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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Literature, Rights, Cinema!

Two original titles in Urdu titled Jauhar-E-Adakari, authored by Shri Latafat Hussain Kazi and Urdu aur Bollywood, authored by Suhail Akhtar Warsi were released by Shri Javed Akhtar, renowned lyricist and Shri Amol Palekar, eminent actor & film-maker in a book-release function held at the theme pavilion. The books have recently been published by the National book Trust, India.

Talking about the status of the Urdu language, Shri Akhtar said that from the film, Alam Ara that introduced sound in Indian cinema, till today the Indian Cinema is incomplete without Urdu. He said that the tragedy with Urdu is that when we understand the language we feel that it is Hindi and when it becomes difficult to understand the language we feel that it is Urdu.

He said that we have forgotten the word Hindustani. Giving examples of certain words like bawarchi, baccha, balti, pistol, rasta, toast etc. derived from the languages like Persian, English, Turkish etc he said that if we take out these words from our language Hindustani then we will have very limited words to speak and express our emotions.

Comparing Urdu with Hindustani he said that the syntax and grammar of both the languages are same. He said that the usage of Urdu script is shrinking while the usage of Urdu as a spoken language is increasing. He said that the books on Urdu poetry printed in Devanagari script have good readership. It is the language of the common people. He added that the writers of Hindi and Urdu languages should think over reviving the language.

Shri Amol Palekar said that the people of Maharashtra have an obsession for drama and reading as well. He said that a few days back, a book in Marathi was released in a literary function held at Maharashtra and one lakh copies of the book were sold, the same day. He expressed his happiness to be a part of this fair and congratulated NBT for bringing out books on Cinema.

Shri Shahbaaz Khan, noted actor mesmerized the audience while delivering the dialogues of the play Amir Khusro to bring into light the significance of the language to convey emotions of a character in a play or cinema. Shri Aneez Azmi, eminent theatre personality and the authors of the book also spoke on the occasion.

Later in the evening, an interactive session on the topic Cinematic Imagination and Sensibility was held at the theme pavilion where eminent litterateurs Shri Vishnu Khare, Shri Zubair Razvi and Shri Ajay Kumar discussed whether cinema in any way create and influence literary sensibility or taste?

A seminar on the topic E-publishing and the need for Digitalisation of Libraries was organized at Hall no. 8 by the Afro-Asian Book Council, National Book Trust, India and Indian Library Association. The seminar was inaugurated by Shri Muchkund Dubey. The other speakers on the occasion were Shri Sanjiv Goswami, Springer India; Shri Kailash Balani, Aditya Books; Shri jonathan Andress, Director, Konark International; Shri P.R. Goswami, Director, Central Secretariat Library; Shri K.K. Banerjee, Director, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation; and Shri Robert Fletcher, CEO, Global Exhibition Marketing.

A two-day seminar Rights Table: A Forum of Indian Publishers to Exchange Copyright of Books was organized at the Rights Pavilion in which many aspects of Rights, from translation to digital, from author contracts to translation grants, Licenses etc were discussed. Shri M A Sikandar, Director, NBT, remarked that “this is a new beginning for NBT as it has tried to create a platform for exchange of rights.” While Shri Akshay Pathak, Director, German Book office and collaborators of the programme observed, “although the ’Rights table’ is a major programme within the publishing industry all over the world, the systems of the copyright exchanges in India is still undeserved in India.” Among the publishers who participated in the discussion include Westland, Routledge, Harper Collins, Penguin, Tulika, Olive, kalachuvadu, mapin, Karadi tales, Zubaan and Scholastic.

At the Children’s Pavilion at Hall No. 14 several activities for children were organized. In a session Bal Katha Se Cinema Tak, Ms Nandita Das, Chairperson, Children’s Film Society of  India interacted with children. To encourage reading habit among children a play based on a book was presented by Navyug School, Laxmibai Nagar and Butterflies, an NGO. Later, in a mime show Shri Swapan Kumar Sarkar and his troupe performed at the pavilion and raised the issue to save environment. Dr B K Tyagi and his team from Vigyan Prasar in an interesting programme called Science and Magic unraveled how scientific fundamentals work behind the world of magic.

The evening was enlightened with the traditional folk singing Jugani and folk dances Bhangra, Gidha, Jindwa and Sammi of Punjab.

Himachal Pradesh receives prestigious National Tourism Award

29th February,2012. President Mrs Pratibha Patil today presented National Tourism award to Himachal Pradesh in a function held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Principal Secretary Tourism Mrs Manisha Nanda and Director Tourism Dr Arun Kumar jointly received the prestigious award from President Mrs Pratibha Patil in presence of union Tourism Minister Sh. Subodh Kant Sahay and top officials of Govt. of India.

Himachal Pradesh has been awarded the top prize for excellent promotion publicity material, said Director Tourism Dr Arun Sharma and added that last year the Deptt. brought out the first coffee table “Har Ghar Kuchh Kehta”,a book narrating the historical anecdotes associated with the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla,the queen of hills. The book has resulted in enrichment of tourism product,tourists are staying for longer durations and coffee table book has captured the magnificence of state. Himachal became the first state to launch the electronic brochure in the Contry he added. He said that Tourism Deptt. has been rewarded for various stuperndous efforts which has seen the contribution of tourism to the total GDP go up to 10 percent in the state Each building apart from having unique architecture ,which is a blend of classical goethic and hill architecture presents a rare blend of even Rajsthani architrctue. Stories about Shimla called from the local residents resulted in total involvement of stakeholders,stories became a fulcrum of the rural tourism flagship programme launched subsequently.

Har Gaon ki kahani is an unique rural tourism initiative in which stories sent by villagers are developed by dove tailing. The tourism infrastructure in the state is being also developed through MNREGA to create various basic facilities to the tourists .

Dr Arun Kumar said that The National Tourism Award is a recognition of the efforts state is putting in to become the most favorite destination in the country to fulfill the motto of Unforgettable Himachal for all seasons and for all reasons.

Krishi Vigyan Mela begings from 1st March

IARI is organising its annual Krishi Vigyan Mela.The Mela will be inaugurated by honrable Minister of State for Agriculrure and Food Processing Industries DR. Charn Das Mahant ji and The Cheif Guest of the Mela is Sh. Harish Rawat ji, Honrable Minister of state for Agri. Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs on March 01,2012 at 10.30 AM at IARI Mela Ground. The theme of this year’s mela scheduled to be held from March 1 to 3, 2012 is "Prosperity through Innovative Farm Technologies”. The technologies developed by IARI on the major theme will be displayed in the thematic pandal. Besides IARI, state agricultural universities, ICAR institutes, private and public sector undertakings, NGOs/societies and progressive farmers will participate in the mela to display their technologies for the benefit of the farming community.

