Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My father was my inspiration in Childhood. He always preached us that luck sure comes at the door and knocks too but your efforts More »

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA  Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

1. आपका बचपन में प्रेरणा स्त्रोत कौन था? मेरे पूज्य बाबाजी स्वर्गीय श्री रामसिंह जी । जो एक कृषक थे, एक सामाजिक व्यक्ति थे। उन्होंने जिंदगी में मुझे जीना सीखाया। प्ररेणा भी More »

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd. with 300+ Centers all across India Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother and father were my source More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My inspiration was my family. I was surrounded by educators in my family. Ma Nanaji, Mamaji, my mother everybody was into academics. My Mamaji was More »

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I always believed that inspiration is from inside and not from outside. Only you can inspire yourself. Outward inspirations are momentary and do not stay More »

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My dad and my uncle were my inspiration in my childhood. Both of them were associated with RSS. They inspired me to join RSS More »

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Dr.Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother was my inspiration in my childhood and she is still my inspiration. My brother had also More »

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My grandfather was my biggest inspiration. I had learnt the minutest details of life from him. I learnt a lot from him about business. Like More »

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I think in my childhood it was the national leaders like Gandhi ji and Nehru ji who inspired me the most because our exposure at More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Who was your inspiration in Childhood? Radio was my source of inspiration as I used to listen to loads of music and radio and tape recorder were the only source to listen More »


The Grumbling 20

A noble mission of far-sighted global cooperation to avoid a looming economic crisis brought together a doughty group of nations, representing 85 per cent of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of its population, under the banner of the G20. However, after the dark days of the 2008 crisis inspired then-freshly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to take over the reins of financial regulatory reform, the annual gathering of the group has, it would appear, degenerated into a publicity opportunity for divergent national concerns. As Hangzhou played host to the G20 meeting, there were reports that the Chinese government had emptied the city of its original inhabitants for the duration of the summit — an act that seemed symbolic of the final communiqué of the G20 itself, pretty on the outside but lacking in substance. Among the major issues that found mention in the summit was the question of excess steel capacity in China resulting in a flood of cheap imports into India, the U.K. and other economies. Despite reports of resistance from China to any mention of steel policy coordination in the 7,000-word communiqué, the document had a “call for increased information sharing and cooperation through the formation of a Global Forum on steel excess capacity”.

Climate change was the other major agenda point. Notwithstanding Mr. Obama’s disappearing dream of securing full global support for the Paris Agreement before his second term ends, a symbolic show of solidarity towards this goal in the form of the U.S. and China ratifying the Agreement last week failed to produce any dramatic commitments in Hangzhou. Contrarily in India, media reports struck a note of relief that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s negotiators had fobbed off any attempts to insist that the deal be done before a December 2016 deadline. Numerous low-key objectives shared by multiple G20 members, such as strengthening enforcement against international tax avoidance and advancing cooperation on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, certainly got a shot in the arm from this G20 gathering. Yet, there is no comparison to the patchy and vague nature of progress in these smaller goals to the collaboratively evolved financial regulation architecture that emerged from the ashes of the 2008 meltdown and put the brakes on excessive risk-taking by banks. This only begs the question: has the G20 lost its way, outlived its usefulness? Would it be more institutionally efficient to revert to other regional groupings that have overlapping conversations on these very subjects? It may well be time to re-examine the G20’s purpose and, if necessary, recast its vision and mission entirely.

‘Time for a National Water Commission’

Mihir Shah on the importance of an integrated policy for groundwater and surface water

Mihir Shah, water policy expert, member of the erstwhile Planning Commission and in recent months head of several committees tasked with reforming India’s water laws, says existing institutions are inadequate to address our water needs. Which is why, he says in an e-mail interview, India needs an overarching water commission. Excerpts:

The proposed National Water Commission (NWC) subsumes the Central Water Commission (CWC) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). How specifically does it improve national water management?

The CWC (set up in 1945) and CGWB (set up in 1971) were created in an era when India faced a very different set of challenges. Then it was crucial to create irrigation capacity to ensure food self-sufficiency. But today the challenge is different. At huge cost (around Rs.400,000 crore) we have created 113 million hectares of irrigation potential. But is this water reaching the farmers? No. As the Chief Minister of Maharashtra has said, the State has 40 per cent of the country’s large dams, “but 82 per cent area of the state is rainfed. Till the time you don’t give water to a farmer’s fields, you can’t save him from suicide. We pushed large dams, not irrigation. But this has to change.” Our report is trying to address this challenge.

We also highlight the fact that groundwater is the main source of water in India. This means we cannot go on endlessly drilling for groundwater through tubewells, which is what CGWB has promoted thus far. This has actually aggravated India’s groundwater crisis, as water tables fall and water quality declines, with arsenic, fluoride and even uranium entering our drinking water.

What are the key shifts in water management your report recommends?

One, we must take a multidisciplinary view of water. We require professionals from disciplines other than just engineering and hydrogeology. Two, we need to adopt the participatory approach to water management that has been successfully tried all over the world, as also in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. Three, we must view groundwater and surface water in an integrated, holistic manner. CWC and CGWB cannot continue to work in their current independent, isolated fashion. The one issue that really highlights the need to unify CWC and CGWB is the drying up of India’s peninsular rivers, the single most important cause of which is over-extraction of groundwater.

