Thursday, February 4, 2010

Jaagriti....Plan of Activities- February 2010



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Plan of Activities- February 2010



Time and Date


Volunteers Responsibility

Arts and Crafts/Origami Classes

10 AM, 6th Feb (Sat)

Sector-10, Dwarka


2 PM, 7th Feb (Sun)

Sector-13, Dwarka

Ankit and Anchit

Children Performance Tracking

11 AM, 6th Feb (Sat)

Sector-10, Dwarka

Anchit and Kant

4 PM, 7th Feb (Sun)

Sector-13, Dwarka

Kshitij and Jitendra

Sapling Plantation (Children to be also taught basics of different stages of plant growth)

13-14th Feb

(Sat and Sun)

Sector-10 and Sector-13, Dwarka

Ankit, Manish and Sidhant

Launch of Mobile Library

(on lines of Read India Campaign)

13-14th Feb (Sat and Sun)

Sector-10 and Sector-13, Dwarka

Anchit and Kant

Sports Day plus Computer Learning Competitions plus Plantation Drive

10 AM to 5 PM, 21st Feb (Sun)

NSIT, Sector-3, Dwarka

NSIT Rotaract Club

Psychometric Analysis for Children (in association with Pearson Education Group)

13th (Sat), 14th (Sun) and 20th (Sat) Feb 2010

Sector-10 and Sector-13, Dwarka

Tarun Monga  

Personality Development Classes

To be started in 2nd week of Feb

Sector-10 and Sector-13, Dwarka

NSIT Volunteers

Dance and Music Classes

To be started in 2nd week of Feb

Sector-13, Dwarka

NSIT Volunteers

Volunteers Trekking Trip

27th Feb (Sat)

Morni Hills, Haryana (near Chandigarh)

Jaagriti Team (Anchit will coordinate)


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Over a dozen fined for misuse of water

Over a dozen fined for misuse of water

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Special magistrate’s court goes into action

DJB decides to get tough against water wastage

Two more courts in East and South Delhi soon

NEW DELHI: A month after it began functioning, the Capital’s first special magistrate’s court at Kanhaiya Nagar in North Delhi has imposed penalties on 14 people for misuse of water.

Taking cognisance of rampant misuse of water from illegal tapping to wastage, the Delhi Jal Board had sought permission of the Delhi High Court to approve the proposal of deputing special magistrates to deal with complaints of water misuse.

At a hearing on January 30, the court of the special magistrate issued challans of Rs. 2,000 each to nine people for using water supplied by the Jal Board illegally.

“Fourteen people had been issued notices to appear before the court. However, only 12 appeared and three persons sought more time for complying with the court’s orders. These people were first issued notices to comply with the rules within 20 days failing which the court has issued summons and imposed penalties,” said Delhi Jal Board Director (Revenue) S. B. Shashank.

This is for the first time that the Jal Board has collected fines through the use of magistrates.

“Two more courts of special magistrates will start functioning soon at Yojana Vihar in East Delhi and Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi,” said Mr. Shashank.

While efforts to maximise the conservation of water and minimise wastage of water available to the Capital are under way, the Jal Board has decided to get tough against water wastage. It has announced penal action against the misuse of potable water and theft.

A section of Jal Board officials have been mandated to report all use of wrong practices, which will then be forwarded to the special magistrates’ courts. “There are strict provisions that water supplied for domestic use cannot be used for purposes like horticulture, washing cars, for use in construction activities, etc. Water being short in supply, it is imperative to use it judiciously,” said the Jal Board official.

The Delhi Water Board Act, 1998, allows levying of penalty for offences that include using potable water for non-domestic purposes, occupation of new premises without any arrangement for water supply, failure to give notice of intention to make addition to buildings and even for execution of work by a person other than a licensed plumber.

The Act has provision for imposing fines from Rs.100 to 500 per day, for offences like non-removal of private online booster that can invoke a penalty of Rs.2,000 besides confiscation of the booster while confiscation of the booster while construction or occupation of new premises without drains can incur a fine of Rs.10,000.

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Planning Parenthood at Pehal

Planning Parenthood at Pehal


Pehal, on the 30th of January, 2010, witnessed an immensely successful family planning session held within the construction community. A positive feedback and non hesitant approach by the parents took the participating volunteer’s by surprise. This has brought about a sense of encouragement in all of us for carrying out similar activities in other communities as well. This session was conducted by our volunteers, Preeti, Vipra, Zulaikha, Tripta, Kamesh, Ashish, Mohit, Ashish Deep and Surabhi.

On the basis of the community connect report; a datasheet consisting of the number of children in each family was prepared. In our community the average number of children turned out to be three per family.

