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Na Leitung Nuntakna Kikhel In

By S KAPZAMANG

BYF khoppi siim ding a mun tuamtuam pan a hong paikhawm u leh naute, kei leh ka innkuante’n Kansas City, America gam pan in na khut uh kong len uh hi. I makaite in “Na Leitung Nuntakna Kikhel In” cih thulu ding a a-teel uh teelkha uh ka sa mahmah uh a, khoppi zang ding a hong paikhawm kuamahpeuh hampha kong sa uh hi.

I leitung nuntakna kikhel kul ahihlam a-phawk makai I neih man un lungdamhuai ka sa a, I khawmpi thulu in lametna lianpi hong pia hi. Khoppi lawhcing, khoppi gahsuah, khoppi manpha ahihna ding in nang leh kei nuntakna ah kikhelna a hong tun ding kiphamawh hi. Tuni nuntakna kikhel ni I suah sak leh I khoppi lawhcing hi ding hi.

A. Tua tawh kiton in, Zomi khangnote’ theih ding a ka deihsak mahmah thu 3 in hongpan hipah le’ng:-

(1) Kikhekna kinawh semsem ding bang. Leitung ah kikhekna (change) om den a, gam khangto te ah kikhekna manlang (fast) deuhdeuh ahihlam I phawk thak ding deihhuai sa ing. I theihloh kal in tulai hun a ding a zattaak nawnlo “OUTDATED” suah theih ding bang mawk hi. Kum 6 paita a America gam ka paitung lai a Xeroxing machine a zatte uh, Desktop Computer a zatte uh, TV a zatte uh, floppy disk leh audio cassette te pawl, kizang nawnlou a, lei ding va zong le zong muh hak mahmah ta hi. Khatvei Restaurant khat a anne a ka va paina uh inn baang ah lokhawhna tu, leitohna leh sing phukna/sing atna khong a i zat uh van tuamtuam leh Meivak-table lamp, petromax, lartin leh van lui tampi a khai neeinaai uh a, bang ding a hihte inn bang a kikhai ahihiam ka cihleh, kum tampi paisa a vanzatte ahi a, mi et ding a museum a kikoih bangbang a ka koih uh hi hong ci uh hi. I lungsim uh neu sakna ding a ka gen ahi kei a, kikhekna a kin dan kong genna hi. Bangmah ngaihsaklo a khangnote i om hithiat leh a sawtlo in i septheih hong tawm lawkha ding a, miphalo a i om khak ding lauhuai ka sak man a kong gen hi.

(2) America gam ah mi’n nna hah sep mahmah uh. Kumthak ni in Nagate khat Americate tawh kitengte inn ah anne in ka vapai uh a, Lamka a BYF khoppina a a et ding uh video bawl sawm ka hihdan ka gen leh, tua Naganu’n “Hilamte nna hah sep dan gen teitei in” hong ci a, kei zong ka lungsim a om gige ahihman in kong gen ut hi. Ei gam ah sepna khat i neih leh nna dang septheihloh ding kisa tawh kibang kasa a, mi tampite in inn huan (kitchen garden) nangawn kibawl khawllo hi. School kailai leh college kai student te’n zong nasep loh ding sakha hilehang kilawm kasa hi.

America gam ah tuailaite’n kum 14-16 kiim lak pan in nasep kipan uh a, school kaima leh school tawp ciang in nna a sem uh hi. A nu-le-pate uh hauhsakna amau neihsa in ngaihsunlo uh a, amau mah in a deihte uh leina ding in nna sem in sum thalawh tangtang uh hi. Driving license kum 16 a phak uh ciang un neithei uh a, America gam a khangnote’n kum 16 a phak uh ciang ua a car leina ding uh sum lawh in a khol uh hi. Nikum a Christmas zang a ka va paina uh ka lawmte uh tapa Joshua Clement kum 16 mi in car thak na nei a, ama sum thalawhsa te zang in na lei hi. Joshua nu-le-pa hausa mahmah uh a, ahihhang in a tate uh nna sem sak in school lutma leh school kaitawp ciang in nna sem in Restaurant khawng ah sum thalawh sak uh hi.

