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Chandok questions Bhogal’s bona fides
New Delhi, July 1
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Chief, Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandok, under fire for presenting a Siropa to Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, today hit back at a protest leader, questioning his religious integrity.

Mukhi takes Sheila to task on pro tem speaker
New Delhi, July 1
The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has claimed that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has created a Constitutional crisis by not having convened the Assembly session earlier to elect the Speaker and by letting the Pro Tem Speaker perform the job for a long time.

  • BJP seeks CM’s intervention on DVB staff dues

Hospitals release mercury, unaware of its health risks
New Delhi, July 1
Research proves that one gram of mercury can contaminate a 20 acre lake to the extent that the fish in that lake become unfit for consumption. Going by the revelation one can only gauge the extent of damage that is caused by the release of almost three kilograms of mercury from the hospitals in the national Capital per year.


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Yet another Pakistani is going ga-ga about Indian doctors
New Delhi, July 1
Huma Siddiqui, a 27-year-old Pakistani national, under medication at Rockland Hospital here for correction of limb length discrepancies, holds a flattering opinion of Indian doctors. Huma suffers from Ostegenesis Imperfecta, a congenital disease in which the bones are ill developed and break easily.

Huma Siddiqui, a 27-year-old Pakistani national, with her father and a doctor at the Rockland Hospital, where she underwent surgery for correction of limb length discrepancies.
— A Tribune photograph
Huma Siddiqui, a 27-year-old Pakistani national, with her father and a doctor at the Rockland Hospital

Power pangs: Faridabad industry feels the pinch
Faridabad, July 1
With power cuts becoming the norm here, the industry has also started feeling the pinch. The situation threatens to escalate if the power pangs persists, affecting the production schedule in this industrial hub of Haryana, which generates employment for about 1.75 lakh people.

Shopping malls: Footfall only, few buyers at showrooms
Gurgaon, July 1
The concept of shopping under one roof and, simultaneously, enjoying entertainment and other leisure facilities is still to click with the masses in the city. At the moment, the mega malls have only an upmarket clientele.

Call for freedom of sexual choice
New Delhi, July 1
A demonstration was held here today for demanding the scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which penalizes people with different sexual orientation. Today’s demonstration was held for the immediate abrogation of the 1860 law to ‘express solidarity’ against injustice meted out to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people who practise their orientation.

The members of different groups, who are working on human rights, sexual rights, lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, appealed to the Congress-led-UPA Govt to take steps to end discrimination under Section 377, during a march at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Thursday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

The members of different groups, who are working on human rights, sexual rights, lesbian, gay and bisexual issues


An anxious candidate with her mother looking at the second cut-off list of Delhi University
An anxious candidate with her mother looking at the second cut-off list of Delhi University in the Capital on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Drive against sex test clinics to be intensified
Gurgaon, July 1
Worked up over the adverse male-female sex ratio in Haryana, the Health Department has decided to further intensify its campaign against private practitioners and nursing homes indulging in pre-natal sex determination tests and illegal termination of pregnancies.

Nine auto-theft cases solved, two nabbed
New Delhi, July 1
With the arrest of two persons, including a proclaimed offender, the South district police claims to have solved at least nine auto theft cases in Delhi and Noida. The police also recovered four stolen vehicles from their possession.

Notorious criminal arrested
New Delhi, July 1
The North-West district police has arrested a notorious criminal, Salig Ram, alias Ravi, alias Kalia (40), who was allegedly involved in at least 32 cases of murder, robbery and theft in Delhi, Haryana and UP.

  • Robbery cases solved

  • DMA celebrates Doctor’s Day

Activists of Berojgar Sangharsh Samiti demonstrating against Mulayam Singh-led UP Govt
Activists of Berojgar Sangharsh Samiti demonstrating against Mulayam Singh-led UP Govt against the alleged scam in the appointment of teachers at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Private institute seeks continuation of affiliation
New Delhi, July 1
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Delhi Government on a plea by a private institute offering vocational courses seeking to continue its affiliation with the State Council for Vocational Training.

Faridabad district voters’ list being revised
Faridabad, July 1
The district authorities have decided to begin the work of revising the voters’ list with a view to update it; January 2005 will be the qualifying date. According to an official press release, the Deputy Commissioner, who is also the District Electoral Officer, has said that the revision exercise will start soon.