If river rejuvenation is the key national mandate of the Ministry of Water Resources, then this cannot happen without hydrologists and hydrogeologists working together, along with social scientists, agronomists and other stakeholders. Four, we need to focus on river basins which must form the fundamental units for management of water. We have carefully studied the regional presence (or absence) of the CWC and CGWB and proposed a way forward whereby the NWC is present in all major river basins of India.

The Central Water Commission has opposed the NWC on the grounds that several reform measures are already in place. Are you throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Not at all. We have taken great care to ensure that all existing functions and personnel of the CWC find their appropriate place in the eight divisions of the NWC, which include Irrigation Reform, River Rejuvenation, Participatory Groundwater Management, Urban and Industrial Water, Water Security (including droughts, floods and climate change) and Water Quality.

This isn’t the first time that you have recommended an integrated water commission…

I think this kind of fundamental change takes time to be fully understood and get actualised in policy. In actual fact, professionals involved in CWC and CGWB will get an even better chance to improve their technical capabilities and career prospects within the NWC.

Water is frequently a political issue in several States. Why should States listen to an NWC?

As a Committee, we took great care to get views of States on board. We have suggested that appraisal must become a demand-based exercise, done through a partnership between the Central and State governments, as also institutions of national repute.

This is a key part of the reform we are proposing. We are not for a monolithic NWC. The NWC will be a knowledge institution providing solutions to water problems faced by State governments, farmers and other stakeholders, on demand, in a truly user-friendly manner.

Your report doesn’t encourage interlinking of rivers, one of the most vocal commitments of Water Minister Uma Bharti.

Our report contains a summary of all the scholarly work available on interlinking of rivers (ILR). This work demolishes the engineering myth that water must not be allowed to flow “wastefully” into the sea. Scientists fear that the humongous ILR project could even endanger the integrity of India’s monsoon cycle, which depends crucially on fresh river water flowing into the sea. However, our report is not centrally concerned with this question and is not really into the pro- versus anti-big dam debate. It is much more concerned with the challenge of ensuring that the water stored in dams, present or future, actually reaches the farmers. This is low-hanging fruit that can give us an increase of millions of hectares of irrigated area at much less than the cost of the ILR and in much less time, avoiding all inter-State conflicts, land acquisition problems, as also corruption that has become a big issue in irrigation projects over the years.

‘Kashmir’s alienation linked to impunity’

Amnesty International India’s Aakar Patel on the controversy surrounding its recent event

Amnesty International India (AII) is in the spotlight after its event in Bengaluru on August 13 titled ‘Broken Families’ — as part of a multi-city campaign to seek justice for victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir — attracted a charge of sedition. With some members of the audience shouting ‘Azadi’ slogans and the police registering an FIR upon a complaint by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists, AII Executive Director Aakar Patel insists that his organisation is neither confrontational nor biased and believes in working with the government. Excerpts from an interview:

Are there fears about Amnesty’s functioning in India following the Bengaluru brouhaha? Where does it leave its Kashmir human rights campaign?

I think it will change the way the campaign was planned; a series of events were planned in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. The one in Mumbai was to be held last week and obviously that didn’t happen as planned. We have to figure out how to take this forward. We are not going to stop the campaign. We just need to recalibrate the strategy to put the evidence we have gathered forward.

AII has pointed out that none of its employees raised any slogans or comments, but what is its position on the raising of “Azadi” slogans by Kashmiri youth?

The statements on our employees were in response to specific comments and questions raised in the complaint by the ABVP. The Constitution guarantees free speech to Indian citizens, and on the question of sedition I think the law is quite settled. I don’t believe the issue is one of how and what sentiment was expressed, the issue is of whether it was seditious. The Supreme Court itself has recognised that for speech to amount to sedition, it needs to involve incitement to violence. And I don’t think anybody has made that allegation and so it doesn’t amount to sedition. This is a debate we need to move away from.

So, to be clear, Amnesty defends the right of the youth to have raised slogans and takes full responsibility for all that was said at the event?

The Supreme Court defends the right of those youth to say what it is they want to say without incitement to violence. It’s not Amnesty’s right to give or take that right.

Amnesty’s credibility has been questioned after allegations of supporting groups linked to ‘jihadis’ in the U.K., allegations that were made by a former senior employee. That raises serious doubts over whether you are unbiased in raising issues…

I would ask people who have read these stories to see the five-decade track record of Amnesty and the work it has done on human rights, particularly the ones on ‘armed groups’. We have done work on the Taliban, on Balochistan, on ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence]. It would be incorrect to say that the image of the organisation has suffered because of some allegations. When you deal with things like torture, there will be certain difficult issues or individuals one has to deal with. But I don’t think anyone who looks at Amnesty’s track record, neutrally and in detail, will find what you are saying to be true.

But don’t you take strong ideological positions and an extremely confrontational approach? Doesn’t that destroy the scope for a dialogue?

