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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Aasra write-up in The Khaleej Times Weekend Magazine


Finding middle ground
Karen Ann Monsy
Friday, December 07, 2012

Not everyone knows to deal with conflicts or crises very well. They happen all the time, some with higher stakes than others, but the rules for negotiating them remain pretty much the same
Not everyone knows to deal with conflicts or crises very well. They happen all the time, some with higher stakes than others, but the rules for negotiating them remain pretty much the same
When faced with a critical situation, the immediate human reaction can go either one of two ways: they may act quickly, calmly and effectively — or they may demonstrate what someone who’s ‘lost it’ looks like in person.
Crises come in many forms, the more serious ones ranging from hostage situations and life-threatening emergencies to boardroom battles and marital splits. While many would gladly opt to stay well away from conflict (in any of its forms, whether their own or others’), there are a few crisis negotiators who regularly take on the mantle of walking that fine middle line in the hopes of finding a favourable resolution to all. We speak to a few folks who have learned to battle the high stakes and still play it cool.

“Don’t be a hostage”
It’s true that extreme circumstances may sometimes be the best way to confront one’s true potential. American citizen George Kohlrieser certainly discovered his the first time he got taken hostage. The experience was traumatic but it paved the way for a career as a clinical psychologist that includes 35 years as a hostage negotiator. His story of how that came to be is far more personal than most and, as you may have guessed, a little extreme.
FORGING BONDS: George Kohlrieser warns we can be taken hostage without weapons, if not careful
He’d signed up to participate in a domestic violence protection programme right after grad school, and on one of the days when he was driving around with the police, they got a distress call from a local hospital, where a “psychotic man was holding a nurse hostage”. A quick assessment of the situation told the lieutenant in charge there was only one option: someone had to go in. “To my surprise, it was me he asked,” George narrates. “But I agreed and went in. The man wasn’t happy to see me and, within a few minutes, had cut the nurse’s throat (though not her jugular).”
He quickly took George hostage with a pair of scissors at his throat. But after an extended negotiation of about 20-30 minutes, George had managed to convince him to give up the nurse, the scissors — and himself. He puts it down to the emotional bond he managed to form with his captor: “At one point, I’d asked him how he wanted his children to remember him. With rage, he shouted: “Don’t talk about my kids. In fact, get them here; I’ll kill them too!” It wasn’t a rational answer but it was an answer to my question — the first one. In fact, he did love his kids. We later learnt the whole scene was a result of getting into a fight with his ex-wife after he broke a court order to see the kids.”
George got taken hostage three more times after this (these things happen) but it was the first incident that changed his life for good. Currently a professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at reputed business school IMD in Switzerland, the 67-year-old is not involved in direct hostage negotiation today but teaches many of the same negotiation techniques as applicable to everyday living. “The fact is you can be a hostage without weapons — to a boss, to ideas, to children, spouses, in-laws etc,” he states. “But the same techniques we use in hostage negotiation can be used in those situations where you’re psychologically held hostage, powerless or entrapped.”
He encourages building bridges but draws the line at being taken hostage. “Learn to say no without offending the other person. Learn to tolerate conflict and talk your way through the differences. A hostage negotiator’s best tool is not a gun — but his words and how they’re used. You must be master of your own fate.”

Corporate techniques
Crises are nothing new to Washington-based Christopher Voss, whose cool negotiation style caused some colleagues to dub it as “very Zen” during his seven-year tenure as lead kidnapping negotiator at the FBI. The former special agent spent a total of 24 years in the agency’s service and worked in excess of 150 kidnapping cases while there, but it was the botched rescue attempt of the 2001 Burnham-Sobero case (American missionaries and citizen who’d been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf group) that made him step back and change his entire outlook on things.
ACE NEGOTIATOR: Christopher Voss has adapted several techniques they used in hostage crises for the corporate world
“It was the first time I’d worked a case where people got killed, especially when we thought they were going to be released towards the end. It was probably the worst professional moment in my career and a pretty low point in my personal life too when I got called in the morning and got told that Martin Burnham had been killed. That’s when I wanted to understand the dynamics of what had happened. I vowed to myself I’d never let that happen again.”
Christopher ended up on the Harvard Law School negotiation course, where he rediscovered techniques they’d “already known but whose power they didn’t entirely realise”. He left the FBI in 2007 and eventually opened his own firm of negotiation experts called The Black Swan Group that has adapted crisis negotiation techniques for the business world. In other words, he posits that several techniques learned on the front lines of negotiation in international kidnapping crises can go a long way to making or breaking deals in the corporate world — if you know to use them.
For example, most people go into a negotiation looking to ‘win’. “That’s short term thinking,” he contends. “You can cut someone’s throat in a bargain and win every last dollar on the table but those people are never going to want to talk to you again. What’s more, your reputation precedes you so no one will make good deals with you. No one complains about doing business with Warren Buffet because those who do prosper. That’s the sort of negotiator you want to be.”
While there are many qualities to a good negotiator, Christopher, who is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business today, considers integrity paramount to success. “First off, most people that take hostages are generally really good liars anyway,” he says. Likewise, even in the corporate world, the consultant says some of the best businessmen he knows often ask their counterparts set-up questions to begin with so they know clearly later on when they’re being lied to. And that would just be a deal-breaker.

Help on the line
When Mumbai-based Johnson Thomas received a call a few months back from a compatriot in Milan threatening suicide by poison, the 37-year-old coolly allowed the distressed caller to vent his frustrations till eventually, he calmed down, listened as Johnson reasoned with him and, finally, ended the call after promising to get in touch if he felt unable to handle the pressure again. Random, you say? Not at all. That call was just one of over three lakh calls that Johnson’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline Aasra has received over the last 14 years. Well, 3,15,434 calls as of last week, to be unnervingly precise.

PATIENT LISTENER: Johnson Thomas helped found Aasra as a suicide prevention hotline in 1998
A freelance journalist and film critic by profession, Johnson founded the helpline in 1998 after one of his students from the orphanage he taught at after college in those days committed suicide. “I met a lot of kids who were disturbed, distressed and suicidal there,” he recalls. “But maybe if I’d paid a little more attention to that student, he might still be alive today.” The tragedy spurred him to contact international charity Befrienders Worldwide/Samaritans, and together with some like-minded individuals, Aasra was born.
The number of callers has jumped greatly since the service first began. But years on, he admits you still never know what you’re going to get with a caller today. They range from as young as 10-year-olds wanting to take their lives to 75-year-olds too weary to go on. No matter what their profile, each caller gets a patient, listening ear – the oldest, most effective disarming technique to date. “We’ve learned they don’t really want to end their lives… just somehow kill the pain they’re experiencing. So we provide complete emotional support and aim to lower their tensions to the point where we can get them to think of options other than suicide.”
It’s not a job for everyone, Johnson concedes. “You need to have the innate ability to empathise with these callers because if you can’t, you won’t be able to adapt to the repertoire [of distressed callers and their issues]. The idea is to stay calm and allow them to express themselves without judgement or criticism.” And that works across the board — whether you’re a parent, sibling or friend.

When love has lost…
The honeymoon period is over and the strains are starting to show. At times, it’s on decades of marital… togetherness that the curtains are set to close. It’s when the legal route is inevitable that family law solicitor Alexandra Tribe steps in to mediate the process.

