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Blueline kills cyclist
New Delhi, July 7
A day after the Chief Minister's announcement of taking the Blueline buses off the road in a phased manner, another life has been claimed by a Blueline bus, today. An unidentified cyclist was killed on the spot after he was hit by a Blueline bus in Nangloi.
The Blueline bus which hit two persons in the Nangloi area in the Capital The Blueline bus which hit two persons in the Nangloi area in the Capital on Saturday.
A Tribune photograph

8 car thieves held
Noida, July 7
The Noida police busted an inter-state gang of criminals specialising in car jacking by arresting eight numbers of the gang from DPS crossing in the city in the afternoon today. According to SSP, the members of the gang used to sleep in the day and work at night.



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Worth eating, says a child visitor during the 19th two-day Mango Festival at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital
Worth eating, says a child visitor during the 19th two-day Mango Festival at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Saturday. Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Man axes wife
Noida, July 7
A Morna villager attacked his wife with an axe, killing her on the spot in broad daylight. He then walked away waving his blood-dripping axe. The man has been absconding since yesterday.

Hoteliers demand luxury tax relief
Gurgaon, July 7
The hotel industry here is miffed with the Haryana government's decision to impose luxury tax on hotel rooms in the state from August and urged upon Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to reconsider it.

Mosquito-breeding: MCD intensifies campaign
New Delhi, July 7
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has intensified its operations to curb breeding of Aedes mosquitoes. Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta issued direction to the officials of the health department to intensify the public awareness campaign.

Development uphill task for MCF
Faridabad, July 7
The newly appointed commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) faces the challenge of continuing the pace of development and completing the targets despite corruption and inefficiency at certain levels in the corporation.

Central varsities to have common entrance test
New Delhi, July 7
In a high-level meeting held recently with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh it was decided to increase enrolment in higher education. If the government approves the roadmap presented for education, a centralized examination for admissions to all central universities, including Delhi University will soon be adopted.

A model sashays down the ramp on the opening of Shopper Stop, a mall, in the Capital on Friday night
A model sashays down the ramp on the opening of Shopper Stop, a mall, in the Capital on Friday night. A Tribune photograph

Ayurvedic camp today
New Delhi, July 7
As part of efforts to spread awareness about healthcare and the age-old tradition of Ayurveda, Dabur Ayurvedic Centre (DAC) is organising a free Ayurvedic consultation and treatment camp at the DAC outlet in Madhu Vihar, Patparganj, on July 8 here.

Sex education alarms BJP
New Delhi, July 7
BJP's Delhi unit president Dr Harsh Vardhan has demanded that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should not allow sex education in schools. He said if this would be allowed then the sacred temples of education would become sex spots and girl students in large number would leave the schools.

Cinefan fest from July 20
New Delhi, July 7
The ninth Osian's Cinefan festival of Asian and Arab cinema, beginning here on July 20, will introduce Indian viewers to a benshi performance (wherein, the benshi or the narrator/commentator stands to the side of the movie screen and narrates the story to the audience) alongside screening of the late film-maker Kenzi Mizoguchi's silent 1933 masterpiece 'The Water Magician'.

SI, cop suspended for detaining contractor
Noida, July 7
The Bisarakh police detained a contractor from Sector-58 police station area in Noida on Friday. The contractor was kept in the Bisarakh police lock-up for the night on the charge of breach of peace in the area.

Car rams into bullock carts
New Delhi, July 7
A luxury Sedan car rammed bullock carts standing near the flower market in Connaught Place, early morning. According to the sources, the car was driven by a girl and the owner Rishabh Jain was sitting next to her.

