Deep Utsav – 2014 Registration

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the start of registration for DEEP UTSAV 2014.

Important details:

Date: Sunday, 12th October 2014.
Time: 6 PM – 10PM.
Venue: Singapore Swimming Club, 45 Tanjong Rhu Rd, Singapore 436899. ( http://www.nearby.sg/amenities/transportation/mrt-station/1/1.297180/103.881132/Singapore_Swimming_Club_45_Tanjong_Rhu_Road_Singapore_436899 )

Ticket Prices (cut-off date for fund transfer and/or confirmation – 30th September 2014)
Early Bird $40. (ends on 20th September)
Adult $50.
Child (5 yrs to 12 yrs) $30. (no early bird discount as it is already subsidised)
No fees for Children below 5 years.

The above fees will be applicable to both members and their invited guests.

Please do the registration through below link.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y2xMb6QVB0ab6ysQMDQ4j_Ihj7CXH86h10ZaFcu_nUI/viewform

BIJHAR promises a fun filled evening with family and friends with following

Special Features

1) Live performance by our very own Mr Arun Dev Yadav. Hailing from Sahibganj, Arun has enthralled our country by his singing skills on various national TV channels. Now he is travelling all the way to Singapore only to enchant BiJhar audiences.

2) Tribal Dance Performance by Members.

3) Oriental Dance Performances by Members and Japanese Group

4) Delicious food from Kinara.

5) Professional Deejay for the Jam Session.

6) Lucky Draw

Important Notes

1) There will be NO collection of fees at the venue. All members and their guests are requested to register and transfer fees on or before stipulated dates as above. Due to limited capacity of seat, the priority will be given based on first come first basis. No entry will be allowed without registration and payment of fees.

2) If you are bringing your maid, you need to pay full adult fees irrespective of whether she will take food or not.

3) A member is allowed to bring only one guest family due to space constraints. No guests will be entertained directly.

4) All BiJharis are reminded to renew their membership with BIJHAR before registering for Deep Utsav event.

5) The organisers reserve its right to change or vary any rules without informing to the members and the decision of the organising committee will be final and no argument will be entertained.

6) More details will follow as we approach the event day.

Money Transfer Guidelines

Please transfer funds to or send cheque as follows –

1) via I-Banking or ATM transfer in favour of BIJHAR (SINGAPORE)
DBS Current Account No: 020-9009-793 Branch code: 020 (DBS Clementi)
(After transfer please email the receipt to bijhar.singapore@gmail.com or sms to Manoj at 94382260) or

2) Issue cheque in favour of BIJHAR (SINGAPORE) & Post to 25 West Coast Crescent, #02-15 Blue Horizon Tower C, Singapore 128 047

For any queries or clarifications, feel free to contact me at 92985893 or chakrapani80@gmail.com .

Regards,
Chakrapani Narayan.

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Bukit Timah Family Trek – 6 July, 2014

It was a wonderful workout day for BiJhar’s members. Many BiJhar members participated in this expedition to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with great energy. Around 25 enthusiasts gathered at the visitor centre. The first sight of activity came from the native residents of the nature reserve; the long tailed macaques. To avoid any confrontation we chose to pay less attention to them. We started trekking sharply at 8 AM and to our delight we all reached to the summit by 08:55 AM and this provided a big boost to members who pledged to scale up their latest feat, again in near future, by replenishing their calories with tea and samosas at BiJhar’s president Mr Abdhesh Prasad’s nearby residence. A BIG thanks to the organisers Mr Brajesh Karjee and Jayanta Singh. We eagerly await the next trek.

 

By – Shruti Sinha

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Makar Sankranti Picnic – A Poetic Note

 

ऊपर वाले की माया देखिये कि हिंदुस्तान में सबसे ज्यादा खेले जाने वाला खेल ही हमारे बिझार समूह से जुड़ने का कारण बना |

ऐसा कहा जाता है कि अगर कवि कि बात सबके  समझ में आ जाए तो वो कवि ही काहे का,परन्तु (मेरा प्रिय शब्द ) मेरी पंक्तियाँ आपको जरूर समझ में आयेंगी.

