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HC seeks details of free quota students
New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi High Court today sought details from unaided private schools in the Capital about how many students from poor sections of the society had been given admission by them this year under the “free quota” scheme in lieu of the land allotted to them at throw away price by the government.

Cop shoots at errant driver
New Delhi, July 9
A traffic ASI was suspended while another traffic inspector was shifted following a shootout incident this morning in the Nangloi area of West district.


Russian call girls nabbed
New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi Police Crime Branch today claimed to have busted a call girl racket in South Delhi involving two Russian call girls who were operating under a woman pimp.



Russian girls, who were arrested by the SIT Section Crime Branch, Delhi Police, for their alleged involvement in a prostitution racket at Lajpat Nagar in the Capital on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

 


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Man held for killing minor after rape
Greater Noida, July 9
The Sector-49 police have arrested the accused involved in the rape and murder case of a 10-year-old girl in Sorkha village. The accused is a relative of the victim. The Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Anant Dev, said that Sangeeta, the 10-year-old daughter of Kesh Ram Jatav in Sorkha village had suddenly gone missing while playing outside her house in the village on Sunday July 4.


Actor Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah at a press conference on their forthcoming play, 'Ismat Apa Ke Naam', in the Capital on Friday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Gurgaon industrialists give thumbs up to Budget
Gurgaon, July 9
The industrialists of Gurgaon have welcomed the Union Budget of the Congress-led UPA government, particularly the effort to give a boost to rural development.

DELHI IN PARLIAMENT
Misuse of funds by MCD officials

New Delhi, July 9
Thirty-two officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have been charge-sheeted after an inquiry instituted by the civic body to investigate the misuse of funds for the procurement of diesel generating sets for community toilet complexes constructed in Delhi under Yamuna Action Plan.

1,400 kg poppy powder seized
New Delhi, July 9
The New Delhi district police claims to have arrested a 29-year-old youth and seized 1,400 kg of poppy powder worth about Rs 10 crore concealed in a truck that seemed to be empty.

HC seeks medical examination of accused in Nitish case
New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi High Court today directed AIIMS to get Nitish Katara murder case accused Vishal Yadav examined by a medical board and submit a report on his condition by August 16.

DSF highlights harassment of Dalits in admission process
New Delhi, July 9
The Dalit Student Front (DSF) today expressed concern over the continued discrimination and harassment of Dalit students during the admission process.

Fake currency racket busted
New Delhi, July 9
With the arrest of two persons the North district police claims to have busted a gang involved in counterfeit currency in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.



A police officer showing the counterfeit notes which were seized by the North District police in the Capital on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

A police officer showing the counterfeit notes which were seized by the North District police in the Capital on Friday.

Diplomatic ‘craft’ at its best
New Delhi, July 9
After artistes and athletes, it was the turn of artisans and craftpersons to contribute their bit to improving the ties between India and Pakistan.

MTNL value cash cards not working in Noida
New Delhi, July 9
Hundreds of value cash card (VCC) holders of MTNL in Noida are facing a tough time for the past four days as the service is out of order.

Notice for ‘illegal’ installation of antennas
Faridabad, July 9
The Deputy Commissioner and the office of the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad, (MCF) have been served with legal notices for the unchecked growth in the installation of towers and antennas by the private telecommunication service providers in the residential areas of the town.

Exhibition to showcase functioning of hospital
Noida, July 9
Fortis Hospitals, a Ranbaxy promoted group company, organized a unique exhibition to showcase the functioning of a hospital for the first time in India. The objective of the exhibition was to familiarize people with the functioning of a hospital and remove people’s fear of hospitals.
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HC seeks details of free quota students
S S Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi High Court today sought details from unaided private schools in the Capital about how many students from poor sections of the society had been given admission by them this year under the “free quota” scheme in lieu of the land allotted to them at throw away price by the government.

Taking strong exception to non-implementation of its January 20 order in this regard in “letter and spirit”, a Bench of Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed directed each of the 500-odd private schools to furnish the details within six weeks.