A tuailaite bek u’n nna hah sep hilo in, miteng in nna naksep mahmah uh a, nna 2/3 sem kop a tam mahmah uh hi. Ei lam a nu-le-pa tung a ikingak dan uh college kaite bek hilo a university zawh khit nangawn a, nu-le-pa tung a I kingak dan uh holimna khong a ka gen khak ciang un, ong deihsak lawmte pawlkhat in na tuaci ua nagam uh zawng aive hong ci uh hi. Kum 18 a phak uh ciang in picing in kingaihsun uh a, a ut uh leh – zi/ pasal neikei le uh zong amau kia in innluah in a khawsa lel uh hi. M.Div. ka sinlai un ka classte uh numei khat kum 20 mi, a nu leh pa’ tanu neihsun a hong kai a, khatvei a pa’n a cinat thu za in $500 a khak leh tua nungaknu heh lua a, apa’ sum khakkik a sawm hi. Bang hang na pa’ ong sum khak khakkik sawm zezen na hiam ka cihleh, “Ka pa’n ong naupang bawl- picing hong salo hi” ci in a heh lua mawk hi. “Picing hi ing ka nu-le-pa panpih kul nawn keng” ci liuliau lel hi.

(3) America gam ah kipawlna tuamtuam tamlo: America gam ah kipawlna tuamtuam vengsung kipawlna, leh a tuamtuam ei lam banglo in tamlo a, meeting vapai kullo, function vatel kullo, sumdon omlo cihbang a a om leh thawvenhuai mahmah bang kasa hi. Ei gam ah kipawlna (organization) tuamtuam tam mahmah a, tuaman in sumdon tam, meeting leh function kihelna ding tam bek hilo in thu-le-la tam a, hun leh sum manpha tampi mangthang gige ahihlam higam a kipawlna tuamtuam a tawm dan ka ngaihsut laitak in ka lungsim ah hong om hi. I pawl tuamtuamte uh a hoihna tampi a om tei hang in, pawlkhat bel hun leh sum beisak kia hilo in, pawl tuamtuam a kikhenna hong tun lel ahi hiam ka cih pawl zong om hi. Ei lam ah bel pawl tuamtuam tam in bandh leh strike zong tam pah hi.

America gam a ka pai zawh kum 7 pha ding hita a, hih hun sung in bandh/strike ka omna city u’ah khatvei zong omlo a, nuam mahmah hi. Hong gen beh lai leng- misi a neih chiang un Misi Inn (Funeral Home) ah koih uh a, a misi innkuante’n a kiman hun uh- a kingak kim theih hun uh ni 3-6 sung khawng in vui uh hi. Sigal a mipi va pai theih hun dakkal nih khawng hong uh a, sivuina ding program ah mi kihel ding a deih uh leh deihlouh uh Newspaper ah gelh lel uh a, a misi innkuante deihdan kizui lel hi. Ei lam ah zong misi innkuante’ deihna ii zahtak sak a, nai-khat nai-nih maw ahihkeileh a kul leh zong nikhat ninih beek i ngak pih theih hun ding uh ngaklahhuai sa mahmah ing.

B. America gam pan in Zomi leh Zogam gaal et ciang in awlmawh tam mahmah a, tuate lak pan in point 3 hong gen ning maw.

(1) America gam ah khawtual mi tawh kibang in ki-om thei pah a, nang napau tuam, na mel tuam ko mi hikeiteh hong cilo uh a, khawtual mi mah kibang suk pah lel ahihman in nuam mahmah hi. Topa’n minam tuamtuam, pau tuamtuam leh vun (skin) color tuamtuam bawl ahihlam telsiam pha diak uh hi in ka thei hi. Ei zong Topa’ deihna a tel siam ding leh I lungsim uh lian sak ding in Topa’n thupha hong pia hen! Eimi i cih zong lian sak in, ei pau i cih zong lian sak zaw lai leng uthuai maw? Toupa’n leitung ah minam khat bek a om ding deih hileh bawl thei law mahmah ding a, color (rong) khat kia a om ding deihleh zong bawl thei law mahmah ding hi. America gam a nopna mahmah khat ahihleh, mi nop sak loh khak ding a lau uh a, a kampau uh leh gamtatna uh ah pilvang mahmah uh hi. Eimi hilo ci a mi tuam bawl pah cih om saklo uh a, a kuamahpeuh suakta tak leh nuamtak in hong om sak lel uh ahihman in thupha ngah taak mah hi uh ei cihcih in om hi.

