first_imgUrbanisation is key to enhance comfort levels, improve the standard of living and avail benefits of various opportunities available in urban areas as compared to villages.It is practically not feasible to extend facilities to villages as can be extended and available in urban areas.The people who want to avail opportunities and grow are rushing to big cities of India. Big cities are only providing right opportunities like higher education, empowerment and growth.Big cities have now become thickly populated. To make comfortable travel huge investments are going on to improve infrastructure facilities.But we find that the development of infrastructure facilities are not able to cope up with the pace of demand and requirements of increasing population. The net result is, therefore, more and more concentration in big cities. Further, the sub-cities are putting a further load on the infrastructure. People need facilities at both places ie at the areas of their residence and also offices located in the cities.The very purpose of the urbanisation ie comfortable and improve in the standard of living is lost in big cities.People are spending lots of time in travel, the journey is also not that comfortable, use of many modes of transportation facilities between their home and reaching to the workplace due to distances and different direction, they are not able to manage work and home balances. Therefore physically difficult and it is not a happy life. They have to live in such a difficult life just to avail opportunities and employment which is not available in small places.Therefore the question is to be answered as to how do we get the real benefits of urban life.I tried to think through to achieve the benefits of urban life by implementing some of the following actions1.     DE-CONGESTION OF BIG CITIESWe may decide that the metro city will not have population more than say 1 crore. To achieve this will have to put a ban on further capital expenditure except projects are on hand in metro cities.2.     VILLAGES TO HAVE ATLEAST POPULATION OF MAYBE 30000 PEOPLE.We need to make people aware the benefits of urban areas and convince the villagers to shift in their nearest smaller city with maybe a population of 30000 so that urban level facilities can be extended to all people.3.     DECIDE THE DIFFERENT SIZES OF CITIESWe may decide to have say following sizes of citiesPopulation upto 1 lacPopulation upto 5 lacsPopulation upto 10 lacsPopulation upto. 20 lacsPopulation upto. 50 lacs ( restrict new development of such size of cities) andMetro cities upto 100 lacs ( ban on new development of metro city)All efforts should be made towards the choice of staying in smaller cities.4.     CRITERIA OF SELECTION OF CITIES FOR DEVELOPMENTwhere ever there are opportunities and also of employment generation, such kind of place are to be selected for developments.5.     STANDARDISATION OF MINIMUM LEVEL OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIESWe may decide similar infrastructure and facilities for all different six sizes of cities listed above. This means we may have 6 kinds of city development plans. The city plan is the most important job to be undertaken and should be of international level. We may take the support of top international professionals to develop city plans.The housing development may be planned preferably on vertical so as to minimise distances and save land.6.     INVEST CAPITAL EXPENSES IN SMALLER CITIES AS PRIORITYThe amount saved (due to the ban in spending on capital cost in metros) should be spent in the development of smaller cities to achieve fast urbanisation.7.     DISCOURAGE SUB CITIES NEAR BIG CITIESWe may not promote now any more as such cities require extra spending on infrastructure and other facilities. Further people are not at a physical comfort level.ADVANTAGESWe may reap many benefits likePeople will have real benefits of urban life.People will stay close to their family set up, relatives and close to culturesPeople will get most opportunities closer to their placesPeople will get most employment closure to their places.People will have a better standard of livingMore land will be available for cultivation and other uses by vacating villages and better planning of cities.Uniform developments and opportunities.May help in maintaining better environments.Reducing gaps amongst people in wealth distributionBetter administration and governances.ACTIONS ON ABOVE THOUGHTS WILL LEAD TO ACHIEVE A DEVELOPED NEW INDIAlast_img read more

