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Liquor curbs eased, country brew costlier
New Delhi, July 5
The Government of NCT of Delhi has revived a ‘comatose’ excise policy and eased certain restrictions to offer Delhiites a new, liberal set of laws that will govern the sale and licensing of liquor. The new excise policy got the Cabinet’s nod Monday, two years after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, in her previous term in office, hurriedly ‘disowned’ it after its liberalised guidelines received more brickbats than bouquets.

Make unapproved industrial areas legit: FSIA
Faridabad, July 5
The Faridabad Small Industries Association has demanded regularisation of the unapproved industrial areas of the district. It claims that it will not only boost the industrial and commercial activity, but will also generate more revenue for the state government.

Gurgaon to have country’s maiden wedding mall
New Delhi, July 5
Trousseau and all the accoutrements of wedding under one roof. It is not a utopian dream! Omaxe, the real estate developer, is setting up India’s first wedding mall at Gurgaon. This unique mall will occupy 1,75,000 sq feet of selling space and will be divided into five levels with 81 units.


EARLIER STORIES

 

Dummy loan firm busted
New Delhi, July 5
With the arrest of two persons, the Economic Offences Wing claims to have busted a dummy financial company through which the accused had duped several gullible persons on the pretext of arranging loans for them without any surety.

Doctors who did their MBBS from foreign medical colleges, demonstrating against former President of Medical Council of India
Doctors who did their MBBS from foreign medical colleges, demonstrating against former President of Medical Council of India and demanding their registration in India, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Schoolchildren up in arms against Pepsi-Coke
Schoolchildren up in arms against Pepsi-Coke under the banner of the Communist Party of India in the Capital. — A Tribune photograph

5 burglars held, stolen goods worth Rs 2 lakh recovered
New Delhi, July 5
The South West district police claims to have arrested five burglars along with the receiver of the stolen property and recovered stolen goods worth Rs 2 lakh from their possession.

SI charged in CBSE paper leak case granted bail
New Delhi, July 5
A Delhi court today granted bail to a Delhi Police Sub Inspector Rajesh Kumar Singh, who had been accused of accepting a bribe and diluting the charge in the CBSE-PMT leak probe case.

Life term for killing relative
New Delhi, July 5
A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his brother-in-law and injuring his niece after she objected to his drinking habits in Defence Colony area of the capital about two years ago.

Newly-wed hit on head, hurled from second floor
Ghaziabad, July 5
A newly-wed was reportedly hit repeatedly with a ‘sarya’ on the head and thrown out from the second floor window by her husband in Hindon Vihar. The couple had been married for nine days only. The woman died on the spot.

ICSI hosts international roundtable
New Delhi, July 5
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India hosted an international roundtable workshop among the president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh, the CEO of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, the president of the Institute of Corporate Secretaries of Pakistan, and the president of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, at New Delhi.

Gastro, typhoid cases on the rise
Noida, July 5
Hundreds of serious gastroenteritis, jaundice and typhoid patients are trooping to the government and private hospitals both, some of them are passing blood with stool. In Noida government hospital in Sector-30, half a dozen patients are admitted daily on an average. But on Sunday, their number went up to 10.

Monsoon arrives, brings pain and pleasure
New Delhi, July 5
Ending days of sultry weather conditions, the Capital received the first showers of the monsoon at around noon. However, it brought with it the perennial problems of water-logging and traffic chaos. The rains brought down the temperature and provided relief to the Delhiites despite the monsoon arriving six days behind schedule.

Ozone Group’s magazine on women launched
New Delhi, July 5
Delhi-based Ozone Group of Companies today announced its foray into the publishing business to float a new strategic business unit—4th Dimension Media Pvt Ltd.. As its maiden venture, 4th Dimension Media has launched a new monthly woman’s magazine, 4th D Woman.

Meet on Delhi 2010: Vision for Model State
New Delhi, July 5
The Confederation of Indian Industries, Delhi State Council is organising here a conference on “Delhi 2010: Vision for Model State” on July 7. Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Farmers threaten to stop water supply
Ghaziabad, July 5
Farmers are upset by the lack of water in the irrigation channels. They have threatened to stop the water supply to Delhi and Noida, if the irrigation channels continue to remain without water for next two days.

