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Centre tells UP to improve law & order
Noida, July 8
Union Minister of State for Home Om Prakash Jaiswal said that the Centre had urged the UP Government to take measures to improve the law and order situation in the state.

  • Complaint against Congress leader

UP in grip of crime wave: Katyar
Ghaziabad, July 8
There is no law and order worth its name in Uttar Pradesh. Murders, loots, dacoities and rapes have become the order of the day, declared UP state BJP chief Viney Katyar here yesterday.

Cong clamours for power, water in Palwal
Faridabad, July 8
Hundreds of Congress workers and supporters led by Mr Karan Dalal, MLA, staged a demonstration in Palwal town in the afternoon today. Demanding enough power and water, the protestors submitted a memorandum to the district authorities, addressed to the Governor.

Sanitation charge on unauthorised colonies
New Delhi, July 8
Residents of unauthorised colonies will now have to pay for sanitary facilities. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to impose a monthly sanitation charge on the residents of more than 1,900 unauthorised colonies in the national Capital for its services.




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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with Syed Zakir Ahmed, Managing Director of the Zak Trade Fair and Exhibitions, visits a stall
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with Syed Zakir Ahmed, Managing Director of the Zak Trade Fair and Exhibitions, visits a stall after the inauguration of Zak Garmentech International 2004 at Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

What’s for her in the Budget?
What’s for her in the Budget? — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

NSUI protests against “illegal admission”
New Delhi, July 8
The activists of the National Students Union of India today staged a demonstration and disrupted the admission process of the reserved categories in Shri Ram College Of Commerce against what they allege is the “illegal admission” of a student in the economics stream. The NSUI activists were protesting against the admission of a student who had failed to meet the cut-off list issued by the college and is the daughter of the college governing body member.

  • Delhi Police allocation up by Rs 65 crore

Expo on garment industry opens
New Delhi, July 8
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the 5th Edition of Zak Garmentech International Expo 2004 in the Capital today. The exhibition is showcasing revolutionary technology in the Indian apparel industry. The 5th edition of Zak Garmentech International 2004 is a comprehensive exhibition of garment technology, equipment and services for the sewn products industry.

Media institute launched
New Delhi, July 8
BAG Films, a production house possessing experience across all genres of programming, viz. news, fiction, gameshows, education and documentaries, on Wednesday announced the launch of its own media institute, iSOMES (International School of Media and Entertainment Studies).

Stress on scientific assessment of schoolkids
New Delhi, July 8
Some teachers secretly admit that they “are testing more than they are teaching”. This is an indicator of the need to introduce scientific and researched assessment in schools, pointed out academics at the launch of the International Assessment for Indian Schools here on Wednesday.

Man accused of killing wife nabbed
Greater Noida, July 8
Surajpur police arrested Ram Kishore of Mathura who had absconded after killing his wife Rajindri Devi. The accused guided the police to recover the clothes and other belongings of his slain wife. According to police, the man said he was suspicious of her fidelity. So, he brought her here from Mathura and killed her.

Man pretends to be SI, dupes many
New Delhi, July 8
The Delhi Police Crime Branch has nabbed a person for allegedly duping several people by impersonating a Sub Inspector. The accused, Raju Gudda, alias Salim, alias Rajbir Rana (35), had been posing as a Sub-Inspector of the Crime Branch and of the Anti-Corruption Cell of the Delhi Police and cheated several persons, informed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tajendra Luthra.

Bawaria gang members held
New Delhi, July 8
The West district police claims to have arrested three robbers of the notorious Bawaria gang and recovered one country made weapon, three live cartridges, one knife and one motorcycle from their possession.

  • Burglars held

  • Murder solved

CBI seeks to close case against MTNL officers
New Delhi, July 8
The CBI has sought to close its case against five senior MTNL officers and two garment manufacturers who had been charged with being involved in a criminal conspiracy for supplying inferior quality clothes for uniforms for C and D grade employees in the department.

BJP for tax relief to senior citizens
New Delhi, July 8
The BJP has suggested the Union Government to grant total tax relief on personal savings to individuals who are 60 or more years old.
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Centre tells UP to improve law & order
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 8
Union Minister of State for Home Om Prakash Jaiswal said that the Centre had urged the UP Government to take measures to improve the law and order situation in the state. “Law and order was of paramount importance,” the Minister of State for Home said.

Mr Jaiswal said it is the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order. It is all the more important to improve the law and order situation if the industrial belt is to be expanded and more industries invited to the area, he said.