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Chandok questions Bhogal’s bona fides
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Chief, Sardar Prehlad Singh Chandok, under fire for presenting a Siropa to Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, today hit back at a protest leader, questioning his religious integrity. The DSGMC chief questioned the All India Riot Victim Relief Committee President Kuldeep Singh Bhogal’s religious integrity, accusing him of serious religious violations.

He expressed surprise at non-stop protests against him even when the Akal Takht, the highest seat of Sikh temporal authority, was seized of the matter.

“I don’t understand the real motive behind these protests when I’ve issued a public apology already over the Siropa episode and said in my statements that I would appear before the Akal Takht,” he added.

However, Mr Bhogal, who denied Mr Chandok’s charges against him, said the DSGMC chief should immediately resign. “All his claims are rubbish,” said Mr Bhogal, who had lost the DSGMC 2002 elections. He also denied the graft charges.

Mr Bhogal has alleged that Mr Chandok was refusing to admit that he had honoured Mr Tytler. He claimed that he has photographic evidence to prove that Mr Chandok did present a Siropa to Mr Tytler.

Mr Bhogal has also claimed that Mr Chandok has refused to acknowledge receiving any letter from the Akal Takht. Mr Bhogal said that the matter was now before the Akal Takht and that Mr Chandok has to appear before the highest seat of the Sikhs on July 15.

Meanwhie, the victims of the 1984 riots joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in holding a sit-in to seek the ouster of DSGMC chief.

The president of the party’s unit in Delhi, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, said the sit-in would continue till Mr Chandok was removed from his post. After beginning the sit-in at the office of the DSGMC, Mr Hit said he wanted all people who offer prayers at the Gurdwara to be aware of the reality.

Hospital staff ill due to non-potable water: BJP

The BJP has alleged that patients and staff of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital have taken ill of jaundice because of the poor quality of water that is supplied in the hospital.

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Legislative Assembly Jagdish Mukhi has in a letter to Health Minister Yoganand Shastri attributed the incidence of the disease to the callous attitude of the officials concerned.
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Mukhi takes Sheila to task on pro tem speaker
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has claimed that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has created a Constitutional crisis by not having convened the Assembly session earlier to elect the Speaker and by letting the Pro Tem Speaker perform the job for a long time.

Mr Mukhi told media persons that a Pro Tem Speaker is appointed only for a few days till a full-fledged Speaker is elected but in the case of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Pro Tem Speaker Prem Singh, who is also president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, was continuing in the post for months.

He said that in the Budget Session of the Assembly beginning July 20, his party will corner the Sheila Dikshit Government on the CAG report that has made adverse remarks against the government for favouring the private distribution companies. This, he said, was decided at the meeting of the BJP Legislature Party, which met earlier in the day. Mr Mukhi said a delegation of the office-bearers also called on Lieutenant Governor Banwari Lal Joshi and apprised him of the basic problems of the people of Delhi like potable water not being available to 50 per cent of the population, shortage of electricity due to mismanagement by the private distribution companies, etc.

BJP seeks CM’s intervention on DVB staff dues

The BJP has sought Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s intervention in the matter of payment of arrears to the employees of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board. Some 7,000 employees had opted for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) but were still to receive the payments due from the private distributors of electricity.

Delhi Pradesh BJP President Harshvardhan has said that the Chief Minister had assured the employees concerned of getting the private distribution companies to release the legitimate payments within two weeks. That was after the employees sat on a fast unto death almost a month ago to press for their demands.

Mr Harshvardhan claimed that 17 of the employees had died in the interim and several more were not getting the desired medial attention because of their poor financial conditions. The delay in the release of arrears to the employees, he alleged, was rendering many of them a victim of untimely death.

The president of the Delhi Pradesh BJP claimed that the private distribution companies were not bearing the medical expenses of the serving employees who are terminally ill. This, he claimed, went against the terms of the contract entered into by the government and the private companies at the time of unbundling of the DVB.

Meanwhile, in a separate press release, the president of the Delhi Pradesh BJP greeted the doctors on the occasion of Doctor’s Day. An ENT physician himself, Mr Harshvardhan said that doctors must fulfil their clinical obligations and devote themselves wholeheartedly to the task of nation-building.
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Hospitals release mercury, unaware of its health risks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
Research proves that one gram of mercury can contaminate a 20 acre lake to the extent that the fish in that lake become unfit for consumption. Going by the revelation one can only gauge the extent of damage that is caused by the release of almost three kilograms of mercury from the hospitals in the national Capital per year.