Mr.J P S Dabas-Incharge Media Cell-IARI informed dwarkaparichay that more than 200 stalls will display a range of technologies, products and services for the farmers. Over one lakh visitors from different parts of the country comprising farm men, farm women, students, extension workers, entrepreneurs and others are expected to visit the mela. Visits to different live crop demonstrations, experimental plots of different divisions on IARI farm, farmers’ workshops, women empowerment workshop, Kisan Advisory Cell, sale of seeds of IARI varieties, sale of inputs by private firms and farmers' produce, etc., will be the salient features of the mela.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Polio Summit 2012 held at New Delhi

Sh.Ghulam Nabi Azad-Hon'ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India addressing during Polio Summit 2012 at New Delhi. Photo: Joginder Dogra

20th New Delhi World Book Fair, fusion of old and new trends

The advancement in technology and modernity may take place at any extent but our traditional values do not take us away from our ancient roots. While browsing through the books at Hall No. 11, the book lovers are being fascinated by the scriptures written on palm leaves in several Indian languages like Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada at the stall of Sanatana. The scriptures have been printed using the ancient Indian technique. In this age of e-books, the charm for techniques used in bygone era is not yet over.

The Delhi Pavilion at Hall 7D commemorates 100 years of Delhi as India’s capital. The pavilion designed in a circular shape gives us an opportunity to learn a lot more about Delhi and gives us a glimpse of transformations that have taken place since last 100 years. The pavilion exhibits rare books, photographs and paintings on Delhi by known and unknown artistes of erstwhile Delhi. The paintings on Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb and Jama Masjid take us to the journey of Delhi from Mughal era to Lutyen’s Delhi.

The foreign participants at the Fair are also exhibiting their books on the contemporary world and their history as well. The Iqbal Academy, a statuary body of the Government of Pakistan which promotes and disseminates the study and understanding of the works and teachings of Dr Iqbal, is exhibiting the Biography on Iqbal, Iqbal in Politics, The Western Horizon, Iqbal and Tagore and some of the original works of Iqbal. The academy also appreciated the efforts of NBT by arranging such a world class event with increasing standards every year.

Urim Books which is a leading publisher of South Korea is also participating in the Fair. The publishers has printed books in many foreign languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, Indian Language Hindi and Tamil.

National Book Trust, India in association with National Film Archive of India, Pune is screening some of the rare and acclaimed movies at the theme pavilion. In the morning, classical black & white movie in Hindi Devdas (1936), directed by Shri P C Barua was screened. The movie is based on the well-known author Shri Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novella of the same name. The actors in the movie were Shri K L Sehgal, Ms T R Rajkumari and Ms Jamuna Barua.

The evening was dedicated to television series Malgudi Days which is based on the works of Shri R K Narayan. A workshop was organized by NBT at Children’s Pavilion where noted author, Ms Deepa Agarwal interacted with children and enlightened them with various techniques of story-writing.

Later in the evening, the students of DTEA Senior Secondary School, Laxmibai Nagar staged a short-play based on a book. The book lovers are also having a gala time at Lal Chowk where cultural programmes representing traditional folk dances and folk songs of various states of the country are being organized. The evening was culmination of martial art from Kerala and Manipur, as well folk dances of Manipur Sufiana Qwali by Shri Iftikhar Ahmed from Amroha, U.P.

Postal problem in Dwarka

The Editor,
Dwarka Parichay

I am a regular reader of  Times of India since my child-hood. as desired by your good self in Dwarka Times Sunday last, to write any problem. the problem is of all the residents of dwarka. i have explained to Mr. S.S.Dogra also on his mobile.

You will be surprised, in Dwarka Postmen delivers only telephone bills and registered/ speed post. it is observed by me my friends since long. although they have to deliver all the letters of residents of a society at one place (instead of delivering them door to door). they are getting salary for non delivery of ordinary post.

residents are angry with their relatives because they are not getting any birthday cards, death cards of their relatives and colleagues. on the other side relatives and colleagues are in anger since no body is replying their letters. refund order/dividend warrants/interest warrants are not being delivered by the postmen in dwarka.

Documentary evidence can be provided on demand.

I request your kind honor to publish it in your esteemed news for the welfare of the residents of dwarka.


R.K. Aggarwal
M: 9910861398
B-602, Sadbhawna Apartments, plot no.8,sector-22,
New Delhi-110075

Project Future India Referees Course kicks-off in Delhi

The Project Future India Referees Course, a grassroots development project was inaugurated by Mr. Kushal Das, the General Secretary of the All India Football Federation at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Referee K Shankar makes a point to AIFF GS Mr. Kushal Das during the inauguration of Future India Referees Course
The best referees during the start of their career from all over the country duly nominated by their states were called for selection for ‘Project Future India-2012’ batch in Jabalpur on January 30-31, 2012. Thereafter, a selection committee selected 30 of them for the PFI-2012 batch.

This batch of 30 shall be under dedicated Referees Instructors and Fitness Instructors for two years and undergo three-four training exposures per year. Referees who show potential for growth after each exposure shall be retained and called for next exposures. After two years, the best of the lot would be further nurtured through our top level development project for the next two years.

The intention is to produce as many World Class Referees in India by 2016. This is a continous development project and has been launched for the first-time in India. Mr. Pradip Nag, Mr. K Sankar, Ms. Bentla D’Coth, and Mr. M. K Roy are the instructors for the course. A Sports Psychologist and a Coach would also be involved during the later stages.

Admission Open for I class in Dwarka

The Central School, Sector-12, Dwarka is offering School admission for class I. According to Mr.S.S.Raheja-Principal of the school, the parents can submit their ward’s admission form up to 20th March,2012. There are forty seats available for the Academic Session 2012-13. Admission committee comprises Chairman/Nominee, 2 parents(one male & one female), a teacher representative and a student make the draw. The lottery draw brings out by a school student in front of the applicant parents. Then the list of successful candidate for admission will be displayed on 28th March,2012.

For detail contact: Ph.28034252, 28033211

The application forms for admission to Pre-Primary (K.G.) and class I, whichever is the entry level class in Government Sarvodaya Vidyalayas of Directorate of Education can be obtained from concerned Sarvodaya Vidyalaya from 5th March,2012 to 17th March,2012 on all working days. The list of Sarvodaya Vidyalayas is availale at Department website as well as with concerned District Deputy Director of Education. Application forms and guidelines are available on above website also(downloadable). The draw of lots will be displayed on 22ndMarch,2012. On the other hand, Sh. Jang Bahadur Singh-DDE (South West B) informed dwarkaparichay that there is no Sarvodaya Vidyalayas of Directorate of Education in Dwarka. He further added that a Sarvodaya Vidyalaya school in Sector-3 is under construction but it would be functional soon.

Sargam Mandir celebrated 48th Mahashivratri Sangeet Sammelan

Sargam Mandir celebrated 48th Mahashivratri Sangeet Sammelan Recently, Sargam Mandir(Regd.) celebrated its 48th Mahashivratri Sangeet Sammelan at LTG Auditorium New Delhi. Advocate Vishal Sinha-Vice President of Sargam Mandir informed Dwarka Parichay that it was supported by Sahitya Kala Parishad, ICCR and Dainik Jagran was the media partner. 