One of Pehal’s Health and Nutrition Program Manager, Preeti Gupta, who is already involved in the Public Health sector and has carried out many such sessions in different villages, took lead in this program.  With her help, we individually interacted with each parent (Female volunteers with the mothers, and Male volunteers with the fathers).

The men were briefed on the importance of having a small family. In terms of education, their child’s progress with respect to the other was compared. Financially, they were explained how having a small family could prove more viable and efficient.

In women, we prioritized CuT, Male Vasectomy and Tubal Ligation over pills due to their long lasting side effects. In addition, women who had already used permanent methods of birth control interacted with the other women encouraging them to go ahead with it. Some of them had already used CuT’s.

The results of the session were as follows:

1)      It was observed most men didn’t use any measure of birth control. They made their wives take precautions etc.

2)      Some men had their families back home, but had already planned their families. They were encouraged to spread the message of birth control among their friends in the community.

3)      Bengali Men were told to talk within their community, and Bihari Men within theirs, to ask how many are interested in getting themselves a vasectomy.

4)      A few of the women had already gotten themselves operated. Citing their examples, we encouraged the rest to do the same. This resulted in a few willing to get permanently operated but asked for time to discuss the same with their husbands.

5)      Women who had their daughter’s recently married, or daughter in law with them, were told about CuT. Queries of spacing came up which were resolved.

6)      It was observed that some women wanted to get themselves operated; however, they feared their husbands would not agree. For the same, our volunteers addressing the male community were given the names of the husbands. They interacted with them and were able to partially convince them.

7)      Cases of abortion came up; we told them about the possibilities of continuous abortion resulting in cervical cancer.

8)      Some woman asked for contraceptives and pills and refused to even listen to the benefits of CuT/Tubal Ligation.



Majority of the women just had one query: How much time will it take before I could start working again?

We told them it doesn’t take much time, depending on the means of birth control; it would only mean a day of rest to the max.

What surprised them was the fact that permanent ‘OPERATION’, didn’t mean an operation that involves cutting and stitching. We told them about the telescopic method of surgery. This convinced the hesitant women even more.

Men basically insisted on the fact that these measures aren’t 100 percent effective. They were told how precaution lessens the chances.

Follow up plans:

 We have given a space of a week to the community to discuss it with each other and their friends, after which the following would be done :

-          A male and female who have already adapted to the birth control measures would be chosen as community leaders. He and She would guide the rest on the same and solve their queries.

-          Individual Follow up would be done for those who showed partial hesitation towards permanent methods of birth control.

-          If hesitation persists due to fear, we would call upon an activist/Doctor who could further convince them.

-          Helping the women interested in getting tubal ligation. These would also serve as an example for the other hesitant woman, who would be able to see the benefits and remove their fears.


General Information we gave:

The common methods of family planning are:

1)       Temporary: Male Condom, Oral Pill and CuT 380 A

2)       Permanent method: Vasectomy in males and tubal ligation in females.


1) Temporary:

a) Male condom: Easily available without prescription.

b) Oral Pill: Available to women with prescription (Mala D. Mala N, Saheli,etc.). These have some side effects.

c) CuT 380A: Females always some or the other fear in their minds about inserting this device. Firstly, it irritates and secondly, it brings about excessive vaginal bleeding. It’s important to make them aware about checking the left out thread to assure the device is in place, which is probably the third most feared aspect of this device. The advantage of this device is that it is the long lasting; lasts for at least for 10 years and never needs to be replaced.

2) Permanent:

 Male sterilization or vasectomy is easier than female operation or tubectomy. The male can start working normally after 48 hours of the operation. Nowadays, it is conducted through telescopic method, which requires only 2-3 stitches.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Narayana Nethralaya ties up with SickKids

Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that affects children, usually below the age of five. Approximately one child in every 15000, is affected by this cancer. The most common observation is a white shine from inside the eye, sometimes called the cat’s eye reflex, said Dr Ashwin Mallipatna, Head of Retinoblastoma Services, Narayana Nethralaya.

Recently, Bangalorebased eye hospital Narayana Nethralaya had entered into a collaborative agreement with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada for treatment for the cancer. This is facilitated by Healthy Kids International, a SickKids Organisation that has supported many international projects.

Dr K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya on Monday said that this collobaration is a major step for the management of the children’s eye cancer in India. “We have re-dedicated ourselves to the cause of children’s eye diseases in this 25th year.

No child without vision or threatning diseases shall be shunned away for want of finances. Our final aim is to put back a smile on every child’s face,”he said.

Sandalwood starlet Ramya and children suffering from Retinoblastoma left their hand imprints on clay, to mark this significant occasion.

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