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Friday, March 30, 2007

Preachings of Bhagwan Mahavira, Dwarka

Dear friends,

This year Mahavir Jayanti is due on 31st of March’07 the day of Janam Kalyanak on the 13th day of Chaitra Shukla. On this occasion we are starting a series of preaching’s of Bhagwan Mahavira. The preaching appears brief but their meaning carries lot of depth and sense. The person who knows & understands these preaching and treads the path shown by Bhagwan Mahavira will surely attains the real happiness. Further on this occasion we will publish 10 simple questions about the life of Bhagwan Mahavira along with each preaching. Anyone can participate and attend these questions. Your replies should be sent on e-mail ID jainpushpquiz@... And in the subject please mention “Preaching’s of Bhagwan Mahavira Your participation to at least three such questions will entitle you to get a book related to Bhagwan Mahavira’. Preaching SN-10 “One,who, even after knowing the whole universe can remain unaffected and unattached is God” Mahaveera Jayanthi: Mahavir Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. Mahavir Jayanti the holly birthday of Lord Mahavira is observed on the thirteenth day of the second half (Shukle) of the month of Chaitra. This is the main Jain festival of the year. Mahavira is the 24th Tirthankara. He was a kshatriya prince of Nath Clan. His Father was King Siddhartha and Mother Trishala Devi. He had himself attained complete and perfect knowledge and so he was called Sanmati. He conquered the powerful evils of attachment and aversion and was as such, called Mahavir. He was given five names in his life-Veer, Ativeer, Sanmati, Vardhman and Mahaveer. Mahavira renounced this world when he was only thirty years of age and performed formidable penance. After a continuous quest for the soul for twelve long years, he attained omniscience. His teachings in brief are as follows: -
  1. All Souls are equal-Non big or small.
  2. God is not some different entity. By dint of one’s supreme effort any body can attain Godhood.
  3. God does not create or destroy things in this universe-he only knows them.
  4. The nature of our souls is knowing, not indulging in passions.
  5. Never Hurt the feelings of others
  6. Telling lies and intention of telling lies are sins.
  7. Theft and intention thereof are evils.
  8. Lead a life of abstinence, never indulge in anger, and never have pride of any sort.
  9. Deceit and perverseness of feelings should not be indulged in.
  10. A greedy person is always unhappy.
  11. We are unhappy on account of our own faults and can be happy by removing them.
He traversed the whole of the country for thirty years and delivered religious sermons. In the end at the age of seventy two he attained supreme bliss (Nirwan) at Pawapur, on a day, which up to this time, is celebrated as Deepawali, the festival of illumination. All participants of “Preachings of Bhagwan Mahavira” can claim a book titled “The basic Thought of Bhagwan Mahavir” free of cost. All participants are requested to please send their postal address early to avoid any disappointment as the stock is limited. Thanks for their participation and making this event a success. dharma

Sub: - Forthcoming Jain Events,

The next forthcoming Jain events during the month Of April’07 are as listed below: - Akshay Teej 20th April (Baisakh Sudi Shukla Paksh 3rd -4th ) Astmi during this month 10th and 24th April Chowdas 1st and 16th April Rohini Varat 20th April Good Friday 6th April Ambadkar Jayanti 14th April SHREE JAIN TITHI DARPANShree Veer Nirvan Samvat 2533 is available on our web site for more information’s and for day to day checking of Tithi etc. Click on the following link to check the SHREE JAIN TITHI DARPAN We are posting forthcoming events every month on our group if you are interested in getting the information directly on your mail then please send us your e-mail address on which the information is sought. - Dharma jain

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Capital’s new diplomatic enclave to come up in Dwarka

Following a request from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for alternatives to Chanakyapuri for developing a new diplomatic enclave, the Union Urban Development Ministry (UDM) has zeroed in on Dwarka in South-West Delhi.

“We sent a proposal to the UDM ...because there is hardly any land left in Chanakyapuri for more missions. We will take over the 100-acre area in Dwarka once Delhi Development Authority (DDA) gets it ready, which is likely to take a year or so,” a senior MEA official told Newsline.

R K Jain, DDA Director (Planning), Dwarka, confirmed that land for the enclave will be in sectors 27, 28 and 29 of Dwarka.

“While the proposal had been around for some time, it is now being fast-tracked. We have already acquired the land in the area and will soon take charge of it,” he said.

MEA officials say they have several requests for new consulates and missions, though it has not been finalised which countries will have missions in Dwarka . Mostly African, Latin American and erstwhile USSR countries are expected to set up base in new enclave. MEA officials, however, said actual allotments will be made only after DDA has developed the Dwarka land.

UDM had earlier raised reservations on the MEA request for additional land, saying that there were several vacant plots in Chanakyapuri. MEA officials, however, said that the issue has been sorted out. Though some 22 plots have been vacant since the 1960s, the MEA was in the process of bifurcating these and will then be allotting them to some other countries, officials said.