The mangled remains of an over-speeding Toyota car, allegedly driven by an inebriated girl, hit bullock carts, in the wee hours of Saturday at Connaught Place in the Capital on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Petrol pump robbery averted, four held
4 gm charas seized
Counselling venue changed
The mangled remains of an over-speeding Toyota car, allegedly driven by an inebriated girl, hit bullock carts, in the wee hours of Saturday at Connaught Place in the Capital





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Blueline kills cyclist
Tribune News service

New Delhi, July 7
A day after the Chief Minister's announcement of taking the Blueline buses off the road in a phased manner, another life has been claimed by a Blueline bus, today. An unidentified cyclist was killed on the spot after he was hit by a Blueline bus in Nangloi. Another passenger, who was pillion-riding, has also been hospitalised.

According to the police, the bus driver, Dhani Lal has been arrested and the bus seized. Last week itself, a teenager was crushed to death by a Blueline bus.

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8 car thieves held
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 7
The Noida police busted an inter-state gang of criminals specialising in car jacking by arresting eight numbers of the gang from DPS crossing in the city in the afternoon today.

According to SSP, the members of the gang used to sleep in the day and work at night. They worked in different colonies of the city and jhuggi clusters and were involved in robberies, stabbing, chain snatching and auto thefts. They would attack people and rob them of bikes, cell phones, gold chain, rings, etc.

The total strength of the gang could be up to 50 or even more, the SSP said.

The criminals were nabbed during special checking at DPS crossing by Sector-20 police and the SOG Noida at 1 pm today. One silver- colour bike No. UP14-J 1255 was stopped. Deepak Bhushan and Suman, riding the bike, were frisked.

They were found to be carrying one pistol and two daggers, two watches and a Nokia cell phone. They confessed to a number of crimes in Noida city.

A lot of looted things and stolen vehicles were later recovered from their accomplices.

They operated mostly in G.B. Nagar, but a few incidents from Delhi, Ghaziabad and Faridabad were also reported. Some of them have been to Dasna and other jails.

The gang also used girls. Normally the gang members were armed and moved with pistols, knives and ammunition.

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Man axes wife
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 7
A Morna villager attacked his wife with an axe, killing her on the spot in broad daylight. He then walked away waving his blood-dripping axe. The man has been absconding since yesterday.

According to police, there were some domestic problems behind the heinous murder. But the man is understood to have axed his wife as he suspected her of infidelity.

The man had been living with his wife Haseena and two daughters, eight-year-old Madina and five-month-old Afsana in a jhuggi in the field of Mahipal Mukhiye for the last five years. A mason by profession, Habib used to beat up his wife almost daily under the influence of liquor. Haseena used to work as a domestic hand.

Under the influence of liquor, Habib had started a quarrel with his wife Haseena yesterday morning. First he ransacked and demolished his hut and when his wife had left for day's work in nearby Bhopal Bhatti's plot, and elder daughter had gone to her school, Habib reached Bhopal Bhatti's plot with axe in hand. He gave a number of blows on his wife's head and killed her on the spot.

The bizarre incident had stunned the villagers. When a few young men tried to overpower him, Habib threatened to kill them all with his axe. He then fled the village waving his axe in the air.

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Hoteliers demand luxury tax relief
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 7
The hotel industry here is miffed with the Haryana government's decision to impose luxury tax on hotel rooms in the state from August and urged upon Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to reconsider it.

Ranjit Goel, president of the district Haryana Clubs Association, a part of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Haryana (HRAH), said, "The hotel industry in Gurgaon is currently in a stage of infancy and it would be badly hit if the government goes ahead with its decision."

According to the industry experts, the hotels in Gurgaon are already running under losses as a number of taxes had been imposed on them by the government. These include VAT on food and beverages, bar license fee, service tax and minimum wages of unskilled workers.

Besides, the hotel units have to pay an inordinately high amount as Change of Land Use (CLU) fee if they go in for an expansion on their own land. Goel said that there were a number of units, which were set up on land, which did not fall under the 'controlled area'. When the hotels were set up, the owners thought of carrying out expansion in phases. But more than a year ago, the land was notified under controlled area. Consequently, for any expansion plan, hotel owners have to first obtain a CLU, now. The industry experts say that the CLU fee has been a major deterrence and it will be followed by the luxury tax.