The court was not satisfied with the Delhi Government’s explanation that the order for compulsory 25 per cent free education to poor students by the private schools as per the land allotment scheme had come in force from May one as it could not place on record the figures as how many poor students had actually got admissions this year.

“Surprisingly, in view of the order of January 20, the government has come out with a case that it has been made effective from May 1, 2004. As a matter of fact, it is the obligation of the schools to adhere to the norms...”

...”And, therefore, the government should place on record explanation as to how its stated order was effective from May 1, 2004,” the court said.

It was hearing an application by an NGO, Social Jurists, which had been fighting for admission of poor students in private schools, which were allotted land on the condition that they would have to admit a certain percentage of students from the weaker sections.

Social Jurists’ counsel Ashok Agrawal told the court that despite its specific direction in the January 20 judgement on its public interest litigation (PIL) on the issue, many private schools had been turning away the poor students.

The court also directed the Delhi Development Authority, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Land and Development Officer, the three land owning agencies in the Capital, to ensure that its order was implemented in “letter and spirit” by the schools.

“They must inform the court about the action taken and the defaulter schools be dealt with strictly,” the court said, while directing the Education Department of the Delhi Government to give adequate publicity to the free education scheme.

Apart from publicity through media, the department should ensure that each school displayed the scheme prominently on the notice board on their premises, the court said, while asking the government to submit a complete report on implementation of its order by September one.

Haj panel seeks lifting of ban on subsidy

The Delhi State Haj Committee has sought lifting of ban on subsidy for Haj pilgrims. A delegation of Delhi State Haj Committee made the request yesterday when it met Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed.

The delegation, led by Delhi State Haj Committee Chairman Abdul Sami Salmani, appealed the minister to lift the ban imposed by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government.

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Cop shoots at errant driver
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
A traffic ASI was suspended while another traffic inspector was shifted following a shootout incident this morning in the Nangloi area of West district.

One of the traffic cops allegedly shot at a jeep driver, who reportedly tried to run him over when the former was chasing the latter.

The driver, Surender, a resident of Bahadurgarh, has been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital with minor injuries and is under treatment. One of the cops is also reported to have sustained some injuries.

While ASI Anoop Singh was suspended following the incident traffic inspector Pratap Singh was shifted out from his post. The police has registered a case under sections 307, 353, 186, 332 of the IPC against the driver and a case under section 307 of the IPC has been registered against Anoop Singh.

According to the police, the two traffic cops signalled the jeep driver to stop at a checking point in Nangloi at around 10 am but he tried to flee, following which the cops began chasing him. The jeep then hit a DTC bus, after which it came to halt. By that time, the cops had come within a striking distance of the vehicle. The jeep driver again tried to run away and in the process tried to run over one of the cops, following which Singh “is reported to have fired a shot, probably in self-defence”, said the police.

Robbery case solved

With the arrest of four robbers, the East district police claims to have solved a robbery case which took place on May 26 in Geeta Colony area. Following on a tip-off that Shahbudin, alias Sabu, would be coming to Thokar No 14 to meet his associates, the police nabbed them.

The accused persons had robbed one Suresh Tomar of Rs 3,900, one credit card, two cheques and some documents at knife-point.

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Russian call girls nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi Police Crime Branch today claimed to have busted a call girl racket in South Delhi involving two Russian call girls who were operating under a woman pimp.

Acting on a tip-off that a woman pimp was offering prostitutes from Russia, a decoy customer was sent to strike a deal with her near Anzal Plaza entry gate on Khel Gaon road on July 8.

The pimp, Goldy alias Anju, came with the two foreigner girls in her Maruti Zen car and demanded Rs 8,000 for a short time and Rs 15,000 for the whole night.

It was during this time the raiding party nabbed the three women. While one of the women, in her early 30s, has been in the profession for the last 12 years, another girl, in her early 20s, is three years old in flesh trade.