The sammelan started with the lighting of lamp ceremony. Shiv Stuti by Dr. Ragini Pratap, Sitar recital by Pt. Amitav Chatterjee ,Vocal recital by Pt. Ajay Pohankar accompanists Ustad Yusuf Khan on Tabla, Ustad Refiuddin Sabri on Tabla, Pt. Debashish Adhikari on Tabla, Ustad Kamal Sabri on Sarangi & Vidushi Paromita Mukherjee on Harmonium were the major attraction of the sammelan. Sh. Rakesh Mohan-Director General (N.Y.K. Sangathan) was the chief guest who felicitated Pandit Ajay Pohankar with Sangeet Martand & Padmashree Vidushi Shovna Narayan with Nritya Martand.

5 Steps For A Pain–Free Back

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India

1. Stay fit

Stretching and strengthening both your back and abdominal muscles is important. A stretching and strengthening regimen should target the back, abdominal, and buttock muscles.

Bicycling (either stationary or regular), swimming, and walking lead the list of low–risk, high–benefit activities for most people’s backs. All are low– or minimal–impact exercises that strengthen muscles which support the back. None involve awkward or stressful actions that are detrimental to back muscles.

Sports and activities such as football, tennis, gymnastics, wrestling, weight lifting, rowing (crew), running, aerobic dance, and ballet involve a relatively high risk for back injury because of the extension, lifting, or impacts involved. Other unnatural motions that could induce pain include back arching (during gymnastics and diving), twisting (while hitting a golf ball, swinging at a baseball, or bowling), vertical jolting (while riding a horse), and stretching your legs strenuously (when hiking or when balancing a sailboat during a race).

2. Maintain a healthy weight

The heavier you are, the greater the load your spine must carry. To make matters worse, if the bulk of your weight comes in the form of abdominal fat, rather than muscle, your center of gravity can shift forward — a condition that puts added pressure on your back.

3. Kick the habit

Nicotine in cigarettes contributes to low back pain in two ways. First, nicotine hampers the flow of blood to the vertebrae and disks. This impairs their function and may trigger a bout of back pain. Second, smokers tend to lose bone faster than nonsmokers, putting them at greater risk for osteoporosis, another common cause of back pain.

4. Lighten your load

A survey by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that nearly 60% of the doctors responding had treated school–age patients complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.

1. Use both of the pack’s straps instead of slinging one strap over a shoulder.
2. Carry only the essentials
3. Lighten your load whenever possible.
4. Opt for backpacks that have different–sized compartments to help distribute weight evenly.
5. Look for wide, padded straps and a padded back.
6. When carrying a heavy load, put the heaviest items as close as possible to the center of the back
7. Use the hip strap for support.
8. For very heavy loads, use a backpack with wheels.
9. Bend from your knees when picking up your pack.

5. Develop back–healthy habits

1. While standing to perform ordinary tasks like ironing or folding laundry, keep one foot on a small step stool.
2. Don’t remain sitting or standing in the same position for too long. Stretch, shift your position, or take a short walk when you can.
3. When bending from the waist, always use your hands to support yourself.
4. When sitting, keep your knees a bit higher than your hips and bend them at a 90–degree angle. Sit with your feet comfortably on the floor. If your feet don’t reach the floor, put a book or a small stool under them.
5. Because vacuuming can take a toll on your back, tackle rooms in chunks, spending no more than five to 10 minutes at a time doing this task.

(Source: HealthBeat)

Monday, February 27, 2012

OTM 2012- India’s biggest international travel show held

India’s biggest international travel show, One World Travel Mart (OTM) held at Pragati Maidan with the promise of “Around the World in 3 Days”. In the event over 350 exhibitors and participants from 27 countries and 22 states were participated. The three days travel show with clear focus on outbound travel provides an annual opportunity for organizations from around the world to showcase their products to a large cross-section of travel trade industry and consumers, in all major outbound markets in India.

This year OTM had having large participation from China, Sri Lanka, and Turkey, the partner countries. Philippines, Zimbabwe and Syria are also making sizable presence as feature countries. The other participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dubai, Ecuador, Nepal, Latvia, India, Mexico, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Peru, Seychelles, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand, Tanzania, USA, and Uzbekistan.

Mr.Ved Pandey-Asst.Manager Marketing & Mr.Kanchan Bedi-Tourist Information Officer at   Himachal Tourism Pavillion

From India, partner states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala participated with large private delegations. Jharkhand and Punjab were the feature states , while Delhi was the host state.

The key players in the tourism industry including national and state tourism boards, theme parks and attractions, hotels and resorts, travel agents, tour operators, online travel agencies, airlines, cruise-lines, railways, ground transportation agencies, MICE operators, travel-related financial products, and travel media were marking their presence.

Mr. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman and CEO, Fairfest Medi Ltd said, “We are excited to organize a travel show which not only caters to India alone but is a global forum. Travel and Tourism is a key driver of economic growth globally. India is a coveted outbound market, currently with 12 million Indians travelling overseas annually, and a growth rate of 12-13% per year projected till 2015. According to World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Country Report for India, this industry contributes 8.6% to the GDP, which is expected to increase to 9% by 2020. The Travel and Tourism sector currently employs 4.9 crore people, or 1 in every 10 jobs and this is projected to increase to 5.8 crores or 1 in every 9.6 jobs by 2020.”

OTM was supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Host State – Delhi, as well as travel industry bodies like Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators (ADTOI) etc.

Mr.Santosh Goenka informed Dwarka Parichay that Fairfest Media Ltd. pioneered TTF as India’s exclusive Travel Mart way back in 1989. Today it is the oldest and the biggest travel show network, representing the maximum number of locations, participants and visitors. Over the years an exclusive International Section, branded as OTM – Outbound Travel Mart, was introduced, to address the growing numbers of international participation.

Another eventful day at 20th New Delhi World Book Fair

National Book Trust, India in collaboration with the Embassy of France, Bureau International de l’ Edition Française BIEF (International Office for the Promotion of French Books) organized a seminar on France-India: New Editorial Trends in Publishing, an Indo-French Panorama: Non Fiction, Fiction, Children’s Literature Publications. The seminar was inaugurated by Mr Max Claudet, Cultural Counsellor of the French Embassy, Mr Sikandar, Director, NBT and Mr Jean-Guy Boin, Director, BIEF. In the seminar the experts from India and France discussed about the new trends in publishing in India and France, shared their experiences to get to know each other better and explored possibilities for collaborations and foreign rights.

A delegation headed by Mr Ahmed Rakkad Al Amri, Director, Sharjah International Book Fair met the Director of NBT. In the meeting, Mr Ahmed said that SIBF had benefitted from participation in the New Delhi World Book Fair and was happy to share the fact that the participation of Indian publishers in SIBF is increasing every year. Mr Ahmed proposed to have a ten-day Sharjah Cultural Days in Delhi showcasing the cultural products from Sharjah. While Mr Sikandar proposed to have an Indian pavilion in the next SIBF to be held from 7th to 17 November 2012. A delegation of Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, headed by Ms Galina Bubnovskaya, Charge d’Affaires, also met Mr Sikandar and discussed about the modalities of participation in book fairs organized by both the countries in future.