That is a question of perception and a wrong one. The way in which we function is through evidence-based research. For instance, our report on Kashmir was based on three years of research. It found that the J&K police have been filing FIRs since 1989 for crimes they claimed were committed by the armed forces. Charges were filed and sent to the Centre so it may lift Section 7 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for these individuals to be tried in a civilian court. But our research shows that whether it is Congress or the BJP, not even in one instance was this approved. It was incumbent on us to put these facts forward and we do it in a non-confrontational way.

A section of the polity, however, seems to have declared you as having taken sides and being biased.

I wish they would relook that. Our aim is to help a society look at issues that we have researched in great depth and see if it agrees with what we have come up with.

Such events are not new to Amnesty. Was there a mistake in the way the event in Bengaluru was planned? Was it wise, given the emotive nature of the issue, to have such a platform with two diametrically opposite groups, youth from the Valley and those from Jammu?

The focus of the event was on the impunity that surrounds human rights violations in Kashmir. The alienation in the Valley is linked in part to this impunity, so it is important to talk about these issues and address them, particularly given the situation in Kashmir right now.

What purpose do these events have in the context of the conflict? Do you really believe they make a difference?

In all our work, whether on 1984 [the anti-Sikh riots] or on the demand for justice in Kashmir, I believe it is incumbent on human rights organisations to take it to the people, whether through the media or public events. Through these events, we had hoped that people in other cities in India would be able to hear first-hand from families in Kashmir who’ve suffered human rights violations, and be inspired to take action to demand justice.

Would you say that it has become impossible to have a tempered debate on Kashmir? And such debates could inevitably lead to comments construed as “anti-national”?

My personal view — and not the organisation’s view — is that it has become difficult in the recent past to speak about certain issues without being labelled.

The term ‘anti-national’ is a much abused one, and has been used often in recent times to attack legitimate expression. It is undoubtedly difficult to have a tempered debate on Kashmir, but we have to continue to keep trying if we hope to make any progress.

The BJP president has given a public call to “isolate” those making “anti-national statements”, though there was no specific reference to Amnesty. Would that mean that there is no scope for a constructive engagement with the Government of India?

I hope those comments were not for us as he didn’t mention us. Our work succeeds when we work with the state and we offer well-researched reports on the basis of which they could take action. Some of the BJP’s intellectual icons, such as Syama Prasad Mookerjee, were ardent advocates of freedom of expression. All our political parties need to be less fearful of dialogue around difficult issues. A country which aspires to be a global superpower must recognise the importance of the role that civil society plays, even when it raises difficult and uncomfortable questions.

The sedition charge against Amnesty in the FIR has raised serious questions. Have you or will you take up the matter with the political leadership in the State, given that the Congress party took a strong stand against such charges in the JNU case?

There have already been some welcome statements from leaders at the Central and State level which appear to recognise that the sedition case should not have been filed. We are cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

You have pointed out that the original complaint did not mention Amnesty, but the FIR does. Is there a fear that individuals associated with the Amnesty event may be targeted?

Amnesty will stand by everyone who faces criminal action for legitimately exercising their right to freedom of expression.

You have clarified that foreign funding issue is not for AII, but is of relevance for Amnesty South Asia and the two are different entities. How would Amnesty see these events from a global point of view?

Unfortunately the tightening of restrictions on civil society is a phenomenon that can be seen in many countries around the world. Top UN experts have said that the FCRA [Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act] violates international human rights standards on freedom of association. India must not be seen as regressing on its commitment to fundamental rights.

‘I am aware of India’s frustration’

United Nations General Assembly president-elect Peter Thomson on his role as a catalyst for bringing about UN Security Council reforms

Even as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) prepares for its next session in New York, UNGA president-elect Peter Thomson, who will take over on September 1, was in New Delhi to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In an interview with Suhasini Haidar, Mr. Thomson, who is from Fiji, speaks about blocks to UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms and the relevance of the UN today, among other things. Excerpts:

This is an important UNGA session. India had high hopes from the 70th session for movement on issues like the UNSC reforms but was disappointed. Given that backdrop, tell us about your talks with Mr. Modi.

I had very important discussions with Prime Minister Modi. We discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was the basis for my candidacy, and it will be my utmost effort to ensure that in the 71st session we do whatever we can to get the wheels turning on the SDGs. India and the PGA’s (President of the General Assembly) office will work closely on this. As you would imagine, UNSC reform and the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) were on the agenda. I was made aware of the sense of frustration that India has on both these counts, but I was able to assure the Prime Minister that the PGA will be seized of both these matters and hopes to take action on both of them.

You mentioned a sense of frustration. On the issue of UNSC reforms, Mr. Modi had spoken of seeing a reformed Security Council with India in it by the close of the 70th year of the UN, which didn’t happen. Where do you think the blocks are?

I haven’t heard of any member state that is against reform. It’s just a question of what kind of reform, what shape the UNSC will take. My job will be to appoint a chair for intergovernmental negotiations, and select a citizen or citizens to take it forward. All 193 General Assembly members have to be on board. Remember, if there is a very significant minority that is against the process, we will go nowhere. So what I told Prime Minister Modi was that I see my role in acting as a catalyst, engaging key players like Italy on the UFC side (Uniting for Consensus, a group of countries opposed to reform), and India on the G4 side (group of applicants which are India, Japan, Germany, Brazil), the P-5 (permanent members of UNSC) and the Group of African countries.