MEDIATOR: When things go sour in a marriage, Alexandra Tribe steps in to ease the legal process
The 36-year-old Briton, who trained as a resolution accredited specialist before moving to Dubai in 2007 and establishing the Expatriate Law division at Al Rowaad Advocates, says her first advice to feuding couples is always to reconsider. “Since I’ve been in Dubai, I’ve probably divorced about 300 expats, about 20-30 per cent of which end up in court,” she notes. “The remaining are dealt with amicably through negotiations so that a court decision isn’t required.”
If the couple insist on calling it quits, the negotiations — so integral to keep things from turning ugly — begin. “It’s very common, when parties separate, for emotions to run high. They often don’t want to speak to each other so that’s where I get involved, negotiating so that the transition is smooth, especially if there are children involved.” The division of financial and marital assets are one thing, but Alexandra finds there’s often a lot of anxiety about what will happen with the kids. “If an agreement about the children is reached early on, other financial compromises tend to be easier to sort.”
Quarrels can get petty and trivial, with both parties using their solicitors to trade stingers. But that is a game Alexandra is not too keen to play. “I have to remind them to take a step back and focus on the important issues otherwise costs will unnecessarily escalate and there’ll be more hostility between the two,” she explains. “I often find the husband/wife want to use me as a voice for their anger, which is inappropriate since I’m there to resolve the problem...”
With so much hostility to deal with every day, it’s only inevitable for things to get to the professional at times as well. “Clients are understandably upset and emotional when they come to see me, and I always have a box of tissues on my desk. It’s quite hard but I see my job as resolving the problem so I try not to get too swept up in the happenings and focus on reaching a good outcome for them as soon as possible so they can move on with their lives.”

Facing the fire
A fire fighter by profession for the last 17 years, Fujairah-based Pieter Smit says he is “in negotiations” all the time. From trying to convince an old South African lady to leave the house that was burning down around her (“it was all she had left”) to coaxing trapped cats out of elevator shafts and poisonous snakes out of residences (“we negotiate with animals too”), the South African national has probably done it all.

TO THE RESCUE: Pieter Smit (left) with fellowfire fighters during a water rescue training session in Saudi Arabia
The 36-year-old first started as a volunteer at school before landing a permanent position at the local fire department then moving on to work with the UN mission in Congo and the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Currently the lead fire fighter at oil and gas company ADCO, Pieter says negotiation skills are critical in his line of work because “firemen usually find people at their worst — when their property has been destroyed or family members are in grave danger… Everything is chaos and nobody’s thinking straight.”
Some of the most trying situations, however, involve crowd control more than search-and-rescue, he feels. “People want you to help them but in some situations, it’s just too dangerous. Sometimes, a building may be in danger of collapse and you have to remove all the emergency workers from the area. The public doesn’t always understand why the fire fighters are, at that stage, standing back and doing nothing.” Though he and his team try to explain the situation calmly to those distraught, Pieter admits they often bear the brunt of a lot of fiery tempers too. “You have to be patient with them,” he reasons. “It comes with a fireman’s temperament. That’s why I always say: firemen are born, not made.”
Of all the negotiations he’s been part of, perhaps none were as interesting as when there were cultural mores to consider during those perilous operations as well. Take the 2009 Jeddah floods, he says. The country’s worst floods raged almost two metres high, destroying many homes and sweeping away thousands of vehicles. “There we were trying to get people out of houses but all the women had locked themselves up inside. Due to the local custom, they couldn’t speak to us either.” How did they manage? “Very carefully!” he laughs. “Thankfully, the security guards helped us explain... You still had to wait for them to put theiron — but times like these, you just go with the flow!”
Everyone deals with some form of crisis everyday. The point is, whether in the bedroom, the boardroom or the courtroom, neither aggression nor non-resistance will help. It’s all about finding middle ground.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Aasra in the BBC

Shantanu Negi's Facebook suicide prompts shock in India

Facebook logo Shantanu Negi's friends initially believed his Facebook post to be a joke
An Indian student has killed himself after posting a Facebook suicide note.
"Bye everyone... I will miss you... I quit," wrote Shantanu Negi, 16. Police think he was worried about an exam.
His friends initially believed it to be a joke, with many "liking" his last post and others commenting on it before they found out what happened.
Counsellors working with the social media site to improve reporting and support say many such cases in India are referred but few result in death.
Shantanu's death occurred at home in the northern town of Dehradun on Monday evening.
Within hours, as the news of the suicide spread, his shocked friends started writing condolence messages.
"Shantanu killed himself because he was worried that he won't do well in his mathematics examination," police officer Dinesh Singh Bhandari told the BBC.
A student of class 11 in the prestigious Asian School, Shantanu was a good student who had scored 90% marks in his class 10 examinations.
"Recently, he seemed to have lost interest in studies. We had talked to him about it, but there was no pressure on him," his father Pushkar Negi said.
From his Facebook profile, Shantanu appeared to be like any other happy and carefree teenager and his school said there had never been any complaints about him.
Helpline Last year, Facebook launched a system to allow users in India and elsewhere to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide.
In India, the social networking site added the Mumbai-based Aasra suicide prevention helpline - part of the Befrienders Worldwide/Samaritans network - as part of its suicide risk alert system.
Johnson Thomas of Aasra told the BBC that in the past year they had intervened in more than 300 cases forwarded to them by Facebook.
Once a case has been flagged by worried friends, trained counsellors from the helpline email users offering to help them.
"We tell them we are worried and concerned about them. We cannot invade their privacy, but we request them to call us," Mr Thomas said.
"Very often they do and we talk them out of it. Some just stop posting such messages because they realise they have friends who care for them."
Mr Thomas says Shantanu "needed reassurance that not performing well in one exam is not a reason to kill himself. We all need people around us to support us."

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Invitation for World Mental Health Awareness Program titled Mental Illness, Depression, Suicide-In Search of healthy ways to cope , on 30th Oct 2012, 3.00 to 5.30pm at Vashi

A personal invitation to all our well-wishers, supporters, friends As part of the series of programs commemorating Mental Health Awareness Week, come and join us for a panel discussion cum Public Interaction. Topic: Mental Illness, Depression, Suicide-In search of Healthy ways to Cope this Saturday 20th October from 3 pm to 5.30 pm.
AASRA works in the area of mental health, providing emotional support, unbiased caring through a helpline service and walk-in centre. AASRA mandates crisis intervention as it's primary focus and through our assorted services (workshops, outreach, awareness drives, care-giving visits to hospices etc) designed to alleviate emotional pain and in the process make concerted efforts in preventing suicides, we hope to bring about a change in society As part of our concerted efforts to de-stigmatize Suicide and our ongoing activities for commemorating WHO designated ‘World Suicide Prevention Day/Month’ we plan to organize a public program titled ‘Talking about Suicide- Finding healthy ways to alleviate the pain’ wherein we will invite Mental health professionals, academicians, students and lay public to an involved and interactive discussion that we hope will change the way people view suicide.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”

“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”

