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he State
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014
Vol-02. Issue-46. Bhopal. Monday Page-12 Price-5/-
POSTAL REGD. MP/BHOPAL/4-323/2013-15
Published simultaneously from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Online edition available at wethestate.com and wethestate.blogspot.in
Bilaspur division
to plant one
crore saplings
Shaurya Dals
women in MP
Govt fails to
check child labour
1 cr kids not even
attend schools
Singhamis like
a superhero movie
Humiliating Old
Trafford defeat
raises doubt over
ability to fight
Use of
endangering bees:
Campaign to improve school education
quality yields better results
he campaign to improve quality of
school education during last 6-7
years has started to yield better
results in Madhya Pradesh. Apart
from increasing number of schools and
teachers, the state government has also
conducted School Chalen Ham Abhiyan to
send children to schools effectively. The
state government has also got teachers
trained in Hyderabad to help them under-
stand childrens learning process in a
better way.
Emphasis is being laid on augmenting
skills of teachers and trainers. They have
been trained in institutions like IIM
Lucknow and LBSNAA Mussoorie.
Academic quality improvement schemes
have been introduced in every district
according to its specific requirements and
topographic situation. Teachers of class I
and II are being imparted special basic
training. Arrangements have also been
made for need-based training of in-service
teachers. Monographs of identified difficult
concepts have been prepared on the basis of
feedback. In-service training was imparted
to 2 lakh 31 thousand teachers during year
Keeping quality of education focus, sys-
tem of Pratibha Parv was evolved for cor-
rected academic achievements and school
arrangements. Objective of Pratibha Parv
being held for last some years is to correct-
ly assess real status of improvement of edu-
cation, improve childrens educational skill,
making administration and public repre-
sentatives responsive towards teachers and
teaching, honour teachers for excellent per-
formance under Shikshit Gram Yojana and
fix responsibility of negligent staff. Besides,
it also aims at taking corrective measures
for children unable to achieve desired excel-
lence, increase community participation in
schooling etc.
For improving quality of education,
activity-based programme has been con-
ducted in 16 thousand 5 primary schools
and Active Learning Method (ALM) in 14
thousand 280 middle schools in the state.
Similarly, maths and science kits have been
made available in 10 thousand 900 middle
schools. From this year, arrangements have
been made for constant and large-scale
evaluation of activities under Right to
Education Act. Shala Darpan Yojana has
been launched in 2 districts Damoh and
Umaria from last year for comprehensive
evaluation of schools. This year, it will be
introduced throughout the state with the
cooperation of State Bank of India.
It is noteworthy that School Chalen
Hum Abhiyan is being implemented suc-
cessfully this year also. In its first phase,
village education registers were updated
and in the second phase, enrolment cam-
paign was conducted.
Now, the third and last phase is on
which is focusing on quality of education.
As per wish of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj
Singh Chouhan, School Chalen Ham
Abhiyan is being conducted as a mass
movement. Besides, current year is also
being observed as Quality Year.
Bhopal: Special Manthan Award was con-
ferred to MadhyaPradesh for its onlinehigher
education loan application monitoring system
(Online HELAMS) at Manthan South-West
Indiafunction at Puneyesterday. Padmshri Dr.
Vijay Bhatkar gave away the award to online
systems in-charge and Programmer in
Institutional Finance Directorate, Madhya
Pradesh Shri Gopal Swaroop Dube. Principal
Secretary Finance and Commissioner
Institutional Finance Shri Ashish Upadhyay
informed that MadhyaPradesh was selected for
theaward fromamong 180 projects in thecoun-
try. MadhyaPradesh is thefirst stateto imple-
ment online higher education loan application
monitoring systemfor thebenefit of higher edu-
cation students in thecountry. Through thesys-
tem, theentireprocess right fromsubmission of
application by a higher education student to
releaseof first installment of loan is undertaken.
Onlinesystems objectiveis to ensureeasy
availability of higher education loans to stu-
dents, specially meritorious and economically
weaker students. Under onlinesystem, astudent
has to register his application through e-mail ID
or mobilenumber. User namepassword is given
on registered e-mail ID, which is intimated on
applicants mobilethrough SMS. Through user
namepassword, theapplicant can submit online
application for loan in any bank in the state.
Application reaches thebank directly, informa-
tion about which is given by the bank branch
through e-mail to regional officeand theappli-
cant is also intimated about it through e-mail
and SMS.
Time-limit of 15-21 days has been fixed for
disposal of applications by banks. In case of
delay, the applicant gives feedback through
onlinesystemto thestategovernment. Contact
can also bemadethrough e-mail or telephone.
Onlinehigher education loan application moni-
toring systemis also availableon thewebsiteof
Directorate of Institutional Finance
www.dif.mp.gov.in. ZilaPanchayat CEOs have
been madein-chargeand District Lead Banks as
coordinators for implementation and monitor-
ing of onlinesystemat thedistrict level.
State bags Manthan Award its
online education loan
application monitoring system
How we look it !
Bilaspur division to plant one crore saplings
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board is all set to sign a multi-
crore rupee deal with Ogilvy & Mather India (O&M) creators
of Khushboo Gujarat ki, starring Amitabh Bachchan, which
has been a phenomenal success to promote and market its
tourism. O&M was also behind the "Ab ki baar Modi Sarkar"
poll campaign. Gujarat campaign, with catchy tag lines -
Kuch din to gujariye Gujarat mein and Kutch Nahi Dekha
Toh Kuchh Nahi Dekha ? instantly caught the fascination of
the people across the globe and has resulted in a tourism
boom in the state.
According to Gujarat Tourism Board, state has wit-
nessed an increase of 2.5 million tourists in 2011-12. The
amazing increase of
tourist inflow in
Gujarat, which inci-
dentally was double
the national aver-
age, has been attrib-
uted single headedly
to the Khushboo
Gujarat ki' cam-
The campaign
was the brainchild
of the O&M's cre-
ative director,
Piyush Pandey.
Hoping to replicate
the success, the
Chhattisgarh tourism department has finalised a deal with
O&M and is working out the modalities of the campaign,
which would include short TV commercials and print ads.
While officials aren't ready to comment on the cost
involved in the campaign, sources claim that it could run in
several crores of rupees only for the creative part. "The TV
commercial campaigns would
require Rs 25 to Rs 30 crores
extra", claimed sources. Confirming the move, Sanjay Singh,
General Manager Tourism, said that O&M has been hired
for making TV commercials. He refused to get into the
details of the deal on the plea that much would depend on
the creative aspect, i.e. the length of the films etc.
Interestingly, while the state has roped in O&M, it's yet to
find an acceptable face like Amitabh Bachchan market the
destinations and grab eyeballs. Sources in the department
claim that names of several stars, including actor-director
Aamir Khan, are being discussed.
"Some officials are very keen to get Aamir and are dis-
cussing the issue with the O&M creative team, since they
feel that he fits the bill with his image of a crusader for social
justice," said sources.
Chhattisgarh to launch
ad campaign to promote tourism
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG)
Chhattisgarh Explore
The Bilaspur division has set
a target to plant more than one
crore saplings in the division.
Commissioner Sonmoni Bora has
asked all the CEOs of district
panchayats that the task of pro-
tecting and nurturing is neces-
sary along with planting of
In a meeting held here
recently, Bora told the chief exec-
utive officers (CEOs) of all dis-
trict panchayats in the division
that if you would be self-disci-
plined, it would have better effect
on the officers and employees
under you. Bora said that sensi-
tivity is necessary with disci-
pline. Hear those who are under
you seriously and then take
action. None should leave head-
quarters without permission.