बिझार ग्रुप से मेरा परिचय हमारे देश के सबसे चर्चित विषय और खेल क्रिकेट के मध्यम से हुआ |
चूँकि कवि बताया है अपने आप को तो प्रतिभा तो प्रमाणित करनी ही पड़ेगी

इरशाद: (अपनी स्वलिखित रचनाओं में से एक)
जिसकी याद में हम रोते हैंउसे हमारी याद आती तोहोगी |
वो बारिश वो रातें वो लम्बी बातेंक्या कभी उसेतड़पाती न होंगी,
हमने तो उसे बेवफा बताया,  पर वो हमें बेवफा बताती न होगी |
चलिए अब विषय पे आते हैं |
कुछ यूँ शुरू हुआ बिझार का अफसाना….
मनोज सर के पास मेरा क्रिकेट के लिए आना 
अचानक उनको मेरा बिहारी होना याद आना
उनका तुंरत जयंत जी को फ़ोन लगाना
और खाने का एक पैकेट और बढ़वाना ||


अगले दिन सिंगापुर गार्डन में बिझार के लोगों से टकराना
पत्रकार कि पोषाक वाले आनंद जी से व्यवहार बढ़ाना
पहली ही मुलाकात में अपनी छाप छोड़ने वाले आनंद जी का
कलात्मक ढंग से स्वान पार्क का रास्ता बताना |
बस दोस्तों कुछ इस तरह बढ़ने लगा बिझार का फसाना ||

बच्चों और महिलाओं को पिटटो का गेम खिलाना,
बीच बीच में अपने ही बच्चे से परेशान हो जाना,
जी हाँ ये हाल तो था मनोज जी का,
मनोज जी को बच्चों का धयान देकर उनको समझाना
भाभी जी का पटना से सिंगापुर तक पढ़ाई के बारे में बताना
जादातर पतियों का शादी के बाद यही है फसाना |
अब रंग में आ रहा था बिहार का अफसाना ||


अमित अभिषेकप्रवीण का बक्सर से  ख़ुद की चर्चा चलाना
और अपने MBA Finance सौरभ भइया का खाने पे धयान लगना
सनी अनुपम का बढ़िया से गेम में क्लू बताना,
और विजयी झारखण्ड टीम को ५ और अंक दिलवाना ||

योग गुरु ललित जी का योग और जीवन के बारे में बताना
बीच बीच में राजेश जी का लोगों को ५०० में Life Member बनाना
५०० की बात सुनकर ज़ोरदार सन्नाटा हो जाना |
बस भइया अब समझ में आ रहा था बिझार का तराना |

बात बिझार की हो तो उनको भूलना होगा बड़ा जुर्माना
ऐसे तो बड़े serious प्राणी हैं पर हर किसी पे टिप्पणी है चिपकाना |
शादी के सालों बाद भी खुल कर मुस्कुराना |
हाँ भइया ये डॉ संजय जी का है फसाना,
कहते हैं MC चाहिए तो सीधे घर चले आना,
भाभी जी का चौधरी से सीधे ठाकुर हो जानाया फिर चाईबासा
महिला कॉलेज का जिक्र चलाना |
महिलाओं में खासा रूचि दिखाना,
अरे डॉक्टर साहब बच के अंत में आपको अपने
घर ही जाना |

हमारे विकास जी का हमको किनारे ला कर सुनना 
हमारी वजह से उनका बैचलर टाइटल छिन जाना 
भाभीजी को बुलाता हूँ यही बात फिर कहियेगा
इतना सुनते ही धीरे से खिसक जाना |

 
बात करें अवधेश जी की लालू से मिलकर आएपर ये क्या 
लालू जी की तरह लोगों को भाषण सुनना 
लोगों को जीवन सदस्य बनने के बाद के सपने दिखाना 
अवधेश जी लाला लोगों से भरा है बिझार का खजाना 
और बड़ा मुश्किल है इन लोगों से पैसे निकलवाना 
बस भइया अब रंग में था बिझार का तराना ||

नीरज जी का अंग्रेजी में Intro बतानापास में खड़ी भाभी जी
का प्यार में चमकाना,
भाग्यवान अब आप ही बोले बोलकर,
बेचारे नीरज जी का चुपचाप से किनारे हो जाना

ब्रजेश जी का उत्तेजित हो कर डांस में हाथ आज़माना
अभिषेक कुमार का लाख कोशिश के बाद भी Act नहीं कर पाना
कत्थक न्रित्यांगना डॉली जी का हारने पर भी शोर मचाना
इन सबके बीच नव विवाहित दम्पतियों का आपस में मुस्कुराना 

