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Marginal dip in cut-off fails to cheer students
New Delhi, June 30
For students who had been pinning their hopes on the second cut off list for admission to the DU affiliated colleges, the “marginal dip” in the minimum marks required is clearly a let down.

Pigeons try to beat the heat at Vijay Chowk even as the Met department predicted rain in the Capital at weekend. Pigeons try to beat the heat at Vijay Chowk even as the Met department predicted rain in the Capital at weekend.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Teachers grapple with 5th standard textbook
Faridabad, June 30
The JBT teachers of the government schools in Haryana, entrusted with the work of teaching English up to class fifth, are faced with a peculiar problem. They do not know how to teach the subject as they themselves find it hard to comprehend.


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Cops crack Press Enclave
hold-up case
New Delhi, June 30
With the arrest of four youngsters, the South district police claims to have solved a robbery case in which an employee of a security company was robbed of Rs 4.5 lakh on the Press Enclave road on June 28.

Rishi, Manjit, Shiv Shakti and Naresh, who were arrested in the Capital on Wednesday for the hold-up on Press Enclave road. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi
Rishi, Manjit, Shiv Shakti and Naresh, who were arrested in the Capital on Wednesday for the hold-up on Press Enclave road.

272 employees found absent in office
Ghaziabad, June 30
On getting reports about the absentee employees from different departments, District Magistrate Ghaziabad, Santosh Yadav constituted 13 teams of officials to conduct surprise checks in various departments and at different locations.

Criminals find
Gt Noida a happy hunting-ground
Greater Noida, June 30
Once peaceful Greater Noida is fast becoming a haven of criminals. Many criminals from the adjoining districts are also reportedly making a killing here. The way the criminals get away with the murders, loot and other crimes, proves that the law and order machinery has almost collapsed.

CPI workers demonstrating against the US Army, asking it to quit Iraq at Mandi House in the Capital
CPI workers demonstrating against the US Army, asking it to quit Iraq at Mandi House in the Capital on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Power cuts plague residents of ‘millennium city’
Gurgaon, June 30
The residents of Gurgaon have been subjected to frequent and long spells of power cuts for the past couple of days. 

Three killed in Ghaziabad accidents
Ghaziabad, June 30
Three persons, including an eight-year-old boy have been killed in the Mahanagar in separate accidents. According to Kavi Nagar police, the body of a young man was found by the side of railway track near Razapur level crossing.

Bid to seek tenders on behalf of bogus company foiled
New Delhi, June 30
With the arrest of a cheat, the New Delhi district police today claimed to have foiled an attempt to dupe companies by seeking tenders on behalf of CREST, a government of India undertaking.

Where ward boy examines patients!
Bulandshahr, June 30
The government has set up primary health centres and appointed doctors and other paramedics. However, in some of the centres, doctors absent themselves for as many as 15 days at a stretch. In one such centre, Dy Chief Medical Officer RB Agarwal had caught a ward boy posing as a doctor.

They practise with doctored degrees
New Delhi, June 30
The Rehabilitation Council of India is getting complaints of several disabled persons being treated by the quacks working in the area of disability across the country. The Rehabilitation Council of India is a statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, entrusted to develop, standardise and regulate training programmes in the field of rehabilitation and special education.

Dean challenges denial of re-employment
New Delhi, June 30
The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Delhi University on a plea by its Law Faculty Dean, challenging its decision refusing re-employment after retirement. Justice S K Kaul issued the notice to the university and the Vice Chancellor on the petition filed by Prof Surendra Prasad, seeking to quash the July 14, 2003, order refusing re-employment in the faculty for a period of three more years.

Polio booths to be set up
New Delhi, June 30
The next phase of the ambitious Pulse Polio Immunisation programme, started by Rotary International in collaboration with local health agencies, will be held on July 4. The Pulse Polio Program, which is part of the Global Polio Eradication initiative, is recognised worldwide as a model of public and private co-operation in pursuit of a great humanitarian goal.

80 poor girls given ‘kanyadaan’
Faridabad, June 30
The state government has disbursed about Rs 80 lakh as ‘kanyadaan’ to about 80 girls of the poor families who got married during the past two months. According to the Deputy Commissioner, an amount of over Rs 2. 90 lakh was spent for the purpose on about 57 weddings that took place during May alone this year.

