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Project Sikh heroes properly in school books: DSGMC
New Delhi, July 3
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has demanded that Sikhism and the Sikh gurus and heroes be properly projected in the history books published by the NCERT / SCERT. It has suggested that the publication of Sikh history be done in consultation and with the approval of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and other religious bodies.

Monsoon likely to hit Capital next week
New Delhi, July 3
Even as Delhiites continue to withstand the scorching sun and high humidity the Indian Meteorological Department claims that monsoon is on its way.

Power cos keen only on high profit areas: BJP
New Delhi, July 3
The BJP has alleged that the private distribution companies are supplying electricity to industries that give them higher profits at the expense of residential areas. The party claimed that the government is unable to impose any checks and balances on the private companies since it has virtually allowed the companies a free run.



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Sheila wants to take mango festival abroad
New Delhi, July 3
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that her government wants to take Mango Festival abroad. The Mango Festival has become an annual feature in Delhi. It attracts thousands of visitors. Ms Dikshit said that the government was looking into proposals to hold mango festivals in a number of countries to popularise the King of Fruits abroad. Speaking after inaugurating the 16th Mango Festival at the Talkatora Stadium, the Chief Minister said no other country could rival India in the production of varieties of mangoes.

Yum-Yum: A girl smelling a mango during the 16th Mango Festival at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
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Jobless urban youths to get financial aid
Faridabad, July 3
The District Urban Development Agency, a wing of the state government, plans to provide financial aid to the tune of Rs 14.60 lakh to the unemployed youths of urban areas here so that they may set up self-employment avenues.

Pak mother’s case shifted to special court
New Delhi, July 3
The case of a Pakistani woman seeking custody of her two minor children, who are now with their Indian father after the couple’s divorce, was today transferred to the Guardians and Wards Special Court.

Three inter-state auto-lifters held
New Delhi, July 3
With the arrest of three inter-state auto-lifters, including a minor, the North-East district police has claimed to have solved four cases of vehicle theft and recovered two motorcycles from their possession.

Mother of six, teen lover consume poison
Noida, July 3
A 40-year-old woman and an 18-year-old young man swallowed poison to end their lives in Sadarpur Colony.

IOC gets award for indigenous technology
Faridabad, July 3
The Research and Development (R&D) Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation has bagged the prestigious National Award for 2004 for development and successful commercialisation of a new indigenous technology.

One killed in scuffle, six held
New Delhi, July 3
A 55-year-old man was killed and his son seriously injured in a scuffle with their neighbours in the Bawana area of North-West district last night. While the victim was identified as Om Prakash while his son, Nanak (30) was injured.

10-year RI for raping minor
New Delhi, July 3
A city court today sentenced a man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old girl here in 1997. The Additional Sessions Judge (Mahila Court), Mrs. Swaran Kanta, also ordered convict 27-year-old Anwar Khan to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 in default of which he would have to undergo further imprisonment of three months.

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Project Sikh heroes properly in school books: DSGMC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has demanded that Sikhism and the Sikh gurus and heroes be properly projected in the history books published by the NCERT / SCERT. It has suggested that the publication of Sikh history be done in consultation and with the approval of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and other religious bodies.

Claiming that there are inadequacies and deficiencies in the history books in respect of Sikhism and the Sikh community, the president of the DSGMC, Mr Prehlad Singh Chandok, has in a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, said that the books published by NCERT / SCERT have a bias against the Sikh community.

The DSGMC has also demanded that “full autonomy” be granted to all the Sikh educational institutions in Delhi and elsewhere. In the letter to Mr Arjun Singh, Mr Chandok writes that there is undue interference by the governments in the matter of admissions and appointments.

“This,” Mr Chandok says, “is a direct infringement” of the rights of the Sikhs, a minority community. He sought clear-cut direction to the Government of NCT of Delhi and other governments to respect and uphold the rights and privileges of the Sikhs to establish and maintain their educational institutions.

Mr Chandok says there is no provision for teaching Punjabi from class III (as is the case in the states where Hindi is the second official language) in government-run and -aided schools. Punjabi is taught from class VI because Punjabi language teachers are not deputed in primary schools.

The Directorate of Education has clarified that it has 47 posts of Punjabi teachers vacant in their schools whereas they have intimated only one post to the Subordinate Services Board Delhi. This, Mr Chandok writes, is an example of discrimination against Punjabi language in Delhi.