Over 64 missions are already housed at Chanakyapuri. Still others are spread across South Delhi areas including Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash, Panchsheel, Africa Avenue and Paschimi Marg.

Dwarka has been chosen for the second diplomatic enclave as it is close to the airport with an expanding metro network and is the focus of with massive infrastructure upgradation exercise by the DDA.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Report of Adventure Camp in Dwarka

Five students bagged award from Adventure Camp in Dwarka

-a thrilling & unforgettable experience for students-

New Delhi: 25th March,2007 : "Society for Creatives (Regd)",-NGO, in association with Sahsi Adventure Himalayan Sports Company organized an Adventure Camp at Dwarka Health Club, Sector-7 Dwarka. According to MR.S.S.Dogra-Founder Chairman of the Society, the participants were given a thrilling & unforgettable experience of different adventure activities like Rappeling, River Crossing, Photography, Rope Courses, equipment lecture, Tent Pitching & trekking tips etc. Students from Modern Convent School, I T L School, Vishwa Bharti School, Indraprastha International School, B.G.S. International School, Venkateshwar International School, St. Marry's School, Pragati Public School, Dwarka, Mira Model School, Janakpuri, New Chanakya Public School-Mahavir Enclave, Deep Parmarth Sec. School, Palam, Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Subarto Park, Navy Children School, Sanskriti School, Chankyapuri, The Air Force School, Subarto Park, Air Force Gyan Jyoti School, Delhi Cantt. etc. enjoyed the training under the trained instructor and expert mountaineers. On the basis of the physical & mental performances Akanksha-VIII class student of Modern Convent School, Dwarka, Shriya Gupta-IV class of B.G.S.International School, Dwarka & Nirmita-III class of Indrarastha International School from girls participants & Cheynaya Walia-IV class of Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Subarto Park & Rohan Bakshi-IV class student of St.Marry's School, Dwarka were given wrist watches by Mr.Sushil Khare-Secretary of the Society.


(General Secretary) SOCIETY FOR CREATIVES(Regd.)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Delhi may have its own fashion hub soon in Dwarka

The Delhi designer fraternity has cheered a government proposal to create a fashion hub in Dwarka, saying that it would signal Delhi's arrival as the country's premier style destination. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW).

"It's a most welcome development," said Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) director general Rathi Vinay Jha of the announcement.

"It's definitely a step forward. Finally, we are beginning to see some hope," said designer Payal Jain.

"It's a wonderful idea. All of us will be under one roof and this will create enormous synergy between the various components of the fashion industry," beamed Leena Singh of the Ashima-Leena design duo.

The idea of a fashion hub at Dwarka in west Delhi has been in the pipeline for a while and received an impetus after the Supreme Court ordered demolitions last year of commercial establishments running illegally from residential neighbourhoods.

The demolitions had seen large numbers of designers, many of them the crème de la crème of the fashion fraternity, thrown out of fashionable addresses like 1 and 2 MG Road they had occupied for years.

At the bottom line, the designers were not really complaining since they were level headed enough to realise that they could not forever break the law. What they would, however, have preferred was alternative accommodation before being evicted.

That solution now seems in sight though it may take upwards of a year to fructify, after crucial issues like land prices and the various components of the fashion hub are resolved.

As part of the plan, a five-star hotel would have to be constructed as an integral component of the fashion hub to accommodate the increasing numbers of foreign buyers, fashionistas and journalists that are attending the WIFW. Though this hotel would be assured of fairly decent occupancy rates for about 20 days a year - the five days of the fashion week plus a few days preceding and following the event - the question is whether they can stay out of the red for the rest of the year.

Also, Dwarka is essentially a sprawling area with high-rise residential complexes and market complexes and related facilities. Thus, while it is fairly close to the international airport, it is not home to businesses or industries of the type that would attract visitors requiring hotel accommodation.

Maken further stated, "There will be a number of issues to be resolved but I hope that next year's fashion week (autumn/winter edition in March-April) will be conducted in the new complex." - Times of India

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Delhi Jal Board awaiting dues from civic bodies

The Delhi Jal Board may have had its accounts sealed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for non-payment of dues, but the water utility says it is in no mood to pay it back in the same coin.

After sending repeated reminders to the MCD, the Jal Board is still waiting for outstanding dues amounting to Rs. 25 crore to be paid up. The MCD and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) together owe the Jal Board a whopping Rs. 125 crore.

"We have written letters to both the MCD and the NDMC reminding them about the pending dues, our CEO has also spoken to the MCD Commissioner and the NDMC Chairperson, but the money has not yet been released," said a senior Jal Board official.

He was, however, quick to point out that unlike the MCD, which moved ahead and sealed their accounts, the Jal Board "prefers to wait".