(2) Daan zuih tawh kisai: America gam ah daan (law) zui hoih mahmah uh a, mawtaw hawlte leh a kuamahpeuh in daan zui uh a, hun zong ciil mahmah bek hilo in zang dik mahmah uh ahihman in nuam mahmah hi. Ei gam ah daan (law) omlo tawh kibang kasa a, khasiathuai zong kasa hi. Americate’n bel daan lau mahmah uh a, daan zui ihih peuhleh mituam-gamtuam pan hilezong lauh ding omlo hi. Eigam ah zong daan kician tak in zui in zahtak leng i gam uh nuam mahmah ding a, Topa’n zong thupha hong pia ding in ka um hi.

(3) America Zomite: America gam ah Zomite laisin tam mahmah a, eimi state tuamtuam a omte tawh ka holim khakna pan uh a ka theih thak uh ahihleh, ei Zomite Topa’n thupha hong pia a, lai zong siam mahmah hihang. Amau pianpih pau a sinte kiphalahlo a, zong kiniam tuanlo hi. Zogam a om khangnote’n Topa muang in laisinna leh na siamna khat peuhpeuh uh nekzonna a zattheih ding in hong pang un. Topa’n midangte sang a niam zaw hetlo a hong bawl ahi cih hong phawk thak un. Topa’ min phatphat ni.

C. Khoppi siimte kianga thuvaikhak: Abe Lincoln in, “The Woodcutter who stops to sharpen his axe will cut more wood” na ci hi. Tulaitak a khangnote in na hun uh a mawkna a bei saklo in kitathiam na hun a nazat ding uh kong deihsak uh hi. Heimawl hilo a Heihiam anei khangnote hiding in na nuntakna uh hong kitathiam ciat ding in kong deihsak mahmah uh a, nuntakna kikhel a Topa’ muang a Topa kimakaih sak khangnote nong suah uh leh, i khoppi lawhcing hi ding hi. Topa’n thupha hong pia hen.
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Source: Zogam.Com

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Lamkate Khopi a teeng maw khota ah?

By PAUZAGIN TONSING

Lamka Khopi (Town/ Urban) hi ding maw Khota (Village/Rural) gawmkhawm hi ding chih ngaihtuahna tampite’n i nei uhi. Solkal lam leng buai ahi ngei ding ua a khenchiang in Khopi chi in huchi kawmkawm in Khota dia thusuah zel. Khota ahi chi a thusuah i sak lai in Khopi hi ding chi zel, deihkhop lou in Lamka Khopi sung a Khopi hihna mun nih khawng om dia thusuak chih zel ahi.

Ngaihtuah detdet in bang pen hoih ding hiam chih theihbut louh ngut hi. Hichi bang in Moreh Khopi leng Solkal in Khopi hihen a chih chiang a Khota mah hileh chih ngaihdan om zel ahihna ah lungbuai huai mahmah khat a suak hi.

Autonomous District Council nuai a i om lai in Town Committee chih bang om in, tua hun lai in Lamka tuh Khopi mah ana hi ngut hi. Huai hunlai in Ward a khen in, veng tuamtuam ah khennen in Lamka khopi etkai in ana om hi. Khota bangzah hiam gawmkhawmte’n Ward ana bawl in, Ward Commissioner-te’n Town Committee ana bawl hi. Hiai hun lai a kivaihawmna, khosung etkaina, khantouhna leh lam tuamtuam ah bang dinmun in i om a chih vel thak leng Khopi leh Khota teel diing i thei mai thei hi. Himahleh mitdel sai zawt mah bat theih veve ding hi.