Immediate reply should be given
to the senior officers if they call
up. Information could be given
through SMS. Feedback of com-
plaint should not be taken with
prejudice, he said. Bora told the
CEOs to give special attention
about quality and time-limit in
the implementation of different
schemes. He instructed to take
strict action on finding serious
irregularities in works.
Originality in the implementa-
tion of different schemes should
be promoted. If any kind of
improvement is needed, efforts
could be made in it. Powers given
for development could be used
widely in public interest, he
The Divisional Commissioner
told the officers to work for social
welfare and preserving environ-
ment along with the implementa-
tion of various schemes. While
making assets, its maintenance
is needed.
Drawing their attention
towards some important works in
different districts, the divisional
commissioner instructed them to
ensure its implementation.
Giving suggestions, he said that
maintenance and beautification
of the place of origin of the Arpa
and the Jamwant Project, instal-
lation of Sitaphal processing unit
at Pendra area in Bilaspur dis-
trict, Dalha Pahad and Crocodile
Park in Janjgir Champa district
and vegetable production in
Raigarh district could be promot-
While reviewing the social
security pension scheme, the
Divisional Commissioner said to
ensure that eligible beneficiary
should get the benefit on time.
He also instructed better imple-
mentation of water conservation
works. Bora asked officials to
ensure payment of wages of dif-
ferent works on time. He suggest-
ed to develop such big villages
having freedom fighters, haat
bazaars, mela-madai as model
Madhya Pradesh
government has set a
target to end open-area
defecation practice
completely by year
2017. Sanitation of
cities is the biggest
problem before the
state government.
Taking serious note of
it, activities are being
constantly undertaken
through Mukhyamantri Shehri
Swachhta Mission. The state gov-
ernment has also given importance
to urban sanitation in Vision
Document-2018. Individual toilets
and also community and public toi-
lets as per requirement are being
constructed in cities under
Mukhyamantri Shehri Swachhta
Mission. Works of solid waste man-
agement, waste water manage-
ment and waste disposal manage-
ment are also being undertaken.
Under the scheme, 92 thousand
406 individual toilets and 608 com-
munity toilets have been con-
structed in 140 urban bodies so far
at a cost of Rs. 208 crore 75 lakh. A
sum of Rs. 87 crore has been provi-
sioned in the current years budget
for the scheme.
Before Mukhyamantri Shehri
Swachhta Mission, Integrated
Urban Sanitation Programme was
launched as pilot project to ensure
urban sanitation and improve
urban environment in year 2009.
This programme has been upgrad-
ed as a mission in year 2012-13
with a Rs. 459 crore 44 lakh action
plan for 5 years. Under the mis-
sion, toilets will be constructed for
3.50 lakh BPL families in next 5
years. Besides, a target has also
been set to construct 390 commu-
nity/public toilets.
The state government has
undertaken concrete steps to
implement modern and scientific
solid waste management under
PPP mode through zonal landfill
Under its first phase, waste is
being collected door-to-door in
Katni and nearby urban bodies
and disposed of in landfill sites.
Action plans regarding this have
also been chalked out for other
cities. Solid waste management
project in Gwalior city is being
implemented with financial coop-
eration of the Defence Ministry
and Indore with Asian
Development Banks cooperation.
In Maheshwar and Namli Nagar
Parishads, cent percent garbage is
being collected from houses and
used to make organic fertiliser.
Door-to-door waste collection work
in 2 wards of all Municipal
Corporations has been included in
100-day action plan.
Target to end
open-area defecation
practice by 2017
Shaurya Dals empower
women in MP
Undertake weekly review of CM Helpline 181: CS
Madhya Pradesh government
has created better atmosphere for
women to empower women who
are victims of violence and social
evils by constituting Shaurya
Dals. A year ago, Shaurya Dals
were constituted as pilot projects
in Mandla, Dindori, Tikamgarh,
Chhatarpur, Panna and Balaghat
districts. These districts Shaurya
Dals achieved impressive results.
Now, Shaurya Dals are being con-
stituted in 14 more districts of
the state including Bhopal,
Sehore, Rajgarh, Raisen, Vidisha,
Betul, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur,
Ujjain, Dewas, Morena, Gwalior,
Sagar and Indore.
In the 6 pilot project districts,
2620 Shaurya Dals were consti-
tuted with more than 26 thou-
sand male and female members.
The works done to empower
women in these 6 districts have
resulted in a new atmosphere in
the society. Smt. Shakuntala
Mishra raised voice against ter-
ror of taxi operators in
Tikamgarh. She is member of
Shaurya Dal of village Asati. Taxi
operators did not allow plying
any other private motor vehicle
in the village. When Smt.
Shakuntala was carrying her
belongings to the village in a pri-
vate vehicle, it was intercepted
by taxi operators. Smt.
Shakuntala opposed it and regis-
tered a complaint in police sta-
tion. As a result, taxi operators
apologized and promised not to do
this in future. Shaurya Dal mem-
bers of village Chikhla Bandh of
Balaghat joined hands to prohibit
manufacture of liquor, which was
main profession of the village. As
a result of strong objection by
Shaurya Dal, manufacture, sale
and purchase of liquor was
banned in the village. Shaurya
Dal re-united a couple with their
families after they were discard-
ed by the families following love
marriage in village Sendri in
Tikamgarh district. Several other
instances of bravery and active-
ness came to fore which proved as
meaningful the constitution of
Shaurya Dals in Dindori,
Chhatarpur and Mandla dis-
tricts. In view of these impressive
results, the state government is
constituting Shaurya Dals in 14
more districts. Shaurya Dals
opposed atrocities against women
and eradicated social evils. They
also empowered women by help-
ing them avail benefits of govern-
ments welfare schemes.
Awareness campaigns were
launched to remove differentia-
tion between boys and girls and
they achieved success in impress-
ing upon people in this regard.
Shaurya Dals main objectives
include sensitisation of people on
issues pertaining to women and
children, reduce atrocities
against them and create awaken-
ing in society apart from eradica-
tion of malpractices like child
marriage, dowry system and gen-
der discrimination. They also
make people aware about rights
of women and girls and disposal
of issues pertaining to violence
against them with their partici-
pation. Besides, Shaurya Dals
also make efforts for extending
benefits of governments welfare
schemes to women and girls.
Chief Secretary Shri
Anthony de Sa has directed
to undertake weekly review
of complaint redressal
through CM Helpline 181.
In a letter to all heads of
departments, directives
have been given to dispose of
complaints registered by
people within time-limit.
The Chief Secretary said
that the state government
wishes to give information
about its all welfare
schemes and redress peo-
ples complaints within
time-limit. The Chief
Secretary has directed all
heads of departments and
offices to undertaken weekly
review of activities under
the scheme. action should be
taken against officer who
have not disposed off com-
plaints within time-limit.
They should be warned on
first mistake verbally or in
writing and punish them as
per departmental procedure
if they repeat the mistake.
