Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jamghat's Night Walk

Dear Friend

The streets of Delhi are homes to lots of children. These children are forced to live in harsh health-impeding conditions. You can help raise awareness and bring Delhi a step closer to eradicating this issue by working with or aiding Jamghat. Jamghat is a NGO in New Delhi which works for the rehabilitation of street children into the mainstream. Founded in 2003 we have a shelter housing 15 children, where we have rehabilitated more than 35 children till now. A day care facility is also available to the children. It offers the children a chance to use sanitized washroom facilities, weekly checkups from a doctor, and a chance to play. Jamghat uses the street and stage theatre as a medium to build self confidence in their children and also build awareness in the society on key social issues related to the lives and stories of children, especially street children.

Every month Jamghat organizes a walk into the life of street children around JAMA MASJID and OLD DELHI AREA.  The aim of the project is to generate awareness about street children living in Delhi and to help them in living a life of their choice in a healthy way. The program is undertaken during the night when most of the people finish off their days work and recede back to their secure homes and these
children are left alone on the streets to battle through the evils of night. Their night life offers them many difficulties rendered through their exposed surrounding. It is then that their true nature of surviving in such a non conducive environment is brought to life. We interact with them and increase our awareness about them and their life. The main objective is to understand the difficulty of being a street child.

Winter has almost set in and we will again be layering in clothes to go outside and pulling out all our extra blankets to stay warm through the night.
As you are well aware, many people in Delhi do not have extra blankets, or even one. We cannot provide blankets to everyone in need, but we urgently want to provide for the children that have become close to our hearts at the Outdoor Day Care Centre in Jama Masjid and also to those homeless people living on the streets nearby. We are concerned about their well-being through these winter nights and want to give one blanket per person.
Each participant will carry several blankets and when we see someone sleeping with no cover, we will lay the blanket over them.  An invisible donation to those that truly need it.

We would like you to join us on this Night Walk on December 18, 2009 from 8pm onwards at Golcha Cinema, Daryaganj.
Your participation in this walk will do a great deal in helping the street children of Delhi. So please join on this evening and help support a great cause.

 Essential Points:
 1) The group is not allowed to carry cameras
 2) If a girl/ woman is a part of the group, she is requested to dress in an India suit, or jeans with a full sleeved top. This is to ensure safety.
 3) It is prohibited to give money to any children seen on the streets.
 4) Have dinner and come!

It would be really great if you could pass this message to your friends and bring them along as well so that we can create awareness amongst masses.

Hopefully some of you can come, as we will need many hands to carry lots of blankets!

Please send me confirmation asap.


If you have any further queries feel free to call or email us.


Warm Regards,


Programme Head

Phone: +91 11 29522112

Mobile: +91 9811656740

Web: www.jamghat.in



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Monday, December 14, 2009

Lok Chetna Padyatra (on GM foods) in Old Delhi by Zakir Hussain College & Youth for Safe Food

Padyatra for awareness against GM foods




In the light of the fact that India is standing on the verge of the Union Government’s permission being granted to the first Genetically Modified (GM) food crop in the country – Bt Brinjal – there is a more urgent need than ever to create an informed and democratic debate on this issue pertaining to all of us.

GM crops are created by the unnatural insertion of foreign genes into host DNA of a plant, which leads to numerous unpredictable changes that are potentially dangerous for health. There are a host of other concerns too, centred around this technology and its deployment in our food and farming systems. Bt Brinjal has been artificially created by insertion of a bacterial gene (Bacillus thuringiensis-Bt ) to produce a toxin 24X7 inside the plant to target one pest-the Brinjal Fruit & Shoot Borer (it has to be noted that while many pests and diseases attack the crop, this technology is claimed as a solution to one such pest).

All the decision-making on Bt Brinjal happened based on the crop-developer's (i.e. Monsanto/Mahyco's) data, without any independent and long term studies.  What's more, independent analyses of the crop developer's biosafety data concluded that this Bt Brinjal is unsafe and unfit for human consumption.

On the other hand, a majority of Indians are still not aware of fundamental changes being made to their food, their right to know what they are eating and to be able to make informed choices is at stake here. They would also not be able to distinguish between GM and non-GM foods because they will look the same.

It is in this context that a Lok Chetna Padayatra is being proposed. This padayatra, i.e, journey on foot, is a collaborative effort of Zakir Hussain College and Youth for Safe Food. The main purpose of the walk is to create an informed debate on the issue of GM (Genetically Modified) foods, for the sake of ordinary citizens of India, to enable them to make informed and democratic choices about their food. This is to invite you to join us in large numbers in this Padayatra.

Padayatra beginning point: Zakir Hussain College
Date: December 17, 2009; Time: 9.30 am

Nayani Nasa - +91-9999-778-674

Ankit Kumar - +919313-537-417

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Web Volunteering -- proactive information disclosure by government agencies

Dear Friends,

The Right to Information Act of 2005 mandates the disclosure of certain kinds of information by all government agencies. We have an opportunity to review government websites and make suggestions about the information gaps on government websites.