Kansas reaches new heights in AP Top 25 at No. 2

first_imgOregon fell from No. 2 to No. 9 after losing 34-24 at unranked Arizona on Thursday night. Oklahoma dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after losing 34-27 Saturday night at unranked Texas Tech. Eleven times this season a top-five team has lost to an unranked opponent.LSU received 60 first-place votes Sunday out of a possible 65 from the media panel. Kansas got three first-place votes, Missouri had one, as did No. 4 West Virginia.Ohio State (11-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 after finishing its regular season with a 14-3 victory over Michigan. The Wolverines fell out of the rankings for the second time this season after ending the season with two consecutive losses.The Bowl Championship Series standings were to be released later Sunday with LSU and Kansas expected to be at the top.No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Virginia Tech join Oregon and Oklahoma in the top 10. Kansas reaches new heights in AP Top 25 at No. 2November 19, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>NEW YORK (AP) – Kansas’ improbable climb has the unbeaten Jayhawks ranked higher than ever and preparing to play their biggest game ever.Kansas was No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday behind top-ranked LSU. Next up for the Jayhawks – No. 3 Missouri.The Tigers and Jayhawks meet Saturday in Kansas City. In a rivalry that dates to 1891, the stakes have never been this high. The winner takes the Big 12 North and will go to the conference championship game with national title aspirations.The Jayhawks moved up two spots this week and Tigers jumped three places after Oregon and Oklahoma both picked up their second losses of the season.The Jayhawks had never been ranked higher than No. 3, which they did for three straight weeks in 1968, the year of their last conference title.Missouri has its highest ranking since the Tigers were No. 1 on Nov. 14, 1960.last_img read more

North Fork News

first_imgELIH 27th Annual Golf ClassicEastern Long Island Hospital hosted its 27th annual Golf Classic at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue on June 10.More than 160 golfers attended the event, which included a breakfast for morning golfers, a barbecue lunch, prizes, various games of chance, cocktails, and a dinner buffet.This year’s event raised nearly $124,000, which will benefit services that the ELIH Emergency Department provides for the North Fork and Shelter Island.Stanley Lomangino and Jon DiVello of Mattituck Environmental Services were honored at the Classic for providing essential waste removal services for the North Fork as well as their philanthropic efforts in the community.Food Distribution DayRISE Life Services will partner with Island Harvest to host a Community Food Distribution Day on Thursday, June 27, at 1 PM in RISE’s Riverhead parking lot.Island Harvest will arrive with a truck filled with food donations, and volunteers from Island Harvest and RISE will hand out food to community members in need until inventory runs out.RISE runs the Main Street Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.To learn more, visit www.islandharvest.org or www.riselifeservices.org.Old Town Arts & CraftsThe Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue will host a Watercolor Workshop for Kids with Melissa Hyatt on July 11 and August 8 at Cutchogue’s Guild Hall from 1 to 2:30 PM.The class on July 11 will focus on painting a lighthouse, while the class on August 8 will paint a landscape.The fee is $20 per session and can be paid in checks payable to Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild.For more information, visit [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Defendants on videolink ‘get raw deal’, warn solicitors

first_imgDefendants who appear in court via videolink are being ‘treated differently’ from those who appear in person, solicitors have warned, with a much higher proportion going unrepresented. The pilot virtual court, whereby defendants make their first appearance in court via videolink from a police station, has been running since May, linking 16 London stations with Camberwell Green Magistrates Court. Greg Stewart, a defence representative at local pilot implementation meetings in London, said: ‘Some weeks the vast majority of defendants are unrepresented and every week the majority of them are unrepresented. We predicted this as the police were never going to encourage defendants to get a lawyer.’ He said judges appeared happy to deal with unrepresented defendants over the videolink, but were more reluctant to do so when a defendant was unrepresented in court, even where the charges were more serious. ‘This illustrates our point that those on the videolink are treated differently,’ he said. Shabana Fazal, of London firm GT Stewart, said: ‘There’s no way defendants using the videolink are getting the same treatment as those physically present, and [those who are represented] aren’t getting enough time with their solicitors before their cases are called on… The process is more lengthy than normal and hard for defendants to understand.’ A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the full rollout of the pilot was only completed in August, but a detailed evaluation would be published in September 2010. About 110 cases have been heard through the pilot so far.last_img read more