The women were brought to India by Anju on a contract basis. She had reportedly paid 3,000 dollars for each girl to her overseas contact for a period of one month. The women who had come to India on a 6-month tourist visa had earlier visited Gulf countries for prostitution.

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Man held for killing minor after rape
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 9
The Sector-49 police have arrested the accused involved in the rape and murder case of a 10-year-old girl in Sorkha village. The accused is a relative of the victim.

The Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Anant Dev, said that Sangeeta, the 10-year-old daughter of Kesh Ram Jatav in Sorkha village had suddenly gone missing while playing outside her house in the village on Sunday July 4.

Later, the police found her body from the field in Sarfabad village on 5 July. The police arrested Rakesh, son of Rajpal of Sorkha village, after receiving a tip-off that the person involved in the crime would be coming to Kendriya Vihar via Sarfabad village. During interrogation Rakesh confessed to the police that he had enticed the girl and took her to a tube well where he raped her. Fearing that he would be exposed, he murdered the girl. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mr J. N. Singh, has decided to reward the police team for its sincere effort in solving the case.

Woman commits suicide

A married woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in village Thap Heda under Surajpur police station.

The police have registered a suicide case and sent the body for the postmortem examinations. The police said the investigation was underway.

The victim, Suneeta, was married to Ashok of village Thap Heda. Reportedly, Ashok told the police that an altercation had taken place with his wife in the morning over some household issue. Later, Suneeta went to another room in the house and locked herself. When he finally broke open the door, he found her hanging from the ceiling.

Reportedly, the police had even questioned the father of the deceased. The SO of Surajpur police station, Sher Bahadur Singh, said the police were looking at the case from all possible angles and the postmortem examination report will make things clear.

Noida industry finds budget a ‘mixed bag’

The industrialists of Noida have given a ‘mixed verdict’ to the Union Budget of the Congress-led UPA government. The pruning down of the list of the small-scale industries (SSI) has not gone down well with the local industrialists, particularly when new industries worth up to Rs one crore will be entitled to a 15 per cent relief in the form of subsidy.

The service class is happy at the income tax limit having been raised.

The Chairman of CII, Western Zone, Mr M.K Taneja, said the budget would provide a fillip to agriculture, industry, tourism and social developments, apart from attracting investments. The Union Budget will also increase productivity, he said.

The secretary-general of Noida Entrepreneurs Association, Mr B.K Girdhar, termed the budget as ‘populist’ in nature. He said the government has hiked taxes on non-cotton garments, which would increase competition for the manufacturers.

However, he was unhappy that a number of issues have not been clarified in the small-scale industrial sector.

An IT entrepreneur, Mr Vipin Malhan, felt the budget was ‘good’ on the whole. “We should not mind the introduction of service tax, as the government has to strike a balance somewhere,” he said.

A chartered accountant, Rajiv Sharma, said the budget is good for the small- scale industries. However, it is not good for the middle class, as increased service tax will mean increased harassment for consumers, Mr Sharma said.

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Gurgaon industrialists give thumbs up to Budget
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, July 9
The industrialists of Gurgaon have welcomed the Union Budget of the Congress-led UPA government, particularly the effort to give a boost to rural development. Most of them are of the view that though the budget has directly addressed the issues concerning the rural sector, its overall impact would be good for the industries too.

The chairman and managing director of Orient Craft Limited, Mr Sudhir Dhingra, said the concessions announced in the Union Budget for the textile industries will give a boost to the industries and make it more competitive in international market as India is already one of the leading garment exporters.

He was happy that the long pending demand for abolishing mandatory excise duty on cotton, wool and silk, has been incorporated in the budget. Previously, there was 10 per cent excise duty on cotton yarn, added Mr Dhingra.

He was sure that Indian companies have the capabilities to earn huge foreign exchange for the country if the government continues to encourage them, said Mr Dhingra.

Mr P. K. Jain, the former president of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said that though the Union Budget has not generated any “great excitement,” he welcomed the decision of the government to review 500 ITI with the help of the private sectors and the state governments. He was sure that it would help unemployed youth to get a better industrial training, which would enhance their career.