In a study, conducted by the Toxics Link, involving five hospitals in the Capital and about 40 dentists, it was found that mercury, a potent neuro and nephro-toxic, that is commonly used in thermometers and blood pressure machines, is posing a big threat to health in the city.

The report, ‘Lurking Menace –Mercury In the Health Care Sector’, is a startling compilation of how the health care system in the city is oblivious of the threat that mercury poses to life. It also points out that according to conservative estimates Delhi would be releasing around 51 kg of mercury each year trough dental practices alone. The city’s total release would come from hospitals, dental clinics, crematoriums and laboratories.

“There are no laws and guidelines governing the release of mercury and no one seems accountable. Hospitals are the second largest users of mercury and close to 70 tones of it is being used in the health care sector. Besides there is a scattered release in the city”, pointed out Ravi Aggrwal of Toxics Link.

It was further pointed out that mercury cannot be disposed of easily. Its properties of bio-accumulation and bio-magnification make it hard to get rid off. “If flushed out in the sewers, it can enter the food chain and even if it is put in incinerators it can damage health. The fumes released can also severely affect health”, said Aggarwal.

Citing the ill effects of mercury, Aggarwal said, “Since it easily passes through the placental barrier, even a small amount ingested by the mother can cause serious harm to the foetus”.

Thermometers, blood pressure machines and dental amalgams used by dentists were all pointed out as potent sources of mercury contamination. “Nurses in hospitals and even dentists seemed unaware of the risks of exposure to mercury. While most nurses told us that they throw the mercury in the garbage, some said they put it in incinerators”, said Ratna of Toxics Link.

The healthcare system in the country seems to have paid little heed to the need to shift from mercury-based devices to safer alternatives. “World over countries are phasing out mercury. We still use mercury thermometers despite knowing that they are not as accurate as digital ones”, said Aggarwal.

He added: “Dentists actually follow the practice of using mercury for dental amalgams, they touch and mull the mercury with their hands, thereby exposing not just their patients, but themselves to the risks of mercury contamination”.

The study also points out that chronic mercury exposure can seriously impair fertility, with the unborn child and nursing infants being the worst affected. Poor muscular coordination and nerve conduction, kidney ailments and skin sensitisation are few other damages that can occur due to exposure to mercury.

Stressing the need for putting mercury import on the restricted list, ban medical waste incineration and all open sale of mercury, Aggarwal said that there is an urgent need to phase out mercury as in countries like Sweden and Austria.
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Yet another Pakistani is going ga-ga about Indian doctors
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
Huma Siddiqui, a 27-year-old Pakistani national, under medication at Rockland Hospital here for correction of limb length discrepancies, holds a flattering opinion of Indian doctors.

Huma suffers from Ostegenesis Imperfecta, a congenital disease in which the bones are ill developed and break easily. Since the age of six, Huma has been immobilised a dozen times due to fractures but she has not forgotten how to smile. Visibly comfortable in the deluxe room in the hospital, Huma takes life as it comes and makes the most of the television by watching Hindi films. Her attitude to her disease is inspiring as she talks of everything except her left leg. ``I’m more worried about Kashmir than about my leg,’’ she exclaimed with a chuckle.

The operation of limb lengthening by the Ilizarov method and the post-operative treatment needs a lot of patience as the orthopeadic surgeon tries to ensure the standard target of 1 mm growth everyday. In Huma’s case, the disparity in the length of the limbs is 5 cm. Her left leg is shorter than the right leg.

In ten days, it is possible to achieve a growth of 1 cm.

Professor P.K. Dave, Chairman, Advisory Board and Head, Department of Orthopaedics at the hospital, is satisfied with the progress in the case a month after the operation.

Professor Dave says that the orthopaedic surgeon examines Huma everuday to check whether the foot is moving properly and whether there is any sensory loss. He also rotates the nut by 1 mm everyday to achieve the desired length. He says that if the patient complains of any sensory disturbance, the orthopaedic surgeon does not rotate the nut for a few days.