The Central government is keeping an eye on the whole situation and, if need be, will not hesitate to play its role, Mr Jaiswal said.

He said the Centre had asked for reports from all the state governments as to what steps they were taking to make the police force effective and whether the state governments were properly using the Central budgetary assistance given to them to improve the law and order. Regarding setting up the police zone under the NCR policy, Mr Jaiswal said measures would be initiated soon under this plan. He said the UPA government is committed to a real secular government in the country, a government whose deeds and words are not divergent.

The Central government, he said, was equally committed to mitigating the sense of insecurity among the minorities.

This government will go all-out to protect the rights of farmers, workers and the backward classes.

Complaint against Congress leader

The president of Ghijora village, Ms Sunita Sharma had earlier given a written complaint to the Union Minister of State for Home against the absconding Mahanagar Committee chairman Kripa Ram Sharma. Ms Sharma has demanded action against the Mahanagar Congress Committee chairman for an alleged assault.

The chairman said that she had been threatened on phone despite the fact that an FIR had been registered against the Congress leader.

Hearing her complaint, the Union Home Minister of State said, “Action will be taken on it.”
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UP in grip of crime wave: Katyar
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 8
There is no law and order worth its name in Uttar Pradesh. Murders, loots, dacoities and rapes have become the order of the day, declared UP state BJP chief Viney Katyar here yesterday. The power situation is worst in the state this year. Power cut for 8 hours is the norm. Farmers, labourers, traders and industrialists are all concerned about the deteriorating law and order scene, said the state BJP chief.

Sugar farmers are yet to get Rs 1,150 crore due to them. But the Samajwadi government of Mulayam Singh Yadav is not doing anything to make the payment to the farmers.

Mr Katyar said that the BJP government had gone to the court to protect the interests of the sugarcane farmers from the mill owners lobby.

“Though we had won the case, the present government is sitting pretty on the issue. Ch Ajit Singh is equally guilty in this case. Even 10 per cent interest has not been paid. But this situation will not be tolerated for long, ” the BJP chief said.

On July 17-18, the BJP is meeting in Lucknow to evolve a strategy declaring a war against the present SP government, he added.

Viney Katyar was particularly critical of Rashid Masood, SP MP, who, the state BJP chief said, nursed anti-national feelings and provoked communalism with his utterances.

Mr Katyar also criticised the Central government on going soft on communalists, terrorists and anti-nationalist forces in the country.

He said with the association of Left Front, the country’s security had been jeopardised as the communists would also have their thumb on the nuclear-button of the country.

Mr Katyar said, “We are ready for elections in the state and will certainly win.”
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Cong clamours for power, water in Palwal
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 8
Hundreds of Congress workers and supporters led by Mr Karan Dalal, MLA, staged a demonstration in Palwal town in the afternoon today. Demanding enough power and water, the protestors submitted a memorandum to the district authorities, addressed to the Governor.

Mr Rajender Singh Beesla and Mr Uday Bhan, independent MLAs from Ballabgarh and Hassanpur constituencies and several women were among the demonstrators.

The traffic on the National Highway No. 2 (Mathura Road) went for a toss for about 45 minutes due to the demonstration.

Addressing the gathering before submitting the memorandum, Mr Dalal criticised the state government and the district administration for their failure to ensure sufficient water for drinking and irrigation. He said while a drought-like situation had started emerging in the fields, the people in rural areas were also being denied enough water.

He said the hike in the rates of potable water in urban areas had been unjustified and be reduced immediately.

Mr Beesla and Mr Udhaybhan also supported the demands put up in the memorandum and claimed that the common man was being denied basic amenities though he had been paying all kinds of taxes.

Mr Beesla and Mr Udhaybhan, who shot into the news recently after their decision to withdraw support to the Chautala government and join the Congress, said that there was resentment among the people, especially the rural residents over the problems faced by them which include scarcity of water and power, unemployment, corruption and lack of proper development in the villages.

According to the memorandum, the Congress and its supporters will ‘gherao’ the district officials, if the authorities concerned failed to address these issues within 15 days.

Alleging the registration of false cases against the political opponents, especially the MLAs, the Congress leaders said the Chautala government was resorting to ‘terror tactics’ as it had been unnerved by the Congress victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

The three MLAs announced that they would be attending the next meeting of the District Grievances Committee, chaired by the Chief Minister and would be exposing the government’s failure on all fronts.