Mr Chandok also writes that according to the post fixation norms, there are about 60 secondary / senior secondary teachers in Delhi where posts of Punjabi teachers can be created but the Department of Education is not taking any steps in that direction.

He claims the Punjabi Academy of Delhi has started a scheme of deputing part-time Punjabi language teachers in the schools run by the Directorate of Education / MCD / NDMC. The number of such teachers was 1,482 in 1991, which has come down to 700.

Mr Chandok suggested that the number of Punjabi teachers be increased and their appointments / services be regularised and they are brought on par with teachers working in recognised schools since the teachers appointed by Punjabi Academy are under paid.

Retail shops’ employees protest

The employees of shops retailing merchandise are up in arms over the Government of NCT of Delhi’s move to extend shopping hours and allowing shops to open seven days a week.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit yesterday told a PHDCCI delegation that her government proposes to keep shops open on all seven days of the week and for longer hours for the convenience of shoppers.

The ‘union’ of such employees fears that their working conditions would go from bad to worse since the shop owners are today hardly adhering to the labour laws.

The ‘union’ said that the shops do not any longer close for lunch hours. Workers used to get weekly-off but now with the fad of shopping festivals picking up, shops are open on Sundays also.

The ‘union’ said that if the government went ahead with this ‘anti-worker’ move, it will be forced to take to the streets and called for a reappraisal of the proposal.

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Monsoon likely to hit Capital next week
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
Even as Delhiites continue to withstand the scorching sun and high humidity the Indian Meteorological Department claims that monsoon is on its way.

The IMD officials said that conditions are favourable for advance of monsoon towards Delhi and other parts of North West India in three to four days. Monsoon, they said, has been weak for about 15 days but changes in circulation pattern indicate its revival.

It was pointed out that if everything went well and system that is being seen moved in the normal direction with normal speed, monsoon onset will occur over Delhi and other parts of North West India in next three-four days.

However, pre-monsoon rains and thunderstorm are expected in Delhi and adjoining areas like Haryana and Punjab in one-two days, IMD officials said. Leaving out Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, West UP and some parts of Rajasthan, monsoon has covered most parts of the country and there is a low-pressure area over North West Bay of Bengal which may move in north westerly direction.

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Power cos keen only on high profit areas: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
The BJP has alleged that the private distribution companies are supplying electricity to industries that give them higher profits at the expense of residential areas. The party claimed that the government is unable to impose any checks and balances on the private companies since it has virtually allowed the companies a free run.

The private distribution companies, Delhi Pradesh BJP President Harshvardhan said, are keen on supplying electricity only to heavy-profit earning areas and the residential areas are their last priority. If the government does not take immediate steps to rectify the situation, the electricity and water shortages could further aggravate into problems related to law and order.

Demanding the adoption of spontaneous emergency measures, Mr Harshvardhan said that the consumers were having to go without electricity for up to 12 to 13 hours a day. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), he alleged, was a mute spectator and not acting as a regulator.

Mr Harshvardhan said that during the last five days, the power-cut in the Capital was to the tune of 200-250 mega watt a day. Most of the residential areas in East, West and South Delhi are having to go without electricity for hours on end. He alleged that the distribution companies are not providing any advance notice to the consumers.

An immediate fallout of the shortage of electricity, Mr Harshvardhan said, is that taps have gone dry in many areas of the Capital. “On account of the late arrival of the monsoon,” he said, “the people
of Delhi are already perturbed by the scorching heat and in these circumstances, the heavy power cuts are making their
lives miserable”.

He said that the situation in South Extension, Defence Colony, Okhla Phase II, Adchini, Wazirabad, Nangloi, Seelampur, Bindapur, Bodella, Vasant Kunj, Kalkaji, Patparganj, Pandav Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar has become so worse that people are demonstrating on the roads.

In the absence of electricity in unauthorised and resettlement colonies, slums and other residential areas of the weaker sections, people have started quarrelling amongst themselves as even the water tankers are not readily available in these areas.

Mr Harshvardhan claimed that the distribution companies were violating terms and conditions entered into with the government during the time the Delhi Vidyut Board was unbundled into smaller entities.

“The electricity situation in the Capital,” he said, “is deteriorating every day because of the non-compliance of rules and arbitrary power distribution”.

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Sheila wants to take mango festival abroad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that her government wants to take Mango Festival abroad. The Mango Festival has become an annual feature in Delhi. It attracts thousands of visitors.