A panel discussion on the topic Lights, Camera, Rights! was organized at the theme pavilion in which Mr Amarnath Verma, CMD, Star Publishers, Ms V K Karthika, Publisher, Harper Collins, Mr Mitadru Basu, Commissioning Editor, Oxford University Press and Ms Dipa Chaudhary, Chief  Editor, Om Books International participated.

Welcoming the guests present on the occasion, Mr Sikandar, Director, NBT said that Shri Sibal, Minister of Human resource Development has announced that the World Book Fair would be a regular affair which is a welcome step. He also said that NBT will be opening book promotion centers where book-related activities like discussions, seminars etc will be organized to help promote reading habit.

All the panelists in the discussion were of the view that our books have great potentiality. Like films our books are also ambassadors of India and introduce our country to the world. Indian books are popular in the world. Selling their Rights in the International market may be difficult but not impossible.

Mr Muzaffar Ali, renowned film-maker of the movie Umrao Jaan released the book Representation of Awadh Culture in Indian Cinema, authored by Shri Muntazir Qaimi. Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad, Jawaharlal Nehru University was also present on the occasion. At children’s pavilion more than 1200 books for children in several Indian and foreign languages have been displayed. A catalogue of books exhibited at the pavilion is also being distributed among the visitors. A workshop for children was also organized by the noted illustrator Shri Atanu Rai at the pavilion. A delegation including Mr Juhavirta and Ms Salla Savolainen from Finland also visited the pavilion.

Founder and CEO of the e-portal, Mr Mandar Joglekar in a discussion titled E-books: Upcoming Trends spoke about the aspects for setting-up free e-bookstores for readers across the world.

The cultural programmes being organized at Lal Chowk are enthralling the visitors at the fair. The evening was dedicated to the traditional folk-dances and folk singing of Rajasthan.


An inquiry should be conducted on the delay in the allotment of plots to over 25,000 waiting applicants of Rohini Residential Scheme, 1981 and the responsibility for the delay should be fixed and action should be taken against the official responsible for the delay. In the Maha Sammelan organized today at Govindam, Sector-7, Dwarka, Delhi demand was raised to allot plots to all the wait-listed applicants forthwith, restoration the plot sizes as applied for at the time of the launch of the scheme and the to allot plots on the undisputed and litigation free land. The Sammelan was organized by the Association of Waiting Registrants of Rohini Residential Scheme. The following resolution was passed unanimously:

“We have waited 31 years for our plots under the DDA Rohini Residential Scheme 1981. 31 years over which we have little faith in the DDA and all our faith now rests in the courts. We thank Mr. Rahul Gupta for championing our cause in court and bringing us hope that, despite the DDA'ssustained efforts to deny us our plots, there may still be hope, if not for the generation that waited three decades, then at least for our children.

We demand the Hon’ble Court to order the DDA to allot fully developed plots to all remaining 25,360 registrants forthwith in accordance with the Rohini Residential Scheme, 1981. We are confident that the courts of the land will come to our aid and address the injustice perpetuated against us, and in this we acknowledge our faith in Shri Rahul Gupta who has been doggedly representing our cause in court. We thank him for his efforts and request Shri Rahul Gupta, Petitioner in the Public Interest Litigation [W.P.(C): 8765/2009] to present this resolution before the Hon’ble bench of Delhi High Court hearing the PIL.”

Shri Rahul Gupta, vigorously fighting for the applicants, said that in the last 31 years, a large number of applicants have left this world waiting for their plots in the scheme. He also said that in the past, DDA even tried to scrap this scheme. DDA had promised to allot plots within five years to the projected applicants of 1,17,000 but has miserably failed to allot the same to little over 82,000 applicants.

Speaking in the meeting, M. K. Gupta, convener said that the DDA has duped the applicants, it is neither honouring the commitments made to the Court nor the commitment made in both Houses of Parliament by the Urban Development Minister in the last 15 years. He said that about double land than required has been acquired by the DDA in the name of the scheme and over 200 hectares land has been encroached upon due to the carelessness of the DDA and Delhi Govt.

Shri Rajesh Gahlot, Board Member, DDA and Ex. Dy. Mayor of Delhi, Dwarka Forum and Association of Suffering Members have extended their support for the cause of the members. On the occasion, participants felicitated Shri Rahul Gupta and Advocate, fighting Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court, Shri Mayank Misra were also honoured.

This was the first such meeting and was attended by the large number of applicants coming all the way from far flung areas including Lucknow, Bhiwani, Ludhiana, Agra, Mohali, Panipat etc. and all were desperate over the attitude of the DDA and Govt.

For detail please. contact:
M. K. Gupta, Convener, Association of Waiting Registrants of Rohini Residential Scheme M: 9810550172, Email ID:


Vijay K. Saluja

Senior Fellow , Institute of Social Sciences , New Delhi
& Ex Chief Engineer [civil], New Delhi Municipal Council

When newly constructed buildings were falling
And frashly laid surfaces[on roads] were spalling,
Difficult, it was
To be a mute spectator
Counselled my conscience,
come out of your stupor
And act.

And act, I did
By slipping the lid,
off the can,
of the shady goings-on,
Of my seniors & peers

Lo and behold,
There were reprisals galore
With the full gang
Shouting encore!

Intra-senior rivalries
Were forgotten by many,
And all of them galvanized
To fight a common enemy.

New weapons of treachery
Were assembled,
And the organization resembled
A battery of artillery

Tons of falsehood were expended,
To crush an ounce of truth

But,  truth, you know, is like the phoenix
Which rises afresh from its ashes
And is not bound by sashes

Though, there is ammunition aplenty
But of one thing, I am sure
Yes, very sure
On which others could crib,
That all of this, would prove to be
A damp-squib.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

झिलमिल सितारों का आँगन होगा

प्रेमबाबू शर्मा 

सोमवार, 27 फरवरी से रात 9 बजे से सहारा-वन पर शुरू हुए राजश्री प्रोडक्शंस के नए शो का नाम है झिलमिल सितारों का आँगन होगा में एक बार फिर राजश्री के अंदाज की प्रेम कहानियां परोसे जाने की तैयारी है। इस शो में बिलकुल नई तरह की कहानी है, जो घर-जंवाई परंपरा का सच सामने लाती है, के माध्यम से मनोरंजक अंदाज में एक सामाजिक संदेश देने का प्रयास भी है।

शो की कहानी आकाश के इर्द-गिर्द घूमती है जिसने अँगना से शादी करने के बाद घर-जंवाई बनकर रायचंद परिवार में कदम रख उनकी बरसो से चली आ रही परपंरा को कायम रखा है। लेकिन आकाश के लिए आत्मसम्मान सबसे ज्यादा महत्वपूर्ण है जबकि अंगना का मानना है कि दुनिया की हर खुशी उसके दरवाजे चलकर आती है।असल में अंगना की सख्त मां कल्याणी देवी ने बेटियों के सामने जिस तरह की छवि पेश की है। चाह कर भी अंगना इस परंपरा को तोडने का साहस नहीं कर सकी। 

राजश्री प्रोडक्शंस के सूरज बडजात्या का कहना है कि झिलमिल सितारों का आँगन होगा राजश्री परंपरा का शो है। जिस तरह हमारी फिल्में परिवारों को जोडती हैं, शो का शीर्षक हमने अपनी ही फिल्म जीवन-मृत्यु के चर्चित गाने से लिया है।

20th New Delhi World Book Fair one-point stop for cine buffs and book lovers

The theme pavilion at 20th New Delhi World Book Fair which is celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema and is displaying select books on Cinema is drawing a large number of book lovers and cine buffs. One of the most interesting features of the pavilion is the display of the Arriflex (Model -2 C), 35mm camera which was used by eminent directors like Shri Tapan Sinha, Shri Satyajit Ray, Shri Ritwick Ghatak and Mrinal Sen et el to give an impression about the process of filmmaking in the bygone era.