He suggested that the central and the state government should upgrade the ITI as per the requirement of the local industries.

The Gurgaon ITI should provide a better training in the automobile sector as the manufacturing plant of Maruti and Hero Honda are located in the area. However, he felt that an Education Tax of 2 per cent would make the goods costlier for the common man.

The president of Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI), Mr Arun Jain, said industrialists would be encouraged to set up new automobile industries following the announcement in the Union Budget of providing 150 per cent expenditure deduction on in-house R & D for the automobile industries.

Gurgaon has a number of automobile units, which supply goods to auto giants such as Maruti, Hero Honda and Honda scooters. Obviously, these units would increase their expenditure on research and development.

However, Mr Arun Jain has lamented that the Union Government has not done enough to promote the private developers in the real estate business, putting an obstacle for people who would like to own a house.

Almost all the leading estate developers have their projects in the city, said the GCCI president.

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DELHI IN PARLIAMENT
Misuse of funds by MCD officials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Thirty-two officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have been charge-sheeted after an inquiry instituted by the civic body to investigate the misuse of funds for the procurement of diesel generating sets for community toilet complexes constructed in Delhi under Yamuna Action Plan.

The Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Mr Namo Narain Meena, said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that during the course of investigation it has transpired that certain irregularities were committed in the purchase of diesel generating sets by the electrical division of MCD.

The implementation of NRCP, which includes cleaning of Yamuna river, is monitored by both the Government of India and the state governments at various levels regularly. Funds are released to the implementing agencies/ state governments only after the receipt of proper utilisation certificates authenticated by competent authorities.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was informed today that 213 companies in NCT of Delhi have cheated the government during the last two years by misusing export promotion schemes such as duty drawback scheme, duty free replenishment certificate scheme and duty entitlement pass book scheme.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, has said that an amount of Rs 208.11 crore is involved in these cases. Fifty-six persons have been arrested in these cases. These cases are still under trial and hence no one has been convicted so far.

The minister said that the export promotion schemes have various in-built safeguards to prevent their misuse such as: licenses issued under Advance Licensing Scheme are subject to actual user condition and are non-transferable. Capital goods imported under export promotion capital goods scheme are subject to actual user condition till fulfilment of export obligation.

A nexus is specified for duty-free import under duty free replenishment certificate scheme. Value caps are specified to prevent unintended benefits to unscrupulous importers and exporters in respect of duty entitlement passbook scheme.

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1,400 kg poppy powder seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The New Delhi district police claims to have arrested a 29-year-old youth and seized 1,400 kg of poppy powder worth about Rs 10 crore concealed in a truck that seemed to be empty.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Anita Roy said that the contraband that was seized at Bhairon Road near Pragati Maidan last night was kept in 35 bags hidden in a specially-designed cabin at the back of the driver’s seat.

The accused, identified as Charanjit alias Channa, resident of Muzaffarpur, had brought the 35 bags of poppy powder from his native place and was taking the consignment to Haryana and Punjab, to be sold to his contacts there.

Acting on a tip-off the police intercepted the truck near a Railway Bridge on Bhairon Road. After an initial search, nothing was found as the truck looked empty, but after a through search, the secret cabin was detected, added Ms Roy. Poppy powder, made after crushing the poppy pod, is used in several forms by ‘dhaba owners’ who put it in tea consumed by villagers, Ms Roy said. The truck belonged to Charanjit’s father, Balwant Singh, who is engaged in transport business. Charanjit’s elder brother, Jaspal, is in Saharanpur Jail on charges of drug running.

Ms Roy said: “The source of the supply of poppy powder is being ascertained. The license holders of poppy sell the contraband in the black market at 10 times the licenced price.”

Valmiki Dal meet

To protest against the alleged disparity and partiality towards the Valmiki community, the National Valmiki Veer Dal has announced its decision to organise a conference of representatives of various unions and associations and Congress party workers. The president of the National Valmiki Veer Dal, Mr. Bal Kishan Mahar, said that representatives from various states will attend the meet scheduled for July 10.