Central Information Commissioner Mr. Shailesh Gandhi has agreed to consider these suggestions for recommendation with the respective Public authorities for implementation.

If you would like to volunteer or encourage others to volunteer in the effort to increase the information disclosure by government agencies, kindly let us know by emailing veena@indiagoverns.org. She would provide details on how to proceed with the same. The time required to make a meaningful contribution could be as little as a one-time 5-6 hour effort or much more depending on your interest.

Please feel free to share it with your friends as well.

Regards, Veena

Veena Ramanna

Executive Director

IndiaGoverns Research Institute

New Delhi, INDIA



Thursday, December 10, 2009

Information on Hospitals for Tretament and Testing Swine Flu in Delhi, Noida


Following table contains list of Hospitals, Labs authorized by Government for testing & treatment of Swine Flu in Delhi.


You can also visit  the following website for more information:-




Please note that in Noida the medicine is only available at District Hospital, Secto-39, Noida.


Ministry of Health & Family Welfare - Authorized Centers in Delhi


Name, Address and Telephone No. of the Hospital where Isolation Care and Treatment Facility for H1N1 is available.

Name, Address and Contact Details (Fax, Landline, Mobile, Email Address) of Nodal Officer of the Hospital.





Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital,

Dr. J.P Kapoor,


Dilshad Garden, Delhi,

Phone: 011-22158827,


Adjacent to Emergency Ward,

Mobile: +91-9868399522, +91-9868399815


In front of the Accident and Emergency Dept,

Fax: 011-22586262,


Mobile: +91-9868399815

E-mail: Jpkapoor@rediffmail.com





Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital,

Dr. Mukesh Yadav,


S Block, Mangolpuri,

Mobile: +91-9540055686,


Delhi, Pin-Code: 110083,

Fax: 011-27924403,


Ph: 011-27921117, 27922843 Extn: 4281

E-mail: dr.yadavmukesh@gmail.com, mssgmh@rediffmail.com





Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital,

Dr. Akhilesh Kumar,


Khicripur, Delhi,

Phone: 011-22774145, 22623330,


Near Emergency Ward,

Mobile: +91-9953593978,


Mobile: +91-9711901627

Fax: 011-22786808,



Email: akhilesh.dr@gmail.com





Lok Nayak Hospital,

Dr. Jayant Kumar Sharma,


Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi,

Mobile: +91-9868392775,


5th Floor of the Emergency Block,

Fax: 011-23232870,


Phone:: 011-23233400, 23232400 Extn: 4378

Email: drjksharma@hotmail.com





Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital,

Dr. Deepak Kumar Upadhayay,


Hari Nagar, Delhi,

Phone: 011-225494337,Extn: 2172,


Ground Floor of Medicine Block,

Mobile: +91-971890217,


Phone: 011-25494402 Extn: 608

Email: msdduh@yahoo.co.in


Mobile: +91-9718932002,






Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital,

Dr. Anshu Goyal,


Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-17,

Phone: 011-22753437, Ext: 1210,


2nd Floor of Main Building,

Mobile: +91-9911573379,


Phone: 011-26689999, Extn: 362

Fax: 011-26676412,



E-mail: dr_anshu2000@yahoo.com





Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital,

Dr. Vijay Dhankar,


Sector-6, Rohini, Delhi-85,

Phone: 011-27043763,


5th Floor of Ward Block,

Mobile: +91-9718599657,


Phone: 011-27058106 Extn: 444

Fax: 011-27055585,



E-mail: vdhankar@yahoo.co.in





Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya,

Dr. Shalu Gupta,


Geeta Colony, Delhi -31,

Mobile: +91-9811812131,


Ist Floor of OPD Complex,

Fax: 011-22042750,


Phone: 011-22013373, 22013374 Extn: 228

E-mail: drshalugupta@yahoo.co.in





Bhagwan Mahavir Hosptial,

Dr. Ajay Gupta,


H-4/5, Harikishan Marg Pitampura,

Phone: 011-27573644,27034535,



Mobile: +91-9717293550,


3rd Floor of Main Ward Block,

E-mail: renuajay@yahoo.com


Phone: 011-27034538 Extn: 4915






Maharishi Balmiki Hospital,

Dr. Jitender Kumar,


Pooth Khurd, Delhi-110039,

Phone: 011-27761524,25,


In the casualty building on Ground Floor

Mobile: +91-9718502007,



E-mail: msmbh@hub.nic.in





Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital,

Dr. S.C.Bhogal,


E Block, Jahangirpuri, Delhi-110033,

Phone: 011-27385949,27631812,


Isolation ward adjoining ward 2 and 3,

Mobile: +91-9810177506,


Two beds as part of each ward

Fax: 011-27631610,



E-mail: msbjrmh@yahoo.co.in





Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital,

Dr. Avinash Kumar,


IInd Floor opposite Medicine Ward,

Mobile: +91-9718994045,


Dept of Accident and Emergency,

Fax: 011-23922333,


5,Rajpur Road,

E-mail: avi500@indiatimes.com





Emergency: 011-23831524






Hindu Rao Hospital,

Dr. Vinod Nikhra,


Bara Hindu Rao, Delhi,

Phone: 011-27120495, 27110495,


Ward No. 18, Ground Floor,

Mobile: +91-9810874937,


Phone: 011-23919476, 23919761 Extn: 273

E-mail: drvinodnikhra@hotmail.com





Apollo Indraprastha Hospital



Sarita Vihar



New Delhi



Phone: 011 29873040, 29872012 (after 5:30 pm)