Dr Awadhesh Pandey, Orthopaedic Surgeon who assisted Professor Dave during the hour-long surgery, told TNS that they pass a wire through the bone and then connect the Ilizarov ring to the wire. ``After making a transverse cut in the bone(Osteotomy of tibia), we finally connect four connecting rods through the Ilizarov rings and make a Ilizarov fixator. Three days after the surgery, we start diatracting the rods by moving the nuts one mm everyday till we have achieved the desired length. We do an X-ray of the leg every week to see if the desired length has been achieved.’’

Huma, who hails from Multan, came to Delhi with her father, Profesor Humayun Akhtar, former Commissioner Income Tax in May end for treatment at AIIMS. Having undergone treatment after two major surgeries at the institute for four years (1992-’96) for multiple deformities of spine, Huma and her father headed straight to AIIMS to meet her old surgeon and former Director of AIIMS, Professor P.K. Dave.

They were told that Professor Dave had moved to Rockland Hospital.

When they met Professor Dave, he offered them all help and asked them not to worry about the cost of treatment.

They heaved a sigh of relief when they were told that Huma would benefit by the commitment made by the hospital to Pakistan government to bear the expenses of spinal operations of five children.

Over the years, Huma has learnt to cope with the disabling condition of Ostogenesis imperfecta with multiple deformities of spine and limb.

With her father’s tireless efforts, Huma has succeeded in completing her postgraduation in Urdu and B.Ed. She has also used her computer skills to design and compose matter for her anthology of verses in Urdu. The book was published by Hamraaz in Pakistan.

Fed up with wrong treatment by doctors in her home country, Huma and her father think that Professor Dave has been like God to them in providing relief.
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Power pangs: Faridabad industry feels the pinch
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 1
With power cuts becoming the norm here, the industry has also started feeling the pinch. The situation threatens to escalate if the power pangs persists, affecting the production schedule in this industrial hub of Haryana, which generates employment for about 1.75 lakh people.

Then, there are about 6,000 ancillary units and most of these are engaged in manufacturing auto components. These units have an in-built ‘heat treatment’ facility, which require uninterrupted flow of power.

While the large units have their own ‘heat treatment’ facilities, the majority of the medium and small scale units, which are engaged in electroplating and manufacturing steel, medicines and auto parts, need to get the job done from specialised units, which provide the heat treatment facility. If the disruption persists, then the ancillaries may not be able to provide the services required by the large and medium industry on time; and, as a result, the parent units may be forced to procure those services from units located in other parts of the country. The local ancillaries would lose out in the process, having a domino affect. According to a local entrepreneur, though most units had in-house generators, there was hardly any unit that could deploy the generator continuously for hours. Moreover, a generator affects the production tempo, leading to production cuts and loss of efficiency levels.

According to the President of the Manufacturers Association, Faridabad, Mr Navdeep Chawla the power crisis had started taking a toll on the industrial and commercial activity in the district and claimed that it could lead to a huge loss, if the situation did not improve soon.

Faridabad was a hub of ancillary industry and power supply was like oxygen. A team of the MAF would soon meet the senior officials of the Power Department and the district administration in this connection.

The General Secretary of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), Mr Rajiv Chawla, also expressed concern over the power scenario. He said, the delay in the arrival of Monsoon could have aggravated the problem, but the lingering of such a crisis could have far-reaching affect, especially on SSIs, which provide employment to over 1.22 lakh persons. The SSIs are the lifeline of many large and medium sized units in the region.

Faridabad has 246 large and medium sized units and 11,226 small scale industries, which provide employment to 1.70 lakh persons. There are about 16 MNCs and 99 export oriented unist. Spread over 18 industrial sectors and regions, the units contribute crores to the national and state exchequer.

The power cuts range between 10 and 12 hours each day.
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Shopping malls: Footfall only, few buyers at showrooms
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, July 1
The concept of shopping under one roof and, simultaneously, enjoying entertainment and other leisure facilities is still to click with the masses in the city. At the moment, the mega malls have only an upmarket clientele.

Gurgaon has four prominent malls — MGF Metropolitan,, DLF City Centre, Sahara and MGF Plaza — all in half-a-km radius. Another 20 malls are in the pipeline and are expected to be fully operational within three years.

The masses do visit the malls, but not for shopping as most goods are beyond their reach, observed a showroom owner in Metropolitan Mall.