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HC seeks medical examination of accused in Nitish case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The Delhi High Court today directed AIIMS to get Nitish Katara murder case accused Vishal Yadav examined by a medical board and submit a report on his condition by August 16.

Justice RC Chopra also ordered that if required and if the necessary treatment could be provided at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Vishal should be admitted at the hospital.

The directions came after a medical report sought by the court from the jail authorities confirmed that the accused was suffering from various aliments, including heart problem, pleurisy (TB) and herpes.

On June 25, the High Court had directed the Tihar Jail authorities to get Vishal’s medical check up done at AIIMS and submit a report in this regard by today.

Justice BN Chaturvedi had given the orders after Vishal’s counsel AS Chandiok claimed that the accused was suffering from pleurisy (TB) which was affecting his heart, and the ailment could only be properly diagnosed either at the AIIMS or Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the city.

On June 18, the high court had issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh Government and the Tihar Jail authorities on a bail plea by Vishal.

The Uttar Pradesh Government had sought time to file their reply.

The judge issued the notice on the petition, which claimed that Vishal was suffering from some medical problem and alleged that he was not being given proper treatment by the authorities.

Mr Chandiok said, while in jail his client had lost about 20 kg weight recently but doctors at Deen Dayal Upadhayay and Govind Ballabh Pant Hospitals were not able to diagnose the problem.

Bail was sought so that proper medical attention could be given to Vishal, cousin of Vikas Yadav.

Nitish Katara was murdered in February 2001, allegedly by Vikas, son of Rajya Sabha member DP Yadav, his cousin Vishal and others over the deceased’s friendship with Vikas’ sister Bharati.

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DSF highlights harassment of Dalits in admission process
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
The Dalit Student Front (DSF) today expressed concern over the continued discrimination and harassment of Dalit students during the admission process. The DSF released a report on the process of admission of SC/ST students and disclosed large-scale malpractices being adopted by the indifferent authorities of the university.

It is for more than two decades that Dalit students and their organizations have been raising the issue of discrimination in admission, but nothing concrete had been done. In fact, the situation is turning from bad to worse by experimenting every year with new methods and techniques of admission without proper guidance, training and counseling of the Dalit students.

It may be noted that Delhi University have adopted OMR and ICR technique, which is hardly known to most of the Dalit students and their parents as most of them being first time entrants to the university admission process.

It has also been noticed that bright students are sent to the colleges, which are far-flung and hardly known for their academic atmosphere. Similarly, it is not uncommon that Dalit students are being nominated to evening colleges, making their condition precarious and drawing them to a point where they have no option but to withdraw from education process.

This year, the university administration had received 9,965 applications from SC/ST students, out of which it has given admission 5,666 SC/ST students. But the university is silent on the remaining 4,335 seats of reservation category. Most of the Dalit students, who have got above 50 per cent, have not been allotted any seats and their names are enlisted in the non-allottees category.

In this way, they are deprived of their right to admission on their merit, stated the report.

In the light of this, the DSF demands that admission of the II-Phase should be open for Dalit students, provision for 22.5 per cent of reservation should be followed strictly and fees exemption for the weaker sections. They have also demanded that list should be displayed with the percentage for transparency in admission procedure and white paper on SC/ST admission process.

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Fake currency racket busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
With the arrest of two persons the North district police claims to have busted a gang involved in counterfeit currency in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Counterfeit currency worth Rs 99,700 in the denomination of Rs 1000, Rs 500 and Rs 100, a colour printer, a scanner, ink cartridges and other tools used to manufacture counterfeit currency were recovered from their possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Rajesh Khurana said that the police had received secret information that a person would be coming to Inderlok cooler market by Metro train to deliver counterfeit currency to one Abdul.

Accordingly, the police laid a trap and nabbed Farzanda, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, and recovered counterfeit currency worth Rs 67,200 from his possession. During interrogation, Farzanda told the police that the fake currency notes were supplied to him by his associate, Mausam Ali, resident of Meerut. The police rushed to Meerut and arrested Mausam Ali from Mawana district who was operating from a rented accommodation.