The Chief Secretary has also
written that if any head of
department does not act
against his subordinate
guilty officer then it will be
regarded as his laxity and
action will be taken against
him. The Chief Secretary
has also directed heads of
offices to confirm redressal
of 2 cases daily pertaining to
their department to concern-
ing complainant over tele-
phone and ask about his or
her satisfaction. The Chief
Secretary directed to main-
tain date-wise register of
random calls made by heads
of departments. Information
about it will be seen at high-
er level from time to time, he
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG)
Chhattisgarh Medical
Services Corpn buying
injection at higher price
Chhattisgarh Medical Services Corporation
(CMSC) is in midst of a row after it floated a tender
for purchase of surfactant porcine injection, used to
treat respiratory distress syndrome in pre-term or
premature babies, with specifications that could
benefit specific companies and at a much higher
price. Smelling a rat, Indian Foundation for
Premature Babies (IFPB), a non-profit organization
that deals with causes and care of pre-term births,
shot a letter to CMSC pointing out that surfactant
is an essential medicine that helps reduce Infant
Mortality Rate (IMR) and that it is in the essential
list of World Health Organization (WHO).
Acopy of IFPB letter indicated that natural sur-
factant was available from two sourcesporcine
and bovinehaving efficacy and safety. However,
the tender floated by CMSC specified only porcine
and not bovine, indicating that this specification
has been made to favour specific companies. In his
letter to the corporation, IFPB administrator
Anandhraj said porcine surfactant, which is speci-
fied in the tender, is almost double the price of
bovine surfactant available in the country.
Requesting the corporation to look into the matter,
health department insiders said that the tender
specification favours a supplier which imports the
medicine. Maximum retail price of this product is
Rs 22,500.
Pointing out that in India mostly bovine surfac-
tant 4ml is being used as it is economical as com-
pared to porcine, health department experts said
there was no difference as far as the clinical out-
come of the products is concerned. Meanwhile, a
health department spokesperson said he was not in
a position to offer any immediate comment without
going through the relevant files.
Amid Parliament passing the contro-
versial bill on Polavaram project, BJP gov-
ernment in Chhattisgarh is now facing a
piquant situation in taking a politically
correct stand on the project that would
submerge vast tract of land and displace a
large number of tribals in state's southern
tip. "So far the state has been opposing
Polavaram Project for which the undivid-
ed Madhya Pradesh had entered into an
agreement way back in 1978. Now, with
BJP at Centre deciding to go ahead with
it, we are in a dilemma," a government
official said.
Even as the court case filed by
Chhattisgarh, challenging the project, is
still pending, state's BJP government's
dilemma is that going ahead with the
court proceedings would be seen as a
stand against the Modi government and
withdrawing the case would be perceived
as compromising the state's interests and
allowing submergence of land and dis-
placement of tribals, that too in a Maoist
affected area. Maoists, who have been
opposing the project, would also get an
issue to turn local sentiments against the
government. Indications are that the state
government may consult Central leader-
ship before taking any further stand on
the issue. Andhra Pradesh and undivided
Madhya Pradesh had entered into an
agreement on August 7, 1978, for the proj-
ect aimed at irrigation, power generation
and augmentation of water in Krishna
basin. Without taking the then Madhya
Pradesh government into confidence,
Andhra had surveyed the area likely to be
submerged and prepared a project report.
The report indicated that 2,717 people of
680 families, 42 pucca and 300 'kutcha'
houses would be affected. About 2,398
hectares would be submerged.
When Andhra government began con-
struction work in early 2006,
Chhattisgarh government lodged its
protest with Centre and the Godavari
Water Disputes Tribunal saying it will
withdraw from the project. Chhattisgarh
government termed the Andhra report as
bogus. Indravati project officials maintain
that actual affected area would be known
only after another survey.
Polavaram Project: Chhattisgarh government in dilemma
Govt to take help from ISRO, NASA
for research on rock paintings
CHARAMA (Chhattisgarh): Chhattisgarh state depart-
ment of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from
NASA and ISRO for research on 10,000-year-old rock paint-
ings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker
district in tribal Bastar region.
According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings
have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and
Bollywood flicks. Located about 130km from Raipur, the
caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola.
"The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times
may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which
still create curiosity among people and researchers.
Extensive research is needed for further findings.
Chhattisgarh presently
doesn't have any such
expert who could give
clarity on the subject,"
Bhagat told TOI.
There are several
beliefs among locals in
these villages. While
few worship the paint-
ings, others narrate
stories they have heard
from ancestors about
" r o h e l a
the small
sized ones
used to
land from
sky in a
r o u n d
shaped fly-
ing object
and take away one or
two persons of village who never returned.
"The paintings are done in natural colours that have
hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures
are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear
features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few
pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can't
refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but
humans usually fancy such things," the archaeologist said.
He added that it is a co-incidence that such ancient
images appear to have sharp resemblance to UFOs shown in
alien movies. "The fan-like antenna and three legs of vehicle's
stand clearly show a similarity to UFO type craft," he said.
Other archaeologists would also be consulted for further ver-
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG)
One lakh 55 thousand students to get smart phones
Medical and engineering education
to be imparted in Hindi in MP
The state government has
decided to provide free smart
phones to students taking
admission in first semester
of graduation in government
colleges in the state. During
current academic session
2014-15, free smart phones
will be given to about one
lakh 55 thousand newly
admitted students of col-
leges. This facility to stu-
dents is being given to bring
them at par with other
developed countries students
and introducing various com-
munication mediums to pro-
mote e-learning in this age
of globalization. Through
this, students will be able to
increase their knowledge.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi
Vishwavidyalaya of Madhya Pradesh is
moving ahead towards arrangements for
teaching and learning of science, literature,
arts, commerce, management, medicine,
engineering and other courses in Hindi. This
is the first state-level effort of its kind in the
country for teaching in Hindi medium.
As many as 60 students took admission
in the university in the first academic ses-
sion 2012-13 and 394 in 2013-14. Besides,
265 students registered themselves for regu-
lar courses and 3770 for M. Phil, PhD in aca-
demic session 2014-15. Admissions in the
university are made both online and off-line.
In the university, PhD, M Phil, post-
graduate, graduate, Pratishtha, diploma
and certificate course as well as training
programmes have been prepared. Latest
systems are being used for evaluation of
these degrees and courses.
There is also a plan to translate and
publish works of other languages in Hindi
and to conduct job-oriented courses using
audio-visual medium in distance courses
through information technology. Similarly,
objective of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi
Vishwavidyalaya is to raise such a young
generation with overall personality develop-
ment which is of world-level in terms of
employment, skill and character. Side by
side with teaching of various courses of mod-
ern learning, students will also be acquaint-
ed with Indic knowledge traditions and will
also teach Yoga, social service and values of
life for their all-round personality develop-
ment. There is also a plan to construct girls
and boys hostels on the university premises.
All domicile students of Madhya
Pradesh, who take admission in graduation
first semester will be benefited with the
scheme. There will be no age or caste bar.
Smart phone will be taken back if a student
abandons studies midway or does not study
regularly. The scheme will also benefit stu-
dents of remote areas. This will help
increase gross enrolment
ratio. Number of smart
phone users in the country
has increased by 33 percent
during last 2 years. Time of
using smart phones has also
increased by 20 percent. A
smart phone user in India
spends average 3 hours a
day on its use. About 25 per-
cent users check smart
phones for over 100 times a
day. One-third of users time
is spent on use of various
applications of smart phone.
World of mobile computing
has undergone a revolutionary change with
increase of speed and expansion of network
connectivity in the state and arrival of 2G,
3G and 4G. This change has been brought
about by mobile applications like
WhatsApp and WeChat. Smart phone has
been successful in becoming a pocket learn-
ing appliance for mobile users. Due to lack
of proper wi-fi and broadband facility in
offices and houses, 8 out of 10 persons use
mobile broadband, 2G, 3G and 4G through
smart phones. In this way, youths are using
a new pocket technology in the form of
smart phone. Education sector is also not
untouched by this technology, which is
being used for various purposes in the sec-
tor. During recent online admission process,
such an android mobile application was
evolved in cooperation with NIC, which
applicants obtained information about col-
leges on their smart phones.