Schools have five days to notify quota for poor kids
New Delhi, July 5
The public schools have five more days to bring the Government of NCT of Delhi up to date with the exact number of seats vacant in their institutions for the benefit of parents who might want to secure admission for their wards by availing themselves of the 20 per cent quota for the poor.

Child’s body found in Khoda
Noida, July 5
The body of a one-and-a-half-year-old child was found from Adarsh Nagar in Khoda yesterday afternoon. The body was found hardly 100 metres from the child’s home. It has increased people’s anxiety about the safety of small children.

3 more judges at Delhi HC
New Delhi, July 5
Three more judges were sworn in this morning to the Delhi High Court, taking its the total strength to 23. Chief Justice BC Patel administered the oaths of office to Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Justice Jaspal Singh and Justice Manju Goel.

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Liquor curbs eased, country brew costlier
Tribune News Service

Highlights

  • Country-made liquor up from Rs 40 to Rs 55 for a quart; Rs 20 to Rs 30 for a pint; and from Rs 10 to Rs 15 for a nip.
  • Departmental stores with 500 sq metre area to be allowed to sell liquor.
  • Levy on liquor sold through Canteen Services Department.
  • New norms for serving liquor in hotels and bars.
  • Music and singing to be allowed in hotels and bars.

New Delhi, July 5
The Government of NCT of Delhi has revived a ‘comatose’ excise policy and eased certain restrictions to offer Delhiites a new, liberal set of laws that will govern the sale and licensing of liquor.

The new excise policy got the Cabinet’s nod Monday, two years after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, in her previous term in office, hurriedly ‘disowned’ it after its liberalised guidelines received more brickbats than bouquets. Also the Assembly election was a little more than a year away and the Chief Minister did not want to take avoidable risks.

Now, in her second term in office, after steering her party to an unprecedented victory in the election late last year, Chief Minister Dikshit has repackaged the contents of the excise policy to boost revenue without compromising with public health which she has sought to by imposing costs on consumption of country-made liquor.

The new excise policy eases the restrictions on the sale of liquor but seeks to discourage consumption of country-made liquor by increasing its cost. The retail price of country-made liquor has been revised from Rs 40 to Rs 55 for a quart; Rs 20 to Rs 30 for a pint; and from Rs 10 to Rs 15 for a nip.

The government said that the revised prices of country-made liquor were still on the lower side compared to that in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.

As per the new liberal policy decided at the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, departmental stores with a capacity of 500 sq metres will be allowed to sell liquor by amending rules which only allowed those with 1100 sq metres to sell it.

The Cabinet has also decided to levy duty on liquor sold through Canteen Services Department (CSD) of Defence forces. The CSD liquor found its way into the civil market in an illegal manner, thereby adversely affecting the state exchequer. Therefore the impose the levy.

According to a spokesman of the government, a new licensing policy will be framed for serving of liquor in hotels and bars. A new feature of the policy is that music and singing in bars will be allowed.

The government decided to raise the price of country-made liquor to discourage its consumption. This ‘correction’ was incorporated in the excise policy after the deaths due to consumption of spurious country-made liquor came to be reported from different parts of the Capital and its immediate neighbourhood with an alarming regularity.

In 2002, immediately after declaration of the excise policy, the chief minister had summoned the then Excise Minister Mahinder Singh Saathi and the officials of the department to review the guidelines. Among other things, it was decided that Department of Prohibition will be brought under the control of the social welfare minister.

New policy will promote addiction: BJP

The BJP has said that the new excise policy announced by the Government of NCT of Delhi would vitiate the social environment and promote addiction among the youth.

According to Delhi Pradesh BJP President Harshvardhan, the liberal guidelines would have an adverse impact on the law and order and might lead to crime against women.

“The population of Delhi is already facing the repercussions of the bad law and order situation. Now, due to the new excise policy, the movement of women shall be affected,” he said.