“Human rights education can make a real difference in people’s lives - whether a woman in Turkey, a police officer in Australia or a child in India, as we see in this film,” says UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay in her introduction to a 28-minute movie entitled “A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”.
The movie presents three case studies illustrating the impact of human rights education among school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey.
From Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, Maria Soosai Selvaraj, National Programme Coordinator for the Institute of Human Rights Education says that “each child can make a change through practising human rights values.” In addition to learning about the Indian Constitution, the children develop an understanding of the rights of the child, and the principles of non-discrimination and equality, and how these apply to their daily lives. In Victoria state, Australia, a human rights project monitors all aspects of policing and educates Victoria Police employees on human rights. “Human rights training forms part of our foundation training programme now,” explains Charlie Allen, an inspector. “Recruits marching into the academy or going into the academy for their training phase do initial education in human rights.”
In Turkey, the human rights education programme for women consists of weekly workshops. Women learn about their human rights and the laws that protect these rights. Mujcan Guneri, a human rights trainer, says that “the women they reached through this training programme, who have come to realize their value as individuals, have all taken steps forward. They begin to see the next step. They engage more with people and take better advantage of the opportunities offered by the State.” “Some go back to school. Some return to work life,” she adds.
“The full realization of human rights requires all human beings to be aware of their and other people’s rights and of the means to ensure their protection,” says Pillay. “This is the task of human rights education, which builds knowledge, skills and attitudes prompting behaviour that upholds human rights. It is a process of empowerment which helps identify human rights problems and seek solutions in line with human rights principles. It is based on the understanding of our own responsibility to make human rights a reality in our community and society at large. It has a fundamental role in preventing violations, combating discrimination as well as fostering equality and equal opportunities for all.”
United Nations human rights education initiatives, such as the on-going World Programme for Human Rights Education, encourage governments and civil society to develop effective human rights education programmes. The UN Human Rights Office provides global coordination of the World Programme.
In 2011, all the countries belonging to the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to promoting and ensuring human rights education by adopting the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.
The movie has been jointly produced by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and two non-governmental organizations, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and Soka Gakkai International (SGI). The film, which was launched at a side event to the UN Human Rights Council on 19 September 2012, is available in English and is subtitled in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Aasra's 14th Anniversary of helping people in despair

Today is AASRA's 14th Anniversary .Thank-you everyone for putting your trust in us, for supporting us through thick and thin and for extending your love and kindness in good times and bad. We hope to continue with our work of 'Helping people in Despair' with honesty, grit and determination so that more and more people choose LIFE as their only option! Thank you Callers, Volunteers, Well wishers, For your unstinting support and kindness!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

10th Seprember is World Suicide Prevention Day

Share their Pain, Care about their distress, Understand theur sorrow and you may well save a life!

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ecofriendly Ganesh Idol making workshop at Vashi


Eco Friendly Ganesh Workshop

Learn how to make Ganesh idol using Clay/Paper pulp/Origami

Date: Monday, 17th September, 2012
Timing: 2.00 to 5.00 p.m.
Venue: IWSA’s “ICICI Multipurpose Hall, Plot No. 20. Sector 10A, Opp. Balaji Temple, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Fees for the workshop: Rs.100/- including material
For further details contact IWSA
Tel no.27661806/9820469667 / 9820428693
Resource persons: IWSA Members , Ms. Sunanda Nevase(Vidya Margam), Gargi Lagu (Origami expert), Vaishali Patil ( Paper mache expert)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Provisions in The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
Maintenance of Parents and Senior Citizens

* A senior citizen including parent who is unable to maintain himself from his own earning or property owned by him, shall be entitled to make an application under section 5 in case of - parent or grand-parent, against one or more of his children not being a minor - a childless senior citizen, against such of his relative referred to in clause (g) of section 2 2. The obligation of the children or relative, as the case may be, to maintain a senior citizen extends to the needs of such citizen so that senior citizen may lead a normal life. 3. The obligation of the children to maintain his or her parent extends to the needs of such parent either father or mother or both, as the case may be, so that such parent may lead a normal life. 4. Any person being a relative of a senior citizen and having sufficient means shall maintain such senior citizen provided he is in possession of the property of such senior citizen or he would inherit the property of such senior citizen: Provided that where more than one relatives are entitled to inherit the property of a senior citizen, the maintenance shall be payable by such relative in the proportion in which they would inherit his property. For more information please visit:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vocational Training at Santacruz:Beautician Course

Vocational Training at Santacruz:Beautician Course Posted by: "Farheen Peshimam" Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:11 am (PDT)

Dharma Bharati Mission is an NGO working to lend a helping hand to the underpriveleged in mumbai .We work with the children studying in the schools of Govandi ,Malad,Santacruz and South Mumbai and we provide meals in some of these the schools .We run a project called Chalo English Sikhayein from class 5 onwards to help familiarise them with t language and grammer . We provide library facilities and computer learning at our centres at Santacruz and Govandi .Our attempt for youth and Women empowerment is Kaya Kalp- our Vocational Training Centres at Santacruz and Govandi where. Certified courses are run. In computers and Beauty theraphy.Our Beautician course is for 4hours thrice a week for a diration of 2 months beginning20th June in collaboration with Kapils Academy To enroll contact at 9819108191 Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fellowship Opportunities with NGO Operation ASHA

Fellowship Opportunities with NGO Operation ASHA Posted by: "allthesethingsthatihavedone" Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:57 am (PDT)

Operation ASHA's mission is to eliminate tuberculosis among disadvantaged communities. We do this by providing treatment, counseling, education, and supportive services to tuberculosis patients in the communities where we work. We also implement awareness and preventive measures to prevent tuberculosis in these communities. In addition, we seek to build capacity among governments, public health organizations and other NGOs to adopt and implement our best practices. Operation ASHA began with one TB treatment center in September 2006 and enrolled 26 new patients within 3 months. Today, OpASHA provides tuberculosis treatment and education services in 2,053 slums and villages in six Indian states and two provinces in Cambodia. It is the exclusive provider of TB treatment to nearly five million Indian citizens. With a successful model in place, Operation ASHA continues to grow and expand beyond India's borders to Southeast Asia and Africa, where millions more suffer from tuberculosis. WE have two opportunities that pay a small living stiped fro candidates from the US/India - Communications and Marketing Fellow: And Development Fellow:

Friday, June 8, 2012

National Safety Council About Us National Safety Council (NSC) was set up by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India (GOI) on 4th March, 1966 to generate, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. It is an apex nonprofit making, tripartite body, registered under the Societies To fulfill its objective NSC carries out various activities. These include organising and conducting specialised training courses, conferences, seminars & workshops; conducting consultancy studies such as safety audits, hazard evaluation & risk assessment; designing and developing HSE promotional materials & publications; facilitating organisations in celebrating various campaigns e.g. Safety Day, Fire Service Week, World Environment Day. A computerised Management Information Service has been setup for collection, retrieval and dissemination of information on HSE aspects. Campaigns: Road Safety Week The Road Safety Week observance is being initiated by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. With a view to supplement the efforts of the Ministry, the Council from the year 2011 has started producing promotional materials like cloth banners, safety posters, pocket guides, safety films, etc to help its Members / Patrons to observe Road Safety Week (1 - 7 January every year) effectively. NATIONAL SAFETY DAY/WEEK The National Safety Day/Safety Week Campaign being spearheaded by the Council for nearly three decades to mark its Foundation Day (4th March) has significantly contributed to reduction in the rate of industrial accidents and created wide spread safety awareness even in such sectors which have not been covered by any safety legislation. The campaign is comprehensive, general and flexible with an appeal to the participating organisations to develop specific activities as per their safety requirements. World Environment Day The World Environment Day (WED) established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 is a people's event. It inspires action by governments, industries, community groups and individuals to improve the environment. It provides unique opportunity to raise awareness on environment and mobilise action by all stakeholders. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has invited people world over to celebrate the WED on 5th June 2012 with enthusiasm. UNEP has declared the theme for WED 2012 as "Green Economy: Does it include you?"