Students also saw online information
about their admission details through
mobiles. Such smart phone applications are
being evolved for aiding studies in online
computing world through which students
will be able to write notes through online
quizzes, real-time broadcasts, e-reader,
book-scan, voice recording and making
notes through hearing, collection of web-
clipping and other important academic
works. This will help students avoid pur-
chase of syllabus materials and getting pho-
tocopies of notes.
Hindi Vishwavidyalaya
at a glance
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi
Vishwavidyalaya Bill passed with con-
sensus in Madhya Pradesh Vidhan
Sabha on December 2, 2011.
Governor ratifies the Bill on
December 16, 2011.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi
Vishwavidyalaya set up after publica-
tion of notification in Madhya Pradesh
Gazette on December 19, 2011.
Prof Mohanlal Chheepa appointed
as the vice-chancellor of the university
on June 28, 2012.
50 acre land reserved for the univer-
sity at village Mugalia Kot.
Proposed study centres
Hindi Boli Vishisht Addhyan Kendra, Bharat Vidya Addhyan Evam Anusandhan
Kendra, Bharat Paariya Bharat Addhyan Kendra, Prachin Sanskriti Evam Sabhyata
Kendra, Vishwa Sabhyata Evam Sanskriti Kendra, Lok Vigyan Evam Proudyogiki
Kendra, Lok Swasthya Evam Vaikalpik Chikitsa Kendra, Drishya Evam Shravaya
Kendra, Anuvad Evam Prakashan Kendra, Mahila Addhyan Kendra and Chhattra
Addhyan Kendra are proposed to be set up in the university. Madhya pradesh government
has established Hindi Vishwavidyalaya on December 19, 2011 to provide teaching-training
in Hindi to students of state and country and according pride of place to Hindi. President
Pranab Mukherjee laid foundation stone of the universitys building at village Mugaliya
Kot near Bhopal on June 6, 2013. The building will be constructed in 50 acre area.
No age or caste bar
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Vastu tips for Offices
The shape of the
office is best if it is
square or
The building should
be of equal height
in all directions.
No hospital, temple
or a graveyard
should be found in
the vicinity of the
location of the
The pantry of the
office is perfect in
the northwest or the
southeast zone.
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG)
f we look at the state-wise distribution of the childrens
workforce, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with a whopping
21 lakh. Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya
Pradesh closely follow, together to contribute to the total
population of working children by 55%.
Glaring gaps in addressing the issue lie both in the pol-
icy level and at the mindset of the people at large. The Right
to Education Act (RTE) does not include children in the age
group of 14-18 years, and similar gaps are there in the exist-
ing Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act
(CLPRA), which does not bring in children aged 14-18 years
within its purview. Several childrens rights organisations
have been advocating for the modification of child labour
laws. Apart from age-related issues in defining childhood,
weak provisions of punishment and fines for the offending
employers in the existing Child Labour Act also have some-
what diluted the effectiveness of the law. Also, engaging in
home-based work denies children of their right to education
and recreation. This is also a very common experience that
large numbers of children are trafficked from rural areas for
work. Efforts should be made to evolve village and block
level mechanisms for the protection of children.
Strengthening livelihood opportunities and social security
of the affected families are perhaps equally important, if not
more, so that parents are not compelled to send their chil-
dren to work for the mere reason of subsistence.
We must remember that child protection is not, as it
should not be, only an administrative agenda. It is, by all
means, everyones responsibility. Child labour can never be
eliminated until we make it a social priority. Its always eas-
ier to call for widespread awareness campaigns, but the
need of the hour is to start the battle against our age-old
practice to employ children.
Shockingly, over 76% of child labourers rescued in raids
conducted six years ago in Mumbai went back to work,
according to an NGO working for children's rights. The fact
was highlighted in a study commissioned by Child Rights
and You (CRY) in Mumbai with research partner CARE.
tudents and scholars from all over the
world will soon be converging again at
ancient capital of Magadha kings - Rajgir,
Bihar, to study at the Nalanda
International University.
The name Nalanda in Sanskrit means
giver of knowledge. Nalanda University of
yore was founded according to historians in
the fifth century (427 A.D.) as a place of
learning for Buddhist monks and is known
to have been one of the first great residen-
tial universities in recorded history. Today
Nalanda is a World Heritage site. The ruins
of the monastery are located about 55 miles
southeast of the modern Indian city of
Patna. As part of an international effort the
world renowned ancient Nalanda
University is now being revived with the
setting up of a modern university as an
international centre of excellence. Way back
in 2006 former President APJ Abdul Kalam
while addressing the Bihar Legislature on
March 28, 2006 stressed the need for estab-
lishing a new Nalanda University that
would be a place for meeting of minds from
the national and international arenas, to
carry out research that would link philoso-
phy to science, to technology, economy and
spirituality and integrate both ancient and
modern thinking.
As Bihar Government was also toying
with the idea it unanimously passed the
University of Nalanda Bill in March 2007.
In the mid-March 2006 Singapore showed
interest in the development of Nalanda as
part of Buddhist circuit for the growth of
tourism and as a site for a twenty first cen-
tury learning institution linking South and
East Asia. The Nalanda University Bill was
cleared by the Indian Parliament in 2010 to
set up the University with a cost of Rs.1005
crore. The University is initially going to
have schools for Buddhist Studies,
Philosophy and Comparative Religions;
Historical Studies; International Relations
and Peace Studies; Business Management
in relation to Public Policy and
Development Studies; Languages and
Literature; Ecology and Environmental
There are also plans to add one on
Information Technology. It is envisaged
that the revival of the University will lead
to the growth of Buddhist circuit giving a
boost to the tourism industry. The
University aims at contributing to the pro-
motion of regional peace and understand-
ing by bringing together future leaders of
the region and reminding them of their
shared history.
Reviving Ancient Glory: Nalanda International University
Govt fails to check child labour
1 cr kids not even attend schools
More than 2.5 crore children in
India are still denied their
rights, and still have to spend
their childhood working in
brick kilns, open hearth coal
pits, or in the dingy bidi rolling
workshops? About one crore
children in the country are yet
to take their steps to schools?
According to last census, among
25 crore children in the age
group of 5-14 years, more than
three crore are engaged in some
sort of work. Detailed age-
group-wise data suggests 2.5
crore working children belong
to the age group of 5-9 years,
while around 76 lakh come from
the age group of 10-14 years.
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG) Development
Health officials in India have issues
warnings at leading airports in the coun-
try, especially in Delhi and Mumbai, after
the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The warning stems from the fact that
there are possibilities of passengers with
Ebola virus entering the country from
Indira Gandhi International Airport,
Delhi and Chattrapati Shivaji
International Airport, Mumbai.
The question here is if India
is ready to tackle the virus?
The army blockaded rural areas hit
by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone
on August 8, 2013, after neighbouring
Liberia declared a state of emergency to
tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the dis-
ease, which has killed 932 people.
According to media reports, India has
put forward a five point must do pro-
gramme at the airports.
1. Passengers travelling from African
nations to be screened properly.