Do you think it is a mistake for India to be in the G4 at all, as the opposition to all four countries will be considerably greater than for any one? In other words, should India be ‘going it alone’?

At the UN, it is the nature of negotiations that countries fall into groups; for example, the Group of 77 or non-aligned group… it’s the UN way. The fact that you are the member of any one group for UNSC reform doesn’t mean you don’t have a foot in the other camp. All it means is for the purposes of the debate you are in one camp. Nine times out of ten that leads to consensus and then you’re all in the same camp.

The reason I ask is that in the G4 grouping are India and Japan, two Asian rivals to China which has been less welcoming about the reforms proposed by them. You flew into New Delhi from Beijing. Have you had any conversations about China’s stand?

The reason I chose to come on this trip to China and India is, first of all, they are the two biggest countries in my grouping. Fiji was put forward by the Asia Pacific Group. But also because there is a need to finesse and to find a balance on Security Council reform. China is on one side of the argument, and India on the other. Again, everybody speaks of the need for reform, but the question is what the final package will be. Like any other UN process, finding a consensus always seems impossible, until it is done.

Is there a need to put a deadline on when UNSC reform should happen?

The deadline is simply the need for reform and the fact that we are all for reform. When it comes to whether it is delayed or not… I remember what Zhou Enlai said when asked by Henry Kissinger about the impact of the French Revolution. “Too early to tell,” he said. (Kissinger’s translator said later on that Zhou Enlai had been misquoted.) Hopefully we won’t have to wait that long for UNSC reform. But the important thing is not the time it takes; the important thing is to get it right and get it done.

The other process India feels disappointed about is on the CCIT, which it introduced in 1996.

Yes, we certainly will try to get some success on getting the CCIT process under way. I have assured the Prime Minister on this regard. Around the world, terrorism is not going away. It is exacerbating and we have to address it. I as the PGA will be doing everything I can to have the CCIT adopted.

The CCIT is just one more example of delays. The larger question is, is the UN losing its relevance?

Let’s be clear, the alternative to the UN is bleak. It wasn’t created to take us to heaven but it may stop us from going to hell. The SDGs, for example, were a major achievement: to get a 193-member body to agree on 169 targets for humanity was considered impossible, but we did it. On the human rights side I think we are doing pretty well. We haven’t stopped wars but when you see what the UN has done in terms of peacekeeping, what could have happened without the UN is far worse.

You spoke of the 169 targets passed, 17 SDGs. One of the questions is how you expect to finance these, because not every country can afford them.

One of the big challenges is taking these goals to the people and educating them, and have them understand that this is something devised for them. Obviously we have the traditional means, relying on the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund. You see, the global financial system itself could go down in flames if the SDGs are not implemented. For example, SDG 13 is climate change. The insurance industry won’t be able to function if climate change is not curbed.

You spoke about human rights. Pakistan has made it clear it will take up the issue of violence in Kashmir, has written many letters, and plans to send special envoys. Could this make a difference, possibly derail the upcoming session?

No, I don’t think so. Every head of state and delegation is entitled to bring up whatever they want. But its not something that came up in my meetings in Delhi.

And were there discussions in your meetings in Delhi about India’s concerns about human rights violations in Balochistan?

No, absolutely not. I did read mentions in the papers of the public statements in this regard, but concerns on Balochistan were not raised in my meetings.

Guinness World Record By Meerut

Under the guidance of Chairman Shri Alok Sinha, Commissioner Meerut division, My-City My -Initiative (MCMI) is organizing an event which would give Meerut another pride moment to be registered in Guinness Book of World record. The brush strokes of people of Meerut would attempt to create a Guinness record of the longest painting by numbers.
The current record for longest painting by numbers  is 959.35 m (3147 ft 5 in) long and is entitled “Birds and Wetlands”. It was created by 2,041 Participants in an event organized by the Hong Kong Wetland Park at their premises in Hong Kong, China on 17 October 2009. The painting was 1.2 meters (3 ft 11 in) high.
The record creating event in Meerut would be on 14th November, 2016 in Victoria park / Kailash prakash stadium.An attempt would be done to paint 1200+ Meter painting by numbers by 3000+ citizens of Meerut on canvas at one time. The theme of painting is Aquarium.
All the citizens wanted to be a part of this proud moment, should get the registration forms from Nageen group of Schools City office, below HDFC Bank, W. K. Road , Meerut. The registration form is for Rs. 400/- and is available from 1st August, 2016 onwards. The registration is open only for first 3000 candidates on first come first served basis. Registered candidate will get a goodie bag containing T-Shirt – with brand logo, Paint Brush with branding – 1”, Color Box with Brand – 10-15 ml of Acrylic paint*, Water bottle, Cloth, Bowl for water and a Sample to do Kit for practice. The registration forms can also be downloaded from
So get yourself registered for the flagship moment of Meerut.