The memorandum also seeks proper employment avenues and the district’s share in the government jobs in Haryana.
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Sanitation charge on unauthorised colonies
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
Residents of unauthorised colonies will now have to pay for sanitary facilities.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to impose a monthly sanitation charge on the residents of more than 1,900 unauthorised colonies in the national Capital for its services. Till now, these services were free for the residents of these colonies.

This decision was taken after a thorough study of a project report prepared by a team of officers of the Sanitation Department, informed Additional Commissioner (CSE) Rina Ray. The sanitation charge will be based on categorisation of house tax from “A” to “G” in case of Unit Area System of property tax assessment. Residents living in colonies falling under A, B and C categories will have to pay Rs 74.5 per month, those in D and E categories will be required to pay Rs 37.25 and in case of F and G categories the charges will be Rs 18.63.

During the initial phase, the MCD plans to start the project in 60 sample colonies, 20 from each group, out of the total 1,913 unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

In addition to this the MCD will provide 1,100 litre bins and refuse collectors for transportation of garbage from the colony to disposal sites. The expenditure on this account will be borne by the MCD.

A senior officer in the sanitation department said that considering the necessity of cleaning and sweeping the unauthorised colonies, a team of officers were sent to see the Hyderabad and Secunderabad models of sweeping and cleaning systems, wherein the collection and sweeping works had been outsourced.

The team members prepared a project report after returning from Hyderabad and submitted the same to the Delhi Government. The job was estimated to cost Rs 6.40 crore per annum. As per the Delhi Government’s decision, the sanitation service in unauthorised colonies is to be outsourced and the residents should be charged for the sanitation work.

The officer said that councillors have been constantly fighting for providing civic services in unauthorised colonies but no arrangement could be made on account of legal complications as the Delhi High Court had directed that no civic facility was to be provided in unauthorised colonies. But the minimum level of sanitation and public health has to be maintained to avoid any epidemic.

BJP protests against Excise Policy

The BJP legislators called on the Lieutenant Governor to register their protest over the new excise policy for 2004-05 as announced recently by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

In a memorandum to Lieutenant Governor Banwari Lal Joshi, the party said that the liberalisation of the excise policy was ill-timed and that it would only fuel the consumption of alcohol.

Leader of BJP Legislature Party Jagdish Mukhi said that the Constitution says that every state government will make all-out efforts to minimise the sale of liquor in their states.

The Sheila Dikshit Ministry, Mr Mukhi said, has set aside the Constitution by announcing the new excise policy in which the rules and guidelines have been made more liberal.

Mr Mukhi alleged that the Government of NCT of Delhi has “bowed down before the liquor mafia” and enabled the syndicate to reap profits of several crores of rupees.

He said that the liberalised excise policy also posed a threat to the law and order situation in the Capital. The security of women was another concern for a vast majority of the population.

Mr Mukhi claimed that instead of promoting prohibition, the government was encouraging the consumption of alcohol and compromised with public health in order to earn more revenue.
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NSUI protests against “illegal admission”
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
The activists of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) today staged a demonstration and disrupted the admission process of the reserved categories in Shri Ram College Of Commerce (SRCC) against what they allege is the “illegal admission” of a student in the economics stream.

The NSUI activists were protesting against the admission of a student who had failed to meet the cut-off list issued by the college and is the daughter of the college governing body member. “She has scored a little above 87 percent and the cut off is 92 percent, yet she has been given admission because she is the daughter of the governing body member, Mr Vijay Goel, which is illegal and against the rules”, said a university employee.

It was pointed out that while the university rulebook allows reservation of seats for the wards of teaching and non-teaching staff in a DU college, there is no provision of the same for the members of the governing body.

Prof. Mittal, who is officiating as the principal of SRCC, told TNS, “The process of admitting wards of governing body members is an established practice, which has been going on for a long time”.

While he refused to comment on whether the admission was illegal, he conceded that the provision for granting such admissions is not “given in the rule book”.

The children of Delhi University employees, both teaching as well as non-teaching staffers, are eligible for admission on meeting the 45 percent cut-off criteria. The university also reserves seats for the wards of war widows, reserved categories and Kashmiri migrants.

“The process of granting admission to wards of governing body members has been going on in the college for a long time. To facilitate this the college has not even fixed a tenure for the governing body members and influential people are conveniently appointed on the panel to suit vested interests”, alleged a college employee.

Delhi Police allocation up by Rs 65 crore

The Delhi Police has been allocated funds worth Rs 964.36 crore (plan and non-plan) in the budget for 2004-05. This is an increase of Rs 64.86 crore over last year’s allocation, which was Rs 899.5 crore.

