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11/16/07
Sarvajan Hitay Sarvajan Sukhay-For The Gain of The Many and For The Welfare of The Many-Dutiful, honest and efficient officers will be given full protection -State Government decides to file SLP in the Supreme Court-India surprises world in fight against polioSmoking, spitting to attract fine
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Sarvajan Hitay Sarvajan Sukhay-For The Gain of The Many and For The Welfare of The Many

Dutiful, honest and efficient officers will be given full protection

Lucknow November 15, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued directives to strictly follow the rules while initiating proceedings regarding the suspension or discipline against any employee. These directives were issued when a few cases of harassment of honest officers came to light. The Government has reiterated that the honest, dutiful and efficient officers would be given full protection. The Government has decided that the rules should be strictly adhered to while deciding the cases of suspension and disciplinary action. In the G.O. issued here today, all the Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Departmental Heads, have been directed that the Government was serious in ensuring implementation of important programmes and law and order on priority basis. The divisional review meetings were being organised to ensure their cent per cent implementation. The senior officers, by conducting spot verification, were taking solid information about the quality and virtual implementation of these programmes. The Chief Minister herself is conducting surprise inspection to take stock of the situation. In the directives, it has been mentioned that while taking action against the erring officer, all the rules should be followed. The G.O. issued by the Personnel Department (Karmik Vibhag) it has been mentioned that if during the divisional review meetings and spot verifications, action was required to be taken against any officer/employee then it should be taken in a lawful manner and according to the gravity of the fault. A person should be suspended when it is established that his fault was of that magnitude. The Ministers and other senior officers would be able to announce the suspension of the defaulter only after the appointing authority or the officer authorised for it had taken a formal decision. It has also been said in the G.O. that if owing to some condition the suspension of any officer is announced then it should be immediately brought to notice of the C.M. by mentioning the grounds on which the suspension had been recommended. It has also been said that the major punishment was not announced directly by appointing authority or the officer authorised for the purpose, instead only disciplinary action could be announced on the spot. Strict orders have been given to listen to the version of the defaulters on the spot if their fault was of lesser degree and thereafter the action should be announced. In the orders given to the defaulters it should be mentioned that their version was listen to on the spot and then the punishment was decided. While, during the spot verification, if the punitive action was decided, then special care should be taken when deciding the punishment so that only the person directly responsible for the fault was punished. *******

State Government decides to file SLP in the Supreme Court

Lucknow : November 15, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to file SLP in the Supreme Court against the interim order given by the High Court in the writ petition of the sugar mills. It may be recalled that the State Government, with an objective to provide remunerative prices to the sugarcane growers, had announced State Advised Prices (SAP) for sugarcane for the 2007-08 crushing season. According the announcement, the prices for the anupyukt prajatis has been fixed at Rs. 122.50 per quintal, for common variety sugarcane it is Rs. 125 per quintal and for agaiti prajatis it is Rs. 130 per quintal. The different sugar mills have challenged the State Government’s SAP in the hon’ble High Court. Those who have challenged the government’s SAP included East U.P. Sugar Mills Association and others, M/s Modi Sugar Mill and others and SBEC Sugar Ltd. and others. The Lucknow Bench of the High Court heard the writ today and issued the interim order saying that the sugar mills would pay the sugar price at the rate of Rs. 110 per quintal till further orders and they should start functioning immediately. The State Government, therefore, has decided to challenge High Court’s interim order in the Supreme Court by filing an SLP.

India surprises world in fight against polio

Thu 15 Nov 2007, 7:42 GMT
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By Y.P. Rajesh

NEW DELHI, Nov 15 (Reuters) - An unprecedented vaccination campaign has produced strong results in fighting polio in India and if sustained, the crippling disease could be eradicated in the next two years, a top WHO expert said.

Although India overtook Nigeria with the most cases in the world this year, the rise was of a less virulent strain and authorities should not divert their focus from rooting out Type 1 polio, Bruce Aylward, director of WHO’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, said.

Polio, which is incurable, leads to irreversible paralysis. Death occurs in about 5-10 percent of paralysed patients when their breathing muscles are immobilised.

Overall, India had 367 cases this year compared to 593 in the same period in 2006, WHO data, compiled in collaboration with Indian health authorities, showed. Of this, Type 1 accounted for a mere 66 cases compared to 575 last year.

“This is the biggest thing to happen in the programme. No one would have believed India would be here in October,” Geneva-based Aylward told Reuters. “This is a surprise.”

“Eighty-five percent of your kids are protected. You’ve got almost zero polio for 11 months in the core area, unprecedented, ” he said in an interview late on Wednesday. “This has never happened before.”

“If you finish Type 1 at the end of 2008, that’s victory. Type 3, mop it up in 2009 if you have to, that’s still victory,” he said.

Since the WHO eradication drive began in the late 1980s, cases have dropped from 350,000 in more than 125 endemic countries in 1951 to 695 so far this year, the lowest in years. India has said it hopes to wipe out the virus by the end of 2008.