Mulund college designs perfumery course for the visually challenged

Mulund college designs perfumery course for the visually challenged
Fri Jun 8, 2012 12:14 am (PDT)
Visually challenged smell jobs....Deepa Sarna Gawli Mulund college designs perfumery course for them

In a welcome initiative that aims to improve the lives of the visually challenged by giving them employment opportunities, VG Vaze College in Mulund has started a four-month perfumery course exclusively for them. The first-of-its-kind course is held free of cost between 9.30am and 11.30am every Friday and Saturday. CPL Aromas Private Limited, a fragrance house, will hire the visually-challenged students doing the course, as evaluators. Vaze College began a post-graduate diploma in perfumery and cosmetics management seven years ago. "Looking at the response we got for that course and the employment opportunities in the market, we decided to start a similar short-term course for the visually challenged that would help them get better jobs," said Dr BB Sharma, principal, Vaze College. Ten visually challenged students aged between 25 and 40 enrolled for the course and seven are still pursuing it. All of them are the sole breadwinners of their families. While some sell kitchen products in trains, others run PCO booths. "I am the only earning member in my family. When the Blind Persons' Association (BPA) informed me about the course, I decided to enrol for it thinking that I could get a good job," said Ambernath resident Bhikaji Sitaram Kolhapure, 40, who sells cutlery in trains. He appeared for his HSC exam (arts stream) after 15 years and secured 55%. "The course is good and it will be very useful to us. We never thought that fragrance would have so much depth and technicalities. The faculty is good and supportive," said Rahul Vijay Shirshat, 35, who travels from Chunabhatti in Sion to Mulund. Born as a premature baby, Shirshat too has cleared his HSC in arts and computer programming. Allahudiin Sheikh, 42, who runs a PCO, is happy that he is learning something new. "The course is unique and job-oriented. As our senses are our strengths, we are able to identify, remember and evaluate the fragrance," said Sheikh, who stays with his wife and daughter at Vangani near Badlapur. The only woman student in the batch, Mandal Raju Pawar, 25, is a housewife. "Once I complete the course and get a job, I can help my husband who sells kitchen products in trains," she said. Unlike the other students, Shankar Pandurang Jaybhaye, 25, is partially impaired and comes from Ahmednagar. "We should have studied this much before. There is a lot to learn and it is not very difficult for students like us," he said. Renuka Thergaonkar, head of department of cosmetic and fragrance, said designing the course was a task. "When we decided to introduce the course for the visually challenged, we had to do a lot of research about making these students identify various fragrances and evaluate them. The result has been positive," she said. "The best part is that unlike us, the students cannot be biased towards a product. We see the attractive packaging first and then the other aspects. But their evaluation is free from any bias," said Thergaonkar who has two full-time staffers on board. The students are given fragrances of the raw material to the finished product to identify and evaluate its components. So far, they have smelt over 150 fragrances and remember all of them. The college also prepares notes for the students in Braille with the help of BPA. Vaze College has four air-conditioned state-of-the-art laboratories - perfumery lab, decorative cosmetics lab, personal care lab and instrumentation lab. All the laboratories are fully equipped with the necessary fittings, material and instruments. The college hopes to get more students in the next batch. URL:

jobs avbl for assembling for handicapped, underprivileged and illiterate women/men

jobs avbl for assembling
Thu Jun 7, 2012 9:37 am (PDT) Our company is Opal Electronic Devices based in Andheri (West), Mumbai. We manufacture electronic devices and need workers to assemble our systems. The work is non strenuous , there is no lifting it is basically sitting and assembling components. We are looking to employ handicapped, underprivileged and illiterate women/men for our company, as this would benefit us and more importantly benefit our employees. As of now we are looking at employing 2-4 persons. We would like to hear from you soon.

Our contact is 9892391229/9892009048 as well as 26743228. Thanks and Regards Rohan Gracias
-- OPAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES Manufacturers, Developers and Suppliers of Very High Quality Electronic Devices

Grant for building rural toilets to increase from Rs.3,400 to Rs.10,000

Grant for building rural toilets to increase from Rs.3,400 to Rs.10,000
Fri Jun 8, 2012 1:20 am (PDT)
UPA's battle of loo Cabinet approves raising grant for rural households to build toilets
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved raising the grant for rural households to build toilets from Rs3,400 to Rs10,000. The cabinet was also told that the Planning Commission has set aside Rs36,000 crore exclusively for sanitation during 12th Plan. It had allocated just Rs7,800 crore in the 11th Plan. Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said prime minister Manmohan Singh had particularly directed him to build toilets in areas suffering from malnutrition. When questioned about feeding such areas first, the minister said it was the duty of the women and child welfare ministry. According to the new scheme, a family has to contribute Rs900 towards construction of the toilets, while the Centre will contribute Rs3,200, the state government Rs1400 and the remaining Rs4500 for construction will come from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The scheme is also universal as the money will flow to both BPL (below poverty line) and APL (above poverty line) families. The cabinet also agreed to the prime minister's suggestion more attention should be paid to "concurrent evaluation" of the social programmes in rural areas, to plug loopholes and corruption, instead of assessing them only upon completion. Ramesh will formulate a proposal for creation of an independent concurrent evaluation office for the purpose. Ramesh said he also succeeded in securing approval of the cabinet for solid and liquid waste management in villages, so far allowed only in cities and towns. Depending on the size of the village, the Panchayat will get a grant between Rs7 lakhs and Rs20 lakhs. The cabinet also made toilet construction mandatory for availing funds for Indira Aawas Yojana (IAY). The minister said the IAY grant will also be raised from existing Rs45,000 to Rs75,000 by July end. Ramesh also informed that Sikkim has become the first open defecation-free state and this year Kerala and Himachal Pradesh will also follow suit, while Haryana has resolved to achieve the target in the next two years, Punjab in next five years, and the rest of the states in 10 years time. URL:

Going green makes business sense

Going green makes business sense
Fri Jun 8, 2012 1:47 am (PDT) Going green makes business sense....Hemant Joshi The telecom industry has a huge potential to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gases. Although the telecom tower market is highly fragmented, the major six firms have around 90% of the total market After the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, India agreed to cut carbon emissions intensity by 20-25% below the 2005 level by 2020. In India, around 20 million tonnes annually (mta) of CO2 emissions are from the telecom industry. In line with the challenges of global warming, India has begun to take small but decisive steps to address the problem as greenhouse gases are increasing the carbon footprint. The telecom industry has a huge potential to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gases. Although the telecom tower market is highly fragmented, the major six firms have around 90% of the total market. India has around 400,000 telecom towers spread across rural and urban areas. Of the total wireless subscriber base (919.17 million as on March 2012), 35% comes from rural areas, where 70% of the population lives. Building energy efficient infrastructure across a vast country such as India involves huge investments. By 2016, Pike Research forecasts sustainable telecom network infrastructure investments will be over 61% of global telecom capital expenditure, representing a $194 billion (Rs. 10 trillion) market. Also, the towers in rural areas are still run with ageing diesel generators. The telecom sector, the second highest consumer of diesel after the railways, spends Rs. 12,600 crore annually on diesel. Officials monitoring towers estimate around 15-20% of total diesel consumption is pilfered. Rising running costs, widespread diesel pilferage and taxes are taking a toll on the cash flows of debt-laden telecom tower companies. For tower operators, going green is not only a viable business proposition but also a necessity. Applying Pareto's principle, 80% of the greenhouse effect can be reduced by ensuring efficient working of 20% of all greenhouse gas sources. According to analysts, the telecom tower industry can claim around 80 million carbon credits (1 carbon credit = 1 tonne of CO2) if it moves to complete green methods of power usage. Infrastructure sharing is the first step towards cost reduction, resulting in better returns by achieving economies of scale from the telecom tower business. It is becoming imperative for the telecom industry to explore alternative sources of fuel to run base stations, such as solar power, wind power, biodiesel and biogas. Companies such as Urban Green Energy Inc. are manufacturing more versatile wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar systems for use in applications ranging from suburban to off-grid telecoms towers in rural areas. Regulatory perspective The draft Companies Bill insists that companies voluntarily disclose contributions to improving ecology and promoting sustainable business. The Bill shows significant interest in wind power generation as well, aided by fiscal incentives, including tax breaks for 10 years and depreciation benefits of 80% on investment in the first year of a project's operation, besides earning carbon credits. Such provisions could be a boon for companies that voluntarily formulate environment-friendly operations and hence could gain customer loyalty in the long term. However, the crux of the problem is not in the laws, but in compliance. In India, 70% of the pollution is generated by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). These businesses should be encouraged through green financing by banks, education on the benefits of clean technologies, and improvement of their skill set to deploy these technologies and systems for upgrading and modernizing facilities.
Service providers Service providers are validating the strategic implications of green technologies and networks-in terms of cost, alternative business models and corporate social responsibility. For example, Vodafone has an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from the 2006-07 level of 1.23 mta to 0.615 mta by 2020. Vodafone has unveiled a solar-powered mobile handset in India to better serve the nation's energy-starved rural population. Idea Cellular Ltd is installing, at 200 sites in rural Bihar, solar hybrid sets that will reduce the fuel consumption of power generators from running for 15-16 hours to less than 5 hours a day. Bharti Airtel Ltd's GreenTowers P7 initiative is a comprehensive energy efficiency and alternative energy programme that will reduce diesel consumption by 66 million litres and CO2 by 0.15 mta. Close to 60% of Bharti's telecom sites in Africa are now powered by hybrid battery banks resulting in major reductions in emissions and operating costs for the company. Operators are building flexible networks to embrace new technologies (LTE, or long-term evolution, NFC, or near field communication, M2M, or machine-to-machine communication) and retiring legacy technologies that become obsolete with time. With increased focus on adopting green information technology, the recycling of electronic and computer waste is becoming increasingly accepted as the best practice as it presents significant value for customers, ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, and benefits the environment. With the increasing demand for data services, both enterprises and service providers are building energy efficient data centres through improved system architecture and design. According to a report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, savings achieved from video-conferencing and tele-commuting with moderate ICT, or information and communications technology, penetration in 2030 can offset greenhouse gas emissions more than 70 times what they are now. Just think, what if half the people don't go out to work but work from home and half the vehicles go off the road. Here again, with the road congestion, high cost of fuel and cars, and health implications of long travel, going green makes a great proposition. Focusing on, and, adopting green technology has become a necessity due to high energy costs and access issues in rural areas. Serving the underserved is an emerging business model to tap the value at the bottom of the pyramid. Doing good is also about contributing to the larger issues of serving the underprivileged, reduction of the carbon footprint and making money out of it.
Hemant Joshi is partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. URL:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Seven simple steps to make your house greener From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 23, Dated 09 June 2012 CURRENT AFFAIRS HOUSING
Keen on Green? Seven simple steps to make your house greener
By Tehelka Bureau
1 SKY TUBES Highly reflective tubes carry sunlight from external receptors to any part of the house. Receptors are designed to cut UV and IR rays and boast of minimal heat emission.
2 SKY LIGHTS Placed above 'view windows', polycarbonate sheets with embedded metal strips cut heat and deflect the direct rays of the sun towards the ceiling, providing diffused light.
3 SINK-COMMODE 90% of the water that ends in the drain is 'fresh' water. A sink-commode reuses water from the basin in the flush.
4 WIRE MESH By mixing air into the water, the thin wire mesh placed at the mouth of a faucet reduces water flow by 30% and creates a frothy stream, giving the illusion of more water.
5 BUILD LOCAL Materials not only have a financial cost but a carbon footprint (emissions behind its transport) as well. Excavated soil from a basement can be converted into stabilised earth blocks to build your house or you can use hollow interlocking blocks made from 50% papier-mâché and a cement mix. They work out cheaper and are good insulators, cutting long-term costs.
6 SOLAR INVERTERS For every watt absorbed by a conventional inverter, it only returns half - that's 50% electricity lost. Instead, replace your inverter with a small solar power system and save money and electricity.
7 CHIKS & SHADES Old school chiks and shades placed outside windows not only cut heat but provide diffused light.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Job Avbl.: Project Manager for Safe Motherhood Initiative

Job Avbl.: Project Manager for Safe Motherhood Initiative Posted by: "Amit Sengupta" Fri May 25, 2012 1:48 am (PDT)
Designation: Project Manager ( lady) - Project name: Safe Motherhood Initiative - a technologically driven project ( funded by one of the most respected Trust of India) Initial appointment for 2 years subjected to conditions. Education: MHA or MBA or masters in public health.MSW with MHA or MBA can also be considered. Candidate with Medical Background will be preferred. Preferable: At least 2yrs Exp of working in women's health related projects in rural or tribal area, Suitable qualified Women candidate belonging to tribal area of Chhattisgarh meeting all the above criteria will be given preference; Proficient in MS Office applications, Language - Good in Hindi/English Salary : Rs. 25000/- pm with fringe benefits on probation for 1yr Location: Jagdalpur town-rapidly developing important township, Bastar Contact: Project Director Job Description:. Recommend & Initiate the necessary measures of starting the project. Recruit the field staff. Set & Monitor field work & field centres in villages on day to day basis and develop strong network, develop team spirit with local staff, Ensure smooth functioning of office & Admin activities including travel. Administering Finance & daily procurement. Report and brief Project Director on day to day basis. Coordinate between field staff, hospital and technology centre; research fellows, scientist and consultants. Identifying the Training needs & assist in devicing & Implement Training modules in RCH.. Aid in technical & research work wherever needed, Other work as assigned from time to time depending upon the need Short listed candidate will have to undergo interview either personal or telephonic/ video conference ---------------------------------------------------------- -- Dr. Amit Sengupta, MBBS, Md, PhD, MROGS (Rom.) Head (Projects), Health & outreach,VTH-RKSS, Chattishgarh. Tel: +91-9820329861; +91-9969011800. B

Snap Fitness in Association with The Students Magazine and Park Field Resotel, Presents, Go Cycling, Go Green'