BJP demands class-wise list of free seats
New Delhi, June 30
The Delhi Pradesh BJP has demanded that the Government of NCT of Delhi release the class-wise list of the 25 per cent free seats against which the children of weaker sections will be given admission by the schools that have obtained land on concessional rates.

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Marginal dip in cut-off fails to cheer students
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
For students who had been pinning their hopes on the second cut off list for admission to the DU affiliated colleges, the “marginal dip” in the minimum marks required is clearly a let down.

While admissions to popular courses, including English, Economics and Commerce, have already been wound up in most colleges, elsewhere the decrease in the cut-off will leave a trail of disappointed students.

The college authorities blame the exceptionally higher scores doled out by the Boards of Education, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). “If there are so many with aggregate marks above 90 percent, there is bound to be a crunch,” said Dr. S R Arora, Principal, Hans Raj College.

In Hans Raj, the decrease in the cut-off for subjects like English, Economics and Mathematics is “between one and two percent”.

In Miranda House, the dip is also “marginal” with students being offered a few options, including “Philosophy and Hindi”.

Courses like Sanskrit and Hindi, which are not on the popularity list of the students, have a substantial decrease in the cut-off. “We have brought down the cut-off in Sanskrit to a mere 45 percent, then there is Hindi with 50 per cent aggregate and History with 52 percent aggregate”, said Dr. Satnam Kaur, Principal, Mata Sundari College for Women.

In Sri Venkateshawara College, the dip is again marginal with no vacancy in subjects like Economics, Sociology and BA Pass. “It is unprecedented that even with high first cut-off the seats have been more or less filled. But we will take all those students who have managed to get the minimum required aggregate. Even if it means admitting students double the number of the allotted seats”, said Principal, Dr A S Reddy.

The cut-off for Economics Hons in Sri Venkateshwara for students with Economics and Maths in class XII has come down to 88.5 percent, while for others it is 91 percent; B.Com Hons. has seen a dip of just 0.25 percent; and Physics Hons in the college has come down to 88 from 90 percent.

The cut-off for B A in Gargi has come down from 78 to 76.5 percent, for B.com pass it is 84% to 86 % from 85.5 to 87.5 % In Ramjas, admission are closed for Zoology, Botany and Chemistry Hons. while for Maths hons. the cut-off has come down to 80 percent.

The cut-off for Science subjects in some colleges is between two to three percent. In Hindu College, the percentage for Botany Hons. has come down from 82 to 77 percent. In Maths Hons, it has come down from 90-94 % to 89-93 %.

In SGTB Khalsa, admissions have been wound up for B.Com Hons, B.Com Pass and Economics Hons. The cut-off for Economics Hons in Lady Sriram College has come down from 92.5 to 91.50 and in B.Com Hons it has come down from 92.75 to 91.75.

The admissions to Honours in Economics, History, English, Hindi and Maths are already over in Hansraj College. Students who are eligible for admission on the basis of the second list have to complete their formalities by July 5 within the stipulated time.

Health check-up camp for NDPL consumers

Coinciding with its second anniversary, North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) is organising a free health check-up camp for its consumers tomorrow between 9 am and 4 pm at the office of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in Block D opposite Mangolpuri Police Station in Mangolpuri.

The tests for blood sugar and haemoglobin will be free as will be the consultancy by physicians and distribution of medicines.
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Teachers grapple with 5th standard textbook
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 30
The JBT teachers of the government schools in Haryana, entrusted with the work of teaching English up to class fifth, are faced with a peculiar problem. They do not know how to teach the subject as they themselves find it hard to comprehend.

The teachers have reportedly told their seniors about the problem.

The issue also came up during the summer vacation Training-cum-Refresher course which was concluded today. It was conducted by the state education department.

According to the reports, several JBT teachers took up the matter during the special classes held for them and told the master trainers that the new course of the English subject for the fifth standard had been too tough.

It is claimed that the course content, designed and finalised by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), had not been practical and was too complex as far as the standard of class fifth was concerned.

Some of the teachers met an HCS officer and raised the issue while the latter was on a supervision tour of the Refresher Course in a school in Mewat.

They reportedly said that they would not be able to teach the subject properly unless proper changes were made.

Some of the teachers and master trainers also claimed that the book of English subject, prescribed for class fourth and fifth, was not being made available by the council and it was being procured from a private publication from the market.