Mr Harshvardhan also said that gatherings of anti-social elements at departmental stores and elsewhere could increase due to the open sale of beer and other alcoholic beverages.

“Such a flexible excise policy should not be prescribed only to collect Rs 80 crore annual revenue,” he said, claiming that hiking the prices of country-made liquor might encourage adulteration.

Mr Harshvardhan added that the new excise policy ought to be scrapped, if mopping up additional revenue was the only intention of the Government of NCT of Delhi.
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Make unapproved industrial areas legit: FSIA
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 5
The Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) has demanded regularisation of the unapproved industrial areas of the district. It claims that it will not only boost the industrial and commercial activity, but will also generate more revenue for the state government.

This demand came up at the special meeting of the Executive Committee of the FSIA, held at Surajkund here last evening.

The general secretary of the Association, Mr Rajiv Chawla, told the gathering that around 15,000 units of small and medium nature had been functioning in the unapproved areas of the district and town at present, primarily without the basic infrastructure that is usually required for an industrial zone at any place.

Claiming that the process of approving these areas perhaps did not require any major policy decisions, but could be done under the routine administrative function.

He said if this was accomplished, the Municipal Corporation Faridabad and the state government would be able to earn handsome revenue in form of development charges and other taxes, and the industries on other hand would be able to get better facilities and proper environment for their growth, leading to an overall growth incentive.

According to the FSIA, this demand had been raised on various occasions earlier, but said the delay was neither in favour of industries nor benefiting the state government.

It may be recalled that the majority of the industrial units here had been of small and medium nature and a large number of these had been ancillaries of mother units spread in the NCR.

The FSIA has also asked the authorities concerned to ensure the release of the funds collected under the Local Area Development Tax and the money allocated by the Union Government for the development of the NCR plan. It is stated that the Haryana Urban Development Industrial Authority (HUDA) and the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation have provided only 3,000 plots in the various industrial sectors and the majority of these had been meant either for big units or had been unaffordable for the small enterprises. Mr M.K.Maini, CEO of the ‘Credit Guarantee Fund Trust For Small Industries’, based at Mumbai, who had been a special guest at the meeting, told the entrepreneurs that his organisation was ready to provide help and guidance to the small-scale industries, faced with the problem of submitting ‘collateral security’ at the time of getting sanctioned loans and credit from the banks and financial institutions.

He said the trust could also help the educated youths who want to set up their enterprise but faced with financial support at the initial stage.

He added that the trust could provide credit guarantee of about Rs 25 lakh to any applicant who was well qualified and had a ‘solid’ business proposal.

He, however, claimed that there was a need to create proper awareness both among the consumers and the bank officials in this connection.

The Deputy Commissioner, who was Chief Guest on the occasion, said that the local administration would take every step to ensure better infrastructure for the industries.

He said the development of required infrastructure was not possible unless some basic issues were addressed well.

Seeking cooperation from the entrepreneurs, he said his effort was to provide a drainage system for every road so that it was able to survive for long.
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Gurgaon to have country’s maiden wedding mall
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
Trousseau and all the accoutrements of wedding under one roof. It is not a utopian dream! Omaxe, the real estate developer, is setting up India’s first wedding mall at Gurgaon. This unique mall will occupy 1,75,000 sq feet of selling space and will be divided into five levels with 81 units. Each level is designed to capture the electric spirit of Indian weddings, while adding a distinctive Omaxe feel and expertise.

Omaxe will invest Rs 70 crore to build the fully AC speciality mall.

Located at Gurgaon-Sohna Road, the mall conceived around the theme of marriage will be a one-stop shop for the entire wedding-related requirements.

The ground level will house F and B, apparel, wedding wear, accessories and anchor space. Level one will have F and B, electronic and

white goods, footwear, level two will have wedding-related services, F and B and luggage, level three will have two spacious banquet-cum-exhibition halls for people to display their goods along with F and B and furniture and the top level will include a multiplex and a food court.