More than 80% of the shops are feeling the pinch of declining sales and have started offering all kinds of concessions to the buyers.

Leading retailers at DLF City Centre — Kalpana,, Planet M, Springwell Mattresses, Ethnic Home, Barista, Konica, Vivid Home Style, and Koutons — are offering major discounts to attract the customers..

However, on Saturday and Sunday, people belonging to all sections of the society throng the malls. According to a conservative estimate of an employee of Big Bazaar in Sahara Mall, more than 30,000 persons visit the malls at weekend. No wonder big companies want to showcase their products and new launches at the malls. Recently, General Motors organised a roadshow at City Centre, showcasing its newly launched cars “Chevrolet Optra” and “Opel Corsa Sail”.

The cinema halls in two malls also draw crowd at weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, houses are full, whereas on weekdays the stalls are almost empty. On the fourth day of a new release starring Amitabh Bachchan in Hall no. 5 at PVR, which has a capacity of 266 seats, hardly 90 persons had come to see the movie as it was Tuesday, not Saturday or Sunday. PVR has seven halls and DT has three halls. Recently, PVR was offering one ticket free with a purchase of two.

Both DT and PVR are running a limited number of shows as there are few visitors who can buy tickets priced at Rs. 150 per head.

The rates and rents of different services on Saturday and Sunday are fully exploited by the managements of these malls.
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Call for freedom of sexual choice
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
A demonstration was held here today for demanding the scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which penalizes people with different sexual orientation.

Today’s demonstration was held for the immediate abrogation of the 1860 law to ‘express solidarity’ against injustice meted out to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people who practise their orientation.

The protestors, calling it as a negating of equal rights and seeking protection for all and the breach of rights as enshrined in the Constitution, said the archaic and oppressive law be repealed as it violated human rights of individuals.

Demonstrating under the aegis of ‘Voices Against Section 377’, the demonstrators also spoke against the ‘silence’ around issues of sexuality and homophobia in Indian society and called upon the Central government to initiate steps to end discrimination under Section 377.

Drawing the government’s attention to the petition filed by the ‘Naz India Trust’ against Section 377 in the Delhi High Court, whose next hearing falls on July 7, they asked it to ‘read down’ the Section which would imply that consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults and in private would no longer be a criminal offence.

The government, on the other hand, defends the legal provision, prohibiting unnatural sexual acts, saying it has been applied to cases of assault where bodily harm is intended or caused and its deletion could open floodgates of delinquent behaviour and misconstrued as providing unchecked licence for the same.
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Drive against sex test clinics to be intensified
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 1
Worked up over the adverse male-female sex ratio in Haryana, the Health Department has decided to further intensify its campaign against private practitioners and nursing homes indulging in pre-natal sex determination tests and illegal termination of pregnancies.

Just a couple of days ago a team of the Health Department raided a nursing home, Rama Hospital, while its doctors were allegedly aborting a three-month-old foetus. The instruments used in the operation have been confiscated. The hospital has also been served a show-cause notice.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, Gurgaon District, Mr Dharamvir Saharan, the department will take strict action against the culprits and intensify its campaign against such practices.

In the past six months, the department has raided several private nursing homes and clinics and taken cognizance of about six violations of the PNDT law.

The raids are a laudable step when one considers that Haryana is lagging behind the national average in male-female ratio. However, there are many who feel that the authorities can detect violations of law, if they earnestly train their eyes on the nursing homes.

The popular notion is that most of the private nursing homes have formed a kind of union. They have developed an excellent intelligence network to evade detection for their violations of the law. This could be because former govt servants are running most of the private clinics or nursing homes. Also, there are a good number of serving doctors from Gurgaon and other parts of the state who have opened up private clinics and nursing homes in Gurgaon while continuing with their government assignments.

So, they get prior information of impending raids. Or, in case there is a raid and a violation is detected, the case is watered down to dilute the sentence.
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Nine auto-theft cases solved, two nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
With the arrest of two persons, including a proclaimed offender, the South district police claims to have solved at least nine auto theft cases in Delhi and Noida. The police also recovered four stolen vehicles from their possession. On receiving information that some auto-lifters would pass through the shooting range in Sangam Vihar in a Maruti car, the police formed a special team to nab the accused. On June 28, at around 4 pm, the team spotted a white Maruti car coming from the Faridabad side, which was stopped for questioning.