बस तो यही था बिझार से हमारी पहली मुलालत का 
फसाना |


वैधानिक चेतावनी :
ऊपर लिखित रचना का किसी भी व्यक्ति वस्तु से कोई सम्बन्ध नहीं है | आपका अपनाअभिषेक श्रीवास्तव

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तीन कवितायें


1. चाहत 

कहते कहते होंठ मे छाले निकल गए ,
हाय ! पर मुझको सुनने वाले निकल गए |

सोचता था अब कि एक छत मेरे सर पे हो ,
ये क्या खुदा कि मुहँ के निवाले निकल गए |

कोशिशें कि जीत लूँ दुश्मनों के भी दिल
देखता हूँ कि चाहने वाले निकल गए |

सोंचता हूँ मैं अब चुप ही रहूँ ‘अति’ ,
क्या करूँ पर – जुबां के ताले निकल गए |

कह तो लूँगा मैं खामोशियों की शायरी ,
दर्द-ए- दिल मगर, समझने वाले निकल गए |

ये कैसा वक्त आ गया है देखिए ,
खुदा के बन्दों के दिवाले निकल गए |

चलो , चलें यहाँ से ऐ मेरे हमसफ़र !
यहाँ से सारे जाने वाले निकल गए |

कब्र जब हमने अपनी खुद ही खोद ली ,
आस्तीन के सांप जो पाले निकल गए |

आज कौन जिसको हम अपना कह सकें ,
अपने सभी गैरों के हवाले निकल गए |

ख्वाइश थी आस्मां की मगर मुझको जब मिला ,
उसमें चमकने वाले सभी सितारे निकल गए |


2. इश्क़ 

शेख़ जी सीने में जहाँ के दर्द पाले हुए क्यूँ हैं,
ख़ुदा के इतने ज़लजले सम्भाले हुए क्यूँ हैं ।

मैनें की है इश्क़ जहाँ में अपने तर्ज़ पर ,
रस्में-इश्क़ लैला -मजनूओं के हवाले क्यूँ है ।

सड़कों की धूल मे हसीन बच्चों का तब्बसुम,
मक़्का -ओ- मदीना के पैरों में छाले क्यूँ हैं ।

मेरी चुप्पी की ग़ूंज कोई सुन ले तो बताये ,
आस्तीन में इतने साँप पाले क्यूँ है ।

मेरे इश्क की तासीर तुमने क्या लिखी ख़ुदा ,
सारे ताज़ बदरंग और काले क्यों है ।

मैंने तो रंग मंच पर बस हास्य रचाया,
पर्दे के सारे मंज़र रुलाने वाले क्यों है ।

3. दिल की बात 

दिल की बात बताना क्यानासमझे को समझाना क्या ,
दिल कि बात जुबाँ क्या समझे , बार बार दुहराना क्या |

इश्क मे कुछ भी कहना क्या , इश्क मे कुछ भी सुनना क्या ,
इश्क हुआ फिर ‘मैं‘ ना रहा तो , इश्क की रीत निभाना क्या |

खुदा की रीत निभाना क्या , मंदिरमस्जिद जाना क्या ,
वो तो है अन्दर बैठा ही , जाना क्या पहचाना क्या |

इस दुनिया में आना क्या, इस दुनिया से जाना क्या,
मैं यहाँ सदियों से बैठा, मेरा यहाँ ठिकाना क्या |

कहता है ज़माना क्या , शेख की बात को माना क्या,
दिल में जो छुपकर बैठा है , उस को शीश नवाना क्या|

कवि परिचय :

मोद प्रकाश निधि (जन्म : 20 मई ,1973 ) , बोकारो स्टील सिटी , झारखण्ड , मे जन्म एवं प्रारम्भिक शिक्षा । आइ. आइ .टी . (I.I.T) कानपुर से इंजीनियरिंग तथा आइ. एस .बी ( I.S.B ) हैदराबाद से स्नातकोत्तर शिक्षा ।
लिखने का शौक बचपन से ही | मोद प्रकाश की कविताओं में नये प्रतीकों और बोल -चाल की हिन्दी-उर्दू का प्रयोग है । उनकी रचनाओं मे हिन्दी -ग़ज़ल की विधा का प्रभाव है लेकिन साथ ही ग़ज़ल की नियमावली से मुक्त रहने की कोशिश भी साफ दिखाई देती है । मोद प्रकाश सम-सामयिक विषयों पर अंग्रेजी मे भी लिखते रहें हैं ।
पाठक उनकी अन्य रचनायें उदगार पर पढ़ सकते हैं ।