Ms Dikshit said that the government was looking into proposals to hold mango festivals in a number of countries to popularise the King of Fruits abroad.

Speaking after inaugurating the 16th Mango Festival at the Talkatora Stadium, the Chief Minister said no other country could rival India in the production of varieties of mangoes.

Mango cultivators from several states displayed exotic breeds like Amrapali, Sikri and Mallika along with popular varieties like Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso and several hybrid ones.

On the occasion, Ms Dikshit interacted freely with the children at the venue of the festival. She exhorted visitors to purchase the products. The festival concludes tomorrow.

Preparation of products like mango pickle and mango Panna, dishes which use mango and ice carving were also part of the festival.

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Jobless urban youths to get financial aid
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 3
The District Urban Development Agency, a wing of the state government, plans to provide financial aid to the tune of Rs 14.60 lakh to the unemployed youths of urban areas here so that they may set up self-employment avenues. While the number of educated unemployed persons may be large, the agency aims to cover about 324 persons under this scheme during the current financial year.

This agency last year had provided financial aid to as many as 253 youths, who were given Rs 16.27 lakh as credit and subsidy for setting up their own ventures. While the total amount of the funds kept under the above head this year has been less and the number of target beneficiaries has gone up, this scheme is mainly funded by the Union Government and known as ‘Swarn Jayanti Shahri Rojgar Yojna’.

At a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner here today, the officials concerned said that the department plans to provide the necessary training to about 343 youths who want to set up ventures of self-employment during this period.

It is stated that the applicants for this scheme get 85 per cent of the financial aid as loan and the rest as subsidy. About 251 unemployed youths were given training in ‘Cutting-Tailoring, Dress Designing’ and the work related to beauty parlour.

The agency announced that it had funds of about Rs 4. 87 lakh for providing help to the self-help groups of women who want to set up any venture on cooperative basis. The help includes a subsidy of around 50 per cent. The department provides an additional help of Rs 1,000 per head after a year of the setting up of such a group.

Meanwhile, the District Rural Development Agency in a statement claimed that it had sold about 134 solar home lighting systems, 85 solar cookers, 29 dish solar cookers and 11 solar pumps last year in Ballabhgarh and Palwal subdivisions as part of the Integrated Rural Energy Development Programme.

It also set up about 84 bio-gas plants in the district last year.

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Pak mother’s case shifted to special court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
The case of a Pakistani woman seeking custody of her two minor children, who are now with their Indian father after the couple’s divorce, was today transferred to the Guardians and Wards Special Court.

The District Judge, Mr J.P. Singh, transferred the matter to the court of Special Judge (Guardians and Wards) Anju Bajaj Chanana and fixed July 9 as the next date of hearing, when the children’s father would file a reply to the mother’s petition.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed in a Delhi court on June 19 with the two wailing minors refusing to join their Pakistani mother divorced by their Indian father after the couple’s across-the-border love story went sour due to his suspicion about her fidelity.

The children, girl (10) and boy (6), were produced by their father Mohammed Sallauddin (37) before the court of the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ), Mr S. N. Dhingra, as the mother sought custody of the kids. That was the first time the kids met their mother in over three years. 

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Three inter-state auto-lifters held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
With the arrest of three inter-state auto-lifters, including a minor, the North-East district police has claimed to have solved four cases of vehicle theft and recovered two motorcycles from their possession.

The auto-lifters were identified as Pawan (18), resident of Ghaziabad, and Sumit Kumar (20), resident of Shadatpur. The accused used to steal vehicles in Delhi and sell them in Uttar Pradesh.

Based on a secret information that two auto-lifters would come to Yamuna Vihar on a motorcycle, the police apprehended the two including a minor. During questioning the duo could not give satisfactory reply to the police and subsequently confessed to have stolen the motorcycle from the Shahdara area. The police said that the accused persons always moved with a bunch of duplicate keys to try their luck on motorcycles parked on roads. Based on their information their associate Pawan was arrested by the police.

Auto theft cases solved, two held

In another case, the West district police have claimed to have arrested two auto-lifters along with a receiver of the stolen vehicles. The police also claimed to have worked out five cases of vehicle theft and recovered one Maruti Zen car and with two motorcycles from their possession.

While the auto-lifters, who were arrested, have been identified as Sunil Kumar (21), and Praveen Kumar (21), residents of Tilak Nagar, the receiver was identified as Jai Prakash alias Tinku (24).

