Monday, April 2, 2001,
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Delhi gets on road to CNG

New Delhi, April 1
The public transport fleet of the Capital got on to the road to “one fuel” mode of the CNG today as per the directive of the Supreme Court, and Delhi Transport Minister Parvez Hashmi allayed fears of commuters of any substantial depletion of vehicles.

Today being a Sunday and a spate of holidays falling next week, the true picture would emerge only after April 8. The last date, specified by the apex court, for registration for CNG vehicles or conversion to the fuel expired yesterday.

“About 10,500 buses, 32,000 three-wheelers, 2000 taxis, 348 mini buses and 300 ‘phatphats’ (motor cycle rickshaws) have applied for CNG,” Mr Hashmi said after an emergency meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, convened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, to take stock of the situation.

“There will be no transport crisis in the city, but we need more time to issue new permits to thousands of vehicles. UNI 


Relics of Bamiyan Buddhas on sale

London, April 1
Relics of the 2000-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas, blown up by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers last month, have now been put on sale in Pakistan’s frontier town of Peshawar.

At least 10 truckloads of pieces were driven into the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan last week and dealers are currently being approached, The Sunday Telegraph said. PTI

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