Some teachers said that there was a need of proper training of teachers and coordination between the education department and the agency designs.

According to certain experts, it was wrong on the part of the course designers to prescribe the course material which was of the standard at par or similar to the private or public schools where English had been a part from the nursery classes.

Moreover, they claim that the educational standard and qualifications of the teachers, taking these classes had not improved and this mismatch could prove harmful for the future of the students.

According to the reports about the teachers Training-cum–Refresher Course, the attendance of the teachers had not been regular. At some of the schools, many teachers had been absent or away on other duties.

One of the raids conducted in Mewat found the majority of the participants sitting under the trees, waiting to go home.

The education department allows TA/DA for the participants. This programme is covered under the ‘Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’, which received about Rs 3 to 4 Crore during 2003-04.

The teaching bodies like the ‘Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh’ has asked the government to stop deputing the teachers for extraneous duties like vote preparation, pulse polio campaign and other such drives.

It claims that such duties were unwanted and prevent the teachers from doing their main job properly.

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Cops crack Press Enclave hold-up case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
With the arrest of four youngsters, the South district police claims to have solved a robbery case in which an employee of a security company was robbed of Rs 4.5 lakh on the Press Enclave road on June 28. The police have recovered a Santro car, a Pulsar motorcycle, Rs 60,000 in cash, a pistol, two live cartridges and a knife from their possession.

However, the police is still hunting for the three other main accused — Deepak, Narender and an employee of Nirulaa’s, Suresh alias Lala, who tipped off his accomplices about Manoj’s movements.

The accused, who have been arrested, include Shiv Shakti, alias Bhola (22), a resident of Madangir, Manjit Singh, alias Sonu (24), a resident of Mahipalpur, Naresh Kumar, alias Pinku (22), a resident of Mahipalpur, and Rishi (23), a resident of Humayunpur.

They were, incidentally, body-builders and had participated in a bodybuilding competition in Delhi. They had a good lifestyle and were fond of good clothes, fast cars and jazzy shoes.

The victim, Manoj, an employee in CMS Security, Jhandewalan, was carrying money from Nirula’s, Saket, when two motorcycle-borne youths intercepted Manoj and stabbed him on the thigh at around 1 pm. The youths, after stabbing him, snatched a bag containing Rs 4.75 lakh from his possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Praveer Ranjan told presspersons that the victim had told the police that he used to collect money every Monday from Adidas, Nirula’s and McDonalds restaurants, for depositing the same in his company. The victim also told the police that on June 28 an employee of Nirula’s was keeping a tab on his movements.

Based on this information, the police questioned several employees of Nirula’s. In the meantime, on specific information, the police nabbed three accused persons — Sonu, Pinku and Rishi — from Humayunpur on June 29 and arrested Bhola from Madangir. .

During interrogation, it was revealed that Suresh had passed on the information to his friend Shiv Shakti, who owns a jeans shop in Madangir market. Shiv Shakti contacted his friends and receed the area thrice before committing the crime on June 28.

The other accused have a good family background and one of accused, Naresh, was earning Rs 60,000 every month as rent from his showroom situated on Mahipalpur road.
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272 employees found absent in office
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, June 30
On getting reports about the absentee employees from different departments, District Magistrate Ghaziabad, Santosh Yadav constituted 13 teams of officials to conduct surprise checks in various departments and at different locations.

The result: 272 employees, including officers were found absent from duty.

Thirteen teams led by Chief Development officer, Addl. District Magistrate and Dy. DMs had conducted checks in various departments yesterday between 10 and 11 am. The DM himself went to the Trade Tax department at 10.30 am and noticed that 12 officers, including Addl. Commissioner SP Chauhan, and 56 other officials had not reached office.

Chief Development Officer Deepak Agarwal made surprise checks at different departments in Collectorate and found 26 employees, including senior officers missing.

The office of the Dy Commissioner, Entertainment Tax, was found to be worse where six officers including Dy Commissioner Ram Sanware, were missing.

Addl. DM City CP Pandey inspected 19 offices in Vikas Bhawan and found 37 staffers absent, while in many other departments, a number of officials were said to have proceeded on tours, but the tour register could not be presented.

In Sadar Tehsil office, Addl. DM Prashant Rakesh Chandra found five employees missing while in Chief Medical Officer’s office, six employees played truant.