The virus is transmitted through the faecal-oral route in unhygienic conditions. It enters the intestine and multiplies there if food is eaten with unwashed hands.

RISKS REMAIN

India, along with Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is among the last hotspots for the disease and a spike in cases in India in 2006 had sparked global alarm.

A change in strategy to focus first on the virulent Type 1 strain in the most vulnerable northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and increase the frequency of immunisation to cover as many children as possible, was paying off, said Aylward.

While Type 1 paralyses around one out of every 200 infected children and travels over wide areas, Type 3 paralyses one in around 1,000 infected children and does not travel so far.

The density of populations in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and poor living conditions made the task of eradication especially difficult, Aylward said.

“There are big risks,” the Canadian epidemiologist said at the end of a tour to Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. “When you’re doing something this big, there’s a tremendous temptation to stop as soon as possible and that’s where people make mistakes.”

While Uttar Pradesh needed to focus on Type 1 and not worry too much about its higher Type 3 cases, Bihar needed to go after the Type 1 in remote villages along river embankments and immunise children who are difficult to reach, he said.

“The last few cases are the toughest because you are trying to get out to the populations that always get left behind for everything, you are trying to put a face on the kids that nobody ever sees, the population nobody ever knows, the governments, quite frankly, everyone, fail.” (Editing by Mark Williams)


Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Friday, Nov 16, 2007

Smoking, spitting to attract fine

Kanpur: Railway authorities said here on Thursday that a fine of Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 will be imposed on the offenders found smoking and spitting at the railway station here.

“A team including CRPF personnel and TTE would catch the offenders,” a railway officer said, adding those unable to pay the fine would be sent to the jail.

This order would soon be implemented at other stations of Kanpur division, he said.

 

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Buddha-Total Unbinding
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Buddha

 

Parinibbana Sutta
Total Unbinding
Translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
 

Translator’s note: This discourse reports the way the Buddha passed away, giving four verses uttered by those who witnessed the event. It is interesting to note that the verses ascribed to heavenly beings make general comments on how the nature of all beings — even a Buddha — is to pass away, whereas the verses ascribed to the monks comment specifically on the Buddha’s display of mental mastery immediately prior to the moment of his total Unbinding.




On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Kusinara in Upavattana, the Sal Tree Grove of the Mallans, on the occasion of his total Unbinding. Then the Blessed One addressed the monks, “I exhort you, monks: All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful.” Those were the Tathagata’s last words.

Then the Blessed One entered the first jhana. Emerging from that he entered the second jhana. Emerging from that, he entered the third… the fourth jhana… the dimension of the infinitude of space… the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness… the dimension of nothingness… the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception. Emerging from that, he entered the cessation of perception & feeling.

Then emerging from the cessation of perception & feeling, he entered the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception. Emerging from that, he entered the dimension of nothingness… the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness… the dimension of the infinitude of space… the fourth jhana… the third… the second… the first jhana. Emerging from the first jhana he entered the second… the third… the fourth jhana. Emerging from the fourth jhana, he immediately was totally Unbound.

When the Blessed One was totally Unbound, simultaneously with the total Unbinding, Sahampati Brahma uttered this verse:

All beings — all — in the world,
will cast off the bodily heap
in the world
where a Teacher like this
without peer in the world
the Tathagata, with strength attained,
the Rightly Self-Awakened One,
has been totally
Unbound.

When the Blessed One was totally Unbound, simultaneously with the total Unbinding, Sakka, ruler of the gods, uttered this verse:

How inconstant are compounded things!
Their nature: to arise & pass away.
They disband as they are arising.
Their total stilling is bliss.

When the Blessed One was totally Unbound, simultaneously with the total Unbinding, Ven. Ananda uttered this verse:

It was awe-inspiring.
It was hair-raising
when, displaying the foremost
	accomplishment in all things,
the Rightly Self-Awakened One
was totally Unbound.

When the Blessed One was totally Unbound, simultaneously with the total Unbinding, Ven. Anuruddha uttered this verse:

He had no in-&-out breathing,
the one who was Such, the firm-minded one,
imperturbable
& bent on peace:
the sage completing his span.
	
With heart unbowed
he endured the pain.
Like a flame’s unbinding
was the liberation
of awareness.
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Dhamma-How about eating? How much should I eat?
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Dhamma

Q: How about eating? How much should I eat?

A: Eating is the same as sleeping. You must know yourself. Food must be consumed to meet bodily needs. Look at your food as medicine. Are you eating so much that you only feel sleepy after the meal and are you getting fatter every day? Stop! Examine your own body and mind. There is no need to fast. Instead, experiment with the amount of food you take. Find the natural balance for your body. Put all your food together in your bowl following the ascetic practice. Then you can easily judge the amount you take. Watch yourself carefully as you eat. Know yourself. The essence of our practice is just this. There is nothing special you must do. Only watch. Examine yourself. Watch the mind. Then you will know what is the natural balance for your own practice.

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