2. Passengers to self report at various
3. Immigration and custom officials to
keep tight vigil
4. Proper facilities at airports to tack-
le any situation
5. Immediate coordination with IMA
doctors after detection
In addition to this, Health Minister
Harsh Vardhan on August 8, 2014
informed Parliament that there are close
to 45,000 Indians in the affected countries.
Vardhan said in-flight announcements
regarding the outbreak and subsequent
self reporting by passengers, would also be
made by the airlines. "There would be
designated facilities at the relevant air-
ports/ports to manage travellers manifest-
ing symptoms of the disease. The surveil-
lance system would be geared up to track
these travellers for four weeks and to
detect them early, in case they develop
symptoms," he said.
India takes precautions
against deadly Ebola
Among the many priorities of revamping
Indian Railways, stands an important one:
improving the food quality. Sources from
the Railways have said that the Indian
Railways is set to begin with trials over bet-
ter quality food on certain trains.
Popular Food Chain like Haldirams is
set to supply vegetarian food in the
Karnataka Express and Paschim Express.
On the other hand, ITC is set to supply both
of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food in
the Bangalore-Ahmedabad Express.
Passenger feedback would be taken regard-
ing the services and supply of food from
these chains and based on that, the same is
likely to be implemented in other trains as
well. Godrej, Vadilal and Tysen Food are
also interested in catering for the Indian
Railways. Sources have said that the gov-
ernment is considering allowing them to
cater other trains after 15 days.
The move has come days after the
Indian Railways has fined nine caterers,
including the IRCTC, for serving poor qual-
ity food. A cockroach was found in the food
served in the Kolkata Rajdhani, which
many passengers said was absolutely unac-
Besides Indian Railways Catering and
Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), RK
Associates, Sunshine Caterers, Satyam
Caterers, Brandavan Food Products were
also among those fined. Besides Kolkata
Rajdhani, other trains covered during the
special drive include Paschim Express,
Pushpak Express, Motihari Express, Shiv
Ganga Express, Golden Temple Mail,
Netravati Express, Punjab Mail, Howrah-
Amritsar Mail and Chandigarh Shatabdi.
While in some trains food was found to
be kept in unhygienic conditions, in others
it was either found to be stale or substan-
dard, the official said, adding, fines ranging
from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh have been
imposed. Plagued by a number of com-
plaints regarding the quality of food,
Railways have made a concerted attempt to
improve the quality of food being served in
trains. The Union Railway Minister
Sadananda Gowda had announced in the
Rail Budget to make course correction in
catering service to address the problem.
Railways to improve food
quality; Haldirams, ITC to
supply on few trains
Indian Railways wants to
install solar power plants of
about 8.8 Mega Watt (MW)-
capacity at railway stations,
railway office buildings and
level crossing gates through-
out the country under railway
The Railways is keen to
harness solar energy by utiliz-
ing roof top space of railway
stations, other railway build-
ings and land including
through the PPP mode as per
the feasibility, the modalities
of which are being worked out.
However, solar power
plants have been provided on
top of two narrow gauge trains
plying on Pathankot-
Jogindernagar route in
Kangra Valley section and
Kalka-Shimla section on trial
On evaluation of trial and
cost benefit analysis, further
study of economic viability will
be undertaken, he said.
The estimated cost of
about 8.8 MW-capacity for the
proposed projects of providing
solar panels under railway
funding for works mentioned
above is about Rs 100 crore.
The benefits of these projects
are reliable power supply par-
ticularly at remote locations
and saving in diesel due to
reduced running of diesel gen-
Railways keen to harness solar energy
New Delhi
New Delhi
African catfish, locally known as Magur
and a banned variety of fish that poses
threat to indigenous varieties, is being ille-
gally reared and sold in market in and
around the state capital.
The species known as Clarias
Garipeneus, is being reared by fish farmers
in Raipur, Tilda, Dharsivan and Abhanpur
but fisheries department is allegedly over-
looking the ban on its rearing and sale to
protect indigenous fish from becoming
extinct. "Every week we come here to buy
fish as we get it fresh and this fish is much
tastier and cheaper than other fish", said
Chandrika Sahu, a buyer at Shastri Market.
A fish vendor said exotic Magur is cultured
in various water bodies in and around
Raipur and they collect it from fish farmers.
Fish farmers are more interested in this
variety as it gives much profit in a short
period. Each fish can grow up to three feet
and 25kg, but the harvest is done early,
when the fish have attained a weight of one
or two kgs.
Lokesh Vashistha, who had obtained
information through Right to Information
(RTI) Act from the department of fisheries,
alleged that there has been an unholy nexus
between fish farmers and officials in allow-
ing its cultivation.
"We are taking action against illegal
farming of African catfish," said deputy
director fisheries DK Singh, pointing out
that this fish posed threat to other aquatic
creatures. "As per existing policy, we have
taken action against many people. We are
contemplating some changes in existing
policies so as to make it stricter than
before." Singh said the fisheries department
is watchful to ensure that Magur does not
enter natural water bodies such as rivers
and ponds as it can destroy other varieties.
Singh said district and block level officials
have been directed to implement the ban
while the complaints regarding cultivation
of banned fish is being examined.
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG) Health
New Delhi: Efforts by the Union
Ministry of Environment and Forests to put
the spotlight on India's e-waste manage-
ment crisis are much appreciated. On
Wednesday, Mr Prakash Javadekar told
Parliament that the Government will
improve India's capacity to process e-waste,
including setting up an integrated recycling
facility, and raise awareness about the issue.
India currently generates more than 2.7 mil-
lion tonnes of e-waste every year this
includes a variety of objects and materials,
from computers and cell phones to house-
hold appliances and car parts; just about
anything that has an electrical component.
However, much of this waste is not disposed
This, in turn, contributes to environ-
mental pollution and poses a direct threat
to human health. The problem will only
take on menacing proportions as an eco-
nomically resurgent India's growing popu-
lation buys an increasing number of con-
sumer goods, all of which will add to the e-
waste pile. Well before the end of this
decade, the country will be generating 500
times more e-waste.
As of now, almost 90 per cent of the e-
waste is handled by the unorganised sector
in other words, the local kabari-wallah.
Lethal chemicals and toxic substances are
processed' in junk yards by unskilled work-
ers who use crude techniques such as acid
leaching and open air burning. Toxins are
released into the air, water and soil, eventu-
ally impacting the health of the general pop-
Equally importantly, the labourers who
are directly handling the waste are also put
at immediate risk. Worse still, children are
commonly employed in this industry in bla-
tant violation of labour laws. They are the
most vulnerable of the lot. In 2011, the
Union Government notified the E-Waste
(Management and Handling) Rules, which
was a good first step towards defusing the
crisis. However, as expected, the Rules have
not been implemented effectively. For exam-
ple, the primary producer of the electronic or
electrical product is responsible for its
effective disposal. This is
known as the Extended
Producer Responsibility. A
recent study done by an
environmental NGO has
found that even two years
after the Rules came into
effect, few corporates care
about EPR. Not even a
handful of mobile phone
companies, mandated to
take back products that are
past their use-by date, have
the mechanism to do so.
There are few drop-off/take-
back locations, and the ones
that exist are not adver-
tised. The public too is
unaware that discarded
products have to be
returned to the producer.
State pollution boards,
which are responsible for
monitoring e-waste man-
agement, are doing an
equally shoddy job. Forget about hauling up
non-compliant units, only seven States have
made e-waste inventories. More than 19
States still have no infrastructure to deal
with e-waste. Add to that the problem of ille-
gally imported e-waste, dumped by the
developing world, and it is clear why Indias
poor management of e-waste is a ticking
Poorly treated e-waste
threat to public health
African catfish poses threat
to indigenous varieties
New Delhi
The government is planning to set up an Export
Promotion Mission as announced in the Budget 2014-
15, which is aimed at preparing a comprehensive pol-
icy for promoting foreign trade. It has also taken
various measures to ease norms for exporters.