Says Rohtas Goel, Chairman and Managing Director, Omaxe Construction Ltd, “The Omaxe marriage mall will remove the hassles of frequent and numerous market visits.

The focus is on maximising customer comfort and providing complementary products under one roof. Our study of consumer buying patterns reveals that during weddings, people prefer indulging in a pleasant shopping experience, which is what the Omaxe marriage mall will offer.”

Wedding as a theme has an entire industry built around itself. Marriage business in the country is pegged at Rs 50,000 crore per annum and growing at 25 per cent for the last couple of years. With the mall revolution on the roll, once the novelty value wears off, it is expected that only malls with the right planning, tenant mix, positioning and management will prove to be good instruments.
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Dummy loan firm busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
With the arrest of two persons, the Economic Offences Wing claims to have busted a dummy financial company through which the accused had duped several gullible persons on the pretext of arranging loans for them without any surety.

The accused, identified as Rajesh Kumar Singh (25), a resident of Anand Parbat, and Kuldeep Kumar Singh (22), a resident of Gokalpur, had promised a loan amount of Rs 2.45 crore to their clients but never arranged the loan despite accepting service and legal charges.

The police received a complaint from one Ajay Kumar Verma, a resident of Dehradun, who said he had come across an advertisement in a Hindi daily about the loan offer and accordingly approached Rajesh and Kuldeep in M/s Active Consultant in Rohini.

When Ajay met the duo he was assured that a loan of Rs 8-10 lakh would be arranged with his agricultural land and house in Dehradun as the collateral. Rajesh also looked up Ajay’s land in Dehradun and charged Rs 3,300 for surveying the land. Later, on October 4, 2003, the accused sent an approval letter for a loan of Rs 7 lakh and asked Ajay to send a draft of Rs 13,500 to cover the legal charges. Ajay was further told to deposit Rs 21,000 and directed to produce two guarantors along with power of attorney verified by a Tehsildar, Dehradun.

Again, Ajay was asked to pay Rs 15,000 against the sanctioned loan, which the accused said he had deposited in their office. The fraud came to light in May 2004 when the accused went absconding after shutting down their office in Rohini.

After the complaint from Ajay, the sleuths mounted surveillance. However, in the meantime the sleuths received a tip-off that the duo were operating from the premises of Subham Finance in Krishna Nagar. Subsequently, the sleuths raided the office and arrested the duo.

During the raid the sleuths recovered 40 loan files of different applicants, letterheads and stamps from their possession.
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5 burglars held, stolen goods worth Rs 2 lakh recovered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
The South West district police claims to have arrested five burglars along with the receiver of the stolen property and recovered stolen goods worth Rs 2 lakh from their possession.

As many as three VCDs, silver coins and jewellery, cameras, sarees, mobile phones and other items were recovered from their possession.

With a spurt in robberies in the district, a special team was constituted to nab the suspects involved in the crime. The team received a tip-off on July 1 that some suspicious elements had been spotted in the Mahavir Enclave and, accordingly, nabbed them.

They were later identified as Azad Hussain (19), resident of Nazirpur, Deepak alias Sonu (18), resident of Palam Colony, Pramod alias Dimple (22), resident of Manglapuri, Deepu Dogra (19), resident of Sadh Nagar, along with the receiver of the stolen property, Veer Singh (24), resident of Karnal Park.

Woman burglar

With the arrest of a woman burglar, Nazim alias Gudia, resident of Sitapur, the East district police claims to have solved a burglary which took place on June 28 in the Gandhi Nagar area.

The police arrested the woman and recovered a huge quantity of burgled goods, including a gold necklace, gold rings, earrings and other items from her possession.

Auto-lifters nabbed

With the arrest of two auto-lifters, the West district police claims to have solved four cases of vehicle theft in the district. The police also claims to have recovered a Maruti car from their possession.

The accused, Sonu Singh Khatri (24), resident of Uttam Nagar, and Rajnish alias Babloo, resident of Karnal, were arrested in Mianwali Nagar while they were travelling in a Maruti car.
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SI charged in CBSE paper leak case granted bail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
A Delhi court today granted bail to a Delhi Police Sub Inspector Rajesh Kumar Singh, who had been accused of accepting a bribe and diluting the charge in the CBSE-PMT leak probe case.