The additional amount is proposed to be utilised for modernisation, construction of residential and office accommodation and for the installation of traffic signals in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The Delhi Police has the onerous responsibility of maintaining and enforcing law and order in the sprawling national Capital. Its responsibilities also extend to traffic management, providing VIP security, licensing and registration of foreigners. Law and order in Delhi, which enjoys a limited statehood, is a reserve subject that has been retained with the Central Government.

Expenditure of the Delhi Police, which was earlier being met by the Delhi government, is borne by the Central Government, effective from August 1, 1996.

A sum of Rs 0.25 crore has also been allocated for the debt-relief scheme for Delhi riot affected persons which includes provision for granting debt-relief to the 1984 riot affected persons as a part of economic package. Under the scheme, the outstanding loans of all persons up to and inclusive of Rs 50,000 at the time of grant of loan, along with the interest outstanding are to be written off.
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Expo on garment industry opens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the 5th Edition of Zak Garmentech International Expo 2004 in the Capital today. The exhibition is showcasing revolutionary technology in the Indian apparel industry. The 5th edition of Zak Garmentech International 2004 is a comprehensive exhibition of garment technology, equipment and services for the sewn products industry.

The exhibition will continue till Sunday, 11th July 2004, at Hall No 8,9,10,11 and 12, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 10 am to 7 pm. Besides showcasing the latest products and technologies from participating countries, the exhibition also includes technology seminars and industry workshops. Zak Garmentech ‘04 is providing a unique platform for the buyers as well as the sellers to build business leads for structured networking. The participants ranges from the manufacturers of apparel/non-apparel items in the sewn products and related machinery to the sewing contractors/retailers in India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, Turkey, Italy and many more.

The exhibition has a wide array of products from the national as well as the international exhibitors of CAD/CAM, sewing, finishing, embroidery machinery, machinery of every aspect, contracting and sourcing companies for fabric and sewn products manufacturing.
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Media institute launched
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
BAG Films, a production house possessing experience across all genres of programming, viz. news, fiction, gameshows, education and documentaries, on Wednesday announced the
launch of its own media institute, iSOMES (International School of Media and Entertainment Studies). The institute, promoted by BAG Films Limited, has a standing collaboration agreement with the Missouuri School of Journalism, USA.

The effort is to harness the latent talent in the country in TV production, broadcast journalism and media management.

The institute is starting with the formal procedures of admission from today and the courses commence from August 2004.

“Today’s youth is aware and conscious of the career opportunities available. Communications as an industry is growing fast and offers ample options for a successful career. iSOMES, with its excellent faculty, caters to the ambitious and talented youths,” says Nalin Kohli, Director iSOMES.

“BAG Films has come up with iSOMES keeping in mind the expertise that the organisation has to offer. Quality education needs to be combined with the practical training for a successful career. This has been the focus behind launching iSOMES,” says Anuradha Prasad, managing director-BAG Films.

iSOMES will offer short and long duration courses in Media and Entertainment, including production, direction, editing, graphics and special effects, scripting, dialogue and acting, among others. The structure, design and content of the courses are based on the latest industry requirements and have been drafted by the professionals of the industry.

The content, timing and fee structure of the various courses are separately modulated for each course.
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Stress on scientific assessment of schoolkids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
Some teachers secretly admit that they “are testing more than they are teaching”. This is an indicator of the need to introduce scientific and researched assessment in schools, pointed out academics at the launch of the International Assessment for Indian Schools (IAIS) here on Wednesday. The IAIS is a set of three written tests for each classes, three to 12, to gauge the academic competence and skills of students through an objective external assessment pitched at global standards.

“These tests are meaningful and help teachers to assess, diagnose, remedy and reward students,” said Uma Mani, chief general manager, Macmillan India limited.

The IAIS is the outcome of extensive research conducted by the Educational Testing Centre of the University of New South Wales. In India, it is being launched in collaboration with Macmillan.

The tests, which seek to assess the students on the basis of their learning based on curricular and extra-curricular exercises, are aimed at putting into use the skills of reasoning, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.

The IAIS comprises tests of 35-40 questions, which call on the student’s ability to employ their analytical thinking skills and speed. The students need to enrol for these tests with the Macmillan through their respective schools.
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Man accused of killing wife nabbed
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 8
Surajpur police arrested Ram Kishore of Mathura who had absconded after killing his wife Rajindri Devi. The accused guided the police to recover the clothes and other belongings of his slain wife.

According to police, the man said he was suspicious of her fidelity. So, he brought her here from Mathura and killed her.