The move will involve deeper involvement of the
States in achieving targets to be fixed under the for-
eign trade Policy, Minister of Commerce and Industry,
Nirmala Sitharaman said here recently. Meanwhile,
Sitharaman also informed Parliament that increasing
exports in specific products and providing necessary
thrust by way of strategy is a continuous process
through market study initiatives. Issues relating to
tariff/non-tariff barriers are actively taken up during
the bilateral meetings and also under the
Institutional dialogues and accordingly Foreign Trade
Agreement (FTA) are signed between countries. The
ongoing trade procedures and infrastructure are
reviewed through Trade Policy Review regularly. She
said that the Government is engaged in negotiating a
WTO Agreement on
Trade Facilitation in
terms of the modalities
contained in the
Ministerial Decision on
7th December 2013.
The ongoing WTO
negotiations on Trade
Facilitation (TF) seek to
develop a set of multi-
lateral trade rules that
aim to simplify, modern-
ize and harmonize trade
procedure with a view to
ensure smooth move-
ment of import, export
and transit of goods across the international borders,
she said. The Foreign Trade Policy provides certain
incentives to compensate for high transport costs and
offset other disadvantages with a view to enhance
exports. Various incentives are supported through the
different schemes under Foreign Trade Policy like
Vishesh Krishi and Gram Udyog Yojana (VKGUY),
Focus Market Scheme, Market Linked Focus Product
Scheme and Focus Product Scheme.
Apart from above various Industry and Trade
Bodies are given support for participation in Buyer
Seller Meets (BSMs), Trade fairs and exhibitions in
various countries under Market Access Initiative
(MAI) scheme.
The Minister said that the two per cent Interest
Subvention Scheme, which was available for certain
export sectors viz. Handicrafts, Carpet, Handlooms,
SMEs, Readymade Garments, Processed Agriculture
Products and Toys, was widened to include 134 tariff
lines of Engineering Sector with effect from 1st
January, 2013.
AUGUST 11 TO AUGUST 17 , 2014 (MP & CG) Commerce
Railways jumbo gift to N Bengal
Rs 300 crore for doubling of tracks
Use of pesticides endangering
bees: Gaurishankar Bisen
Bhopal: Addressing a
seminar Bees endangered
held by K.J. Education
Society here recently,
Farmers Welfare and
Agriculture Minister
Gaurishankar Bisen said
that bees have important
role in food grains produc-
tion. Bee species are found in
various parts of the world.
The honey produced by them
is very useful for human
health. Maximum business
can be transacted by under-
standing their requirements
properly and ensuring that
they suffer minimum harm.
Bisen said that bees
have been endangered due to
use of pesticides in all crops these
days. Their breeding is being
adopted as source of livelihood in
rural areas. It has a number of
benefits including excellent rural
industry, nutritious food, medical
importance, hybrid pollination,
employment opportunities to rural
people as per their needs etc.
Bisen said that organic fer-
tilisers should be used to save
bees. A number of researches have
been conducted about this.
Scientists should convey their ben-
efits to common people. Bees col-
lect juice from all crops including
Kharif, Rabi and Zayed and the
lifecycle is completed in 4 stages.
Ever-increasing use of pesticide
will have to be stopped. It is harm-
ful for human health. Farmers
should also pay attention to cow
keeping to increase their level of
income. He said that environ-
ments cleanliness and balance of
nature both are necessary for
human health. Increase in organic
food grains production is also nec-
essary, he added.
Director Agriculture Dr. D.N.
Sharma, Director Horticulture
and Farm Forestry Anurag vas-
tava, former Director Agriculture
Dr. G.S. Kaushal and Prasoon
Sircar also gave presentations at
the programme. A booklet on bee
keeping was released on the occa-
sion. Sunil Gangrade presented
mementoes to all guests.
Govt to set up Export Promotion
Mission to promote foreign trade
There is finally some good news for
wildlife enthusiasts in the forests of North
Bengal. The ministry of railways has allot-
ted Rs 300 crore towards doubling of tracks
in the New Jalpaiguri-New Cooch Behar-
Samuktala Road route in the 2014-15 rail-
way budget tabled in Parliament on
Tuesday. Once the tracks are doubled, more
trains can be diverted from the New
Jalpaiguri-Bagdogra-New Mal Jn-
Nagrakata-Hasimara-Alipurduar Junction
route that runs through the forests of North
Bengal and accounts for the largest number
of elephant deaths in the country.
As many as 20 pachyderms died in this
stretch due to collision with trains since
2013, forest department officials said. The
last incident was reported on July 1 when a
special military train slammed into two jum-
bos a mother and a calf between
Hasimara and Hamiltongunj, killing them
on the spot. Official records reveal that
between 2004 and 2013, as many as 44 ele-
phants were killed by trains in the forests of
the Dooars.
"This is very encouraging. The govern-
ment has sanctioned Rs 160 crore for the
36.52 km Ambari Falakata-New Moynaguri
stretch. In addition, Rs 140 crore has been
sanctioned for the 29.02 km New Cooch
Behar-Samuktala Road stretch. Now, the
projects will be reviewed and timeframes
set. Work can now start in earnest," said
Sugato Lahiri, CPRO, Northeast Frontier
Railway (NFR). With these sanctions, the
ministry of railways has cleared the bulk of
the estimated cost for doubling of the
stretch. Now, a mere Rs 107.55 crore is
pending of the Rs 529.89 crore that the proj-
ect is estimated to cost. "This was a long
pending demand. After doubling is complet-
ed, trains can be diverted and elephant
deaths can be checked," said chief wildlife
warden Ujjal Bhattacharya.
Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri is connected
to Alipurduar through two railway routes.
One of these is the 168km link that passes
through Bagdogra, New Mal Jn, Nagrakata
and Hasimara. After 2003, this became a
broad gauge section and now passes through
nearly 74 km across three protected areas
and the buffer zone of the Buxa Tiger
Reserve (BTR) as well as nine well-estab-
lished elephant corridors.
New Delhi
I could quit playing
Tests to prolong my
career, says Umar Gul
Humiliating Old Trafford defeat raises
doubt over India's ability to fight back
Gavaskar emerges unhurt
after car crashes in England
Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar
escaped unhurt after being involved in a life-threaten-
ing road accident while travelling from Manchester to
London on Sunday. Gavaskar, who has been commen-
tating on the India-England Test series, was accompa-
nied by his friend Chandresh Patel and English com-
mentator Mark Nicholas when the car crash took place
in torrential rains.
A report said that Gavaskar was sitting on the left
side of the back seat when the driver of the Jaguar
they were travelling in suddenly swerved to the right
to avoid a head-on collision with another vehicle.
The impact of the collision was on the side
Gavaskar was sitting and completely damaged the car
but none of the passengers were hurt. "God has saved
us. There was torrential rain and our car was being
driven very fast. Thankfully, no one was hurt although
the accident was very, very scary, Gavaskar told Mid-
day. The occupants had to abandon the car and board-
ed a train to London.
iroslav Klose has announced his retirement from
Germany's national squad a month after the team
won the World Cup. The 36-year-old scored two
goals in Brazil, making him the highest-scoring player in
World Cup history with 16, one ahead of Brazil's Ronaldo.