Earlier, the bail application of Rajesh, who surrendered on May 17 after evading arrest for around 18 days, was, rejected by the court. Two other accused, Investigating Officer SI Sanjay Gupta and Constable Umed Singh, who were arrested by the CBI while accepting the bribe on April 29, were granted bail on June 11.

Special Judge Pratibha Rani today granted bail to Rajesh after he furnished a bond of Rs 1 lakh. Ms Rani, however, noted that the order would be subject to the accused “not influencing or tampering with the evidence or contacting witnesses.”

Even while granting bail to the two accused persons in separate orders, Rani noted that ‘cConsidering the facts and circumstances of the case and that the statement of the material witnesses have already been recorded, the accused is admitted to bail.’’

Russian Centre felicitates students

The Russian Cultural Centre in Delhi organised an award ceremony today for 15 students who have returned from the Russian Federation after a 10-day visit, bringing with them fond memories of their “rewarding and memorable” visit.

Friendship Trophies were presented to 15 schools and media persons for their support to the exchange programme.

Awards and certificates of excellence were also presented to student delegates.
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Life term for killing relative
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his brother-in-law and injuring his niece after she objected to his drinking habits in Defence Colony area of the capital about two years ago.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr. Narottam Kaushal, also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on Shaila Limbu who stabbed his sister’s husband Lasana Lama and her daughter Ritika on August 26, 2002. While Ritika survived, her father died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

The Defence Colony police recovered the knife, which was used to commit the crime from Masjid Moth area.

Ritika, who was the main witness in the case, said that her uncle got infuriated after she objected to his drinking and threw away the bottle. Her father, who came to her rescue after Limbu attacked her with a knife, received a fatal blow at the hands of the accused.

Holding the accused guilty of murder and attempt to murder, Mr Kaushal sentenced him to life and rigorous imprisonment for seven years.

Sadar Bazaar traders upset

The Sadar Bazar Traders Welfare Association members have alleged that civic bodies have adopted a callous attitude towards maintenance of civic amenities in the areas. — TNS
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Newly-wed hit on head, hurled from second floor
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 5
A newly-wed was reportedly hit repeatedly with a ‘sarya’ on the head and thrown out from the second floor window by her husband in Hindon Vihar. The couple had been married for nine days only. The woman died on the spot.

Alleging that the in-laws of his daughter had murdered her for his failure to provide them with a motorcycle and Rs 50,000, the father of the deceased, Mahinder Singh has lodged a dowry-death report with the Sihani Gate police, naming her husband, his father, three brothers and mother for the crime.

Her naked body was found by the police from the street. Her husband has been arrested. The parents and relatives of the deceased had jammed the traffic on G.T. Road near Hindon River in protest against the barbaric way their daughter had been done to death.

Sonica, 19, daughter of Mahinder Singh of village Shahpur Morta in Muradnagar was married on June 25 with Vikas, son of Jagdish of Hindon Vihar. Vikas has a lathe machine workshop.

Vikas, who had gone to bring Sonica back to his house from her parents’ house, did not bring her along as her father Mahender Singh could not provide Rs 50,000 and a motorcycle, Mahinder Singh alleged.

The same evening Vikas’ father Jagdish and elder brother Jatinder came to Shahpur Morta and told Mahinder Singh that they were not a party to any dowry demand. Assuring them that Sonica would be treated well in their house, she was sent back by her parents with them.

But when Mahinder’s brother Mahesh went to see her in Ghaziabad, Sonica told him that her in-laws were again pressurising her for a bike and Rs 50,000. Vikas had threatened Mahesh that without the two items, there was no place for Sonica in his house, Mahesh alleged.

But yesterday morning, Mahinder’s brother was informed by police on phone that Sonica had died.

By the time her parents and relatives reached Hindon Vihar, the police had removed the body for autopsy. The parents of the girl were shocked as no ‘panchnama’ had been filed by the police.