A host of activities like reading sessions, panel discussions etc are being organised by the National Book Trust, India at the theme pavilion in which eminent literary and film personalities are participating.

Apart from book-related activities, exceptional movies based on literary works of great Indian authors like Shri Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay,Shri Bimal Mitra, Shri Mirza Hadi Ruswa, Shri Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and Shri R.K. Narayan among others are being screened everyday at the pavilion at 5.30 pm.

Eminent theatre and film personality, Ms Sushma Seth who has worked in famous television serial Hum Log and several films like Kalyug, Silsila, Prem Rog, 1942: A Love Story, and Kal Ho Na Ho read out passages from her book titled Stageplay: The Journey of an Actor. During the session, she shared her experience as a theatre and film actor and interacted with people. She said that her thirty years in cinema had been wonderful. She said that acting helps one to improve speech and communication skills, it helps you to learn a lot more about life, people and relationships.

When asked about reading habit, she said that reading opens up vistas and takes you to other world; it enriches your vocabulary, phraseology and pronunciation.

According to Mr.Rajat Chandra-Asst. General Manager-Macmillan Publishers India Ltd. this World Book Fair is really a successful event because the large amount book lovers are visiting their pavilion.

A panel discussion titled Blurred Images: Representation of the Marginalized in Contemporary Indian Cinema and Literature was also organised in which Prof. Satish Kumar Verma, film critic from Punjab, Shri Mangesh Dabral, eminent poet, editor and film observer, Shri Asghar Wajahat, noted playwright and scriptwriter, Shri Asad Zaidi, acknowledged poet, critic and publisher and Shri S Anand, editor and founder of Navayana participated. The panelists discussed in length about the politics of representation in mainstream media, arts, literature and cinema in the post-colonial India.

Shri Javed Akhtar, renowned lyricist released a book titled The Company Red, authored by Shri Shantanu Dhar at the theme pavilion. Shri Satish Kaushik, famous actor & director and Ms Dipa Chaudhary was also present on the occasion. Under the section Literature that Walks, Talks and Sings, the popular black & white movie of 60’s in Hindi titled Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, directed by Shri Abrar Alvi and produced by Shri Guru Dutt was screen played. The movie is based on a Bengali novel of the same name by Shri bimal Mitra, and takes a look into the tragic fall of the havelidom and feudalism in Bengal during the British Raj. 

The cultural programmes being organized at Lal Chowk are enthralling the visitors at the fair. The evening was dedicated to the traditional folk-dances like Raie Dance, Badhai Dance and Lathi Dance and Pandwani folk singing of Madhya Pradesh. Many new features have been added by NBT like selling souvenirs with book related slogan like tea cups, t-shirts, fridge magnates at its counters at Hall No. 1, 7 & 14. These souvenirs are major hit among the visitors.

Mr. Anil Khanna-Assistant Director-National Book Trust, India, informed Dwarka Parichay that the fair started on 25th Feb., and remain open up to 4th March,2012. The people can visit the fair between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Photo by Joginder Dogra

सोनी पर ‘शुभ विवाह‘‘

प्रेमबाबू शर्मा 

27 फरवरी सोमवार से सोनी एनटरटेनमेंट टेलीविजन एक नए धारावाहिक ‘‘शुभ विवाह‘‘ का प्रसारण शुरू करने जा रहा है। शुभविवाह मिस्टर सक्सेना और उनकी पांच बेटियों की कहानी हैं। धारावाहिक में इन पांच बहनों के प्यार, उनके जुड़ाव, एक-दूसरे पर उनके अटूट विश्वास और समर्पण को दिखाया गया है, जिसके दम पर वे अपनी जिंदगी की कड़वी सच्चाईयों का सामना करने की कोशिश करती हैं। मिस्टर सक्सेना अपनी बेटियों से बहुत प्यार करते हैं और उनका एक ही सपना है कि वह अपनी बेटियों की शादी एक इज्जतदार और संपन्न परिवार में करा सकें तथा अपनी बेटियों को खुशहाल शादीशुदा जीवन व्यतीत करते हुए देखें। पत्नी की मौत के बाद मिस्टर सक्सेना ने अपनी बेटियों को मां और पिता दोनों का ही प्यार देने की भरपूर कोशिश की है। 
इन पांच बहनों ने भी परफेक्ट शादीशुदा जिंदगी का सपना संजोया है। अपने सपनों के राजकुमार से उनकी बहुत सारी अपेक्षाएं नहीं हैं। वे सिर्फ यह चाहती हैं कि उनकी भावी पति उन्हें बिना किसी शर्त के भरपूर प्यार दे। आखिरकार वह समय आता है, जब सभी लड़कियों की शादी होने लगती है और मिस्टर सक्सेना भारी दिल से एक-एक कर अपनी बेटियों को विदा करते हैं। शादी इन पांच बहनों की जिंदगियों को किस तरह बदल देती है? क्या आदर्श पति की जो तस्वीर उनके मन में बसी थी, वह शादी के बाद टूट गई या फिर उन्हें अपने सपनों का राजकुमार मिल गया?

इस शो में सुपरहिट बाॅलीवुड फिल्म तनु वेड्स मनु में एक पंजाबी लड़के की भूमिका निभाकर लाखों दिलों की धड़कन बन चुके एजाज खान शुभ विवाह में उत्तर प्रदेश के एक देहाती युवक के किरदार में नजर आएंगे। नेहा जनपंडित, जो पिछली बार सोनी एनटरटेनमेंट टेलीविजन के ‘‘छज्जे छज्जे का प्यार‘‘ में नजर आई थीं, की जोड़ी शुभ विवाह में एजाज के साथ बनाई गई है। इस शो के जरिए राकेश बेदी लंबे समय बाद छोटे पर्दे पर वापसी कर रहे हैं।

मल्टी स्क्रीन मीडिया के सीओओ, श्री एन. पी. सिंह ने कहा, ‘‘क्या हुआ तेरा वादा शो के जरिए वर्ष 2012 की सफल शुरूआत हुई थी। इस वर्ष की हमारी दूसरी पेशकश ‘‘शुभ विवाह‘‘ सोनी एनटरटेनमेंट टेलीविजन पर मौजूद फिक्शन शो का विस्तार करेगा। 