Amasa in, bangziak a singtang bangzah hiamte Khopi hihsak sawm i hi ua? Singtang a kho lian deuhte a khan ding bang a khang theilou, mipi tampi omkhawm himahleh phaizang a khopite tan bang tang theilou in, lam tuamtuam a khantouhna ding gel theihlouh chih ahi. Adik mahmah hi. Ministry of Urban Development leh Ministry of Urban Affairs & Employment ei aa dia bangmahlou chihna toh kibang hi. Khoneu (rural) a ni khat tui piak theihzah litar 40 ahihlai in Khopi ah litar 100 ahi. Tui kiningching neih theihlouh a suak hi. Lampi letdan ding, lampi kiang a mi paina ding (footpath), gari khawlna (parking), niinpaina (sewerage), lampi meivak (street-lights) leh adangdang khopi mite neihte nei theilou kisuak hi. Amau neih bang neihtheihna ding a Solkal in hon donsaklou i chih pen a dikmah ahi. Donsak theihna ding in Scheme khat peuhpeuh guideline toh hong kituah ngai a, tua ding in Khota a teeng i hihna ah a chinlouhna a om chihna ahi. Alehlam ah hiai bang hamphatna in gam neihna lam a hetkha hia chih ana ngaihtuah in.

Hiai bang a hamphatna laklut a, Khopi mi bang a teen sawm in CEO amah Autonomous Disrict Council (ADC) sung a Ward 19 nuai a Khota hunkhop Khopi huamkhak ding in hon puang hi. Hiai tuh District Council Amendment nanung pen zui a District Council in mun khat peuh khantouhna ngimna in Urban a puang thei dia, a semsuah thei ngal ding chih pansan ahi. Atung a i gen bang hamphat tuamtuamte Khopi hih ziak a ngah ding ahihleh kithalawp huai a, huan District Council in tua bang a amau Autonomous sung a semsuah ding ahihleh hoih lai ngial hi. Himahleh, ADC kua khut a om hiam chih kidong le mipite khut ah a om kei hi. Manipur pumpi ah President/Governor Rule om gige leh huai toh kibang hi. Ei sik a kuan diing MLA i tel ngei kei ding ua, ei vai ding min hon hawmsak ding uh. Tua bang in ei tang a sawl diing MDC i tel ngei kei ua, ADC om mahleh thuneihna ei a ahikha kei hi. Ei-le-ei Khopi in kiphuan ding china pi in midang in Khopi in hon phuansak uh chihna le ahi ngal ve. I vaihawmtu ding hon teelsak phal lou ahih chiang un.

Failed System a om khalou hile Khopi a teng utlou kua a om dia? ‘Tekse thoih leh puanse thuap’ chih bang deuh in hoihna ding om tuan nawnlou ding hi. Gel vengveng ni. Autonomous District Council tungtawn a mipi’n vaihawmna a lak lai in eimah a kivaihawm i hi ua, huai lai in i hoihna ding leh siatna ding eimah kigel ahi. Tuni in ADC om mahleh midangte’n ei tung a hong vaihawmna uh ahihna ah ngaihtuah kul hi. Eimah a kivaihawm lai in leng hihkelhna tampi a om khin hi. A lohsapna thupi pen tuh gam leitang tungtang ah singtangmi hilou tampite’n gam hong neihna uh ana himai mah a, mi’n ADC pen amau kivenbitna dia a zatlai un eite dai (fencing) chipzak kipatna a hong hilel hi. Ahimhim in, ADC chipeuh le’ngle, kamkei ha bei bang lel ahi. Thuneihna neukhah toh ut hunhun a mipi’ teel khawm MDC thaimang theih ahi tel hi.

Khopi hi ding lai Khota a puan in i hong om leuleu uhi. Bangziak a Khopi ding chih puankhit nung a Khota hi ding chih hizel hiam chih enle hang sum-le-pai deihna mah ahi zel hi. Khopi mite’n National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) ngah theilou ding chih a hong om chiang in Khota hih bang i hong kituh souhsouh zel uhi. Tua ban ah Backward Region Grant hong om lai dia, Khota hih ziak a hamphatna sa teng taan dia , hong om zel dite le taan ding i lau zel uhi. Hiai in gam khantouhna ding leh nektak ngahna a hon tun tuan kei ding hi.