The NDMC, according to the official, owes the Jal Board Rs. 100 crore as charges for consuming water for horticulture and toilet purposes. "The Delhi Development Authority also owes us Rs 40 crores against installation of infrastructure in Dwarka," the official said.

He, however, declined to comment on whether the utility has been unable to meet its revenue collection target.

According to sources, the Jal Board has been unable to meet the revenue collection target and the shortfall in revenue collection could be as high as Rs. 50 crores.

"We do not anticipate not being able to meet our targets. We have stepped up the process of recovering the outstanding dues. There has been a boost to the recovery process," he said.

"Following protests against the increase in water charges, the Government had to announce a rollback. This has severely affected revenue collection, besides there are several Government departments that have not paid their dues. There were also many cases where the billing was wrong and the Board had to rectify the bills that were inflated," a source said.

But Jal Board officials maintained that the process is being streamlined and incentives are being offered to consumers to clear their outstanding dues. "We have, for instance, waived off the surcharge for late payment by 90 per cent. We are giving consumers a hefty discount that way and making it easier for them to repay," the official said.

- The Hindu

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New in Dwarka: split-level stations, shopping centres

In line with its blueprint to make the Delhi Metro accessible for every commuter, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to commission the 6.5 km-long extension of Line 3 into Dwarka with 6 stations spread out at a distance of just a kilometre each. Newsline takes a look at the extension scheduled for opening next week.
* Stations here are different in that all of them will be two-level— ground or concourse and platform. ticketing Room, Station Control Room, Revenue Room, Telecom Equipment Room, UPS Room and Customer Care Room will be at the ground level.
* Toilets have been planned outside the paid area but inside the station. A huge parking area will be created. The strip below viaduct piers is being made green for aesthetic purposes. Structures for harvesting water will be built at all six stations in Dwarka sub-city and the two stations in extension to Sector 22. There will be four 3.2-metre diameter wells on four corners of each station
* Instead of a single huge pier, there are two small ones on which tracks will be laid. casting and launching is being done on location to help save time and cost. A permanent laboratory has been created for regular quality testing and assurance.
* The DDA is planning to construct District Centres near all these stations. Integrated parking arrangement for the DDA and Metro commuters can be made at these Centres. Stations have been equipped with fire/smoke detectors, fire extinguishers at these levels. Emergency exits have been provided at the ground level. Bird spikes at electric poles will prevent birds from sitting there so that they do not cause any damage
* The State Transport Authority has approved seven RTV feeder routes connecting Dwarka MRTS stations. As regards DTC buses, two bus routes— Gurgaon to Sector 9 MRTS station and Kapashera Border to Sector 9 MRTS station— have been cleared for operations as soon as the extension into Dwarka sub-city opens.
* Extension to Dwarka sector 22 from Sector 9 will have two stations at sector 8 and sector 22. After the Sector 8 station, the line will run at a gradient via a ramp. The station at Sector 22 will be at ground level. Besides the platform, the station will also have some “stabling lines” so that trains can be stabled overnight.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Fashionistas want Dwarka to be Capital's 7th Avenue

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has approached Union minister of state for urban development Ajay Maken with a concept of a fashion hub and asked for land for it. The proposed seven-acre hub at Dwarka will have a state-of-the-art convention centre where it can hold fashion weeks, a five-star boutique hotel, a textile-related craft village, and boutiques of member designers.

"I would like to see this happening before the Commonwealth Games in 2010, where visitors can come and have a look at what India has to offer in terms of its culture and tradition," says FDCI's Rathi Vinay Jha. "The textiles ministry will oversee the whole process. The plans are in their initial stages, but I hope that everything will fall in place very soon."

The fashion district will also house FDCI's corporate office, a textile museum, a resource centre for fashion and textiles, and a fashion library. It will also have a convention centre for conferences and seminars on topics other than fashion. "We hope to begin the work once the allotment is made," says senior FDCI board member Leena Singh who along with former minister and MP Jagdish Tytler initiated the concept. The allotment of land is expected to be made through DDA and the textiles ministry.

With this, the fashion design industry in India will finally have the government recognition it has been longing for. "I hope this will pave the way for Indian designers to be together once again as it happened after FDCI came into being and fashion weeks started happening," says FDCI board member Tarun Tahiliani.
- Hindustan Times

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cosy affair for hoteliers - a five star hotel in Dwarka

Budget 2007 has brought cheers to the hospitality sector in the country. Buoyed by high growth rate, hoteliers feel that the proposals for the sector in the industry would give a new push to real estate and further their growth prospects.