 

 

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Lost in the maze of passwords

lost_in_the_maze_of_passwords.gifBy the time you finish reading this article , you realize that you really liked this article and would like to post a comment or share your own tips on managing passwords. You click on the “Post comments” link and Noooo! the dreaded thing happens… Bijhar.org prompts you to sign in before you can post a comment.
That is indeed irksome but the worst is yet to come. You try to log in only to discover that don’t remember your password! You try a number of different passwords but nothing works!

Well you are not alone.


Almost 75% of registered BiJhar members did not login at http://www.bijhar.org in the past six months. There is a good chance that they wouldn’t remember their passwords either.

This is the case even as most of our social interactions and economic transactions move to the Internet and this shift continues at an ever increasing rate. Online air ticket booking , bank transactions shopping , movie tickets, bill payments , photo-sharing – you think of an activity and chances are that you are performing it on the Internet.
While it has brought tremendous ease and time savings on one hand , it has increased our headaches on the other.
Internet fraud , computer hacking , phising , Identity theft or impersonation are some of the issues which continue to bog Internet users like you and me.

An associated problem which a normal user faces is the plethora of user accounts and passwords one has to create and remember.
Majority of websites which sell products or services of some worth require you to register. At the very least, you need to provide your name, contact information and create an user id and password.You think it is painful but only a one time affair. Think again, you need to remember your user id and password or else you will have to:

  1. Re-register , filling out all the cumbersome details again Or
  2. Answer some security questions (Challenge & Response ). This can be equally tiring . If you don’t believe me , try forgetting your hotmail or Gmail password !
  3. Call/write to their help-desk, request for a password reset . This is quick for most sites but Banks and other financial institutions like the CPF Board would send your new password/pin only by post. That may take up to a week!

I once forgot my ICICI Bank password. When I requested for a new password , they sent it after 10 days at my India address. I couldn’t perform any transaction during this period till I called up home to get my coveted new password which had to be changed again immediately and of course remembered !

How Do People Manage Passwords

We all agree that it is difficult to manage so many passwords. But the next obvious question is how to manage them without ever forgetting them?

Here are some approaches people adopt :

a) Use your pets’ , wives’ or children’s name as your password for every website
b) Use different passwords and write them down in your diary or a piece of paper which adorns in your wallet or place it in a drawer near your computer
c) Allow your browser to remember passwords for you .
d) Open a new account every time you forget your password
e) You enter $qw&8U@1K3 when logging on to your bank’s website , enter *3Jk$pK?g9 at your air-ticketing site and your office computer’s password is b*9Qt^5Z7y …

Well ! If your response is (e), you should not be reading this article any further. You got a super memory and I would recommend you to be a awarded a PhD in Internet security and password management.

For those who opted for (a) using a simple word or name for every site , i) your choice of password poses a serious risk to your online security, ii) don’t feel embarrassed. Nearly 50% online users , use the same password everywhere as per a recent survey by Jupiter Research. If your password is a dictionary word or a name you can be potential victim of password hacking. Don’t be under the impression that it is difficult to guess your password. A hacker can deploy programs which can try all the words in the dictionary in a matter of minutes or less.
Worst still, once a hacker cracks your password , your whole web history is before him like an open book !!!

Those who chose (b) i.e. write your passwords on a piece of paper , your password is as secure as the security of the place where you keep that paper. If you you prefer to keep it near your office computer, it is at the mercy of your colleagues / your Secretary who keep dropping by every now and then.

Agreed But …

You could say, well, I agree that a password should be cryptic , should be changed often and should contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters , letters, special characters like $, ^, * # etc , must at least be 7 characters long and so on.
‘But how on earth am I going to remember so many cryptic passwords. I am not even confident about remembering one. My wife’s name is so convenient and I can type it even with my eyes closed’,you may say.

No doubt , simple passwords are easy to remember and most of us often prefer simplicity over security.

Managing Passwords Can Be Easy

There are a number of software and hardware tools available which can manage your passwords in a safe and secure way, however, this is not the focus of my article.
It is not all that difficult to manage and remember your passwords yourself without compromising on their complexity and hence the built in security free of cost. You may choose to follow some simple rules like the ones outlined below or may devise your own rules once you get the general idea.