Police CO Sarvanand Yadav said the body of a woman was found about 15 days ago in Kulsera village under Surajpur police station. It was identified as that of Rajindri Devi.

Her father had filed a murder report naming her husband Ram Kishore of Mathura who had absconded after the murder. The police arrested Ram Kishore in Kulsera village. He told the police that people used to tease him about his wife’s character. He had shifted to Kulsera village where one day during a clash between them, he strangled her in a fit of rage.

After throwing the body in a field a little distance away, he absconded.
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Man pretends to be SI, dupes many
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
The Delhi Police Crime Branch has nabbed a person for allegedly duping several people by impersonating a Sub Inspector.

The accused, Raju Gudda, alias Salim, alias Rajbir Rana (35), had been posing as a Sub-Inspector of the Crime Branch and of the Anti-Corruption Cell of the Delhi Police and cheated several persons, informed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tajendra Luthra.

Luthra said, “He was caught after nearly a dozen people lodged complaints of being cheated to the tune of nearly Rs 5 lakh. We caught him after tapping his contact number.”

Salim, a resident of Haryana, has a number of cases registered against his name, including rape, attempt-to-murder and murder.

Identity cards in the name of Rajbir Rana and the uniform of a Sub-Inspector, visiting cards of the Crime Branch and Anti-Corruption Cell and a motorcycle bearing a Delhi Police sticker were seized from his possession, said Luthra.

“We are trying to find out if he had any contacts at any level in the police department, though nothing has been found till now,” said Mr Luthra.
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Bawaria gang members held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
The West district police claims to have arrested three robbers of the notorious Bawaria gang and recovered one country made weapon, three live cartridges, one knife and one motorcycle from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that the gang members would be assembling near the district park in Paschim Vihar, the police swung into action and nabbed the three members who were later identified as Suresh, alias Kake (21), resident of Burari, Ajay, alias Brijbhan, alias Birju (30), resident of Burari and Mangal Singh (20), resident of Swaroop Nagar.

During interrogation the accused revealed that they had been involved in several cases of snatching and pick-pocketing in buses. So far, they had been involved in 11 snatching cases near isolated parks in Paschim Vihar, R.K. Puram, Tilak Nagar and its adjoining areas.

They also told the police that after committing the crime, they would sell the stolen valuables to one Kuldeep Singh Bagga, resident of Ghaziabad.

Burglars held

With the arrest of two inter-state burglars the SouthWest district police claims to have solved several cases of burglaries in Delhi, Noida, Srinagar and Kolkata.

The police also recovered two button-actuated knives, iron rods, wristwatches, expensive sarees, mobile phones and other household goods from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off that the burglars would come to Vasant Vihar to commit some crime, the police nabbed Amol Kumar, alias Kalam, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, and Mohammad Taslim, alias Malda, a resident of New Ashok Nagar.

Murder solved

With the arrest of two burglars, the East district police claims to have worked out a murder case, three cases of burglary and two cases of vehicle theft. The police also recovered a stolen motorcycle and one button actuated knife from their possession. The accused have been identified as Rajesh Kumar, alias Raju, alias Ravi, resident of Geeta Colony, and Ashraf Ali, resident of Seelampur.
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CBI seeks to close case against MTNL officers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
The CBI has sought to close its case against five senior MTNL officers and two garment manufacturers who had been charged with being involved in a criminal conspiracy for supplying inferior quality clothes for uniforms for C and D grade employees in the department.

In a closure report filed before Special Judge Pratibha Rani, the investigating agency has submitted that it did not find any evidence against the accused against whom an FIR was registered on October 12, 2001. It had sent 20 samples for examination by experts who did not find anything wrong with the fabric, it said.

The report will be taken up for consideration by the court on August 7.

The CBI had charged the then MTNL GM Narendra Kumar, GM (Finance) Sahrad Ali, Deputy GMs Binod Saxena and M Ram and General Secretary Swaroop Singh with awarding the contract for supply to M/s Mafatlal India for unlawful consideration.
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BJP for tax relief to senior citizens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8
The BJP has suggested the Union Government to grant total tax relief on personal savings to individuals who are 60 or more years old.

Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harsh Vardhan has in a letter to the Prime Minister stated that all government employees and the people employed in the private sector receive eight to 9.5 per cent interest on their provident fund, which is totally tax-free.

However, after retirement, whatever PF amount these employees receive, on such amount banks only offer interest at the rate of 5.5 per cent. Moreover, senior citizens are required to pay income
tax on that.
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