In District Industries Centre, the chief manager and seven others were missing while in the Dy Labour Commissioner’s office, five staffers were not seen.

In Jal Nigam Division-VI office, 44 officers and employees were absent while 22 others were missing from Raj Nagar Jal Office.

In RTOs office, 15 employees were missing.

In the public works department, 12 and six employees were found missing by Addl DM Amarjit Singh.

DM Santosh Kumar Yadav said one day salary of all 272 officers and employees found absent would be deducted and departmental action taken against all the guilty officials.
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Criminals find
Gt Noida a happy hunting-ground
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, June 30
Once peaceful Greater Noida is fast becoming a haven of criminals. Many criminals from the adjoining districts are also reportedly making a killing here.

The way the criminals get away with the murders, loot and other crimes, proves that the law and order machinery has almost collapsed.

The attempt to loot an advocate’s car during broad daylight the other day, in which the advocate was shot at is a proof of deteriorating police grip on the area.

Within five months of the disbanding of Gautam Budh Nagar district, there have been 12 murders, 15 loots, 13 incidents of waylaying and three dacoities under 10 police stations in Greater Noida.

In Bulandshahr police stations, where most of the crimes were registered, there was hardly any breakthrough in solving the cases. The sub-inspectors prefer to sort out the matter at their end many times instead of registering the cases.

The police have yet to nab the criminals who had looted a petrol pump and furniture house in broad daylight during March.

A sector contractor was killed for extortion. Three contract killers are still absconding. BSP leader Naresh Bhatti was also killed in a hail of bullet in a broad daylight. Many of the accused are still at large, though three of them were arrested two months after the crime.

The businessman are so scared that they don’t dare seek the police help even after receiving the extortion threats.

A Santro car was snatched by the criminals at a gunpoint from an officer of Tata Steel Co four days ago. But the police had simply registered a theft case.

Two motorcycle-borne criminals had shot at an advocate to snatch his Santro car. While the loot and theft cases are increasing fast, the police have failed to solve any case so far.
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Power cuts plague residents of ‘millennium city’
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 30
The residents of Gurgaon have been subjected to frequent and long spells of power cuts for the past couple of days.

The development exposes the claims of the Haryana government that Gurgaon falls in a “no-power cut” zone. The worst part is that the authorities do not own responsibility and give a cussed reply to the complainant. Their standard explanation is that the cuts are enforced from some other source on which the department has no control.

Some department officials even express ignorance about the unscheduled power cuts.

This gives a lie to the statements of the government functionaries, including Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, that there was sufficient supply of power and water to the public in the state.

An elderly resident of Rajiv Nagar said that the government, its agencies and the private builders tom-tom about the so-called grandeur of Gurgaon only to increase the market value of its land. They resort to marketing gimmicks and have no intention of improving the civic amenities of the “millenium city”.

Many people allege that this problem occurs every year. It is eased somewhat when it rains.

There were as many as 15 spells of power cuts on Monday even in the posh colonies and habitation centres. There were power cuts 10 times yesterday in different parts of the city. The situation in the old city area is dismal. Some of the areas had power cuts for more than five hours at a stretch.

The unscheduled cuts have affected every section of society, especially the industrial and commercial units.

Reports suggest that a number of units operated at a level below the optimum.

It is not only the shortage of power supply. The uninformed cuts have an accompanying problem of water shortage.

A number of residents welfare associations are worried about the sorry state of affairs as most of the schools will reopen after the summer break.
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Three killed in Ghaziabad accidents
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 30
Three persons, including an eight-year-old boy have been killed in the Mahanagar in separate accidents.

According to Kavi Nagar police, the body of a young man was found by the side of railway track near Razapur level crossing. The body of the 30-year-old man was apparently mutilated in a railway accident. The police said that the man might have fallen to his death from a running train.

Another young man, a motorcycle rider was crushed under a bus opposite the Collectorate in the evening.

The bus driver, driving recklessly, had knocked down the bike rider in a bid to overtake him.

The bus dragged the bike up to a short distance.

Both the victims could not be identified though the motorcycle rider reportedly belonged to Hapur.

An eight-year-old boy Salman had come with his mother Aashima to Ghaziabad from Gulawatti. He was crushed under a bus at the new bus stop when they were waiting for a bus on the road side.

