Sunday, September 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Students to gherao Assembly on September 11
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, September 6
With various students’ organisations of the state uniting under one banner against the non-acceptance of their demands, the student agitation in Haryana might get intensified and take an aggressive turn.

A decision to launch a joint agitation all over the state was taken at a meeting of different students’ organisations held at Jind on Friday.

The leaders of state units of Students’ Federation of India, All India Students’ Federation, National Students’ Union of India, Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti of Bhiwani, Jind and Hisar, Jagrook Chhatra Morcha, Haryana Vikas Chhatra Sangh, Bharat ki Janwadi Naujawan Sabha and Haryana Youth Congress participated in the meeting and resolved to launch a joint agitation under the banner of newly constituted Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti Haryana.

It was decided at the meeting that the students from different parts of the state would assemble at Chandigarh to gherao the Haryana Assembly on September 11 in protest against enormous hike in fees and the move to affiliate certain universities to Ch Devi Lal University at Sirsa. Besides, the students demanded election to the students’ bodies and filling up of the vacant posts of teachers to streamline the studies.

The student leaders expressed anguish over the government’s announcement to declare the proposed rally at Jind on September 5 as illegal and termed the cane charge on peacefully demonstrating students and their subsequent arrest as shameful and a violation of the fundamental rights.

Commenting on the government’s move to affiliate certain universities to Sirsa Univerity, the student leaders claimed that even the students of Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Dabwali towns were uninterested in affiliation to the Sirsa University.

They argued that the government had been curtailing the budget for already established universities in the state and a large number of posts of teaching and non-teaching employees in colleges and universities had been lying vacant for the past several years. Moreover, they said the government had been asking different universities to generate their own resources due to paucity of funds.

In such circumstances, they questioned as to how the setting up of a new university could be justified.

The student leaders alleged that the issue of setting up of this university was neither discussed in the Vidhan Sabha nor the opinion of teaching and student communities was taken. They demanded that the government should review its decision of setting up of this university and no change in affiliation of different colleges to the Sirsa University.


Convicted minors to be confined to special home
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
The Juvenile Justice Board on Saturday directed the prosecution that the two minors convicted of raping a student of Maulana Azad Medical College be confined to a special home until they cease to be juveniles.

Principal Magistrate Santosh Snehi Mann heads the three-member Juvenile Justice Board. The direction to remove the two boys from the society was based on the social investigation report.

The social investigation report had stated that the two boys did not have a congenial home; over exposure at this tender age might make them hardened criminals.

Rahul alias Budh Prakash, Amit and two others were charged with raping the medical student at knife-point. The trial against Rahul and Amit is continuing in a sessions court at Tis Hazari.

The two others – Mohanlal and Ashok – have been charged with receiving stolen property (the victim’s mobile phone) and harbouring the offender, respectively.

The rape of the fourth year medical student on November 15, 2002 at Khooni Darwaza on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg had rocked the Capital.

DMA hails arrest of quacks

The Delhi Medical Association today appreciated the step taken by the Delhi government and the police authorities to arrest seven quacks with fake medical degrees in Shahdara.

Police also raided the Institute of Paramedical Studies and Charitable Trust from where they had obtained the degrees. Having no formal medical qualifications, these suspects had been prescribing allopathic medicines for the last so many years, playing with the lives of innocent people.

There are about 40,000 such fake doctors in Delhi. As per the Delhi government order, only those persons registered with Delhi Medical Council, Delhi Bharatiya Chakitsa Parishad, Homeopathy Board can practise in Delhi, i.e. MBBS, BUMS and DHMS of Delhi only. Hence, all persons having RMP, PMP, MBBS (Bio) etc. are charlatans and should be booked with immediate effect. In Delhi, every 10-15 minutes, one case is either spoiled or killed by these so-called doctors. To cap it, these ‘doctors’ are the main source of spurious medicines.


The NDPL today announced loadshedding on Monday due to installation of Ring Main Units at district Shalimar Bagh and civil maintenance work being carried out at a sub-station at district Model Town. The areas affected will be BW Block in Shalimar Bagh from 10 am to 6 pm and areas of the Delhi Jal Board, R Block and Rameshwar Nagar from 10 am to 4 pm.

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