Categorize your Internet accounts

Divide your Internet user accounts into two or three categories depending on the sensitivity of the transactions/activity you perform on the website in question. I suggest the following classification:

Plain Vanilla Accounts : Most of the websites you visit would probably fall in this category. Sites which offer non-financial services, those which DO NOT hold crucial and sensitive information like credit card details, passport and NRIC number , date of birth , bank account numbers etc. Sites which would fall in this category are news portals like http://www.timesofindia.com , your online grocery store , online calling card sites like http://www.telephonecard.com.sg . As a thumb rule, sites, where you don’t really care if some one hacks your account and avails the services on your behalf, fall in this category.
I don’t mind if some one is reading news at http://www.livemint.com posing as Sudeep Kumar or some one goes and buys telephone cards on my behalf. The hacker cannot make payments from my bank account even if he tries to purchase calling cards in my name so I am safe.

Important Accounts : These are accounts on websites where the site stores one or more of your crucial /sensitive information like Date of Birth , Passport Details, NRIC number etc. but NO credit card and bank account information. Your favourite e-mail account would also fall under this category. Chances are good that you may have sent one or more pieces of sensitive information to your friend/ potential employer etc for example your resume. You might have sent very personal messages to your spouse/ girl friend/boy friend which you would not want to share with any one , certainly not with a Hacker.

Critical Accounts : These are accounts which store your financial and personal data both. Online accounts with Banks (e.g , http://www.DBSBank.com, http://www.icicibank.com etc ) ,Brokerage houses ( on line trading accounts with Funds Supermart, ICICIDirect.com etc) Statutory bodies like the CPF board etc would fall under this category. Your userId and password on such websites should be cryptic , almost impossible to guess and should be shared with None. Many banks have now added an extra layer of security, also known as Second Factor Authentication (2FA). The account holders are provided with a security device , which randomly generates a pin to be entered after you have keyed in your user id and password to gain access to your account. This significantly reduces the chances of an online fraud.
Since not all financial institutions have implemented 2FA , your secure password is still the first and probably the only line of defense against a hacker.

Devise your own Password Strategy

For each of the account categories , you can come up with password generation strategies ranging from simple to the most cryptic yet, easy to remember.

Password Strategy for Plain Vanilla Accounts

You can have one/two passwords for all of your plain vanilla accounts. For such a password think of something which is very personal to you and even your close Friends and wife may have no clue. If it is not from the English dictionary even better. It should not be your middle name nor even your wife’s name or one of your children’s name. How about the name of your grandfather, grandmother , grand uncle.
Great grandfather would be even better but I don’t think more than 1 in 10 people would remember their Great Grandfathers name. If it is an old fashioned desi name like “rampukar” , “ramkhelawan” , ” budhnidevi” , “chotakifua” , “badkidayee” you are on the right track.
Wait! We are not done yet. We need to make it a little more complex. Now think of a two, three or 4 digit number which you can associate with something , e.g. , the wedding year of your parents or the birthday of your grandmother , the hostel room number in your college, license plate number of the lamby scooter your dad used to ride. Just pick one such number. Let us say I pick, my hostel room no., which is 207 and I pick my grandmothers name , “budhni” . Construct a password: budhni207 .

How secure is this password? 
Well, if a brute force attack is employed, assuming the hacker got no clue about your password, he has to try 11 billion different character combinations to crack it. Feeling confident? For a human it is indeed tough to crack, but if he deploys a hacking program running on desktop , he can crack it in 35 minutes.It is not “that” safe in the strictest sense , but then it is for your “Plain Vanilla” websites so a safety of 35mins is reasonable. After all, who is a a fool to waste 35 mins only to read your businesstimes subscription online.

Password Strategy for Important Accounts

we will make stronger passwords for these accounts. Using the same old granny, “budhnidevi” , and my hostel room no 207 , let us construct a stronger password. This time i will use her full name and place the numbers in between and at the end. using this approach, I split the name midway and put first two digits there and the last one at the end , now my password is : “budhni20devi7 “.