राशिफल 07 Sep 2016

मेष (Aries)Mar 21 – Apr 19

अधूरे कामों को पूर्ण करने का अवसर प्राप्त। जरूरी कामों को समय पर पूरा करना लाभदायक। यात्रा में सामान संभालकर रखें। वरिष्ठजनों से मार्गदर्शन लेना अच्छा।– डॉ. रामकृष्ण डी तिवारी

वृषभ (Taurus) Apr 20 – May 20

मान-सम्मान में वृद्धि। रूका काम हास्यप्रियता से बना लेंगे। किसी से लाभदायक प्रेरणा मिलेगी। भाई-बहनों के साथ भेंटवार्ता का मन। कानूनी कार्यों में गति।



मिथुन (Gemini) May 21 – Jun 20

सामाजिक व पारिवारिक समस्याओं को आसानी से सुलथा सकेंग। आर्थिक सुधार हेतु प्रयास अच्छे। मित्रों से मनचाहे सहयोग में कमी। मान-सम्मान में वृद्धि।


कर्क (Cancer)Jun 21 – Jul 22

निवेश कार्यों में कठिनाइयां संभव। आलोचक आलोचना कर सकते हैं। संतान के कार्यों की चिंता। अधीनस्थ कर्मचारियों से सहयोग में कमी दिखाई देगी। वाणी में मधुरता लाभकारी।

सिंह (Leo)Jul 23 – Aug 22

कार्यों को व्यवस्थित कर पाएंगे। उत्साह बना रहेगा। निर्णय लेने में स्वतंत्रता। वरिष्ठजनों का सहयोग। वाणी में कठारता न आने दें अन्यथा कार्यों में विलंब संभव। खान-पान का ध्यान रखें।

कन्या (Virgo)Aug 23 – Sep 22

संतान के कार्यों में रुचि। पारिवारिक कार्यों पर ध्यान। मित्रवर्ग से मन की बात कह सकेंगे। धन संंबंधी कार्यों में गति। नवीन आभूषण क्रय पर विचार।

तुला (Libra)Sep 23 – Oct 22

जरूरी कार्यों को पूरा कर सकेंगे। भाई-बहनों से सहयोग। स्मरण शक्ति अच्छी। आलोचकों की बातों पर ध्यान न दें। दूसरारें को सहयोग देने से हर्ष वृद्धि।


वृश्चिक (Scorpio)Oct 23 – Nov 21

कार्य का बोझ रहने से चिड़चिड़ाहट। व्यर्थ की जिम्मेदारी और जवाबदारी बढ़ सकती है।


धनु (Sagittarius)Nov 22 – Dec 21

परिवार को समय दे सकेंगे कार्यक्षेत्र में उत्साहपूर्वक कार्य करेंगे। महत्वपूर्ण कार्यों को समय पर पूर्ण करें अन्यथा विलंब संभव। पति-पत्नी में मधुरता। दूसरों के भरोसे काम करने से पहले विचार कर लेवें।


मकर (Capricorn)Dec 22 – Jan 19

विश्वास पात्र लोगों से भेंटवार्ता। किसी कार्य को सीखने का मन। कुटुंब के लोगों से मेलजोल बढ़ेगा। सामाजिक कार्यों को समय पर करने में कठिनाई महसूस। अर्थव्यवस्था पर अच्छा ध्यान।


कुंभ (Aquarius)Jan 20 – Feb 18

कार्यों में प्रगति के अवसर प्राप्त। स्वास्थ्य ठीक रहेगा। दैनिक कार्य गति अनुकूल। उत्साह बना रहेगा। कटु-वाणी न बोलें।


मीन (Pisces)Feb 19 – Mar 20

सहकर्मियों से इच्छानुसार सहयोग में कमी। लोग आपकी बातों पर विश्वास कम करेंगे। विरोधी पक्ष सक्रिय। बोलचाल की भाषा संयमित रखें। परिश्रम की अधिकता। खान-पान का ध्यान रखें।

नमूनों में अटका नौनिहालों का भविष्य

शैक्षणिक सत्र को पांच माह बीते, मगर किताबें नहीं

नमूनों में अटका नौनिहालों का भविष्य

– नमूना न आने के कारण किताबों का नहीं हो पा रहा मिलान

– महज तीन क्लासों की एक- एक व एक क्लास की तीन किताब आई हैं

MEERUT। बेसिक शिक्षा विभाग में पांच माह में जैसे- तैसे करके किताब आई है। अब नमूने के चक्कर में उनका वितरण रुका है। जाहिर है कि नमूने के चक्कर में नौनिहालों का भविष्य दांव पर लगा है। अभी तक महज चार क्लास की किताब आई है। जिसमें से तीन क्लास की एक- एक और एक क्लास की तीन किताब आई हैं।

नमूने से चेकिंग

बेसिक शिक्षा विभाग में अगस्त माह के अंत में किताब तो आई है। लेकिन अभी तक इसका नमूना नहीं आया है। शासन स्तर से एक नमूना तैयार किया जाता है। ये तैयार नमूना बीएसए कार्यालय को भेजा जाता है। जिसको देखकर किताब की छपाई चेक की जाती है। यदि सही है उसके बाद ही उन किताबों का वितरण किया जाता है।