Snap Fitness in Association with The Students Magazine and Park Field Resotel, Presents, Go Cycling, Go Green' Pedal from the Pride Hotel, Richmond Road to Park Field Resotel Hoskote with RJ Anjaan. A Vasundhara Association Initiative. It is said that the grass always seems greener on the 'other side'. On 2nd June 2012, we are going to try and change that. We are going to take steps to make 'our side' much more greener, fuller, richer and happier! This World Environment Day, we tell you how to go green with joy and not with envy... Hop on for a 33 Km eco-friendly cycling joy ride as you peddle your way from Hotel Pride, Richmond Road, to nestle in the lap of nature at Park Field nature resort, Hoskote. To lead you on we have none other than RJ Anjaan who will keep you pepped up as you breeze through the Bangalore's national highways! In between the 33 km cycling, we have two re-energizing zones distanced at 10 km each, they’ll make sure you snack-in some healthy bites and re-vitalize yourself with energy drinks for the journey ahead. Our final destination- Park Field nature resort would welcome you into the nature's lap with its 33 acres of landscaped gardens, eclectic Mediterranean architecture, bamboo groves and everything green, serene and sublime! Just an ideal retreat you would want to treat yourself to! After the toil, as you uncoil at its exquisite swimming pool, your friend by the pool side, DJ Supreeth will ensure a heady mix of dance and peppy numbers that will make you want to groove! And trust us; we have no plans of stopping you from that... The buffet and lunch awaits you as you come out from your shower, so gorge into a scrumptious meal as you break ice with your fellow cyclists! Environmentalist will talk to you about Global warming and its effects and we hope to turn it out into a meaningful discussion with your valuable participation and Comedian will have you in splits with uncanny knack to tickle your rib. It's not all talk-talk alone, we have planned a plantation drive where each cyclist will have a sapling planted. This is our little tribute towards the nature's splendour. Park Field resort's gardeners will take care of your little one until you come back next and watch its growth. With the love of nature in our hearts, with little more consciousness towards environment, we would then bid adieu to our hosts and head back to the city. RJ Anjaan will be your friend in arms, as you sail back... With memories, laughter and a meaningful green day! Come, join us as we really want you to 'Go green' with joy! Cycle on... Here's the day plan: 6:30- Gather at Hotel Pride, Richmond Town 6:30- 7:00 Breakfast 7:00-7:30: Fitness tips and instruction 7:30-10:30: Cycle towards Park Field Nature resort 10:30-12:00 PM:MC Abbas and DJ Supreeth will help you enjoy your music, dance, Games, and Swimming. 1:30-3:00: Lunch 2:00-3:00: Environmentalist talk, Musicians, Comedy show. 3:00- 4:00: Sapling plantation drive 4:00-6:30: Cycle back to Bangalore Though we hate to give instructions, but these will only do you good.. 1. Register yourself at 2. Registration fee: Rs. 500/cyclist (Includes, Breakfast @ Hotel Pride, Safe Ride, Tee-shirt, Snacks and Beverages on the Journey at the Re-energizing Zone, Lunch @ Parkfield Resort, Usage of all the Amenities of the Resort, Music, Comedians, DJ Supreeth, RJ Anjaan, Emcee Abbas and Sapling to plant and Much More Live) 3. We would encourage you to get your own cycles and helmets. You may also hire them at Hotel Pride at Rs. 350 and an original identity proof. 4. Your registration ticket will have a to and fro map of the journey overleaf and important numbers of the doctors and physiotherapists, so God forbid! At time of any emergency, these are the numbers you must reach to. 5. Please carry your own swimwear and may be an extra pair of clothes, if you think you would need them. 6. Pilot Vehicle and Lead Cyclists with Flags and instructions at strategic locations will guide you the way. 7. Please make sure you and your fellow cyclists have fun together, as we are all there with a collective mission to 'go green'. Contact Ahmed – for all Enquiries and Registrations.

Courses available for 10th and 12th pass students

Admission opportunities for students who have passed 10th/12th Posted by: "MANOVIKAS" manovikasy2k Wed May 30, 2012 1:12 am (PDT) There many other admission opportunities available for the students who have just passed 10th or 12th class.. The courses have vertical mobility system and within three years the students can pass BA, BSW, BTS, BCom along with 2 yrs of Associate Degree in -- - Corporate Social Responsibility Management --- 100% Job Opportunity - Social Entrepreneurship Management - Guidance and Counselling - -- All schools are Open for Placements - ASD/SpLD (Autism or Specific Learning Difficulties) 1st Time in India The Manovikas IGNOU Community College has Job oriented higher education and vocation oriented courses for persons with developmental disabilities (Students having Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disability and school dropout) age above 17yrs. The Scholarships from The National Trust is available for the following 6 months certificate courses in - 1. Hospitality Management 2. Retail Management 3. Basis Business 4. Office Attendant 5. Peer Sexuality Tutor 6. Personal management Contact on 011-2237 7771, 65422367 9911107772 visit