सोनी एनटरटेनमेंट टेलीविजन की सीनियर कार्यकारी वाइस प्रेसीडेंट एवं बिजनेस प्रमुख सुश्री स्नेहा रजनी ने कहा, ‘‘सोनी चैनल पर रात 8 बजे से 11 बजे के बीच कई फिक्शन शो - कुछ तो लोग कहेंगे, देखा एक ख्वाब, सास बिना ससुराल, परवरिश, क्या हुआ तेरा वादा और बड़े अच्छे लगते हैं, का प्रसारण किया जा रहा है और अब शुभ विवाह के जरिए हम अपने प्राइम टाइम स्लाॅट का विस्तार कर रहे हैं। 

यूटीवी टेलीविजन के सीओओ, श्री संतोष नायर ने इस शो के विषय में बात करते हुए कहा कि, ‘‘शुभ विवाह पुरस्कार विजेता तमिल शो ‘‘मेट्टी ओली‘‘ से अभिप्रेरित है। इस शो को सोनी एनटरटेनमेंट टेलीविजन के माध्यम से हिंदी भाषी दर्शको के समक्ष पेश करने में हमें बेहद खुशी हो रही है। इस शो की कहानी दिल को छू लेने वाली है, जो निश्चित रूप से दर्शकों को पंसद आएगी। इस शो को तमिल शो की तरह कामयाब बनाने के लिए हम तत्पर हैं।‘‘

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The intention is to try out as many players: Savio Medeira

 Nilanjan Datta

Savio Medeira
 A day after India’s International Friendly against Oman, the Indian National Team reached Dubai from Muscat on Friday (January 24) afternoon. The squad would be based in Dubai till March 3 for the Preparatory Camp which includes another International Friendly against Azerbaijan on February 27. Chief Coach Savio Medeira spoke at length to on his team’s plans, the match against Oman and the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup. EXCERPTS:

What went wrong against Oman?
We conceded two goals within three minutes and that upset our rhythm. Some of the boys made their debut and it took them some time to get started. Midway into the first half, the boys settled down and started combining well. But the start spoiled it for us.

What plans do you have to mend your defence?
There were defensive lapses in the game and we have to correct our mistakes. The back four which played together for the first time and it’s understandable they will take some to get that combination right between themselves.

Do you have any changes in mind for the next International Friendly against Azerbaijan on February 27?
Absolutely! I had agreed to play two International Friendlies knowing that both the teams would be tough opponents and stronger than us. The intention is to try out as many players in these two International Friendlies.

What are the positives which you take out from Oman match?
Oman are a strong side. Playing against such teams gives that added confidence to the boys prior to a crucial tournament like the AFC Challenge Cup. The manner and the attitude displayed as we regrouped even after conceding those early goals needs to be appreciated. We need to remember that we took the field without five of our regulars.

There are a lot of players who are recovering at the moment. What’s the status of injuries of the players? Would they get fit prior to the AFC Challenge Cup?
They are recovering and are being monitored by the medical staff. I will take a call on their selection before we leave for Delhi.

दो दिवसीय भागीदारी कार्य शाला शुरू की गयी

आज दिल्ली सचिवालय में दो दिवसीय भागीदारी कार्यशाला का शुभार्रम्भ किया गया. कार्यशाला का विषय अब दिल्ली रहे हरी भरी राखा गया है. कार्यशाला दिल्ली पार्क एंड गार्डेन सोसाइटी के सीईओ  डॉ . सुखदेव  सिंह  जी  के द्वारा रखी गयी हैं. इसमें शून्य हो चुके दिल्ली उधान विभाग के क्रमचारियो को दिल्ली में हरयाली विकसित करने और पेड़ पौधो के द्वारा दिल्ली कि सुन्दरता बढाने के लिए प्रेरित करना राखा गया हैं. इस कार्यशाला के लिए भागीदारी कि सहायता ली गयी हैं. जिसमे पर्यावरण पर कार्य कर रही संस्थाओ के साथ Delhi Govt., PWD, NDMC, MCD Horticulture विभाग के क्रमचारियो के साथ इसमें भागीदार बनाया गया. इस अवसर पर Dr.S.D.Singh (CEO Delhi park and garden society), Shri Keshav Chandra (Sec. Environment or Cheif Minister), Naresh Lamba (Member Core Committee Bhagidari) व असगर  अली और RWA Representative द्वारा दीपक जला कर कार्यशाला का सुभारम्भ किया गया. 

श्री केशव जी कहा कि जमाना बदल रहा हैं और हमें (उद्धान विभाग ) को भी बदलना होगा. आप दिल्ली में हरयाली विकसित करने के लिए दिल्ली के नए नए स्थान खाजे और योजना बनाकर वहा हरयाली विकसित करे हमें काम से काम 33% दिल्ली के क्षेत्र को हरयाली विकसित करनी हैं. दिल्ली उद्धान विभाग कि इस तरह कि आपने आप में ये पहली कार्यशाला हैं कि सभी अधिकारियो से मजदूर तथा नागरिक संगठनो के लोग मिलकर दिल्ली में हरयाली विकसित करने पर विचार कर रहे हैं अब आगे इस तरह के कार्यकर्म आयोजित होते रहेंगे. Dr S.D. Singh and Shri Tripathi ji (Chief Sec. to CM) ने भी सभी को दिल्ली में हरयाली विकसित करने तथा दिल्ली पार्क एंड गार्डेन सोसाइटी कि कतय पर्नाली के बारे में बताया.

Slap therapy for better Governance

Rakesh Manchanda

With the acceptance of the popular song Kolaveri Di, the slap market is upbeat. One slap on the cheek of the honourable agricultural minister is captured by media and flashed again and again. Old-fashioned experts on the education system used this tool. They argue that the nervous system starts delivering more blood and oxygen to the brain. A slap-happy culture should now serve the Government`s hidden agenda of diverting attention from vital national issues. It forces people on the road to use slap politics as a way to “fire fight” their own anger. Where should the Aam admi go? To the CBI? Police perhaps? Getting killed in the process of fighting for justice is just one of the many heinous things happening to Whistle blowers today.

What is the harm if Anna enjoys a premier of the Bollywood movie - “Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai”? Anna has a right to react in a the style of the hero wherein the protagonist in the film slaps the corrupt crook-police-politician nexus. In his blog as part of India Against Corruption, Anna Hazare re-confirmed this expression after he agreed to watch and comment on the movie. It is unfortunate that a section of media is giving a different political spin to this incidence. Slap politics as a solution is forced on the Common man with no choice. Slap-Happiness is a spontaneous `short cut` without a choice. When a politician is slapped, there is a debate in the Parliament and the Aam Admi is sent to jail. A village Sarpanch and leader of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal repeatedly slapped a lady teacher as on television for demanding a permanent contract and a job, at a function in Muktsar district in Punjab. As usual, police present at the spot refused to act. Parliament also closed its eyes and ears on this issue.