The angry people jammed the traffic on G.T. Road near Hindon River, which was lifted after three hours after the intervention of City Magistrate Sarvjeet Ram and CO-I of police. Subsequently, the ‘panchnama’ was filed.

Sonica’s father Mahinder Singh filed a report of dowry death at Sihani Gate police station, naming Sonica’s husband Vikas, his father Jagdish, elder brothers Jatinder and Verinder and younger brother Sarvesh and mother Koshalya.

The SP City said Vikas has been arrested and his father Jagdish is admitted to a hospital after a heart attack.
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ICSI hosts international roundtable
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India hosted an international roundtable workshop among the president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh, the CEO of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, the president of the Institute of Corporate Secretaries of Pakistan, and the president of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, at New Delhi.

Mr Muzaffar Ahmed, president of the Bangladesh Institute, Mr J W Wambua, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Institute, Mr Pir Muhammad Kaliya, president of the Pakistan Institute and Mr Qaiser Perwaiz Mufti, senior vice president of the Pakistan Institute and Mr Mahesh Anant Athavale, president of the Indian Institute alongwith council members of ICSI and the secretary participated in the roundtable.

After discussing the growth of profession of respective countries, the participants expressed the need for closer and regular cooperation among company secretaries’ bodies in various countries to enable the profession to stand tall and confident among the vicissitudes of globalisation of services under the WTO and GATS.

The workshop unanimously adopted a resolution on the lines passed by the Council of ICSI for creation of a separate Head for Corporate Governance and company secretaries’ services under the Services Sectoral Classification of WTO.

The heads of the Institutes were of the unanimous view that the respective Governments of their countries should take up the matter before the WTO. This will enable the members of the profession to have better recognition and delivery of company secretaries’ services and corporate governance services across national borders, a spokesman said.

The Institutes also agreed to come under an umbrella of International Federation of Company Secretaries (IFCS) for which they framed and adopted the constitution.

The Headquarters of the IFCS will be located at the Headquarters of ICSI at New Delhi. Mr Mahesh Anant Athavale, President of the ICSI has been unanimously elected as the President of the IFCS. Mr Pir Muhammad A Kaliya of ICSP was elected as the Vice President, Mr N K Jain, Secretary of ICSI was elected as Secretary of the IFCS.
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Gastro, typhoid cases on the rise
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 5
Hundreds of serious gastroenteritis, jaundice and typhoid patients are trooping to the government and private hospitals both, some of them are passing blood with stool.

In Noida government hospital in Sector-30, half a dozen patients are admitted daily on an average. But on Sunday, their number went up to 10.

According to Dr RC Vyas of district hospital, delayed monsoon can aggravate the situation. Due to change in weather and eating wrong foodstuff, the number of patients is increasing.

Says Dr Ajay Agawal of Noida Medicare Centre, dozens of patients of acute gastroenteritis, jaundice and typhoid have been coming to NMC for the last one week. Polluted water, wrong foodstuff coupled with sweltering heat, he said, are responsible for this state of affair.

The tempering hovering around 35 degree, and 80% humidity are the right conditions for the bacteria and virus spread which in turn are causing gastroenteritis, jaundice and typhoid. Most gastroenteritis patients are passing blood with stool.

Most of the patients are children between 5 and 10 years of age, including Priyanka (5), Arun (8) and Panchami (4).

Salem’s wife Nagi, 24, Lokesh, wife of Ghanshyam, Rahul, Ranjit were also admitted on Sunday.

According to Dr Mahesh Sharma, Chairman of Kailash Hospital, dozens of patients of gastroenteritis and jaundice have been coming to hospital for the past many days.
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Monsoon arrives, brings pain and pleasure
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
Ending days of sultry weather conditions, the Capital received the first showers of the monsoon at around noon. However, it brought with it the perennial problems of water-logging and traffic chaos.

The rains brought down the temperature and provided relief to the Delhiites despite the monsoon arriving six days behind schedule.

Although the sun shone bright in the morning, the sky became cloudy towards the noon and soon showers followed.