7. Abl.: Short-term (eve) courses in Social Work Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" Wed May 30, 2012 1:37 am (PDT) From: Virochan Raote Dear sir/ Madam, Kindly go through the attchment for the details of the part time (Evening Courses ) courses in Social Work. with regards, Virochan Raote Administrator and Coordinator Short term Courses ---------------------------------------------------------- N.A.A.C. Re-Accredited GRADED A+College of Social Work (Nirmala Niketan Institute) Affiliated to the University of Mumbai Short term Courses ( 2012 - 2013) Name of the Course Duration Qualification required Timings Fees Certificate Course in Advance Social Research Methodology Six Months, Four days in a week Post graduate in any faculty with at least 55%. And 2 years of field practice. 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 pm. Rs.11,000/- Diploma in Social Work One year, four days a week XII Std. Pass or equivalent 5.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. Rs.8,550 + University Exam fees PG Diploma in Therapeutic Intervention Skills for Psychosocial Disorders (Counseling) 1 Year, Two hours, four days a week Graduation degree in Social Work or Education or Psychology or nursing or any other faculty. 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Rs. 13,900 + University Exam fees Civil Services Training ( UPSC and MPSC ) 6 Months Graduation or appeared in final year degree course. ( Only for Minority and Students belonging to reserved category) 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Free Training ( Oct. 2012 to March 2013) Last date to apply for all the courses: 30th June 2012 Courses will be commencing from: July 2nd week 2012 Venue of the courses: College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, 38, New Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400020 ( Close to Churchgate Stn.) Scholarship is available for Diploma in Social Work only for few needy students. Contact Person: Virochan Raote / John Fernandes / Neeloferr Lokhandwala Off : 22002615 / 22067345 / 9323289342 ( 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ) Back to top Reply to sender | Reply to group | Reply via web post Messages in this topic (1) 8. Re: Articles by Jan Aushadhi or others calling NGOs to set up Generi Posted by: "G.C. Mathur" gcmbinty Wed May 30, 2012 2:01 am (PDT) Dr (Mrs)Jayashree Gupta, President, Consumers India & Chairperson, Human Rights Group, SUM, An NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations, Former Additional Secretary to Government of India & Chairperson & Managing Director Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited, A Govt. of India enterprise E 7/16, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057 Dear Dr. Jayshree, Below is a message that appeared in the Karmayog Digest Nr 5999 dated 30.12.2012. I think you are better placed to provide more knowledge and information on Generic Medicines. Please enrich the debate with your views and oblige. Thanks, G C Mathur Convenor-Trustee Treasurer, Binty ( A Voluntary Consumer Organisation) Regd. Office: H No 9-B/9, 1st Floor Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj Post Office, New Delhi: 110070 Tel: +91 11 26136232, 26132420 Email: Karmayog Digest Nr. 5999 dated 30.05.2012: 5. Articles by Jan Aushadhi or others calling NGOs to set up Generic me Posted by: "mohan siroya" Tue May 29, 2012 9:02 am (PDT) The discussion or the info made available on the above subject is quite interesting and timely, no doubt. Thanks the sudden upsurge in the "Awakening level" of our literate friends after Amir han's 'Satymev Jayate' on the subject of quality 'Health care for the masses" . 1.I mention that the concept of taking 'Generic Medicine' is not new , and I have been practicing it for some time for my needs as advised by my Doctor son in law. But the difficulty comes in procurement of the same, especially in the city of Mumbai . Hardly , there is any public demand due to doctor's not prescribing the same( Obvious reasons ,we all know).Thus even chemists are unaware about such drugs or even if made aware, do not keep these because: i) As we know such 'Generic Drugs' cost a peanut compared to the BRANDED counterpart , thus depriving them the amount of commission they get. ii) Secondly no demand/sale is being created , thanks to the 'Un-Holy' nexus between Drug Manufacturers ,Doctors and Chemists. 2. Such generic medicine shops ,although are in a few cities, none to my knowledge is available in MUMBAI. Why ? Obviously, the sky rocketting real estate cost to own/rent a shop with a Pharmacist salary to boot, is not an economically viable proposition at least in present times. Yes, the sliver lining can be achieved in future, if the present type of 'Awakening' spreads to the masses and they ask the doctors to only prescribe the 'Generic Medicine' in order to create a demand .Then in TIME TO COME, it can be achieved. To day, even if such shops get located in this vast city, will it be viable or practical for a senior citizen to commute ,spend on transportation and purchase the medicine from a far flug area from his/her residence ? The aim is laudable ,but how to achieve it ? Some suggest, let the Government give Aid. Is it possible in the present scenario in our State of Maharashtra, in view of hte Govt.'s crass negligence to common man ? If NGO's are going to set up, where are those 'Angelic' NGOs in each area with adequate resources to take care of ? And that will also require that 'FIRST A LIST OF ALL COMMONLY NEEDED DRUGS of "Generic visavis Brand" BE PREPARED , NOTIFIED AND PRESCRIBED BY THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN. Let us , therefore, harp on 'First things First' . Mohan Siroya Back to top Reply to sender | Reply to group | Reply via web post Messages in this topic (1) 9. Needed: Contacts of those harassed by HDFC Bank Credit Card Posted by: "" Wed May 30, 2012 2:14 am (PDT) From: nayana savala Subject: HDFC - harrassment department for customer Dear All, Anybody affected by HDFC - credit collection department. cheque deposited in drop box and lost by bank and bank penalising customer with heavy interest and penalty and harrassment by credit collecting agency of HDFC bank, imposing hold on fund till recovery dues are collected by bank .Nightmare experience by the customer for no fault of his /her. please share experience with me as i intend to take this matter in consumer court. please send email with complete details . Regards Nayana Savala 9869043453 Back to top Reply to sender | Reply to group | Reply via web post Messages in this topic (1) 10. Suggestion for Project on Rainwater Harvesting at Railways Platforms Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" Wed May 30, 2012 2:42 am (PDT) Subject: Suggestion for Project on Rainwater Harvesting at Railways Platforms........ Suprabha Maratheji Rainwater Harvesting Dept Municipal Corp of Greater Mumbai MUMBAI 400 001 14th May 2012 Respected Madam With reference to above, I would like to strongly suggest MCGM to take up the issue of developing the concept of Rainwater Harvesting in MUMBAI on a large scale. If only one project is taken up, at say important railway station, say BORIVALI or say ANDHERI, it will make a huge impact on all the Co operative Housing Societies in that areas, as ALMOST ALL THE OFFICE BEARERS of almost each Society pass through these railway stations, and when they see such huge project before their own eyes where the railways would be using the water collected on roof tops of each and every railway platforms, the impact could be HUGE. The same can then be advised to these people through your dept when they approach your office after seeming Boards at the sites of these platforms saying CONTACT MCGM RWH .........VT, Mumbai. I am very much sure that the above idea can go a very long way and in addition to railways saving huge amount on water charges, the AWARENESS that will be created amongst people will be very very huge. Please do the needful in the matter and in case of need, please feel free to call me at the contact details given below and will be ready to do more on above issue, with your help and guidance, in the interests of our next generations too. Mahendra D Kamdar M. D. KAMDAR & COMPANY Chartered Accountants 401 Rajhans CHS Limited Rokadia Lane BORIVALI ( West ) Mumbai - 400 092 INDIA Telefax : + 9122 28953782 Mobile + 919892650523 Back to top Reply to sender | Reply to group | Reply via web post Messages in this topic (1) Recent Activity 62 New Members Visit Your Group Y! 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Non surgical , non-invasive treatment for Heart ailments


To, Dear Brothers / Sisters /Medical Fraternity / Patients / Friends, Hope this letter finds you in good Health. As we all know that Health is wealth & good care has to be taken for good Health. Given below is brief information about Cardiac Health Care. 1st Time in Bombay, (India), ESMR Treatment: An advanced Non-Surgical, painless Treatment for Heart blockages performed by Dr.Zainulabedin Hamdulay, M.S., M.Ch., D.N.B., Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon. If Heart Blockages are not treated by Angioplasty or Bypass Surgery-do not worry! A new ray of hope---- Good Health Concept, an Advanced Cardiac Care Centre, Mumbai (India), proudly introduces ESMR (Extracorporeal Shockwave Myocardial Revascularization) Therapy which is a non-invasive & non-Surgical Heart Disease Treatment unlike Bypass Surgery, Angioplasty & stenting procedures. Good Health Concept is committed to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the society. Participants & their Families are given the knowledge & skills to take responsibility for their cardiac health & to achieve a sense of accomplishment & lasting well-being. In practice, this means that each person is seen as a unique individual, rather than an example of a particular Disease. Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, social & environmental imbalance. Healing therefore, takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance. The role of Medical Practitioner is as Guide & Mentor; the patient must do the work-changing lifestyle, beliefs & old habits in order to facilitate healing. All appropriate methods may be used. - We all know, caring for a Heart goes beyond medication & clinical procedures. A dynamic multidisciplinary team of Professionals provides education, counseling & intervention to achieve individual risk factor modification. - Through unique & innovative treatment strategies, we strive to be leaders in the promotion of cardiac wellness. Benefits of ESMR Treatment: • Helps reduce chest pain • Improves ability to perform physical activity • Decreases need for medication • Is administered on an outpatient basis • Does not causes trauma • Is relatively comfortable • Carries no risk Brief information about ESMR Treatment: No Pain / No Hospitalization / OPD Based Procedure / No Needles / No Anesthesia or Sedatives are required / No Side Effects / No Arrhythmia / No Embolism Risk / Ultra Sound & ECG Guided / Real Time Viewing / Approved Therapy. Presently used in over 50 medical centers across the world successfully. CANDIDATES FOR ESMR: - Chronic chest pain even after Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty - Re-blockages after Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty - High risk cases medically unfit for Bypass Surgery - Inability to perform Angioplasty or CABG - Ischemic Dilated Cardio Myopathy - Micro vascular / Diffuse Diabetic CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) - Heart Failure ESMR Treatment Duration & strategy: The Patient have to undergo a series of nine Treatment sessions during a nine week period. Each Treatment session goes for 20 to 30 minutes. 3 Treatment sessions at first week of each Month-1st week, 5th week, 9th week. At each Treatment session shockwaves are delivered to the border of the ischemic area. Shock wave technology is also used in the field of urology for breaking kidney stones & in orthopedics for bone & soft tissue injuries. EECP (enhanced external counter pulsation) Therapy: EECP is a FDA approved Treatment & it is the only non-surgical Treatment which can improve collateral blood flow. EECP Treatment is the safest option for the patients who are high risk for bypass surgery, angioplasty or stent. EECP Therapy is an OPD based treatment for chest pain (angina) & Heart failure. The Complete EECP Treatment involves 35 Days of Treatment. • 1 Hour each per Day • 6 Days per week • Total 35 Hours / 35 Days EECP Treatment is a boon for the Patients who may want to avoid undergoing surgical Treatments Benefits of EECP Treatment: • No Pain • No Hospitalization • No Needles • Very Safe • Cost Effective • Approved Therapy CANDIDATES FOR EECP THERAPY: • Who have chest pain and/or heart failure • If medications no longer relieve chest pain (angina) or heart failure symptoms • Who have undergone angioplasty / bypass surgery and if symptoms have returned • Who have been told that you cannot have another angioplasty, bypass surgery or other surgical procedures by the Doctor • Who do not have any other medical conditions that may prevent you from having EECP • Who have chosen or decided not to have any further surgery, angioplasty or other surgical procedures Symptoms which make eligible for undergoing EECP Treatment: CHEST PAIN / FAINTING SPELLS / PAIN IN THE JAW, ARM, BACK, OR ABOVE THE STOMACH / NAUSEA OR INDIGESTION / SHORTNESS OF BREATH / HEAVY SWEATING / PALPATATIONS. 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OZONE THERAPY is widely practiced in USA, UK, Germany, France & other European Countries 3) INFORMATION ABOUT LATEST ADVANCES IN STROKE MANAGEMENT: AS WE ALL KNOW THAT STROKE IS THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH.THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY.IT HAS HIGH SOCIAL COST. BUT LACK OF AWARENESS KILLS MORE. DR.SHARAD GHATGE, M.D., D.N.B., NEURO & VASCULAR INTERVENTION CONSULTANT, BOMBAY HOSPITAL, (950 BEDS) BOMBAY, INDIA, OFFER WORLD CLASS STATE OF THE ART “STROKE CENTRE”. ROUND THE CLOCK MANAGEMENT OF STROKE PATIENTS. PATIENTS FRIENDLY SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF. AS WE ALL KNOW TIME IS BRAIN & BRAIN IS DELICATE ORGAN. THE ULTRA FAST CARE IS THE BEST CURE FOR STROKE VICTIMS. 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Introducing Education Program, P G in Management, Development Studies