Several entrepreneurs have invested huge sums in setting up hotels in Gurgaon.

The industry claims the government has formulated the tax taking Delhi as a model. However, Delhi is a developed and saturated market, where as in Gurgaon, the industry was yet finding its feet. Hence, the industry here would not be able to compete with Delhi.

According to experts, there is no luxury tax in Punjab or Chandigarh. In Rajasthan, it was eight per cent and in Uttar Pradesh, which encompasses Noida and emerging Ghaziabad, it is five per cent.

Looking to the future, Goel said that Gurgaon was presently short of another about eight thousand rooms (six thousand on account of the coming Medi City and the other two thousand in view of the Commonwealth Game 2010).

According to well-placed sources in the government, the state was eyeing at mopping up about Rs 40 crores annually as revenue from luxury tax on hotels. The source said that all factors were taken into consideration before going in for a decision to impose the tax. It was on account of the broad considerate view that only those rooms have been chosen whose rent is Rs 2000 per day.

A delegation of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Haryana, led by its president, Col. Manbeer Chaudhary (retd) met the Haryana's Minister for Tourism Kiran Chaudhary on the luxury tax issue. However, the association claimed it did not get any response.

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Mosquito-breeding: MCD intensifies campaign
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has intensified its operations to curb breeding of Aedes mosquitoes. Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta issued direction to the officials of the health department to intensify the public awareness campaign.

Gupta stressed that community participation was a must to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

Gupta has appealed to the elected representatives to coordinate public awareness campaigns along with officials of the health department.

The MCD has engaged 10 domestic breeding checkers in each municipal ward, who will report to area municipal councillor in person. Each area councillor will nominate five NGOs or RWAs to arrange at least 10 group meetings in their respective localities with minimum attendance of 50 householders. The public meetings will be addressed by area councillor on dengue awareness. The domestic breeding checkers will give field demonstration with exhibits as well as CDs. This exercise will continue up to September 30. The malaria inspectors will be deployed to create awareness amongst residents of JJ colonies, slums and unauthorised colonies to take preventive measures to curb mosquito breeding.

Gupta has also appealed to the public to cooperate with the health officials and initiate steps to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.

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Development uphill task for MCF
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 7
The newly appointed commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) faces the challenge of continuing the pace of development and completing the targets despite corruption and inefficiency at certain levels in the corporation.

The annual budget of the MCF has surged to about Rs 500 crore from less than Rs 200 crore a few years back and the civic body is set to launch major developmental works to upgrade infrastructure in the city.

For this purpose, the MCF will get a whopping Rs 2,300 crore in the next few years under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme (JNURM).

Faridabad is the only city in Haryana which has been selected for the project.

The first instance of the 'test' for the new Commissioner Rajesh Khullar came yesterday during the visit of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The Chief Minister visited here during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project of revamping the sewerage and water treatment plant in Sector 29. Several women met the Chief Minister and complained about the poor civic amenities like roads, sewerage network and cleanliness in the area.

The Chief Minister and the MCF authorities assured them that that their problems would be solved soon.

According to MCF officials, a huge amount had been spent on various developmental works here in the past two years.

"But since the development had been an ongoing process, the MCF administration needs to be more active while handling the everyday problems of the residents," said Rajkumar Gaur, a local resident.

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Central varsities to have common entrance test
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
In a high-level meeting held recently with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh it was decided to increase enrolment in higher education.

If the government approves the roadmap presented for education, a centralized examination for admissions to all central universities, including Delhi University will soon be adopted. A uniform system of semester and grading system will also be adopted for the easy movement of students among the universities.

Plans are also online to increase the gross enrolment in higher education institutions from the current 10 per cent to 15 per cent by 2014. The blueprint of the plan has been prepared keeping the Jawahar Lal Nehru university model in mind. The proposed common entrance examination for all Central universities has been styled on the pattern of the JNU entrance exam.