How secure is this password ? This time, we got 10 letters and 3 digits. This means there are 141 quadrillion different character combinations. A hacking program running on a desktop will need 2 million years to crack it . To give you a perspective, our first ancestors, the early Homo Sapiens evolved nearly 200,000 years ago. If one of them was a hacker with a computer and still alive and still trying , he hasn’t reached even halfway.

Password Strategy for Crucial Accounts

If you have understood the game so far, generating our super cryptic set of passwords is easy. Just pick 2 of the special characters from the keyboard, e.g. #, ! or &,* , or @,% . I choose our faithful old granny .”budhnidevi” again, choose ” &,*” and 4 digits from my lambretta scooter license plate digits , BER2539 . Now how about this password : ” Budhni&25Devi39*”

How secure is this password ? I dare not tell you the number of possible character combinations. If you insist then it is 1 sextillion. I leave it to you to figure out how many zeros it contains. And I did not coin this term for sure …
Using the same approach, I construct two more such passwords , Ram&25Khelawan39* and Chotaki&25Fua39* .
As you can see, among your grand mom, grand uncle and Chotaki fua , you managed to generate 5 passwords. Three of them would pass any test for password quality and strength. The remaining two are pretty good as well.
Toggle between your ultra secure passwords every 3 months.
All you need to remember is : budhnidevi, chotkifua, ramkhelawan – your relatives, your lambretta registration number , two special characters. Is it all that hard to remember ?
If you have had the patience to read all this , you are already on your way out of this password maze. Go ahead, make your own set of cryptic rules and change all the overly simplistic passwords you have with the new stronger ones.

Additional Security Measures

  1. Always close your browser after you have logged out from your Important/ Crtical category of sites.
  2. Refrain from visiting the “Critical” category sites when accessing it from a public computer like Cyber cafe. If you must, then DEFINITELY close the browser once you log out.
  3. Install a good antivirus and anti-spyware program on your computer from nortan antivirus, McAfee or TrendMicro. Keep it upto date.
  4. Zone alarm (http://www.zonealarm.com/) offers anti -spyware software for free or at a reasonable fee.
  5. DO NOT install free file sharing programs unless you are extremely sure that it is free from spyware.
  6. Avoiding porn sites can do a lot of good to your computer. If basic instincts overpower you at times, refrain from installing anything on your computer from such sites.

I have outlined some simple measures for a hassle-free Internet experience. Do keep in mind this is not a complete cookbook on Internet Security.
Hope you have enjoyed reading it and learnt a thing or two. Now what are you waiting for?
Log in and write your comments. Share your own tips on password management– with me and other readers.

PS :

  1. If you don’t remember your bijhar.org password , click the forgot password link in the left panel just below the login section .
  2. If you don’t even remember your user id then read the article again as punishment and then call Jayanta Singh or drop him an email at (jayanta@bijhar.org).
  3. Don’t try to hack my account using the password combinations used for illustration. You would only be wasting your time.

 

 

 

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Rag Pickers Project

“In this part of India, the temperature has already come down to 16 degrees   Celsius. Soon it will be around, 6 deg. Celsius, forcing people to be confined to the warmth of woolens in their bed till late morning. Even the   Sun does not dare to challenge the fury of early morning cold and delays its  arrival. But, the biting cold and the darkness before dawn does not deter  some little brave hearts from coming out on the roads to take on the  struggle of life for yet another day.
Friends we are talking about RAG PICKERS, aged 4 to 12 years. They start their day at around 5.00. AM, barely protected from the cold. They do this everyday, without fail, throughout the year, to earn anything between Rs. 10  to 50, so as to get a meal at the end of the day for themselves and probably  for their parents and siblings. Forget education, in this process they miss  out their childhood. Doing this, they are threatened with disease, crime, abuse, etc. This experience makes them a threat to the society, when they  are grown up.”

 

The lines above come from Mr Basant Hetamsaria, founder of Jhrakhand Vikas Nyas (JVN).One cannot but get moved after reading these lines. They formed part of an appeal to BIJHAR an year back. Basant wanted to start a project to help these poor rag picking children. BIJHAR  decided to support JVN in its efforts unanimously.


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The ragpickers project was planned to be be executed  in two phases.

Phase 1 – Treatment And Basic Protection

In phase 1, JVN would identify about 50 rag picker children, get them  medically examined     particularly for skin problems), help them with shoes,  gloves and may be some woolens and compassionately create awareness in them about health and hygiene.