With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-
scoring player for Germany. Klose says in a statement
posted on the German national team's website Monday
that winning the World Cup "fulfilled a childhood dream
on mine" and he had concluded that now was the best
time to retire.
India`s abject surrender in the fourth
cricket Test against England has come
under attack from former cricketers,
some of whom have raised serious
questions marks over the team`s abil-
ity to stage a fightback in the final
match of the series, starting August
15 at The Oval.
With the five-match series evenly
poised at 1-1, India produced a spine-
less batting performance to lose the
fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs
well inside three days, allowing
England to take the lead. The humili-
ating defeat has certainly raised a few
questions about the young Indian
team`s character.
"There is such a short turn-
around time between Tests in this
series that batting extra-time in the
nets won`t help Indian batsmen," said
former India wicket-keeper Vijay
Dahiya. "When batsmen are not scor-
ing runs and getting out in the same
manner, things are bound to become
technically challenging. And when
you play successive Tests like this,
you do not have time to work on your
skills and implement it.
Then, it becomes all about show-
ing character and focussing on disci-
pline, where this Indian team is found
lacking," he said. "A simple example
of this is how they have played Moeen
Ali. At Southampton they defended
against him and got out. So they
attacked him at Old Trafford and still
got out. Nobody thought that there
was a match to save and you
shouldn`t play such shots against
him," he added.Vice-captain Virat
Kohli looked a pale shadow of himself
in the series so far and Dahiya said
pressure is getting the better of the
talented right-hander in the tour.
"Kohli came into this series with a lot
of pressure on his shoulders. He was
expected to shine instead he hasn`t
scored a lot of runs and he is getting
out in the same manner in every
innings. More than technical, it is a
mental thing for him now," the former
stumper said.
"There is just too much pressure
on him, self-pressure at times, that he
has to do well and carry the team. But
he cannot go away and figure things
out. He has to fight it out himself. One
way is to be disciplined like Sachin
Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid, not play a
particular stroke when it is troubling
you," Dahiya said. "But does he have
enough discipline to do that?" asked
Dahiya, who has seen Kohli as a
youngster during his coaching days
for Delhi.
Talking about another failure,
Cheteshwar Pujara, Dahiya said the
Saurashtra batsman is throwing
away his wicket after getting starts.
"The problem for Pujara is worse. He
is getting starts and getting out. This
is just lack of concentration combined
with poor shot selection. It also goes
to show how our openers have failed
to do their job and shield these two
batsmen," he said. It was sheer lack of
application from the Indian batsman
at the Old Trafford as they probably
needed to see off just 61 overs on day
three and perhaps another 30-40
overs on day five to save the match as
it rained all morning yesterday, stop-
ping for hardly 20 minutes in the
afternoon and then kept pouring
through the evening.
akistan`s seasoned
pace bowler, Umar
Gul has admitted
that a nagging knee prob-
lem has forced him to think
about quitting Test match-
es. Gul, who has played just
eight One-day internation-
als and four T20 matches
for Pakistan since having a
knee surgery in Melbourne
in May last year, said he
was frustrated at being
plagued by fitness issues.
"It is frustrating and
right now the doctors and
trainers at the national
cricket academy have told
me I am still not 100 per
cent fit and need to do
more rehabilitation and
gym training so that the
knee is back to normal,"
Gul said. "I myself don`t
feel comfortable bowling
right now because of the
knee problem and if you
ask me right now if I could
play Test matches I would
say no," he said. Gul, 30,
who is the most experi-
enced pace bowler in the
present team with 163
Test, 173 ODI and 80 T20
wickets, was sidelined for
the ongoing series in Sri
Lanka because of fitness
This after he struggled
with his knee during come-
backs to the team for the
ODI series against Sri
Lanka in the UAE in
January and then in the
Asia Cup and T20 World
event in Bangladesh in
"Honestly speaking at
present I don`t know what
my future is. But I am tar-
getting a return to the test
side for the series against
Australia later this year.
But if that doesn`t work out
I could quit playing Tests to
prolong my career" he said.
World Cup record holder
Miroslav Klose retires
from international football
Ajay Devgn, who is back as a tough cop with
Singham Returns, has said that his character
Bajirao Singham is nothing less than a superhero.
"He is like a real superhero. Our culture is such that
we don't need a lot of back up to become superheros.
The character is already larger than life, " Devgn told
in an interview during a visit to the city.
Legendary actor Robin
Williams found dead in
apartment in apparent suicide
Gumaan orchestrates a plan
to kill Kumud from prison
e was asked to compare his character Singham, who
fights against evil forces in his own fiery style, with
other superheroes like Superman and Spiderman.
"Singham is more real than them. Now in the sequel the
challenge is bigger," the 45-year-old actor said adding that, in the
sequel to the 2011 blockbuster, they have kept everything new
except the lead character. "It has got more drama, action,
romance and humour. The stunts are also bigger and better,"
the actor said. Interestingly, Devgn, who describes himself as
a spontaneous actor, went to act in the sequel without any
"I didn't research at all because I was following the
characteristics of one man and how would he react
under a given situation. When that situation changes,
everything else changes. But his style of working is the
same," he said. He said he personally believed in the
working style of Singham.
"People have the same anger against corruption
which was there in 2011 when Singham came,"
Devgn said. However, Singham Returns is not a mes-
sage-oriented film. "It is a completely commercial film
and not a message oriented one. There is a message if
you can read it but it is a complete entertainer where
there is a supercop tackling a super problem," he said.
Besides a string of hit commercial releases, he has
also made his mark in critically-acclaimed films like
Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat and Mahesh Bhatt
directed Zakhm. "I love to do films like Raincoat. I
have not heard a great script like that since then. I
am not enjoying the scripts I am listening to. I am
open to doing every kind of cinema but it should
fascinate me just like Zakhm did," he said.
obin Williams, the Academy Award
winner and comic supernova whose
explosions of pop culture riffs and
impressions dazzled audiences for decades
and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for
the Information Age, died Monday in an
apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was
pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay
Area home Monday, according to the sheriff's
office in Marin County, north of San
Francisco. The sheriff's office said the
preliminary investigation shows
the cause of death to be a suicide
due to asphyxia. The Marin
County coroner's office said
Williams was last been
seen alive at home at
about 10 p.m. Sunday.
e wonder if Saras will lose his life trying to save Kumud.
We recently saw how Anushka (Srishty Rode) tries to
kill Kumud (Jennifer Winget) and Saras (Gautam
Rode). However, Saras gets a whiff of something fishy about
Anushka. On the day of Anushkas engagement, Saras meets with
an accident and is fatally injured. Kumud starts blaming herself
for Saras near death. She recedes into a cocoon and vows to never
see Saras again.
In order to bring her out of the situation, Saras pretends to
lose his memory. Kumud then tries to revive her husbands mem-
ory by telling him their love story. We guess the makers are try-
ing to cash in on their romance before killing Gautams character
off. In the upcoming episode, it will be revealed that Anushka was
being forced to kill Kumud and Saras by none other than Gumaan
(Monica Bedi). No one in the family will figure this out until its
too late. Gumaan makes up her mind to get rid of her enemies
and hence, she orchestrates a plan via Anushka. When that fails,
we are sure she will try something new. So Kumud and Saras are
still very much in danger.
Will Saras figure out that Anushka was acting on Gumaans
instructions? Will Saras kill Gumaan before he dies? Or will
Gumaan succeed in her evil plans?