Teacher shot at by fleeing robbers

Criminals barged into three houses in Bhopura village after breaking their door locks under Sahibabad police station area on Tuesday night. They decamped with valuables worth Rs 3 lakh.

Villagers who woke up while the thieves were dividing the booty, chased them for some distance. Panicked at being followed, the thieves fired some shots, one of which injured a schoolteacher who has been admitted to a hospital. The police have not registered the case so far.

Hari Singh’s family, sleeping on the terrace, were their first victim. The criminals had entered the housing via terrace and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 1.50 lakh.

The criminals then went into two adjoining houses first of which was Sewa Singh’s house and left with Rs 50,000 worth of goods. While they were dividing the booty on a ground in the locality, the village chowkidar noticed them and raised the alarm. The villagers reached the spot and chased the thieves who fired a number of shots at the chasing villagers, one of which hit a schoolmaster, Kalhu.
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Bid to seek tenders on behalf of bogus company foiled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
With the arrest of a cheat, the New Delhi district police today claimed to have foiled an attempt to dupe companies by seeking tenders on behalf of CREST, a government of India undertaking. The suspect was identified as Amritpal Singh, alias Naresh Kumar, alias Prince. The suspect, who completed his Civil Engineering from Chandigarh, belonged to Mohali in Punjab.

The police received information that a person had rented out a small cabin to receive mail in Colaba Business Centre, Atma Ram House, Tolstoy Marg. He received mail in the name of Naresh Kumar c/o CREST (Council of Research Education and Social Treatment), a Central government undertaking. The case was investigated and Naresh was arrested from his office.

During interrogation he disclosed that he had given an advertisement in Indian Express, Bombay edition, on June 7 inviting sealed tenders for supply of computers, laptop, UPS, air conditioners, ceiling fans, surgical lighting system, fire extinguishers, power transformers etc. Interested parties were asked to send their tenders on their letterheads in properly sealed envelopes, giving details of the firm, rates etc. The advertisement also sought 2.5 per cent of the quoted amount by way of Account Payee Demand Draft in favour of CREST, payable at New Delhi. Naresh disclosed that he changed his name to hide his original identity. It was subsequently found that CREST was a bogus firm and a false advertisement had been released in the newspaper with the dishonest intention of collecting the demand drafts, the police said.

Fake filling unit unearthed

The Trademark Section of the EOW, Crime Branch, claims to have unearthed a fake filling unit of Hamdard. The police conducted a raid at Swati Agro Food Products, Village Siras Pur. During the raid, a huge quantity of duplicate products of Hamdard, including 84 filled bottles, 115 empty bottles and 7,000 labels with fake trademark and infringed artistic work of Hamdard, were recovered. The owner of the filling unit, Sanjeev Kumar, has been arrested, the police said.
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Where ward boy examines patients!
Our Correspondent

Bulandshahr, June 30
The government has set up primary health centres and appointed doctors and other paramedics. However, in some of the centres, doctors absent themselves for as many as 15 days at a stretch.

In one such centre, Dy Chief Medical Officer RB Agarwal had caught a ward boy posing as a doctor. He was examining patients at Primary Health Centre in Bulandshahr district.

In fact, the ward boy Ram Rattan was the only staff member out of a team of eight staffers present at the Chili Primary Health Centre in Dankore block of Bulandshahr district. A doctor, a pharmacist, a health worker, a supervisor, a sanitation worker, a ward boy and two ANM are officially on the strength of the centre.

The ward boy was found conducting a medical examination of a patient.

This was not the first time that Dr Malik Anuj was found absent from duty. The reports of his absence from duty were received earlier also.

In Rabupura Primary Health Centre also, Dr RP Singh was found to be absent from duty since 13 June without permission. His previous record was also found full of irregularities. His salary was deducted for 18 days since April. An explanation has also been sought from such truant staff, including doctors in charge.

These are not the solitary examples from the Primary Health Centres in Dankore or Javer block, but in Bisarakh and Dadri also, the situation is not better where the health officers were found absent during Dy CMO Dr RC Gaur’s visit.

Even in Noida government hospital, one sweeper was caught giving an injection to a patient two months back.
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They practise with doctored degrees
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
The Rehabilitation Council of India is getting complaints of several disabled persons being treated by the quacks working in the area of disability across the country. The Rehabilitation Council of India is a statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, entrusted to develop, standardise and regulate training programmes in the field of rehabilitation and special education.