However, when the occupants were asked to produce the papers they could not provide the same. The duo were identified as Naresh, alias Babbal, alias Manjeet (29), a resident of Palwal, and Raj Kumar (26), a resident of Faridabad. During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they used to work for the Mukhtiar gang. Recently, after getting separated from the gang, they started committing auto thefts in different parts of South Delhi and Noida. They chose to operate in South Delhi, since it was easy for them to escape.
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Notorious criminal arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
The North-West district police has arrested a notorious criminal, Salig Ram, alias Ravi, alias Kalia (40), who was allegedly involved in at least 32 cases of murder, robbery and theft in Delhi, Haryana and UP.

Based on a tip-off that the accused would be coming to Jahangir Puri to meet his contact, the police, on June 30, at around 9 pm nabbed him near the Mukarba Chowk.

The accused had been absconding since 1999. The accused once submitted his fake death certificate through his wife during a trial in the Bahadur Garh court and later appeared in the same court for some other case.

Robbery cases solved

With the arrest of Dalip Kumar (23), resident of Mangolpuri, the Crime Branch has claimed to have solved two cases of robbery and burglary. The sleuths also recovered a loaded pistol from his possession. The sleuths nabbed Dalip after receiving a secret information that he would be coming to Ashok Vihar area at around 10.30 pm last night.

DMA celebrates Doctor’s Day

Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, emphasised on the need to empower girl child on the occasion of Doctor’s Day celebrated by the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) here today.

Inaugurating the conference she said it was through empowerment of the girl that the country could progress.
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Private institute seeks continuation of affiliation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Delhi Government on a plea by a private institute offering vocational courses seeking to continue its affiliation with the State Council for Vocational Training.

Mr. Justice S. K. Kaul issued notice, returnable on August 2, to the State Government’s Department of Training and Technical Education on a petition by Shoshan Unmoolan Parishad that runs Nanak Training Institutes at three places in the Capital. The institute moved Court after the SCVT declined to grant affiliation this year, even though it had been granting affiliation for the past 10 years and told the society to get its affiliation from the National Council for Vocational Training.

Thereafter, the NCVT was approached but the national body also refused to grant affiliation on the ground of lack of infrastructure, especially space, with the institute. Continuity was sought in affiliation by the institute for the sake of thousands of students currently undergoing training in stenography, tailoring and computer applications with it.

Lajpat Nagar residents upset

Rampant unauthorised constructions in Lajpat Nagar, G block, are adding to the traffic and sewerage related problems.

Blaming the builders for encroachments and unauthorised constructions, the residents said building laws were being flouted with impunity.
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Faridabad district voters’ list being revised
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 1
The district authorities have decided to begin the work of revising the voters’ list with a view to update it; January 2005 will be the qualifying date. According to an official press release, the Deputy Commissioner, who is also the District Electoral Officer, has said that the revision exercise will start soon. He underscored that it was the duty of every eligible voter to check his name and that of his family members; he should get the names included, if they were found to be missing. The idea is to correct the mistakes now, rather than at the time of the next elections.

The DEO’s office will welcome queries and suggestions, pertaining to any irregularities in the list or problems relating to polling booths. He said the work of preparing the fresh list of voters in all villages, residential localities, mohallas and colonies will start from July 1 and continue till September 10. While the initial new list will be published on September 15, the office will continue to entertain claims and objections till October 15.

Even with regard to location of polling booths, the residents and their associations can file claims and objections from September 18 till October 10; the DEO’s office will dispose of all claims and objections by Dec 1 next.
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7 DCP-level officials shifted

New Delhi, July 1
The Delhi Police has transferred seven DCP-level officers in a minor reshuffle. According to the order, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Seventh Battalion) David Lalringsanga has been transferred as Deputy Commissioner of Police (First Battalion), Anil Ojha from DCP (Traffic) to DCP (Seventh Battalion), P.C. Hota from Additional DCP (South) to DCP (Traffic-South), Neeraj Thakore from DCP (PM Security) to Additional DCP (East), Anand Mohan from DCP (Second Battalion) to DCP (PM Security), Alok Kumar from Additional DCP (East) to DCP (Headquarters). — TNS
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