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Activists take up cudgels for married manís rights
New Delhi, August 18
Men rights activists protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. It's advantage for women that the latest Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 promises them 50 per cent share in husband's property.

Men rights activists protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

Towering antics: Jawan refuses to come down
New Delhi, August 18
A 35-year-old Indian Army jawan, who climbed up a 200-foot telecom tower near New Delhi railway station on Friday, is still protesting against the alleged harassment by his seniors and insisting on speaking to the Union Defence Minister, A K Antony, police said on Saturday.


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Actor and ex-member of the Rajya Sabha Shabana Azmi and another actor Tanvi Azmi travel from Jor Bagh to Qutub Minar stations in the womenís coach of a Metro train in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

No deadline for repair work on Airport Express link
New Delhi, August 18
Uncertainty prevails over the completion of Airport Express link of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the Reliance Infrastructure, which manages the operation of the line, has refused to announce any deadline for the ongoing repair work.

AIIMS conducts computer-aided cadaver hip replacement
New Delhi, August 18
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted its first-ever computer-assisted hip replacement procedure on cadavers during a workshop today. There were experts from abroad to give hands-on training on the navigation technique for hip procedures.



Hindu activists take out a rally against the clashes between the members of the Bodo tribal community and the Muslims in Assam and the attacks on northeast people in different parts of the country at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Govt distributes free saplings
New Delhi, August 18
The Delhi government has given free saplings at 100 different places like petrol pumps, milk booths and RWA offices across the city. Inaugurating the ceremonial plantation by planting saplings at Garhi Mandu near Wazirabad Signature Bridge today, Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi exhorted the residents to plant trees to make the city greener, cleaner and more beautiful. More than 200 schoolchildren also planted trees on this occasion.

Hindu College starts course in actuarial science
New Delhi, August 18
Delhi University's Hindu College rolled out its new actuarial science course, a much sought-after allied discipline which will surely boost the job prospects of young aspirants looking for a career in finance. The course is the first to be opening up at a DU college and for this the college administration has tied up with an insurance firm.

 





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Activists take up cudgels for married manís rights
Demand rollback of Bill promising wives 50% share in husbandsí property
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
It's advantage for women that the latest Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 promises them 50 per cent share in husband's property.

If passed by Parliament, this Bill will only make men lose their hard-earned assets and property to wives in case of a break-up, pointed out men rights activists during a protest at Jantar Mantar here today. They demanded a complete rollback of the amended divorce legislation in its present form.

In the proposed Bill to balance the inclusion of "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" after amendments in the extant laws--the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954, while a husband cannot object to the petition filed by a wife vis-ŗ-vis the benefits enjoyed by wives, the husbands' assets and not his liabilities are considered for distribution, the same is not applicable for women's possessions.

This has caused a lot of resentment in men activists and over 350 such men, victims of misuse of dowry and domestic violence laws, gathered here today to protest under the banner of Save Family Foundation (SFF).

In the name of liberalisation of divorce laws, they have been robbed of their right to parity, with biases standing pronounced on several counts, the activists said while urging for a gender-neutral approach by replacing the term wife in the act with "spouse" as has been done in several parts of the world.

Accompanied by them, SFF member Ritwik Bisaria said, "In the guise of the new act, the government is funding property business. The government is biased as the wife walks away with her possessions along with her husband's assets even after a day of marriage notwithstanding the men's responsibilities towards his old parents and other dependents in the family."

Equating the law to a property contract that a man signs for life while wife runs away with a greater say, even in matters of the custody of children, they expressed concern that the amended law will turn the marriage into a business.

"We had submitted our objections and suggestions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee earlier, but the government overruled our concerns and brought this draconian Bill. Protests are also being held in many other parts of the country and even in London where the activists protested in front of the Indian embassy," remarked Ritwik.

"The 'no fault divorce law', basically a provision in the US' divorce law which allows a couple to decide on ending their marriage, is anti-male which will force them to take several rounds of the courts to fight 498A, Domestic Violence Act or CrPC 125 or child custody for years while women can keep off the court proceedings," the activists added.

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Towering antics: Jawan refuses to come down
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
A 35-year-old Indian Army jawan, who climbed up a 200-foot telecom tower near New Delhi railway station on Friday, is still protesting against the alleged harassment by his seniors and insisting on speaking to the Union Defence Minister, A K Antony, police said on Saturday.

K Muthu Kumar, a sepoy was recruited in the Army in 1998 and is posted with the 69 Engineer Regiment (ERE) based in Rajasthan's Kota district. He was still up at the tower till late Saturday evening.

Food and water is being supplied to him and he is being counselled by Army officials, according to the police. He threatens to jump if the rescue team attempts to bring him down.

The police said that Kumar had pulled off a similar stunt in Bangalore. He is seeking attention and will come down, said the police.