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Mother of six, teen lover consume poison
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 3
A 40-year-old woman and an 18-year-old young man swallowed poison to end their lives in Sadarpur Colony.

The woman, a mother of six children, was having an affair with the boy and their romance was no secret in the colony. The colony residents had even thrashed the youth and his brother recently.

According to Sector-39 police, Kalu Ram lives in his house on the periphery of Sadarpur Colony. He had married Geeta Chouhan 14 years ago and the couple had six children.

Komal, a cable mechanic and his brother Jai Prakash were living nearby. Komal used to visit Kalu Ram’s house quite often.

After a while, he developed illicit relations with Kalu Ram’s wife Geeta.

The colony residents had reportedly caught the lovers in a compromising position 15 days ago. Komal and his brother Jai Prakash were beaten up and the woman was also publicly reprimanded.

It became difficult for the lovers to see each other afterwards. On Thursday, they met and decided to end it all. They entered into a mutual suicide pact. Unknown to the world, Komal and Geeta swallowed poison in their respective homes at night. They were found dead yesterday morning.

Both were rushed to hospital but declared brought dead by the doctors. The police have sent the bodies for autopsy. Investigations are still on.

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IOC gets award for indigenous technology
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 3
The Research and Development (R&D) Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation has bagged the prestigious National Award for 2004 for development and successful commercialisation of a new indigenous technology.

The award was given by the President, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam to Mr P.Sugavanam, Director, Finance and Officiating Chairman, Indian Oil and Mr N.R Raje, Director, R&D Division of the Company, at a function held in the Capital recently.

The R&D Centre of the Indian Oil which is located here, has developed the new technology known as ‘INDMAX’. It has been commissioned at its Guwahati Refinery for conversion of low value petroleum residues into the value-added LPG, the demand for which has been growing fast. The INDMAX unit, set up at a cost of Rs 155 crore, will have the capacity of about one lakh tonne per annum and has been made operational since June last year.

SBI honours veteran soldiers

Meerut: Several social services were organised by the State Bank of India (SBI) Meerut Zone on the occasion of its raising day. All the branches of State Bank of India observed the Raising Day in co-ordination with thousands of bank customers.

The SBI also honoured veteran soldiers and their services to the nation. Many heart patients also had a check-up in a health camp sponsored by the bank.

In the morning, SBI Deputy General Manager Dharmendra Singh honoured retired soldiers, including Lt-General Mathew Thomas PVSM, AVSM, VSM, SM, Brig R K Singh, Brig Ranvir Singh, Maj-General Jitendra Singh, some other senior retired Army officials and soldiers. War widows were also honoured.

Speaking on the occasion, Dy General Manager of the SBI, Meerut Zone, announced that proper sitting arrangements will be made by the bank on the day of pension distribution, for the welfare of thousand of senior citizens, including the retired soldiers. —OC

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One killed in scuffle, six held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
A 55-year-old man was killed and his son seriously injured in a scuffle with their neighbours in the Bawana area of North-West district last night. While the victim was identified as Om Prakash while his son, Nanak (30) was injured.

Nanak was rushed to the Maharishi Balmiki hospital and is under treatment.

The police said that one Ishwar (33), also a truck driver, passed some indecent remarks on Nanak’s wife last night and a heated argument took place between Nanak and Ishwar. Angered over this issue, Ishwar, his wife Manju, father Mam Chand, brothers Dalip, Jai Bhagwan along with their neighbour Narender went to Nanak’s house and assaulted his family members with sticks and knives.

During the quarrel, Nanak’s father who received serious injuries died on the spot while Nanak was rushed to the hospital with injuries. The police has registered a case of murder and attempt to murder and arrested all the six accused persons.

Pirated DVDs

The Economic Offences Wing has claimed to have arrested one person and recovered a huge quantity of pirated DVDs worth Rs 58 lakh in the Chandni Chowk area.

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10-year RI for raping minor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 3
A city court today sentenced a man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old girl here in 1997. The Additional Sessions Judge (Mahila Court), Mrs. Swaran Kanta, also ordered convict 27-year-old Anwar Khan to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 in default of which he would have to undergo further imprisonment of three months.

On September 27, 1997, Khan, a resident of slum area in Subhash Nagar, took the girl who was staying nearby on the pretext of giving her a toffee and sexually assaulted her.

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