Unequal social and economical justice is another reason for people getting angry and losing their dignity by showing low tolerance levels. To change the situation and to see that such stories do not not break every minute we need to understand as to why there there is no limit for rich. Unlike BPL, a line which helps gauge poor and levels of poverty. There is no line to limit or to count the wealth of filthy rich.

Let us not forget that Mahatma Gandhi, the global crusader of Non-Violence during world war-I, appealed to Indian youth to join the British Army. There was no other choice for Mahatma at that time to support and protect the British India and its unequal colonial systems against Global War. Later during the Non Cooperation Movement, Indian protesters set a police station on fire and killed 19 police constables. The Mahatma was forced to withdraw the agitation and went on fast. In India, today, a law enforcing mechanism with a “danda”(baton) is expected to deliver justice. Nothing has changed since then. People continue to protest against police and army atrocities. Recently during Republic Day millions of alert and additional police force and para military were deployed in Delhi. Police and intelligence is understood to have an additional but difficult protocol to stop shoe throwing and slapping.

Strong effective Laws if are delivered in time can help. But potential Laws get stuck like Lokpal Bill. People`s backing of laws in the need-supply equation is must. If laws are applied correctly fast justice supported by distribution of wealth generated can encourage more & more people to work as a team. This will ensure less conflicts and with better governance no `slap politics` and no protests will take place. Politicians at large must stop nursing the governance of 1% people and should fulfill their promises made to people, on time.

Only constructive participation of people, more jobs and effective laws with speed justice can stop slap politics. Till then the Government must close down the Bata, Action and other Shoe & hawai chappal making companies to overcome this challenge. For newer ways to stop slap politics ? Can the politicians and media suggest a safer route?

With politicians getting charged up with the “slap” theory it appears that soon public meetings shall get converted into open jails with hand cuffs to be put in common man wrists. Can this prevent the slap and its unending repercussions? What about MPs and MLAs behaviour in Parliament ? Noise and anarchy in full public gaze continues. Chairs, mike, paper weight, money bundles & shoe throwing with abuses in Parliament and Vidhan Sabha is often seen . Can we tie the hands here misusing public money and time ? Discipline must start at the bottom and maintained at the top. Slap and pain are inseparable. After all, before birth labour pain and bleeding is absolutely normal.

Bhagat Hospital organized Free Cardiac & Dental Health Check up Camp for Senior Citizens

Free Cardiac & Dental Health Check up Camp for Senior Citizens On 25th Feb., 2012. Pensioners & Retired Persons Association (Regd.) in association with Bhagat Chandra Hospital organized a Free Cardiac & Dental Health Check up Camp for Senior Citizens at Bhagat Chandra Hospital, RZ F-1/1, Mahavir Enclave, Near Dwarka. Dr.C.M. Bhagat-Medical Director-Bhagat Hospital Pvt. Ltd. informed dwarkaparichay that Dr.Bipin Kumar Dubey-MD, Med., DM Cardiology, Senior Consultant Cardiologist & Dr. Shristee Bhagat-Dental Surgeon checked and consulted more than hundred senior citizens of Dwarka, Palam, Mahavir Enclave, Dashrath Puri, Vijay Enclave, etc. during the camp. Mr.M.R.Lamba-President, (P&RPA), Mr.I.S.Hora-Gen.Secy(P&RPA),Mr.B.K.Rampala-Secretary-Medical(P&RPA) and other members also attended the camp.

2nd International Conference On Human Rights

Shri Shri Ravishankar ji addressing the delegates of the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Concerns of Indian Diaspora held at Hindi Bhavan, New Delhi.

This two days conference was organized by Human Rights Defense(India). On this occasion, Well known Advocate A.S.Chandhok, Human Right Activist-Dr.Richard L. Benkin, Solicitor Karim Assaad from U.K. shared their views on Human Right issue. Mr.Gopal Aggarwal informed Dwarka Parichay that the 3rd International Conference on Human Right would be held on 5-6th January,2013. Pravasi Today-popular & informative international reputed monthly magazine is the Media Partner of the Conference.

Karnataka State Cooperative Societies official visited Rajasthan Apartment, Dwarka

The Officers of Karnataka State, Cooperative Societies visited Rajasthan Apartment, Dwarka along with the Officers of Registrar Cooperative Societies, New Delhi on 22nd February 2012. 

Four Officers of Karnataka State, Cooperative Societies Sh. Munjappa, Additional Registrar, Banglore, Sh. M.D. Narsimha Murthy, Deupty Registrar, Banglore, Sh. Guruswami, Deupty Registrar, Banglore and Sh. Prakasha Rao, Deupty Registrar, Mysore alongwith Sh. G. P. Singh, Additional Registrar, New Delhi, Sh. Rajesh Kumar Assistant Registrar, Central New Delhi and Sh. R. K. Mudgil the officers of Registrar Cooperative Societies Delhi visited Rajasthan Apartment, Dwarka to study the day to day functioning of Group Housing Societies in Delhi.

The visiting Officers were welcomed in traditional style by the priest of Gauri Shankar Temple, situated in the campus of Rajasthan Apartment with chanting of mantras in presence of the Officer Bearers and members of Rajasthan Apartment.

Hony. Secretary Sh. P. S. Singh, Advocate introduced the officers with the Managing Committee Members and residents of the society. The officers were briefed and shown the various facilities installed in the society like commercial Reverse Osmosis Plant for interrupted water supply, four shops for convenient shopping, Separate water meter for all 216 flats, Community hall, swimming pool, facilities of out-door and In-door games, children play ground etc.

The officers discussed about the procedure and requirement for forming Group Housing Society in Delhi, rules of membership, transfer of share, and allotment of land by the land owning agency (DDA), cost of land, allotment procedure / criteria as well as requirement of documents for loan by the members of the society in case of pre allotment and after allotment. They examined the day to day affairs like election procedure, sale and purchase of flats, transfer of flats on the name of purchaser, lease hold and freehold rights, various taxes being collected by the local authorities and audit of accounts of the society.

They also discussed the grey area in the Act and Rules as well as various difficulties being faced by the Societies in the day to day functioning. The procedure for calling Annual General Body Meeting and Special General Body Meeting and power to frame by-laws and various rules for the welfare of its members.

The officers were glad to know the sound financial background of Rajasthan Apartment and also the monthly maintenance charges which is just Rs. 750/- per month. They also invited the office Bearers and members to their own state for such education trip.

The visit ended with sumptuous refreshment and happy note/ vote of thanks by the President Sh. Manmohan Jain.

Friday, February 24, 2012

UTI Service Centre now in Dwarka

It is a good news for investors or distributors because UTI Asset Management Company Ltd. has opened a new service Centre at at S-9, 2nd Floor, Manish Abhinav Plaza Plot No. 11, Sector -4, Dwarka.

According to reliable source, Mr. Ram Kirti Tripathi has been granted the retainer ship of Chief Representative ( Business Development Associate ) of UTI AMC Ltd. for the districts of Dwarka, Palam & Najafgarh .
To facilitate the Investors & Distributors of UTI MF, Collection Centre facility has also been extended to it. All the investors/ distributors may avail this facility and tender their sales/ repurchase applications from Dwarka Service Centre itself.