Thursday, December 3, 2009

SAPNEY - AID Gurgaon Calendar Drive - Book your copy now!!


About the Calendar Drive
AID Gurgaon is running a awareness and fund collection drive through the distribution of its Calendars with the theme SAPNEY - Dreams of a brighter tomorrow. Through SAPNEY, we have tried to capture the zillion dreams that our children carry in their hearts:

Aaakhon mein hain sapne hazaar,
Anek rango se hain meri duniya sarobar,
Aasha ke pahiyon pe main hoon savaar,
Kya honge mere sapney sakaar...

Check out the calendar online

http://gurgaon.aidindia.org/sapney (Book you calendar by filling the online form at the end of this webpage)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/photo.php?pid=3435533&id=655617099 (Leave your comments; post album to your profile)

How can you contribute
1. Take a calendar:
For yourself and gift it to your loved ones too
2. Spread the word:
Share the calendar with your teammates and tell them about it
3. Become our ambassador: Consult/convince your HR department and/or your CSR cell to make a bulk order. Alternatively ask for permission to put up a stall in your company.

Contact points for orders or for any queries
Munish Duvedi: munishdvd@gmail.com 9999623000
Bani Kukreja: bani.kukreja@gmail.com 9818647997
Anshul Sachdev: anshul.sach@gmail.com 9873469546


Why are we raising this money
More than raising funds, this is an opportunity to showcase the dreams of our children, to spread a word of goodness around, and to see the dream come true in front of our very own eyes.....

Lets spread a 1000 hopes, lets spwan a 1000 dreams, lets awake a 1000 individuals to the wonderful world that we can have and that our children deserve.......

Look forward to hearing from you all......



P.S. Bulk orders
: For bulk orders, please call 9873469546. We can get company logos printed on the Calendar on a minimum bulk order of 200 copies, and thereby customize the calendar to your company.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AID-Delhi Environment Cell Electronic Newsletter 15


AID-Delhi Environment Cell Electronic Newsletter 15  
Posted On: December 1,2009
Compiled By : AID-Delhi Environment Cell
Note : This compilation contains news items about Global Warming &
Climate change published in the media.
1.  Al Gore crusades against global warming


November 11, 2009


  • The solution to climate change includes windmills, along with solar and geothermal energy, Gore told The Chronicle in an interview.
  • "There is a common thread running through the climate crisis, the economic crisis and the national security crisis," said Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. "The common thread that runs through all three of these crises is our ridiculous overdependence on carbon-based fuels. So if you pull that thread, all three of these crises unravel and you hold the answer in your hand."
  • Gore urged the remaining skeptics of man-caused global warming to at least support the effort to build the economy, create new jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil by installing solar, wind and geothermal power and build an electrical grid to support the new technology.

Summary from : http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/10/BAFP1AI2FB.DTL&tsp=1


2.  Global warming eroding Goa beaches: Governor


November 23, 2009

  • Goa Governor S.S. Sidhu Monday warned that the ill-effects of global warming were fast knocking at the state's doors and eroding its beaches. 
  • Sidhu's statement comes in wake of nearly 10% of Goa beaches such as Calangute, Candolim and Baga being eroded by the rising sea.
  • According to a recent report compiled by the state Water Resources Department (WRD), the residence of Goa governor, Cabo Raj on a hillside which overlooks the sea, is under threat of erosion.

Summary from : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/global-warming/Global-warming-eroding-Goa-beaches-Governor/articleshow/5261239.cms



3.  Dalai Lama urges world to act on climate change

November 30,2009


  • The world's leaders must prioritize the issue of global warming above all else, the Dalai Lama said Monday, adding that he feels encouraged by next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen.

·         The Dalai Lama plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize in Australia on Dec. 10. He will present seeds he has blessed to attendees of his talks as a symbol of individuals' responsibility to act on climate change.

·         Australia is one of the world's worst carbon dioxide polluters per capita because of its heavy reliance on its abundant coal reserves. As the driest continent after Antarctica, it is also considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.

·         The government plan would institute a tax on industries' carbon emissions starting in 2011 and limit Australia's overall pollution. The government wants to slash Australia's emissions by up to 25 percent below 2000 levels by 2020 if the U.N. can agree on tough global targets at Copenhagen.



Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in the above articles are those of the

respective newspapers/sources, not those of AID-Delhi Environment Cell

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