Introducing Education Program in Development Studies Posted by: "Thumakunta Sreerama" Thu May 31, 2012 12:32 am (PDT)
Respected Sirs, I shall be highly obliged, if your good selves could kindly circulate this communication received from Entrepreneur Development Institute, Ahmedabad asking for our Institutional patronage in passing on the same message to a larger section of the Community interested in contributing the cause of the community as a whole dealing in and with Social Action Activating Services. I am fully confident that the Two Year Residential Post Graduate Management programme in Development Studies is a blessing in disguise for the Youth - those unemployed and also employed & especially those already serving Non Government Organizations to get their Skills & Awareness in the Management of their Organizations sharpened thereby contributing to the overall productivity of such Non Government Organizations. Those coming out of this Two years Residential Programme shall be receiving a greater welcome by all International NGOs including the United Nations Organization and it's Subsidiaries. In fact, my son who - Mr. T. Navin, who had undergone one year Residential Programme on NGO's Management had an opportunity to be deputed by his Organization ie., Basix to attend an International Conference organized by ILO at Geneva. He had been receiving red carpet treatment wherever he had joined.
Moreover, the candidates taking up this course shall be extended a scholarship of Rs.3 lakhs and EDI, Ahmedabad shall be facilitating the grant of Rs.4 lakhs as loan from Public Sector Banks to be cleared in suitable number of instalments. Besides this, the candidates shall be having an opportunity to get selected during campus interviews. With this background, I request your good selves to kindly make it convenient to get it circulated to all the members of Karmayog Foundation at the earliest in view of the last date for admissions being Ist of July, 2012. Those who are joining this course through this communication shall be extended free counseling services by Global Institution for Skills & Careers through out the duration of the said course and also there-after till they gain gainful employment. They shall also be extended guidance in launching their own Non Government Organizations on completion of their two years residential course.
Yours Sincerely for Global Institution for Skills & Careers T.H. Sree Rama Project Founder & Managing Trustee 09866497168 dated:30-5-2012.

From: PGDM - DS Subject: Introducing Education Program in Development Studies To: Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 4:31 AM Dear Surbhi, Introducing Education Program in Development Studies: Salient Features of the Course are – NGO Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social-Entrepreneurship, Development Research, Microfinance, Micro enterprises and Livelihoods. Dear T H Sree Rama, Greetings! I would first like to congratulate you for the work done by your organization and endorse appreciation and acknowledgement by Planning Commission. We came to know about you and your work from the Planning Commission Website. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), an acknowledged National Resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training and Institution Building . The Institute was set up in 1983 with support from the IDBI Bank, IFCI, ICICI, SBI and Government of Gujarat. EDI offers 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies in its efforts for bringing higher professionalism in Development Sector, by building the capacities and creating a cadre of professionals for organizations engaged in development sector. EDI developmental models in the area of Micro Enterprise creation and Micro Finance Development to address the problems of poverty and unemployment in both rural and urban areas have also been successfully replicated by more than 600 NGOs in the country. Such experience of EDI enables it to deliver the education programme with required inputs, rigor and vigor. Today in an environment where funding is getting scarce, corporate social responsibility wings of industrial houses are hiring professionals to run their own programs, social sector research has taken new dimensions – the need of management graduates in Development Studies holds its importance. The course prepares professionals to work with NGOs, CSR wings of corporate houses, management consulting organizations, bilateral and multilateral funding organizations, State and Central government projects. It also gives an opportunity to young minds to indulge in thinking over the social problems and the possible solutions to them. This helps them to create social enterprises. The Institute has an excellent track record of placements and the students passed out from this institute have been doing very well. The course lays special emphasis on building skills in different methods of fundraising, developing writing skills in crafting good concept notes and funding proposals, introducing to the nuances of corporate social responsibility and developing skills in social research. Students have the option of choosing electives and specializing in one specific field of interest. The course comprises of study tours, interaction with leading social entrepreneurs, exposure visits to projects managed by NGOs and under CSR of leading companies and classroom sessions that are participatory and interactive. The Institute currently offers a fellowship of Rs. 250000 to each deserving student, hence the course fees of Rs7,10,000 is reduced to Rs 4,60,000 for two years. Every student can avail a security free education loan upto Rs 4,00,000 payable in easy installments subject to conditions laid by the Bank. The Institute can assist in accessing these loans. The hostel fees is Rs 45000 per annum and food charges are on an average Rs3000 per month. The admissions are open, the seats are limited and admissions are given to deserving students appearing for an entrance exam and later for a personal interview. We also accept CAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA/CMAT scores in lieu of entrance examination. Please click on this link to know more about the programme and do write to me incase you have any queries. Please find the brochure for this course online - I request you to recommend a bright person in your organization or young graduate you may know to join this course and s/he must invest 2 years to further improve his/her skills and become better social sector professional. I shall make efforts to facilitate the admission here. You can provide 2 year vacation to your employee to study and who would like to pursue this course with an option to join you back after the course is completed. We can discuss the ways and means of facilitating this process. Look forward to hearing from you. Warm regards

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