Neha Dhupia and Khushdeep Bansal unveil Earth’s biggest book on Vastu Shastra!!

Chandan Sharma

‘MahaVastu Handbook’, an established reference for new Vastu enthusiasts and with clear explanations of every aspect of Vastu Shastra was launched at a spectacular event which took place today at Hotel Claridges, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi. The book was unveiled by the sensational Neha Dhupia and Vastushastri Khushdeep Bansal at a Press conference. MahaVastu Handbook – the Compendium of Vastu is the Thickest, Biggest and the most expensive book on Vastu ever made. ‘MahaVastu Handbook’ is practical, detailed, carries a lot of new coloured diagrams with clear explanations on each and every aspect of Vastu Shastra.

“It is dedicated to the process of inner and holistic development of an individual under the guidance of well versed experts of respective subjects. With more than 600 diagrams and 200 Vastucase studies you will get clear guidelines to successfully apply tested and effective Vastu remedies. With the application of these Vastu remedies you can expect excellent results in different domains of life like, better health, money, relationships, studies, security, bigger gains, exponential growth and many more. This is our initiative to bring joy, success, growth and abundance in your life and that of your loved ones.’’ adds Vastushastri Khushdeep Bansal, Author of the book.

Priced at 1.25 lacs, Mahavastu handbook the compendium of vastu is the thickest, biggest and the most expensive book on vastu ever made.

Latest film release - Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

Film: Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya ; Release Date : 24, Feb 2012
Director --- Mandeep Kumar
Producer --- Kumar Taurani
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Shri G.S.Patnaik Vice-chairman, inaugurated DDA’s 27th Annual Flower Show today at about 11.00 a.m. at Exhibition Park, District Park Hauz Khas adjoining DLTA, on Africa Avenue Marg, New Delhi. Chief Engineer [South Zone], Director [Hort.] North Zone and South Zone and other senior officers of DDA and Horticulture Deptt of DDA were present besides a large gathering of local residents. The Flower Show is being organized from 24th February, 2012 to 26th February,2012. 

Speaking on the occasion Shri G.S. Patnaik, VC, DDA said that development of greens and sports facilities is one of the thrust area of DDA. By organizing a Flower Show, Horticulture Department gets an opportunity to show-case its skills, achievements and also the expertise in development and maintenance of various type of plants, flower arrangements etc besides the greens. He further informed that during the flower show information regarding various varieties of flowers, plants and flower arrangements etc will be provided to the visitors. He added that this year Horticulture Departments of NDMC, MCD, CPWD and PWD, Delhi have also been invited to participate in the Flower Show to provide healthy competition among all these institutions and showcase their expertise in the field. Elaborating the importance of the venue of the Flower Show, he said that Hauz Khas has historical importance and also huge developed greens.

Sh.A.K.Pandit, Chief Engineer(South Zone) giving details about the Flower Show said that the flower show is being organized in two parts i.e. Part I includes (i) display of potted plants (ii) display of cut flowers etc and is open to the Government Exhibitors from DDA, CPWD, PWD, MCD & NDMC. Part II includes judging of different categories of parks maintained by DDA all over Delhi which includes park of different areas, parks in group housing pockets, road side plantations, seed bed / nursery, Sports Complex and urban forests.

The Part I i.e. display of potted plants and cut flowers etc will be organized in 18 classes which include Flower Arrangement, Pot Plants, Hanging Baskets, Perennial and Balbous Plants, Dahlias, Foliage Plants, Exhibition Foliage Plants, Bougainvilleas, Cacti and other Succulents, Bonsai, Garden in container, Landscape garden and Cut Flower [Gladioli], Roses, Floral Arrangements etc.

The judging will be done by a panel of judges. For display of potted plants judging will be done on 24th February, 2012. For cut flowers judging will be done on 26th February, 2012 and for DDA parks judging will be done on 24th and 25th February, 2012. Shri Tejendra Khanna will give away prizes for the best display of potted plants, cut flowers and parks in various categories at 4.00 p.m. in a prize distribution ceremony being held on 26th February 2012.

It may be mentioned that DDA’s endeavour has been to provide maximum green cover to the City of Delhi and it will be appreciated that Delhi has highest green cover amongst all the metros in the country. Apart from preserving greens and developing greens DDA has been trying to protect the greens around various monuments and heritage buildings which fall within the DDA areas. 

Andaman & Nicobar Day Celebrations

Andaman and Nicobar Day was, inaugurated by Lt Governor, Lt Gen. (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM, by lighting the traditional lamp. He also visited the Andaman Pavilion and went around the stalls. The First Lady of the Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh also graced the occasion. An impressive cultural programme, consisting of patriotic dance and songs, Chota Nagpur folk dance, skit on anti-terrorism, tribal folk dance and choreographed dance on Ramayana, showcasing the rich heritage of the country in general and Islands in particular was presented, which enthralled the audience.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said that Andaman and Nicobar Day is an occasion which provides opportunity to showcase the natural beauty, historical places, unique cultural heritage, development activities, and local products of the Islands, to the people of the country and the world. Events like this generate positive vibes about the Islands, its varied and diverse peace loving people, their harmonious co-existence and, more than anything, its enormous potential to be known as a unique tourism destination in the

He further said “our Islands is a Mini India in true sense as people of all caste and religion live together in the Islands in peace and harmony. “Our Islands is a good example of unity in diversity and is a role model for the rest of the country, he added.

Referring to the issue of connectivity, he said lack of connectivity to the Islands have been addressed to a great extent. As of now, a number of flights operate directly from Delhi, alone, to Port Blair. The frequency of usual flights from Chennai and Kolkata are also increased at times, he said.” We have daily seaplane connectivity for tourists, from Port Blair to various Islands: We are the pioneers, in India, in seaplane tourism”, he said.

Referring to the tourism development projects, he said all the tourism-related projects are being taken up in a manner that the ecology of the Islands are not disturbed.” We are developing our beaches in a eco-friendly manner so that we do end up destroying our beaches”, he said.

He further said that the local handicrafts and local products are displayed in the stalls at the Andaman Pavilion. This is the best place, where we can display and sell out products. By participating in fairs , local artisans will acquire valuable skills, by learning new designs, which will help them greatly.

In his brief address, the Members of Parliament, Shri B.P.Ray described the Islands as a Mini India where people from all parts of the country live together in perfect peace and harmony. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Secretary (IP&T), Shri Satish Mathur.

The Chairperson, PBMC, Smt Firdosh Bibi, Adhyakash, Zilla Parishad (SA), Shri SS Balakrishnan Nair, Adhyakash, Zilla Parishad, N&M Andaman, Shri P. Prasad, Former Lt Governors Shri ML Kampani and Gen Dayal, Tribal Captain, Car Nciobar Shri Manuah Thomas and Paul Benjamin, public representatives, senior officials of the Central and State Governments, and other dignitaries, attended and greatly appreciated the cultural programmes organised during the Andaman and Nicobar Day Celebrations.

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