Phase 2 – Education

In phase 2, it is planned to provide primary education to these children. This is a  challenging task because the kids can not be asked to stop their work till  their family agrees to this, full time formal education is not  possible.JVN has planned to conduct evening classes  once the children  have finished  their day’s work. JVN volunteers would continue to persuade their parents to let their children enroll for full time education.

Phase2 Cost Estimates

 Items Estimated Cost 
 Set Up Cost  INR 10000/-
 Operating Cost  INR 2000 p.m

 


 

Phase1  Completed: A Report

By Basant Hetamsaria 
In all we had enlisted 49 children in the age group of 4-10 years, all engaged in rag picking. The venue of the project (Bazar Tand, Ramgarh) was selected almost in their courtyard, so that it is convenient for them to attend the function.The Commandant of Sikh Regimental Centre, Brig. I.S. Gakhal was the chief guest of the function, who is currently the chairman of the Cantonment Board, Ramgarh also. The function was presided over by Sri M.R. Chadha.

In all 49 children turned up. They were first examined by two leading doctors of Ramgarh – Dr. A.K. Berlia, Paeditrician and Dr. Sharad Jain,
Physician. They were all given a dose each of Tetnus Taxoid to protect them from tetnus to which they are very prone. They were also provided with Mebendazole Tab. (Anti worm) and iron tablets as per requirement. The medicines were provided by the local govt. hospital. The incharge of the hospital, Dr. Mahadeo Prasad was himself a witness to this programme.

 

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A Ragpicker receiving medical advice- Brig. I.S. Gakhal Looks On

The children were given laddoos (sweets) and toffees. The toffees were brought by Brig. Gakhal himself for the children. Then all the 48 children were provided with a pair each of new sports shoes, so that there feet is protected, when they enter dustbin. There joy was to be seen to believe.

 

 

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The happy but curious innocence

We emphasized on hygeine, health care and education. The function was attended by Mr. Pradeep Kr. Singh (President, Ramgarh Chamber of Commerce & Ind.), Prof. S.K. Prasad (President, Ramgarh Citizen Forum), Mr. Vivek Agrawal (President, Marwari Yuva Manch), Mrs. Aruna Jain (President Elect, All India Marwari Mahila Sammelan), Dr. A. Raha, Anand Hetamsaria (Vice-President, Rotary Club of Ramgarh), Media Persons and about 150 people including children.

One notable thing of this project: Inspired by the project, some organisation, represented by their office bearers have assured to do
something for these children, particularly for their health and education.

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Diwali at MINDS Singapore

How BiJhar helped brighten up the lives of the MINDS children by celebrating Diwali with them. Some of us Bjhari ladies got together and organised a Diwali celebration at the Yio Chu Kang branch of MINDS. As you may be aware, MINDS, stands for the MOVEMENT FOR THE INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED FOR SINGAPORE. It is a school for the kids with special needs and is run with help from Community chest. On Wed, 18th Oct 2006, a quartet of Bijhari ladies went to the MINDS School.

 


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The quartet consisted of Dr. Anuradha, Rachna, Nalini and Sheela. We put up a short 10 minute play on why we celebrate Diwali which was followed by some Bollywood dances and food for all the 110 children present that day.

Diwali was somehow never celebrated in this school as there were no Indian teachers to spearhead such a celebration, hence we came up with the idea of a Diwali celebration in MINDS.There are very few Indian children in this school but they all loved the Hindi songs and dances and listened intently to the short drama that we staged using the MINDS kids from the higher classes.

It was indeed a pleasureable experience watching Sita going to Vanvaas with Ram and Lakshman. The kids loved the entry of Ravana and were in splits when Hanuman Jeei came on stage to rescue Sita. Overall, everyone had fun including the teachers.

 

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Sita

 

 

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Ravana

 

Then it was snacks time when we all headed to the canteen. The food was very simple but very tasty. There was pulao, alu ki sabji and puri for all the kids and teachers. This was possible due to the sheer hard work of Nalini, Rachna, Dr.Anuradha and I pitched in too! The satisfaction and happiness spread across all the kids’ faces made all our efforts worthwhile and we all beamed in joy making promises to each other that we should cook more stuff next year!

 

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Ravana Abducting Sita

 

 

By noon we all came back to our respective homes tired but our hearts full of content and joy that we had filled in bliss and mirth in the children who are special during a very special festival, Diwali.

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