Five-year tax holiday for two, three and four-star hotels in the National Capital Region is set to give a major boost to the real estate business. Other than these budget hotels, convention centres with a seating capacity of 3,000 in Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) will also get all central tax exemptions. This holiday is only for the hotels that are complete and start operations in these cities between April 2007 and March 2010. Though the aim is to create an additional 20,000 rooms by the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, the move is bound to give a major push to the real estate sector.

Delhi and its NCR presently has just about 8,000 odd rooms in the 24 five star hotels. The shortage of rooms here also means that the room tariffs are amongst the highest in the world. With hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit the country during the games, the tax holiday announced now is aimed to increase the room capacity in the region. Also, with focus now on economy hotels, the government has extended the tax holiday only to the budget hotels.

Undoubtedly, the industry is ecstatic about the move. Chairman of Ansal API Sushil Ansal says: “The Finance Ministers proposed tax holiday for two, three and four star hotels in the Delhi and adjoining areas, though focuses on Commonwealth games, will definitely help the sector grow,” he says, while adding that on an overall basis, the Budget has been neutral.

Parasvnath Developers, which is coming up with two hotels in Delhi, too is happy with the announcements. “This move would attract more developers here,” says a company official. The real estate major is coming up with a five star hotel in Dwarka and another hotel in East Delhi.

While the realtors in Delhi are happy, hoteliers in other parts of the country rue that these benefits have not percolated down. Manmohan Kohli, a Chandigarh-based hotelier, says that similar package should also have been extended to other places with huge tourism potential in the country.

( The Tribune)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Delhi govt. to set up medical college in Dwarka

The Health Deparment of Delhi Government has decided to open up three more medical colleges in the capital soon in addition to the eight that exists already.

Out of the three, one is an Ayurvedic college, under construction currently at Khera Dabar near Najafgarh, is expected to be ready by next year. The two other colleges will be set up in Dwarka and Rohini respectively.

( IndiaEduNews )

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

40 MGD water plant at Dwarka

Delhi will set up three more power stations to generate 2,800 mw of extra electricity during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. This expected to meet the growing requirement of the National Capital and also demands during the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Delhi’s total installed capacity was 932.40 mw on March 31, 2006 and its share in the central sector power station under northern region, including hydro, thermal and nuclear power, was 2,987.8 mw.

The state government also plans to rationalise water distribution with the construction of more underground reservoirs. Two water treatment plants will be constructed at Dwarka (40 mgd) and Okhla (20 mgd) for drinking water. Plans are also on to start construction of Renuka reservoir through Himachal Pradesh to ensure the availability of more water to the Capital.

The Planning Commission has raised the annual Plan size for Delhi in 2007-08 to Rs 9,000 crore from Rs 5,200 crore this fiscal, an increase of 73%. The Plan size was finalised at a meeting between Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday. Delhi needed to develop world-class infrastructure, Ahluwalia said. He also complimented the state government for significant improvement in the green cover. The total forest and tree cover has increased to 268 sq. km in 2007 from 151 sq. km in 2001.

( The Financial Express )

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Latest update on CGHS housing scam, Dwarka

You were informed about hearing on Rule 24(2) of which vires was challenged in the Rajib Mukhopadhyay case. It was first listed for final hearing on 20.2.2007 in Court No. 5 and then on 22.3.2007. It was further heard alongwith other connected matters on 8.3.2007. The hearing of the case is yet to complete and is now listed on 15.3.2007 on which date Yogiraj matter is also coming in Court No.3. The crux of the moment is that we are away from the goalpost and all of us have to put in joint effors to salvage ourselves.
As you know our relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar will be touching the 1ooth day on 10.3.2007 in support of our demand for early allotment of society flats. Unfortunately, the entire issue has been confused and misinterpreted by concerned authorities so much so that one of the agencies responsible for deciding the issue, the DDA has gone to the extent of statement in a compiled report already submitted to the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi by a Committee under the Chairmanship of Jt. Director, CBI that none of the societies is complete and they are at different stages of construction. The verifiable fact remains that around 50 societies are complete for occupation and in a number of cases, the DDA has already given them completion certificates. It has given a wave of disbelief against Government Agencies like the DDA, the action of which has generated dissention amongst the suffering members and they are now pressed to believe that some foul play has been designed behind the curtain. We simply want that the projection of issues by the authorities concerned before the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi/NCT Government of Delhi/Government of India should be based on truth supported by the interest of the public at large.

As a mark of peaceful protest against the aforesaid attitude and to make the Hon'ble UPA Chairperson, Smt Sonia aware of the fact, it has been decided to hold a peaceful march from Jantar Mantar to 10, Janpath as per the following programme:
Date and time of Assembly at Jantar Mantar 10.3.2007 at 3.00 p.m.
Meeting of members 3.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Starting of March to 10, Janpath 4.00 p.m.
You are requested to gather in large numbers alongwith your family members to ventilate your grievances before the Hon'ble UPA Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi whom we have already written for appointment.


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