partners Red Fort lists “relationships with various government agencies responsible for the development and implementation of building codes, environment clearances” and “Deep pockets ”. In a project of this magnitude, they should come in handy.
extra judicial killings or encounter killings in our polity and judiciary is the best example of this. As long as these killings are directed against a category of people who are seen as executable, Muslims, Kashmiris and the people from the North east can be easily justified in the name of national security." "The Batla House encounter is an illustration of how the NHRC guidelines were flouted with impunity, not the least by the NHRC itself, which lapped up the state's version." She further said. According to the press statement distributed by NCHRO "The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill has been mired in controversy. The draft bill's suggestion to declare certain areas “communally disturbed areas” has also come in for criticism, with civil society activists saying this will give the government the opportunity to use the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). " The convention was headed by Mr. John Dayal, President, Christian Council of India and member of National Integration Council (government of India) and several activists and lawyers from across the country participated in it.
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