The semester system will also be similar to JNU's, where a student will be allowed to take a break for a year or two and then return. The annual fee for undergraduate courses may also be increased to Rs.12,000, with 40 per cent students getting scholarship.

The JNU governance model is also likely to be adopted in all universities to ensure complete autonomy and check political interference in appointment of faculty members.

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Ayurvedic camp today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
As part of efforts to spread awareness about healthcare and the age-old tradition of Ayurveda, Dabur Ayurvedic Centre (DAC) is organising a free Ayurvedic consultation and treatment camp at the DAC outlet in Madhu Vihar, Patparganj, on July 8 here.

A team of expert Ayurvedic doctors from Dabur, headed by Dr K R Kohli, would offer free consultation and treatment to patients at the camp. The DAC Madhu Vihar centre has been holding free Ayurvedic consultation camps for two years now as part of its efforts to spread the message about safety and efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines.

"Ayurveda is an ancient science that has mystical healing powers and is a boon that has been inherited by us. Ayurveda is the knowledge of life, a combination of body, mind and soul. Ayurveda is gaining popularity, not just in India but also in the western world, as a science that has cured millions. We are proud to bring to the fore the benefits of Ayurveda through this camp," said Dr Kohli.

Dr Kohli, who is the Chief Ayurvedic Physician at Dabur Ayurvedic Center, has also worked as the Dean of the

Government Ayurvedic College, Mumbai and served as consultant to WHO on Traditional Medicine for 10 countries of South East Asia.

As a result of the socio-economic and demographic changes, occurrences of lifestyle diseases have become more and more prevalent. Diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular ailments have increased tremendously.

Ayurveda is a natural know-how, an effective concoction of naturopathy and medicine that can be used to heal these lifestyle diseases.

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Sex education alarms BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
BJP's Delhi unit president Dr Harsh Vardhan has demanded that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should not allow sex education in schools.

He said if this would be allowed then the sacred temples of education would become sex spots and girl students in large number would leave the schools.

"The Delhi government has prepared a curriculum in the name of 'Yuva' for all schools which is likely to be implemented from this academic session. The curriculum prepared in the name of sex education is so obscene and filthy that teachers feel ashamed after reading it," Harsh Vardhan claimed.

He alleged, "The teachers were taught about the subject during a training programme. The teachers who had participated in the training had strongly opposed it and there was also acrimony among the children against this curriculum."

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that when the BJP was in power in Delhi it had started a programme named 'Bharat Vaibhav Anushthan' for the children which encouraged moral education, positive health education, yoga, culture and sports among them. "This programme was stopped by the education minister of the Delhi government just after assuming office to take revenge. In place of that programme, now he wants to provide open education for 'lewdness' in the schools," the BJP leader alleged.

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Cinefan fest from July 20
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
The ninth Osian's Cinefan festival of Asian and Arab cinema, beginning here on July 20, will introduce Indian viewers to a benshi performance (wherein, the benshi or the narrator/commentator stands to the side of the movie screen and narrates the story to the audience) alongside screening of the late film-maker Kenzi Mizoguchi's silent 1933 masterpiece 'The Water Magician'.

In the golden era of silent films, the benshi narrated the story to the audience. The story was narrated to the accompaniment of a live orchestra. On the second day , Yuto Saitoi, a renowned Japanese artiste ,will recreate that very special cinema ambience. It is said that the Japanese continued to patronise silent cinema longer than people in any other part of the world because of their fascination for the art of the benshi performer.

The tribute to Mizoguchi, one of Japan's three great masters, forms part of a special feature of a curated section, 'Focus on Japan'. To be inaugurated by the Japanese Ambassador, the section will present eight of Mizoguchi's masterpieces.

This section assumes significance as this year is being observed as the India -Japan Friendship Year. The 24 films that would be screened in this section include Samurai films and a selection from contemporary Japanese cinema.