Sources in the Indian Army said that Kumar has not reported to his unit for the past one and a half months.

"He is in an agitated state of mind. Whatever he is speaking should not be taken at the face value," said the Army sources.

The sources said that to bring him down from the mobile telecom tower was the job of the local fire brigade and local authorities. So far, nobody from the civil administration has made a request for the Army's help.

The act of Kumar on climbing the tower is purely a matter within the civil domain, sources said.

Delhi Fire Service officials are on standby at the site of the incident. The police is waiting for further orders from the senior officials.

Kumar has been demanding an assurance from AK Antony that he will not be transferred frequently to different postings. "I will not come down until an inquiry over my complaints is ordered by the Defence Minister," Kumar insisted on Saturday.

In a note that Muthu, gave to mediapersons on Friday, he alleges that his casual leave was cancelled and another official was given his government accommodation. He further claims that his leave was cut short earlier when he wanted to go to his village after his father's death in 2009.

"I had asked for three days, but got just one day to attend my father's funeral. After I returned, the audit department cut my salary," the note says.

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No deadline for repair work on Airport Express link
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Uncertainty prevails over the completion of Airport Express link of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the Reliance Infrastructure, which manages the operation of the line, has refused to announce any deadline for the ongoing repair work.

The line was shut down after independent consultants reported about the risk of derailment on account of serious defects in piers, piers caps, bearings and girders on the elevated stretch of the corridor.

"We are currently carrying out the modalities of repair work. There are 2,000 bearings to be repaired and each bearing has a unique design feature," said top officials of Reliance Infrastructure.

The central government had set up a committee in July comprising the officials of the Indian Railways, Delhi Metro and Reliance Infrastructure to go into the nature of the defects.

"The railways have the best relevant competence in the matter. When the line is made good and re-certified, both by DMRC and Reliance Infrastructure, only then it will be started," he said.

A Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium called the Delhi Airport Metro Express Pvt Ltd (DAMEPL) has a 30-year concession to operate the line, which was closed down on July 8 for an indefinite period.

The 23-km-long line connects New Delhi railway station with Indira Gandhi International Airport.

"The line has a speed capability of 120 kmph and the safety of people was of paramount concern when we decided to close it down," said the official.

The closure of the Airport Expressway has caused heavy losses to the company.

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AIIMS conducts computer-aided cadaver hip replacement
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted its first-ever computer-assisted hip replacement procedure on cadavers during a workshop today. There were experts from abroad to give hands-on training on the navigation technique for hip procedures.

Ten hip replacements were done.

The fact that joint replacement is the only way to manage end-stage troubles, there is a need for well-trained joint replacement surgeons in the country, expressed experts.

"More than 65,000 hip replacement procedures are performed annually in India and this workshop will surely help meet the increasing need of trained surgeons," said Rajesh Malhotra from the department of orthopedics at AIIMS.

In India, majority of the patients requiring hip replacement are in their productive years. Thus, there are chances of revision surgeries in future.

Also, unlike developed countries where primary osteoarthritis is the common cause of hip joint damage, in India, road accidents, alcohol addiction or overuse of steroids reducing the blood supply to hip are the common causes of hip problems.

"With most patients being young, the surgery gives good results. The use of computer navigation should spare soft tissues and bone and preserve them in case of a need for revision in future," said Malhotra.

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Govt distributes free saplings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The Delhi government has given free saplings at 100 different places like petrol pumps, milk booths and RWA offices across the city. Inaugurating the ceremonial plantation by planting saplings at Garhi Mandu near Wazirabad Signature Bridge today, Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi exhorted the residents to plant trees to make the city greener, cleaner and more beautiful. More than 200 schoolchildren also planted trees on this occasion.

"The government planted a million trees last monsoon. Now, the time has come to nourish those trees. Also, we should make tree plantation a regular exercise. We have instructed the chiefs of government offices to plant trees in their complexes to make the buildings environment friendly. Corporate houses have also been requested to make this green campaign successful," Tripathi said.

Meanwhile, the State Trading Corporation has announced to donate 30,000 plants to the Delhi government for enriching the green cover of the city.

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Hindu College starts course in actuarial science
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Delhi University's Hindu College rolled out its new actuarial science course, a much sought-after allied discipline which will surely boost the job prospects of young aspirants looking for a career in finance.

The course is the first to be opening up at a DU college and for this the college administration has tied up with an insurance firm.

The potential of the add-on programme is immense and will come handy for those who want to make a career in risk assessment in insurance, stocks and banking sector, in particular.

"For the course, with the first batch beginning this year, there would be instructors and faculty both from within the college and outside. The students will intern with Metlife. The idea is to increase the students' employability in the insurance sector. They will get the know-how that actuaries have," said the acting Principal of college, Pradyumn Kumar.

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