The two recent complaints have come from Ganganagar in Rajasthan and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

The quacks may boast of holding any degree from B Ed. in Special Education to M Phil in Rehabilitation Psychology to treat problems of persons with disability in their areas.

They may even add doctor as a prefix to their names to get all sorts of patients, even though in reality they might be holding an RCI diploma which does not qualify any person to start his or her own practice, a release said.

“Such malpractices need to be seriously checked as they might aggravate the problems of the disabled. We are immediately issuing letters to inform such quacks that a legal action would be taken if they continue their practice further,” says Major HPS Ahluwalia, Chairman, RCI.
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Dean challenges denial of re-employment
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Delhi University on a plea by its Law Faculty Dean, challenging its decision refusing re-employment after retirement.

Justice S K Kaul issued the notice to the university and the Vice Chancellor on the petition filed by Prof Surendra Prasad, seeking to quash the July 14, 2003, order refusing re-employment in the faculty for a period of three more years.

Prof Prasad said as per the university guidelines, a person should be a distinguished teacher in order to be given re-employment, and claimed to have an illustrious career spanning 34 years.

It was also pointed out that the university would have to pay less to the petitioner than to a fresh appointee. He would also have more experience than any new teacher, which would be in the interest of the institution as well as the students.

The petitioner also cited Prof V K Gupta’s record, which was considered for re-employment to highlight the arbitrariness of the authorities.

The university had discontinued its policy to grant re-employment, after directions by the High Court on a PIL in this regard.

The university, in its reply in that case, had sought immunity from disclosing the records that were considered for granting re-employment on the grounds that it would be ‘’injurious to public interest and endanger national security and diplomatic relations’’.
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Polio booths to be set up
Tribune news Service

New Delhi, June 30
The next phase of the ambitious Pulse Polio Immunisation (PPI) programme, started by Rotary International in collaboration with local health agencies, will be held on July 4.

The Pulse Polio Program, which is part of the Global Polio Eradication initiative, is recognised worldwide as a model of public and private co-operation in pursuit of a great humanitarian goal.

Mr Deepak Kapur, chairman, Rotary International’s India Polio Plus Program, informed that a sample survey, conducted jointly by UNICEF’s India country office and the Indian government, had shown that about 95 per cent children have been vaccinated.

In Delhi, around 4,000 polio booths (kendras) will be set up of which nearly 125 are mobile; the latter will cover the areas that are not covered by the fixed centres.

Polio kendras are also set up at all entry points like airports, railway stations, interstate bus terminuses and national highways.
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80 poor girls given ‘kanyadaan’
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 30
The state government has disbursed about Rs 80 lakh as ‘kanyadaan’ to about 80 girls of the poor families who got married during the past two months.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, an amount of over Rs 2. 90 lakh was spent for the purpose on about 57 weddings that took place during May alone this year.

Another Rs 1.17 lakh was provided as ‘kanyadaan’ at the wedding of 23 girls in the district during this month.

The government has allocated Rs 10.20 lakh to be given as kanyadaan in the district during the present financial year.

The authorities had spent about Rs 9.89 lakh on this head last year. It may be recalled that the government provides amount Rs 5,100 as kanyadaan at the time of the marriage of the girls whose families come under the ‘Below the Poverty Line’.

Earlier, this scheme was available for the families of the SC category only.
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BJP demands class-wise list of free seats
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
The Delhi Pradesh BJP has demanded that the Government of NCT of Delhi release the class-wise list of the 25 per cent free seats against which the children of weaker sections will be given admission by the schools that have obtained land on concessional rates.

The president of the party, Mr Harshvardhan, has said that these lists should clearly indicate the number of seats in every class for the weaker sections. He also said that the government should appoint school-wise nodal officers, so that private schools may not obstruct the process of admission of students belonging to the weaker sections of society.

Thank you, doctor

To thank the doctors for their concern, the Apollo clinics have provided the residents of the National Capital Region an opportunity to show their appreciation of their doctors.

Teams from the clinic have been visiting homes to collect thank you cards from those wishing to extend their gratitude to doctors. Among those who have signed thanks giving cards are Kathak exponent Shovana Narayan, who has sent a card to her physician Dr Kalyan Sachdev.

The efforts are part of the Doctor’s Day celebrations.
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