Counterfeit currency worth Rs 32,500, along with some semi-processed notes, were seized from his possession.

During interrogation Farzanda told the police that he had paid Rs 20,000 to Mausam Ali and procured counterfeit currency worth Rs 1 lakh.

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Diplomatic ‘craft’ at its best
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
After artistes and athletes, it was the turn of artisans and craftpersons to contribute their bit to improving the ties between India and Pakistan.

India hosted a delegation of craftpersons from Pakistan in March this year, who collaborated with their Indian counterparts to create works of art. The Dostkari Craft Design Workshop organised at Dilli Haat was the setting.

Yesterday evening, Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan released an illustrated report on Dostkari, the craft and design interaction between craftpersons of both countries.

On the occasion, he said : “This contact, I hope, will bring better understanding between the two nations.” He was of the view that interaction between the craftspersons of India and Pakistan will go a long way in improving relations between the two countries.

The report documents the fusion art works created by Pakistani and Indian artisans at the Dostkari Craft Design Workshop. Dostkari, a combination of Dosti (friendship) and Kari (craftsmanship), saw seven artisans from Pakistan join hands with 10 craftsmen from India.

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MTNL value cash cards not working in Noida
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Hundreds of value cash card (VCC) holders of MTNL in Noida are facing a tough time for the past four days as the service is out of order.

Mr A.K. Kaul, a resident of Noida, complained that in the Central Government Employees Residential Society alone, a number of MTNL VCC cardholders were facing the problem. He lamented that though the customers had spent Rs 100 to Rs 500 on these cards, they were not getting the service.

“Whenever we dial the given number 160211 to make a STD call through a VCC card, we have to hear the same voice — the service is not presently available, try later.” Despite repeated complaints, nothing has been done in
this regard.

When contacted, Mr S.C. Leekha, GM, Value Added Services, MTNL (West), said, “We have received complaints from the residents. The Engineering Department has been instructed to look into the matter. The service will be functional soon,” he added.

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Notice for ‘illegal’ installation of antennas
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 9
The Deputy Commissioner and the office of the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad, (MCF) have been served with legal notices for the unchecked growth in the installation of towers and antennas by the private telecommunication service providers in the residential areas of the town.

The notice has been given by Mr K. L Gera, a social activist based here. Mr Gera has claimed that installation of towers and antennas by the franchisees of the various mobile phone companies and the internet service providers had been done illegally in various parts of the town. Supplying photographs of such ‘violations’, Mr Gera alleged that none of the owners of these towers and antennas had obtained prior permission from the authorities concerned and no license fee had been deposited as per the rules. He said these ‘illegal’ installations had been done in the residential areas, which was not allowed normally. It is stated that the height of the some of the towers was upto 50 feet, which violate the Indian Telegraph and Telecommunication Act, that require permission and payment of fee to the authorities concerned. It is claimed that while such installations endangers the public safety. 

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Exhibition to showcase functioning of hospital
Tribune News Service

Noida, July 9
Fortis Hospitals, a Ranbaxy promoted group company, organized a unique exhibition to showcase the functioning of a hospital for the first time in India. The objective of the exhibition was to familiarize people with the functioning of a hospital and remove people’s fear of hospitals. The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr Abbott, and was attended by people from every strata of the society.

The exhibition showcased various equipment used in hospitals and explained the functioning of MRI, X-Rays, CT Scan, operation theaters, labs etc. Various doctors and paramedical staff used visual aids like posters and demonstrations at each point to resolve queries of attendees. Free counseling on diets was also provided along with free check ups of blood sugar and blood pressure to the people.

Corporate houses like SAIL, BHEL, NTPC and ONGC attended this exhibition, along with around 5,000 school children from both government and private schools.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Alok Roy, vice-president, Operations, Fortis Healthcare, said, “This exhibition is our humble attempt at sharing a community resource like a hospital with the public.”

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