Eimah gam vaihawmna ding a thu i neihlouh ziak un eimah deihna bang chiat i teel uhi. Khente Khopi ut in adanglawi Khota ut zel. Huai leng mahni hamphat tuamna ding leh angmasialna ziak keleu hi maimah. Ni khat gilvah leh mahni khosak tuamna ding deihna a ut kituam chiat i hi mawk uhi. I kiang ate’n hiai thu a hon zuak ziak lel ua tavaih hi tel hang maw? A sel guk uh Khopi hile gam i taan behna ding pen uh kuama’n i genkha kei ua, leng i donsuak tuan kei uhi. Tuni a i buaipih nawn uh Khopi leh Khota kikal leng hiai ADC len India Danbupi Skedul 6na nuai a tuang ban hileh Khopi om pen hoih mahmah ding hi. Gam leitang hum bitna taktak om theiloupi in Khopi ah teng leng tuma a i dai chim kipan tuh chimzaak taktak thei dinmun ahi.

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© Pauzagin Tonsing, July 25, 2007

Source: Zogam.Com

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MARRIAGE: Read If You Are Tempted by other lovely lips


When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.

She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Dew. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company.

She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Dew so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Dew.

When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.

She requested that everyday for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Dew about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mummy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Dew about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mum out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy.

I drove to office… jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind… I walked upstairs. Dew opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Dew, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Dew, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other any more. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.

Dew seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank, blah..blah..blah. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

If you don’t share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage.

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The First Women President in India: Pratibha Patil Sworn-in as President

NEW DELHI: Pratibha Patil was on Wednesday sworn in as the country’s first woman President. She was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan at a function in the Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi.

The function was attended by a host of VVIPs, including outgoing President A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, opposition leaders, governors, chief ministers and members of the diplomatic corps.

A 21-gun salute was accorded to Patil after she was sworn-in as the country’s 13th President. She solemnly affirmed by the oath, which she took in English.

Shortly after she took oath as President, Pratibha Patil said she favoured a sustained economic growth that should be socially inclusive and called for empowering women.

“Our combined endeavour should be to ensure that the rate of economic growth is sustained and it is socially inclusive,” she said in her address at the Central Hall of Parliament after she was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan.

She described herself as the Republic’s first servant and said her sincere endeavour would be to live up to the high expectations of the people who chose to elect her as President.

Noting that India stood at the threshold of a new era of progress and was moving at an “historically unprecedented” rates of growth, Patil said “it should be our combined endeavour to sustain this growth and ensure that it is socially inclusive.”

She said it should be ensured that every section of the society, particularly the weak and the disadvantaged are equal partners in an beneficiaries of the development process.

“We must also ensure that every region of the country participates in and benefits from the process of economic growth,” Patil said.

Source: The Times Of India

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Oh No! This is India’s Capital City Transport System

SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE?

Checks & balance

Checks to continue till Sunday. On Tuesday, 558 buses checked. 364 declared fit. Drivers allege they have to wait for
hours for the test.

Easy ride today?

Commuters continue to face hardship. Hopefully, the situation will improve on Wednesday as 1,272 Bluelines are expected to ply.

Killer DTC

A DTC bus, plying between Madhuban Chowk and Old Delhi railway station, kills a man in his 50s at Wazirabad on Tuesday afternoon. Driver held.

HAROON’S MAGIC?

Transport minister Haroon Yusuf promises to double DTC fleet to 6,000 in next 3years. This will require funding of more than
Rs 1,000 cr

Source: The Times of India

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Metro At Your Door Sreps

Solution To Bus Problems May Be In Sight

Megha Suri TNN

New Delhi: Travelling in rickety buses, caught in a smelly crush of bodies. Or gliding on escalators and stepping into AC comfort to zip to your destination in no time. The choice is clear and Delhiites have given it the thumbs up.

With Bluelines staying away from the Capital’s roads, the Metro’s ridership has been breaking records. Now, the network is set to become more accessible.

‘Ideally, the Delhi Metro network should be within half a kilometre of every Delhiite,’’ Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan told TOI on Tuesday. Accordingly, the Delhi Metro masterplan — with a 2021 deadline — envisages an integrated network spanning 381.11 km. It could be the solution to Delhi’s transport woes.