Water-logging was reported from several parts of the city. The overflowing drains exposed the hollow claims of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which had claimed to have undertaken the work of desilting the drains and sewers before the arrival of the monsoon.

The chaotic traffic situation persisted for several hours in the afternoon with traffic bottlenecks and jams reported from several places in the Capital. Motorists had a particularly tough time negotiating their way through the network of roads.

The wet weather is likely to continue, according to the met department.

A better-equipped security officer heading for Parliament House in the Capital
A better-equipped security officer heading for Parliament House in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

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Ozone Group’s magazine on women launched
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
Delhi-based Ozone Group of Companies today announced its foray into the publishing business to float a new strategic business unit—4th Dimension Media Pvt Ltd..

As its maiden venture, 4th Dimension Media has launched a new monthly woman’s magazine, 4th D Woman. 4th Dimension Media has invested over Rs 2 crore to promote the magazine.

Priced at Rs 30, 4th D Woman broadly targets readers in the age group of 20-40 years. While the women will constitute the core target readers, the magazine will offer interesting content for readers across profiles.

The magazine will be available in Delhi, NCR and Mumbai initially and 4th Dimension Media will enter smaller towns once it consolidates its position in the current market.

4th D Woman will have an initial circulation of 1.5 lakh copies and is determined to hit 15 lakh in a year in view of the immense potential in the niche segment.

It will be placed in strategic locations such as lifestyle malls and retail outlets, apart from being available in bookstalls.

Commenting on Ozone Group’s entry into the publishing business, Mr S C Sehgal, Managing Director of the Ozone Group of Companies and Chairman of Editorial Board of 4th Dimension

Media, said: “The Fourth Dimension, which essentially differentiates one person from another, is a novel concept and will be promoted as a brand. If one has to truly grow in life, it is one’s 4th D that has to be constantly and consciously developed. Women constitute 50 per cent of humanity and this publication will endeavour to empower them through the realisation of this inherent 4th D to their advantage. Today, women empowerment is more of an urban concept. We would eventually like to drive this philosophy nationally, including the rural areas.”

The Chief Coordinating Officer of 4th Dimension Media, Ms Neeta Aggarwal, said: “4th D Woman is a unique magazine that treats content with a fresh perspective. Based on the concept of 4th dimension—the unknown and unseen reality—the magazine aims to help women recognise their inner strength to usese it to their benefit. Keeping in mind its distinct positioning, we want to be innovative in our approach to distribution as well as marketing and promotions.”
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Meet on Delhi 2010: Vision for Model State
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Delhi State Council is organising here a conference on “Delhi 2010: Vision for Model State” on July 7. Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Mr Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, CII Delhi State Council, in a press statement issued here today, said, “Delhi has come a long way from being known just as the trading hub. With Delhi hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010, development of the city and its environs will be vital. It is important, therefore, to give proper focus to identify what will drive growth in the city in the years to come—services. It is equally important to focus on the growth enablers..”

Against this backdrop, he said, “CII is organising a conference. It will serve as the platform to kickstart the discussions and evolution of Delhi’s Action Plan for 2010.”

Among others, Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Mr Ramesh Nagi, MD and CEO, Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, Mr Tarun Mehrotra, Head- Retail, Unitech Ltd, Prof K.K. Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, GGS Indraprasta University will be key speakers.

Mr KPS Gill, former Police Chief of Punjab and President, Indian Hockey Federation will be also present on this occasion.
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Farmers threaten to stop water supply
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 5
Farmers are upset by the lack of water in the irrigation channels. They have threatened to stop the water supply to Delhi and Noida, if the irrigation channels continue to remain without water for next two days.

A farmer’s delegation under the banner of Dehat Morcha has met the District Collector and Magistrate to complain that the irrigation channels were dry and as a result their crops are getting parched.

The department concerned is not paying any attention to this important issue, they told the DM.

According to farmers, the fodder crops are being damaged and transplantation of paddy is also getting postponed, while the Ganga Canal water is being supplied to Noida and Delhi uninterrupted. This situation will not be allowed by the farmers.

