Last fortnight, the Union government raised questions on the proposal to carve up Uttar Pradesh into four smaller states. In November, Chief Minister Mayawati had pushed through a resolution in the state assembly to this effect, without taking into consideration economic and administrative issues. These need to be dealt with before the constitutional procedure for creation of a state, as laid down by Article 3, starts. It is moved thus:
Union Cabinet: A draft Bill on the creation of a new state has to be first submitted to the Union Cabinet for clearance.
President: After the Cabinet clears the Bill, it is sent to the President, who in turn refers it to the state assembly concerned for its opinion. However, the views of the state legislature, expressed through a resolution, are not binding on the President.
Parliament: The President may then refer the Bill to Parliament where it must be passed by both Houses. The President finally gives assent to the legislation, which leads to the creation of a new state.
More than a meal
Mumbai's famed dabbawalas are delivering much more than lunch boxes nowadays. People have come to trust them so much they now send important documents, cash and other valuables across the city with them, even wallets and mobile phones their customers have forgotten at home. The dabbawalas are even playing Cupid, picking up and delivering love notes.
In the 17th century, Queen Elizabeth I underscored her supremacy by commissioning miniatures of herself. Miniature painting as an art originated in ancient Egypt, where it was practised on papyrus scrolls. The word 'miniature', however, refers not to the painting's size but comes from the Latin 'minium', which stands for red lead paint, and 'miniare', which means colour. Indian miniatures are also famous.
Morass of Delay
Eight years after it was announced, the Rs 9,250-crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project in Mumbai is yet to take off. Detailed socio-economic and geographical surveys of the area are still not over. The design submitted by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, the executing agency, was also slammed by architects who felt it would lead to further 'slumming' of the city.
Compiled by Anamika Butalia