Singham is like
a superhero movie
Shah Rukh Khan feels that
father-son relationship
should be like friends!
he Happy New Year actor was present at the
trailer launch of Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami. Shah
Rukh Khan feels that father-son relationship
should be that of friends. The actor, who has always
been vocal about his parents, has lent support for an
upcoming film titled Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami by
launching the trailer of the film along with the
entire star cast here. Apparently, the film, based on
father-son relationship, made Shah Rukh emotional
and he decided to support it. Narrated in a comical
way, the film stars Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia,
Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi and Aditi Sharma. It
is a story of a man and his two sons who set out to
get their father what he dreamt of all his life. The
heart of the film Ekkees Toppon Ki Salami is in the
right place. I think when you carve a film like this in
an entertaining manner, it becomes more interesting
than just a regular comedy film, Shah Rukh told
reporters yesterday. On being asked about his expe-
rience of fatherhood, he said, My wish for my three
children is for their good health.
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New policy for AAP, to skip polls in 4 states
The Aam Aadmi Partys decision
to skip the assembly elections in
four poll-bound states and focus on
Delhi marks a new policy for the
ambitious 20-month-old party.
After the aggressive posturing in
the Lok Sabha elections, where 432
tickets were doled out, the AAP
appears to have made peace with
its minimal presence on the
Without enough hands to under-
take the hard work of campaigning,
most of these candidates lost secu-
rity deposits despite garnering
impressive four and five-digit vot-
ing figures. While this signalled a
decent start, the AAP spread its
human and monetary resources too
thin. Its campaign faltered in
Delhi, coming second in all seven
Lok Sabha seats despite increasing
its vote-share from the 2013 assem-
bly polls. Having rejected corporate
donations, the AAPs funds, collect-
ed online and offline from individu-
als, have reduced to a trickle.
The meagre coffers do not per-
mit the luxury of venturing into
states where returns could be
minimal. Of the poll-bound states,
the AAP counted heavily on
Haryana and Maharashtra in the
general elections, but the poor
showing, especially in rural con-
stituencies, exposed the partys
urban character.
By focussing on Delhi, Kejriwal
has the opportunity to prove he can
deliver good governance. The AAPs
obsession with anti-corruption is
clearly not enough to hold voter
attention. The Janlokpal Bill, for
which Kejriwal sacrificed his 49-
day-old government, has lost rele-
vance with the enacting of the
Lokpal Act. The Delhi assembly is
in suspended animation for over
five months now but no break-
through in government formation
has resulted.
By going slow, the AAP and
Kejriwal are reminding the cadre
that there are no shortcuts to polit-
ical power. In Delhi, the AAPs
activism in the anti-corruption
movement propelled it forward.
The AAPs success in Punjab was
an expression of popular anger
against the Akali Dal and the
The AAPs credentials as an
anti-establishment outfit held out
charms to many; but a new phase
of mature deliberation and commu-
nity mobilisation is imperative for
sustaining the momentum.
-S. Mani
Email: sastrymani@hotmail.com
New Delhi
HC refuses to lift ban on e-rickshaws
The Delhi High Court on
Tuesday refused to lift the ban
on e-rickshaws in the city stat-
ing that those rickshaws cant
be allowed to ply without guide-
lines. It asked the Central gov-
ernment to come up with draft
regulations on the issue.
"Our concern is very very
clear and we cannot allow these
e-rickshaws without any regu-
lations," a bench of justice B D
Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul
said. Additional Solicitor
General Pinki Anand, appear-
ing for the Centre and the Delhi
Government, said the issue
relates to the livelihood of
around 50,000 e-rickshaw own-
ers and they be allowed to ply
them under the supervision of
Delhi Police and civic agencies.
"We will not allow any illegal
acts. You show us under which
guidelines or norms the police
will regulate them. Have a
proper policy then only we can
allow it as the rule of law
should prevail," the bench said.
"We are also not happy but
we should not allow chaos in the
capital of the country, which
should be a role model city for
all of us," it said. The ASG then
informed the court that the
Centre will frame the draft
guidelines on the issue and e-
rickshaws can be allowed to ply
for the time being till the guide-
lines are replaced by statutory
amendments. The court then
fixed the matter on August 8 for
hearing review petition of
Battery Rickshaw Welfare
Association. The court had yes-
terday agreed to hear the peti-
tion seeking review of its order
banning e-rickshaws on the
roads in the national capital.
Advocate R K Kapoor, who
had appeared for the associa-
tion, had sought an urgent
hearing of the matter saying an
advisory has been issued by the
Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways to the chief secre-
taries of all the state govern-
ments and Union territories
regarding regulation of electric
motor propelled threewheeled
vehicles (e-rickshaws and e-
carts). He had contended that
this advisory has not been
brought to the attention of the
The high court on July 31
had ordered a ban on plying of
e-rickshaws in the national cap-
ital, saying they are illegally
running on Delhi roads and
"prima facie a hazard to other
traffic as well citizens".The
review petition also contended
that lakhs of families depend
upon e-rickshaws for their
livelihood "and in the interest of
justice, this court may
review/modify the order dated
July 31".
New Delhi
Amar Singh share dais with Mulayam but not to join SP
Rajya Sabha member
Amar Singh, who was
expelled by the Samajwadi
Party (SP) four years ago,
shared the dais with its
president Mulayam Singh
Yadav recently and went on
to describe himself as
Mulayamwadi despite the
SP supremo failing to men-
tion the old party loyalists
name on the stage. After
the appearance, the two
headed to Lucknow airport
where they engaged in a
private dialogue in the VIP
lounge area. The old col-
leagues even departed
together and boarded the
same Jet Airways flight to
the national capital. Whats
interesting is that both
were seated next to each
other on the aircraft as
well. This has triggered
talk that the SP might re-
nominate him to Rajya
Sabha. The occasion for the
coming together of the
estranged friends was the
inauguration of the
Janeshwar Mishra Park in
Lucknow to which
Mulayam had invited Amar
Singh. I am
Mulayamwadi, not
Samajwadi, Amar Singh
said, apparently trying to
send a message that he felt
close to the SP chief and not
the party.
New Delhi: An organisation should have
the ability to listen
as well, senior
Congress leader
Janardan Dwivedi
said recently at a
time when a party
leader has gone to
the extent of say-
ing that Sonia
Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi needed to take a
break in the wake of the Lok Sabha poll deba-
cle. "I do not talk about individuals. But in any
organisation, there should be an ability to lis-
ten to and not just make others listen,"
Dwivedi told reporters outside Parliament.
He was asked about former Congress
working committee member Jagmeet Singh
Brar's remarks that it won't be a bad idea if
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi take a break
for two years from the leadership role. The
party has already asked for an explanation
from Brar on the issue.
Congress spokesperson Randip Surjewala
declined to comment on the remarks of
Dwivedi. "I have not heard Janardan
Dwivedi's statement. We would refer back to
him and then get back to you," Surjewala said.
Dwivedi has for some time been making state-
ments that have fuelled debates inside and
outside the party circles on issues like
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's interest in politics.
While Dwivedi declined to respond to
reports about Priyanka's formal induction in
the Congress party leadership either as gener-
al secretary in-charge or Uttar Pradesh
Congress president, Surjewala said that her
role is confined to two Parliamentary seats.
Holding that such questions have been
answered many times, Surjewala said,
"Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has decided her role
in politics, which is confined to two
Parliamentary seats. Except this, everything
is speculation, which we reject."
Dwivedi's remarks fuel
debate in Congress