They told the District Magistrate that they might stop water supply to Delhi and Noida.

The memorandum presented to the DM, had been signed by the farmers of Mussori, Iqla, Nahal, Piplora, Nagla, Khichra, Ragunathpur, Puthi, Naiphal, Gujar, Garhi, Dehra, Kakrana, Dhohana and many other villages.
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Schools have five days to notify quota for poor kids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
The public schools have five more days to bring the Government of NCT of Delhi up to date with the exact number of seats vacant in their institutions for the benefit of parents who might want to secure admission for their wards by availing themselves of the 20 per cent quota for the poor.

Amidst complaints by the parents that public schools were denying admission to their children under the 20 per cent quota for the poor, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has directed the institutions to revert to him by July 10 about the number of seats vacant.

Mr Lovely said that after July 10, the Department of Education would put out a notice in the newspapers about the number of seats vacant so that the parents could apply for their children.

He denied that the quota was applicable to nursery classes this year.

The minister said that the Delhi High Court order for reserving 20 per cent seats for poor students came into effect from May 1 while most of the admissions to the primary classes close in January or February. There was, therefore, little scope for admission in primary classes. The order, he clarified, was relevant to classes 10 and 12 only.
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Child’s body found in Khoda
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 5
The body of a one-and-a-half-year-old child was found from Adarsh Nagar in Khoda yesterday afternoon.

The body was found hardly 100 metres from the child’s home. It has increased people’s anxiety about the safety of small children.

Arjun, one-and-a-half-year-old son of Shankar Lal Lodhi, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, had gone missing on Saturday noon. Somebody had told Shankar that the body of a child was lying at the vacant plot by the roadside. There were marks of injuries inflicted with knife at his neck and near left ear.

Arjun had gone out with his sister Dolly to buy soft drinks. Dolly had returned home. The family members had been looking for the child since then. According to police post in charge Jatinder Yadav, the autopsy report will be available in a day or two. None has been named in the report to the police.

One lakh kids given polio dose

Over 1.13 lakh children were administered the pulse polio dose on the first day of the campaign here, which was roughly 40 per cent of the target fixed. During last campaign, 35% of the target could be achieved, according to Chief Medical Office RC Gaur. A target for Noida town was 85,000 while over 42,000 kids could be given the dose actually. It was 49.5% of the target.

Block-wise 21,370 kids in Bisarakh, 18,668 in Dadri, 16,736 in Dankore, 14,111 in Javer were administered the doze at 715 booths set up throughout Noida, Bisarakh, Dadri, Dankore, Javer blocks.
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3 more judges at Delhi HC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5
Three more judges were sworn in this morning to the Delhi High Court, taking its the total strength to 23.

Chief Justice BC Patel administered the oaths of office to Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Justice Jaspal Singh and Justice Manju Goel. Justice Thakur, a senior judge of the Karnataka High Court, has been transferred to the Delhi High Court.

District Judge Justice Singh and Additional District Judge Justice Goel have been elevated to the Delhi High Court. Justice Singh and Justice Goel will assume charge as Additional judges.

Judges and members of the Delhi Bar Association attended the ceremony.
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More funds sought for health sector
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 5
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded an increase in budget allocation for the health care sector.

In a list of demands forwarded to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr Vinay Aggarwal, honorary secretary of the association, said that over the years the priority given to health had waned and the health budget had been increasingly pruned.

“ Budget allocation for this sector should at least be doubled and health should be declared a priority sector,” he said.
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Mayor wants ICU in hospital to be functional

New Delhi: The Mayor, Mr A. R. Verma, today directed that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Operation Theatre (OT) in Rajan Babu TB Hospital run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi be made operational by Gandhi Jayanti this year.

At present, there is no ICU in the hospital and OT is outdated. The Mayor issued this direction while he was inspecting the hospital along with senior officers.

He said that Rajan Babu was the largest TB hospital in Asia with 1150 beds and it must be upgraded with modern medical equipment and facilities. — TNS
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