Cinefan will also honour Tadao Sato, one of Japan's most versatile writers on cinema, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. President Cinefan Festival Aruna Vasudev said that they had been wanting to do a Mizoguchi retrospective for many years but it was not easy to get the films.

"We got help from the Japan Foundation in sourcing some of the films," she said. Vasudev told mediapersons here that 14O films from 35 countries had been selected for their artistic quality and would be screened during the 10-day festival at different places ,including the Siri Fort Auditoria, Alliance Francaise, PVR Plaza and PVR Rivoli.

Beginning this year, Osian's Cinefan has decided to integrate Arab cinema into the festival. Earlier, Cinefan had a separate section called Arabesque. The Indian section has films of 15 debut directors ,including two women.

A section 'Hymns to Freedom' will screen films on the wars of independence in Asian and Arab countries. As part of the commemoration of India's First War of Independence against the British in 1857, the festival will screen 'The Rising' and 'Shatranj ke Khiladi'.

This year's Cinefan will also recognise the work of cinematographers in a section called 'Film Craft' by screening films notable for their camera work.

Another novelty in the festival is a section titled 'Springboard' which is a tribute to film festivals. According to the organisers, this section will present landmark films whose journeys began at the first flush of international film festivals in the 50s.

This section is in keeping with Osian's tenet 'Recreating Cinematic Culture'. As in the year gone by, senior school children from different schools can see films free of cost at the Siri Fort auditorium at 9.30 am between Monday and Friday.

The festival will open with the international premiere of "Raami" by Babak Shirinshefat. An Iran-Azerbaijn co -production, "Raami" is the director's debut film.

The festival will close with an award-winning Egyptian film "Cut and Paste" by Hala Khalil.

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SI, cop suspended for detaining contractor
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 7
The Bisarakh police detained a contractor from Sector-58 police station area in Noida on Friday.

The contractor was kept in the Bisarakh police lock-up for the night on the charge of breach of peace in the area. Somehow he escaped from the police lock-up and lodged a complaint with the SSP who reverted the Bisarakh SO to police lines and suspended one Sub-Inspector and a cop while the authorities concerned have been asked to take action against a home guard who is also involved in the incident.

A case for kidnapping and illegal detention can be slapped against the accused cops, officials said.

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Car rams into bullock carts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
A luxury Sedan car rammed bullock carts standing near the flower market in Connaught Place, early morning. According to the sources, the car was driven by a girl and the owner Rishabh Jain was sitting next to her.

The injured have been taken to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Two bottles of liquor were also recovered from the car.

While the girl fled from the scene, the owner Rishabh, 20, has been arrested. The car has also been impounded, the sources informed.

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Petrol pump robbery averted, four held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
With the arrest of four persons, Rakesh, Manth Ram, Michael Massay and Ajay, the South Delhi police claimed to have averted a petrol pump robbery.

On July 6, after receiving a tip-off, the police team assembled at the D.J.B. Park and nabbed four of the five alleged robbers, who got together in the park to plan a theft in a petrol pump situated near the Ashram Chowk red light.

However, one of the thieves managed to escape. On their personal search, one countrymade pistol, two knives and one packet of red chilly powder were recovered.

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4 gm charas seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
The police today claimed to have arrested a man, Khurshid Alam, who was hanging out in the District Park on the Mathura Road, suspiciously and seized 3.9 gms of high quality charas from his bag.

The price of the recovered drug is estimated to be around Rs 48,000 in the international market.

According to the police, the accused used to take large consignments of charas and sell it in Punjab.

The leftover was then sold in Delhi through different agents.

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Counselling venue changed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7
Delhi University announced on Saturday that the venue for counselling for under-graduate medical courses (MBBS/BDS-2007) being held from July 10 to 13 has been changed from the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute to the Conference Centre (Opposite Department of Botany), University of Delhi, (North Campus). The dates for counselling remain unchanged.

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