Already, the three operational lines of Delhi Metro Phase I have acted as a reliable alternative to the collapsing transport system during the ongoing crisis. More than 7.24 lakh commuters took the Metro on Monday, generating the highest revenue so far — Rs 84.61 lakh.

‘‘But the half-km target may be difficult to achieve with an MRTS system alone. So it needs to be complemented with high-quality feeder bus services, bus rapid transit systems and light rail transit systems. The Metro has to be the backbone of the transport system because its passenger-carrying capacity is the highest,’’ said Sreedharan.

Taking the first step in this direction, DMRC is all set to start its first set of feeder buses, which it will directly supervise. It is also preparing a detailed project report to study the feasibility of a light rail transit system from Noida’s Sector 32 to the airport at Greater Noida.

COMING SOON TO A STATION NEAR YOU

The Network

Phase I (running): 65.10 km Cost: 10,571 crore

Phase II (by 2010): 125 km Cost: 80,000 crore

Phase III: 114.67 km

Phase IV: 76.30 km (Combined Deadline: 2021)

Total Metro network by 2021: 381.11km

The Numbers

Highest ridership (Saturday) 7.36lakh commuters

Maximum revenue earned from passengers: Rs 84.6lakh (Monday)

No of passenger trips: 1200

The Deadlines

Green Park April 2010

Qutab Minar June 2010

Noida June 2009

Airport Link Aug 2010

Route map on P 6

Metro to add 125 km by 2010

Plans For Dwarka-Airport, Jehangirpuri-Badli Corridors Await Nod

New Delhi: If Metro is the solution to the city’s traffic problems, why wait till 2021? Can’t we fast-track its construction? The answer: ‘‘Delhi Metro is coming up tremendously fast. Other metros being developed in countries like Taiwan, Singapore and even the US would take about 7-10 years to complete what we are doing under a strict three-anda-half-year deadline. In fact, if DMRC manages to pull this through, it would set a technological record of sorts in terms of pace,’’ says Anuj Dayal, DMRC’s chief spokesperson.

He points out that even before the actual construction of a line commences, there are several other time-consuming formalities which need to be completed. These include approvals from the government, identifying land requirements, taking permissions for tree-cutting and utility diversion on the route from local bodies, sometimes even providing alternative land for rehabilitation, handling stay orders in court and even opposition raised by the general public.

As of today, the Delhi Metro network measures just 65.1 km. The under-construction phase will cover another 125.04 km by the end of 2010, bringing south and east Delhi areas under the Metro umbrella. Phase II will also provide a fast-track link from Connaught Place to IGI Airport and connect Delhi to satellite townships of Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

In addition to the approved links from Vishwavidyala to Jehangirpuri, Central Secretariat to Qutab Minar, extended till Arjan Garh and Gurgaon, Shahdara to Dilshad Garden, Indraprastha to New Ashok Nagar, Yamuna Bank to Anand Vihar ISBT, Kirti Nagar to Mundka, Dwarka Sector 9 to Sector 21 and Delhi border to Noida Sector 32, there are also two more corridors which are awaiting approvals.

The corridors awaiting approvals are from Dwarka Sector 21 to IGI Airport and from Jehangirpuri to Badli.

Meanwhile, the future course of the MRTS system as charted out by the Delhi Metro Masterplan 2021 in Phase III includes links between Mukundpur and ISBT Sarai Kale Khan; Central Secretariat-Mandi House-Daryaganj-Welcome-Nawada; Rithala-Barwala; Airport link to Gurgaon (up to T junction of Sectors 47 and 48); Sushant Lok to T-junction of Sectors 47 and 48; and extensions in Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Ghaziabad. This will add another 114.67 km of Delhi Metro to the NCR.

‘‘The blueprint of Phase III is being forwarded to the government for approvals. It is the government which takes the final call on what corridors are included in the phase,’’ Dayal added.

