Delhi: A scared city?

Marching orders to hawkers on Rajpath

Reasons For Decision

Security Concerns Besides Obstruction To The View Of India Gate


New Delhi: Ice-cream stalls, balloon-sellers, relaxed families and friends chilling out on lush green lawns — that was Rajpath till only a few days back. But the most scenic part of the capital is now devoid of its colour and hustle-bustle with Delhi police commissioner Y S Dadwal recently directing that no hawking activity be allowed along the stretch. The decision is aimed at preventing any obstruction to the view of India Gate besides security concerns.

Said Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat: ‘‘The commissioner had given orders to keep Rajpath free of hawkers. But the three crossroads — Man Singh Road, Rafi Marg and Janpath — are open to them.’’ The cops, however, pointed that with NDMC carrying out some construction work at Rafi Marg, there might be restrictions on movement of hawkers along the stretch. The police said they will assist NDMC in removing hawkers from the Rajpath area.

Meanwhile, NDMC said it would comply with the police orders. Said NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwari: ‘‘No specific space was assigned by NDMC to these hawkers. Now, if the police feels the hawkers should be removed from the area due to security reasons we will comply with the orders. As far as identifying vending sites are concerned, we are still in the process of doing that and a committee has been formed to look into this matter.’’

The traffic police has been instructed to clear all unauthorized parking at Rajpath with the intention of providing a clear path for tourists at India Gate. ‘‘We have started prosecuting vehicles parked on Rajpath as they obstruct the path of pedestrians walking towards India Gate. An alternative parking lot has been provided behind the water channels, which is located within walking distance,’’ said a senior traffic police official.
Said Tiwari: ‘‘We are yet to get an official intimation from the police over where parking would be allowed in the area.’’
‘‘It was felt that with the Hockey World Cup being hosted near India Gate, a lot of tourists are expected to visit the monument. For this, the need to clear up Rajpath was felt for traffic and security reasons,’’ said a traffic official. .

Said Nina Singh, a DU student: ‘‘I have so many childhood memories of going for picnics with my family to Rajpath. And even today most of us head there for an icecream. The place will not have the same charm anymore with ice-cream vans removed from the area.’’

NOT FAR AWAY: Hawkers will still be allowed on Man Singh Road, Rafi Marg and Janpath intersections

Good Samaritans (some) of Bangalore Recognised

They make this city what it is


Bangalore: Under the moonlit sky sprinkled with a few stars, the city’s real stars were honoured on Saturday.
The first Namma Bengaluru Awards were conferred on change makers at the Bangalore Palace. The 14 awardees, chosen from a final list of 26 nominees, were from diverse fields. The crowd’s favourite was Mahadeva, who cremates unclaimed bodies with all rituals.

Governor H R Bhardwaj said: “I am happy to see the efficiency of police. They are doing a commendable job and I have full trust in them.” He also applauded BBMP commissioner Bharat Lal Meena’s work in improving the city and asked the public to cooperate.

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said others must emulate the awardees.
“I am happy because mine is a simple service. Earlier, I was catering to people who had relatives, but now I also look at those who have nobody to fall back on,” Sister Adelekorah said.

“This award will give us more exposure. We aim to spread the sustainable model across the country,” Ramamurthy of Sikshana Bangalore said.

Here’s a brief profile of the winners:


Ashis has imparted quality healthcare in remote areas, assisted school drop-outs, and also helps develop schools. More than 1,500 spinal injury cases, 1,000 critical brain-stroke patients and over 10,000 neuro-surgical procedures in rural Karnataka have taken place under his guidance.

Ballal is director and chairman of Manipal Health Systems. The hospital provides worldclass treatment at affordable rates. He provides selfless service and heals poor patients for free.

He is responsible for taking care of bodies that are not claimed. So far, he has cremated more than 42,000 bodies. Mahadeva ensures all rituals are performed.

This super-specialty eye hospital initiated Nanna Kannu programme for preventive and curative eye-care for children from economically weak sections. It’s also associated with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and NRHM to create awareness.
Once a principal, she provides counselling to prisoners of the central jail and admits their children to a residential school. She uplifts the spirit of inmates and helps in rehabilitating those who are released.
She founded Vanita Seva Mandir School and is also founder of Ashadeep, which provides education to children who are mentally challenged.
Vishwanath (heads the club) has organized many camps to educate students about rainwater harvesting, recharging groundwater, reuse of water, etc.
It is the largest intervention for nurturing government schools. They adopt, empower and improve schools. Modern methods are used to train teachers. They provide technology inputs like PCs and multimedia content. Sikshana also runs the largest non-government scholarship programme in the state.

It has a free old-age home for women and an orphanage-cum-school. They initially started as a research organization for women’s and children’s health and nutrition. The objectives are to promote village-level health, research on healthcare practices and disseminate findings of research to appropriate policymaking authorities.

It is a voluntary organization providing free cutting-edge treatment to children requiring orthopaedic intervention to lead normal lives. Over 200 surgeries have been conducted.

This head constable from Nandini Layout helped nab culprits of a triple murder though the case wasn’t from his jurisdiction, showing extreme responsiveness and dedication.


He is a fingerprint expert in the commissioner’s office. With his assistance and focus, Bangalore police have been able to solve more than 265 cases. He has the distinction of having solved the highest number of cases in 2008. Krishna has earlier been awarded the CM’s medal for his performance.

The pilot project was introduced in Gandhinagar. The concept demands immense responsibility and the BBMP has been successful in living up to it, leading to replication of the idea in other areas. The initiative was started in early 2009.
For 23 years, this government school has excelled in terms of stressing on importance of socio-cultural activities and in creating awareness among children. The school has also been successful in imparting quality education, and not compromising on its core focus.

As part of the Namma Bengaluru Awards, the public was asked to send in nominations, and around 4,000 were received. A 14-member jury chaired by MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar and comprising prominent citizens including Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, short-listed 26 finalists under four categories. From this list, 14 were selected as winners.




RANGO ki doli,

CHAND se uski chandni boli,

KHUSHIYON se bhar jaye aapki jholi,

MUHBARK ho aapko


Says Mr Watwani