इन क्लास की किताब

अभी तक चार क्लासों की किताब आई है। जिसमें क्लास एक, क्लास दो की एक, क्लास चार की एक और क्लास सात की तीन किताब आई है।

पढ़ाई का नुकसान

सत्र शुरू होने के पांच माह बाद किताब आई थी। अब नमूने के कारण वितरण में और देरी हो रही है। कब शासन से नमूना आएगा कब उसकी चेकिंग होगी और कब उसका वितरण शुरू हो पाएगा। ऐसे में बच्चों की पढ़ाई का नुकसान हो रहा है।

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किताब की छपाई व उसका कंटेंट चेक करने के लिए शासन से एक नमूना आता है। उसको चेक करने के बाद ही किताबों का वितरण किया जाता है। अभी तक नमूना नहीं आया है। शासन को नमूने के लिए पत्र लिखा है।

मोहम्मद इकबाल, बेसिक शिक्षा अधिकारी

News From 

First annual day of My City – My Initiative (MCMI)

My City – My Initiative (MCMI) is celebrating its First Annual Day on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at Radha Govind Mandap on Garh Road. The event would begin at 6:00 pm. Hon’ble Sh. Shahid Manzoor, the President Governing Council, MCMI is the chief guest of the celebrations. Volunteers at MCMI cordially invite the citizens of Meerut to the event and be a part of the journey through the last year.

About MCMI: Meerut has a Glorious History and hard working citizen.Unfortunately it has received negative publicity in the past.The city needs a boost in the field of Trade, Industry, Tourism, Entertainment, Infrastructure, Sports, Arts, Culture.It also requires Social Harmony, Cleanliness and Regulated Traffic.In short it requires a definite Roadmap of Development in every aspect to make it a VIBRANT CITY.As things stand now something of a Miracle is required to bring back the Glory to Meerut that it deserves.

My City-My Initiative (MCMI) is the much needed Mutual wake-up call that the City and her inhabitants are giving to each other.It is based on the premise that every citizen of Meerut can voluntarily contribute towards the vibrancy of the city. The least one can contribute are basic courtesies to fellow citizens.

Many activities can be started to shift the agenda of discussion at Tea and Paan corners and drawing rooms of Meerut from despair to development and hope. These activities may range from Garbage disposal, Traffic,Economic Development, Tourism, Sports, Music, Arts, Culture, Social Harmony, Environment and inculcating Civic Sense. These activities can be planned in a Voluntary set up to engage citizens of all age groups. Voluntary efforts will enhance the output of existing Government schemes. A society in the form of Federation of Volunteers with a little support from Administration will do the trick.It is going to be one more Revolution from the Land of Revolutions.


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Success by Education By SDM, Meerut

We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:

What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
I am SDM Meerut, so basically management of the land that is available in the tehsil. There si lot of Gram sabha land that is public land so we are the custodians of that land. Also we are the incharge of the law and order in the tehsil so if there is ever lets say riots situations or two parties are fighting so we supervise the work of police to that extent. So that there is peace in the city. These are some important functions that I perform

Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
When I was your age my only aim was to do engineering and after that do MBA. So this was nowhere in the picture for me. I did do engineering and then I did MBA and after that I was working in London. There I thought that I had a good job and I had a good money but I felt at that point of time that I wanted to be in India and do something for the society and people in India. That is when I decided to leave my job and come to India. Well, it was a dream at that point of time. Nothing was sure that I would eventually be able to clear the exam. It was a big risk that I was taking by leaving a good job in London. But you do dream and you do hope that your dream would come true. So at time I did think that I would become an IAS officer.

Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
There were loads and loads of such incidence. I would not say that I was a very naughty child but yes I was naughty and I used to have my own pranks and I used to talk a lot in the class. I got a lot of scolding also
Mistakes, yes I did a lot of mistake. Mistakes in terms of decision making, in terms of career
because I always followed my heart. Sometimes in hind side you feel that may be had I not done that may be I had done something else I would have been better. But I think that mistakes are part of life and you have to take them in your stride and keep moving forward

Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here ?
I just answered that question in the previous question. It was very late that I decided to actually come into this field. Earlier I just wanted to be in the corporate world like one of you has taken commerce. So I am sure you also probable want to go forward and do something in the corporate world which was my aim also in life. But very late I realized that this is not all that I wanted and I decided to come back and do something to contribute to the society.

What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
One of the best things of this job is that almost every day you do something that gives you a lot of internal satisfaction. One of the best things that I like in my job is that I can help poor people and I am the first recourse that people think of, when they are in trouble. So if there is a poor person who is being troubled by someone then, I am someone who they would come to. So there are lots and lots of opportunities to correct some of the injustices that are happening in the world unfortunately though I do not claim to remove all the injustices even in my Tehsil. We are also presiding officers in the court so whenever we are deciding cases we are providing justice to people. We keep doing lot of things that gives us internal satisfaction.

Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
I think education is extremely important I could be someone who could be called overeducated for this job that I am doing. It was not required for me to do engineering and then do MBA for this job but I have done that. I came back from London and studied again. I do not believe in doing just the bare minimum and then just try to get a job. Education broadens your mind, improves your outlook of life and it really makes you understand what you want out of your life. Even though when I was a kid I never liked studying but now till date want to learn new things and want to join some new course for that.