Phase IV will add several semi-urban areas to the network through links from Sarai Kale Khan to Sonia Vihar and Reola Khanpur, Palam to Mukundpur, Dwarka to Barawala, Ghazipur to Noida Sector 62, Dwarka Sector 21 to Chhawla and Ajronda to Kheri Khurd, adding another 76.3 km.

Dayal said the masterplan is constantly under revision, and since it was first prepared, about 150 km have been added to the Metro network that was originally conceptualised.

Source: The Times of India

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His or H(e)R’s?

It is perfectly believable that because of their sensitivity and ability to understand individuals, women are better equipped to become people managers. But is this statement really true? Yasmin Taj gets in conversation with female HR managers to unearth the truth

Managing a large number of people, keeping them happy and engaged, ensuring that they learn and grow continuously and listening to their grievances is all part of the modern Human Resources (HR) professional’s job. And it’s a given that listening, understanding, empathising and helping comes more naturally to women. Is it true then that in certain fields, women perform better than their counterparts and vice versa or are these just myths?

There is no doubt that both men and women can contribute equally and efficiently to any kind of job profile. However, as people management practices in corporate India come of age, organisations, today, are displaying a propensity to employ more women in their HR departments as compared to men.

“The entry of women into HR goes as far back as the late 19th century, when the role of welfare workers, who were also women, was to take care of women and girls in the workforce. And as more women entered the workforce during the two World Wars, their numbers in the welfare workforce increased and their role expanded to include recruitment and training,” explains Rubi Arya, AVP-HR, Kingfisher Airlines Limited. She adds that these days, whether man or woman, HR professionals require sound knowledge of the core business.

“From a peripheral kind of supporting role, HR today is emerging as an important strategic element in management. We are getting into a knowledge industry where what matters most is the kind of people you have on board. Therefore, a successful manager has to be a well-rounded person,” adds Anupama Babbar, HR Director, Aricent.

What is it then about women that make them excel as HR professionals? “Women don’t consider HR as a career choice because it is a cushioned job. Key HR skills include the ability to empathise, relate and influence and use emotional intelligence. This does not mean that men don’t have emotional intelligence, but women tend to excel in the field as they tend to have a deeper connection with others, emotionally. Similarly, HR is generally perceived to be a profession based around people and people skills. Men tend to be attracted to areas that are more systematic, structured and competitive,” states Arya.

Sonali Dhall, HR Director, Perfect Relations, adds, “HR involves a lot of multi-tasking and juggling of different activities at the same time and women can do many things at the same time and are not thrown off by pressures.”

Usha Dhar, Associate Director, Fujitsu Consulting India Limited, says, “Women, generally, won’t like to pursue a job that involves being away from the family frequently and for long periods, because of their dual roles and overpowering sense of responsibility for the well-being of the family. As the HR function does not involve much travelling, it does suit the physical, emotional and psychological needs of women.”

Babbar, however, feels that the concept of having more women in HR probably came about after more women started entering the field. “I agree that by volume, one would encounter more women in the HR field, since women tend to have this natural affinity towards people-oriented lines of business. But nowadays, you will find an equal amount of men in HR too. Hence, I don’t really associate it with gender,” she counters.

Are there any major differences in the attitudes and working styles of male and female HR managers? Arya believes, “The difference lies in the fact that women bring in a freshness of thought to the workplace. They also bring with them a special quality to the negotiating table; a certain approachability and logic. One of the major differences in men and women is the way they communicate at work. This quality presents women as more approachable and humane and hence best suited for an HR role!” Every job comes along with its own set of challenges and difficulties. And it is no different for women in HR. Arya opines, “The challenges are many for a woman in the HR environment, but we can broadly label them as stereotypes regarding women in business. And that they are breaking these perception is a long enough list of challenges that women HR managers need to work around.” Dhall explains that the main challenge is to leave emotions aside and take hard decisions for the company. “You have to be able to look at an employee in the eye and say ‘you’re fired’, and then be able to defend the company’s decision on every account.”

All said and done, the fact is that excellence is purely a matter of merit and talent and gender should certainly not be an indicator of talent. Arya opines that there are no short-cuts and no place for gender bias and that only things that matters is success, which depends on sheer determination, aptitude and perseverance!

Source: The Times of India

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