What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
Well, I never really followed a fixed time table. You do go to school and you do come back and you do all the activities that are required.
My hobby as a school kid was to play sitar. I also liked playing guitar and I used to do a lot of swimming. I played badminton too.
These things I used to do fairly regularly. I am also a big movie buff. I hardly ever missed a movie.

How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
Successful is a very controversial word. I do not know whether I am really successful yet. I think success mantra for anyone in the world would be hard work and believing in yourself. If you work hard and believe in your dreams, nothing in the world can stop you.

What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
I am really not aware of the current education pattern. Although I think there is a lot less pressure on you. Students do not fail. And there is grading system instead of percentage. It has become easier to score marks. In our times 100% or all A’s were unheard of. So to that extent it is becoming better. NCERT is laying more emphasis on learning and understanding rather than rote learning which was somewhat there in our case
I think education pattern is improving although I am not very well versed with the current education pattern.

Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?
I was preparing for IIT and I wanted to get into IIT Delhi.  Although I did get into IIT Delhi, but my rank was not up to my expectations and I did not got the stream of my choice. Someone may think this incident not to be sad as I managed to get into IIT Delhi only, but I was very sad and depressed. I studied a lot and worked very hard and eventually able to change to the stream of my choice during the course of time. I never let this become a hindering point in my career.

Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
Like I said, if you believe in yourself than any number of sad incidences or obstacle that come in your path really do not matter. All of us, also the so called successful people have gone though bad phases in life. There is nobody who has sailed very smoothly while chasing their dreams. If everybody starts thinking that this is the end of life as I did not get 99% marks in my math exam or an A grade in my board exam then people will never be able to achieve their dreams. My message to everyone will be that you keep dreaming and keep believing in your dreams. Because, if you do that, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving those dreams.

What role did your parents play in your success?
Parents play a very-very important role and all your elders for that matter, your school teachers and anybody whom you look up to for advice or for help. You treat them as some sort of role model and you have to think that whatever they are telling you is for your good. I think they play a very important role in your success. You should always listen to your parents and your teachers.

What role did your school / teachers play in your success?

Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
Lot of historical people who I admire. Like Gandhiji, was one person who was very strong about his convictions. If he believed in something, even if the entire world was against him he would still stick to that and he would keep fighting for it till he achieves it

Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
I would just like to tell you that believe in your dreams and follow them religiously and you will be able to achieve what you have aimed for. APJ Abdul kalam azad tells that if you dream about something, dreaming does not mean you keep sleeping. It means you have to get up and work hard to achieve that dream. If you do that and like aim for the moon, you would at least reach the tree for that matter

Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed

Thanks to you by “Success by Education”

Name 1: Meenakshi (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 2: Aditi (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 3: Vratika (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 4: Ritika Goswami (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)

Success by Education By Architect, Meerut

We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:

What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Gagan Gujral. I am not the product but the by-product of Meerut itself. I am a practicing Architect. I have recently started my own operations in Meerut itself. Before that I had travelled a lot. I had worked in Noida, Guragon and Amsterdam. I also stayed in Europe for some time. Then after that I wanted to do something of my own. I worked in a job for 2.5 years and had a realization that this is not my cup of tea. Right from the school, I have always been in the leadership role. I had been the monitor of the class; I had been the school sports captain. So I wanted to lead from the front. Another motive for starting up on my own was to do something that could provide employment not only to me but probably to 5-10 other families as well. I wanted to take care of people.
I wanted to give something back to the city where I had been brought up. People are not thinking on these lines. They will do IIT… IIM or some other good education and settle may be in metro cities or abroad.
People will keep on complaining about the city.. like good jobs are not there… or traffic is not good… or good malls are not there … but whose going to start and initiate all those if everybody run away from their responsibilities. So I came back to Meerut and started with a small office where we do interesting projects. I design homes for people… I design other infrastructure also. My current assignment involves meeting with clients, teaching university graduates and designing.

Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
Absolutely not. Till I qualified IIT I had no idea where I am going to land. Never think I want to become this or that… that is too much of peer pressure. You always live your life day by day. My motive is that before going to bed at the end of the day, I look at my whole day and see whether I had learnt something new today or not. If I had not learnt anything new, I feel my whole day is wasted. If you keep on learning one thing slowly… slowly each day … then after few years you will come to know what you have to do. That is the problem with our social system … your parents would dictate… be an engineer or be a doctor…. See whatever you want to become you should decide. That should be your personal decision but you should earn the trust of your parents and you should also live up to your decision.

Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
I still do it … so I remember it every day. A very funny incident when I was in office. I had a senior who was always giving me a lot of work. I was fed up of so much work. One day he was not sitting on his laptop, so I bumped into his laptop and take a screen shot of the desktop and created the screenshot as the desktop. So, all the icons went static since it was a picture and not the real desktop. Now, when my senior came back he was clicking on all the icons and nothing was happening. He even formatted his laptop but still nothing happened. Ultimately he sent his laptop to the head office in Bangalore and it came back after fifteen days and my senior got good bashing from the head office. So this is the recent prank that I did… and I remember.

Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here?
It was God’s grace and by teacher’s blessing. See everybody says that I am here because of my luck. For example my good luck got me a seat in IIT but you know one child who lost the seat because of me had a bad luck. Luck is a very relative thing. I thought about it and then I realized the only definition for good luck is that if you get good teachers and good Gurus to guide you, to teach you then you could reach the horizon of your career. A guru needs not to be an elder person only. Even your rickshaw wala is also a sort of guru. You can learn a lot from him like the hard work, the dedication to work even in all sort of weather he is there for you to take you to school. So you can learn a lot from him too. For this you have to increase your observation power and make yourself inquisitive of your surrounding and then you will be a better person.

What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
I am an architect so I believe that I change people’s life. I design a house for somebody and they live in that for the rest of their lives and may be their children also live in that. I believe that I am what I am and you are what you are just because of the places we have lived in. if I shift to your place and you shift to my place and start our childhood again we will be completely different people.  Even if you change the lane and goes to may be the next lane to yours you would be some different person. So when I am doing architecture every day I derive my force my energy my passion my happiness from a single thing that I am going to design something which is going to change the life of people. Every day you bless me for the comfort you get in your house. That is a blessing for me and gives me lot of internal satisfaction.

Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
Human brain is designed to do a lot of things. We only use a very little fraction of our brain since our spectrum is so low. To increase the spectrum of knowledge we need to read more.
Education is not about only maths book or science book. Like if I today carry this school of educators magazine with me, I would not be able to sleep unless until I finish it. Even if it consume whole of my night I would finish it off. This is my habit. This would be my one thing new.
So, reading is must. You should change your word from education to reading. Even if the people who are uneducated but well read have done very good for themselves. Like Dhirubhai Ambani used to fill petrol at petrol station. He was earning 200 Rs a day. Everybody with him had a dream to have a petrol pump one day but Dhirubhai wanted to own the company which would supply petrol to different petrol stations and one day he did it. Now the group owns Reliance petroleum.
So education is not just about the school education. Along with that you should learn about other things as well and the best way to learn is to read.

What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
I used to sleep early and wake up early in the school times. There was no such fixed time table that I followed.
I love listening to music and all sorts of music. And I am particular and passionate about my hobby as I think that hobby is something that keeps you alive.

How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
Success mantra I have already told that you should focus on learning one new thing every day. If at the bed time you feel you have learnt nothing new, just keep a small dictionary near your bed and learn a new word from it.
I am sikh which literally means a pupil. So I believe in continuous leaning and I will be a student throughout my life and keep on learning new things.
Success is a very relative term. How do you measure success? If you measure by income, there are lot of people who are earning more than you. If you measure by post, then again there are lot of people who are at a better position than you. If by needs by the size of car, by the size of house you measure success, than again there might be somebody who has a smaller house than you and a smaller car than you and they are more satisfied and contented than you.
For me success is that every day I get freedom to work on my own and I go back and have dinner with my family which most of the people in corporate job do not have.

What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
The present education pattern is really good. And it is getting better in terms of that now more opportunities are available to the students. This was not possible in our times. There is a excess to so much information at just click of a button. Everything is available in just 4 inches device. More over new age careers have come up. In our times, we cannot take up dance as a career which is possible now. Singers have to struggle a lot to get a platform to sing.

Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?
The saddest incident of my life was loss of my grandparents. I was very close to them. I still believe that whatever I am, I am just because of my grandparents. It is their blessing that I am able to achieve whatever I had now. Instead of being sad at any sat incident you should look at the positive side of the incident.

Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
I had lived outside Meerut after doing my 10th class. And I had gone through a lot of incidents which were very sad. I believe that there could be nothing so bad that you cannot overcome. There could be nothing so bad so irreversible that you have to finish your life for that. This is something that is against God’s will. If you are feeling week in certain situations you should look for ways to get out of that.

What role did your parents play in your success?
My parents have played a very major role. They gave me freedom and never stopped me from doing anything. Also they believed in me. Like my decision of getting back to Meerut after leaving such a good career abroad is something they were initially not agreeing to but later trusted me and were with me in my decision to start up my own. My both parents are from the service background and there is no body in my family with the business background. I was the only one who started it and they supported me.
They had also taught me to be one of the best person and not only given good educated. Till date even in Meerut, I had not broken any traffic lights. If your intellectual level is different from the intellectual level of the society, it is only because of your parents.

What role did your school / teachers play in your success?
I have had a good luck in the sense that I have taken lots of decisions which were random but God has given me very nice teachers. Physics used to be my favorite subject in school

Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
One is Mr.  A PJ Abdul kalam Azad. He was very successful and at the same time very down to earth.
Another is Mr.Narendra Modi, our PM. India was given to him when India was in its worst condition. He is so energetic and so lively that you immediately get energy from him.
And lastly my parents are my role models.

Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
You should always develop some hobbies as they give your personality an overall shape and also you have something apart from your profession to pursue further.

Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed

Thanks to you by “Success by Education”

Name 1: Saloni IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 2: Amisha Goyal IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 3: Srishti Das IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name4: Aastha IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)