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Man arrested for murder of girl in zoo
New Delhi, July 18
The Delhi Police today arrested a person in connection with the murder of a young girl in Delhi Zoo. The accused is reportedly a neighbour of the deceased. According to sources, the accused committed the crime after his relations with the victim turned sour.

HC seeks report on cholera
New Delhi, July 18
Alarmed over the spread of cholera in the Capital, particularly in slum clusters, the Delhi High Court has asked the Government of NCT of Delhi and the MCD to inform it about the steps taken by them to check the disease.

SYL canal issue turns into a political football
Faridabad, July 18
The politicisation of the SYL canal issue was inevitable after the annulment of the water sharing pacts by the Punjab Assembly. While it has given the INLD-led Haryana Government the much-needed opportunity to put the Congress, particularly its central leadership, in the dock, the Congress leaders in Haryana are trying to find a way to disassociate itself with the decision of the Punjab Government.

Notification prescribing ST quota in Delhi Govt jobs quashed
New Delhi, July 18
The Delhi High Court has quashed a notification that provided for 7.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates in government jobs in the Capital on the grounds that there are no listed Scheduled Tribes due to which there could be no reservation for them.

  • Ryan students meet President

Paswan for 100% subsidy on Kisan Khad
Noida, July 18
The Union Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, supported the need to extend 100 per cent Central subsidy for Kisan Khad (C.A.N) and SSP.



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A woman being examined by a doctor at a ‘Health Mela’, organised at Sarojini Nagar by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Sunday.
A woman being examined by a doctor at a ‘Health Mela’, organised at Sarojini Nagar by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Sunday. — Tribune photo

Two boys done to death in Vijay Nagar
Ghaziabad, July 18
Two boys were killed in a bizarre manner in Vijay Nagar. The assailants had slit the throats of the innocent boys after barging into their house.

  • Power officials held captive

Girl sexually assaulted for six months
New Delhi, July 18
The Crime Branch is investigating a case in which a 20-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted for more than six months and her naked pictures were forcibly taken in a studio in Daryaganj.

Man held after six years for raping minor
New Delhi, July 18
The West district police today claims to have arrested a Proclaimed Offender (PO) after six years for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Mangolpuri in 1998.

Gang of autolifters busted, five held
New Delhi, July 18
With the arrest of five vehicle thieves, the South district police claims to have solved at least 15 cases of vehicle theft and recovered 10 stolen vehicles, computers and forged documents from them.

Informers a curse on liberty: Court
New Delhi, July 18
Describing police informers, who do not face cross-examination, as a “curse to liberty,” a Delhi court has asked the Commissioner of Police (CP) to take action against an Investigating Officer (IO) for “not conducting a fair probe”.

TCS to help Noida in waste management
Noida, July 18
The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has offered to help Noida with their waste management expertise. In a meeting at the Tata Consultancy Services premises in Phase-II, a practical demonstration was held to drive home the point.

DSIDC gets land to develop plots in Bhor Garh
New Delhi, July 18
The DSIDC has been allotted additional 173 hectares in Bhor Garh in west Delhi for developing plots for the remaining applicants under the government’s plan for relocation of industries.

Brothers create Eiffel Tower with 17,000 matchsticks!
New Delhi, July 18
Inspiration to create records come from various sources, but in this case, it was two-year-old Barkha who inspired brothers Brahamjit and Jagjit to create a model of Eiffel Tower by using 17,000 matchsticks.

Hostels for NE students to be set up
New Delhi, July 18
Students who come all the way from the far North East to pursue higher education in the national Capital are always in search of a roof over their heads. A roof that provides not just shelter, but also doesn’t play havoc with their limited finances.

DU hostel to regain its vintage value
New Delhi, July 18
Gwyer Hall, the oldest and most distinctive hostel of the University of Delhi, is finally set to get a new lease of life. Named after Sir Maurice Gwyer, the hostel was established in 1938 and has been home to many generations of distinguished students.

College rock competition from Aug 7
New Delhi, July 18
Pepsi and Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols is the biggest-ever college rock competition of its kind to storm the music scene in India. College bands are invited to participate in the competition in order to vie for the title of the best rock band in the country.
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Man arrested for murder of girl in zoo
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
The Delhi Police today arrested a person in connection with the murder of a young girl in Delhi Zoo. The accused is reportedly a neighbour of the deceased. According to sources, the accused committed the crime after his relations with the victim turned sour.

Earlier, the girl who had been found murdered inside the Delhi Zoo yesterday, was identified by her parents today.

The girl, Kanchan Verma, was a BA final year student at the School of Correspondent Courses, Delhi University. A resident of Daryaganj, her father runs footwear business in Ghaziabad.

According to information, Kanchan had left her house yesterday morning without informing her parents that she was going to zoo. It was through the TV channels that her parents learnt that her body had been found in the zoo.

After they came to know about the murder, the parents approached the Daryaganj police to find out the information. The Nizamuddin police distributed the photographs of the victim in all the police stations of the Capital and the message regarding the girl’s murder was also flashed through wireless.

When her photograph was shown to her parents in Daryaganj police station, they identified her and contacted the Nizamuddin police.

The police questioned a number of youths whose names had been disclosed by her parents. A few of them were studying with her. The police said that she might have been taken to the zoo by the assailants, who murdered her later. The assailants could be more than one as the victim was healthy enough to deal with at least one person, the police said. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, (South Delhi), Mr Rajeev Ranjan, said that the police had got a clue regarding the suspects who would be arrested soon. He said that the interrogation of her friends in college could yield some result.
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HC seeks report on cholera
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Alarmed over the spread of cholera in the Capital, particularly in slum clusters, the Delhi High Court has asked the Government of NCT of Delhi and the MCD to inform it about the steps taken by them to check the disease.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed directed the government and the civic body to file a status report on the allegation that the authorities had failed to take effective steps against the spread of cholera.

The court fixed July 21 as the next date of hearing on a PIL filed by social worker Vikas Jain, who alleged that despite bringing it to the notice of the municipal authorities, no steps had been taken to check the disease, which claimed several lives.

Jain’s counsel Sugriva Dubey and Namita submitted that the government and the MCD had not undertaken any special vaccination programme in the localities where cholera had erupted.

The most unfortunate part has been that though cholera is an infectious disease, those suffering from it have not been provided with separate ward, the PIL said.

Enumerating the causes for the spread of the disease, the PIL said the main reason has been unsafe drinking water as two-thirds of the population here gets water from the manually operated hand-pumps.

Further, no step has been taken to prohibit the sale of cut fruit and sugarcane juice, which contributes to the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases in rainy season, the PIL said.

The petitioner contended that the authorities failed to implement the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and bylaws pertaining to the public health which makes it mandatory for them to keep the city clean and hygienic.
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SYL canal issue turns into a political football
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 18
The politicisation of the SYL canal issue was inevitable after the annulment of the water sharing pacts by the Punjab Assembly. While it has given the INLD-led Haryana Government the much-needed opportunity to put the Congress, particularly its central leadership, in the dock, the Congress leaders in Haryana are trying to find a way to disassociate itself with the decision of the Punjab Government.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has continued to criticise the Congress and its central leadership for being responsible for the mess. The INLD leader is bound to rake up this issue in a big way so that he can gain political mileage from the issue.

The Congress leaders in Haryana have also launched a tirade against the Chautala government for its failure to settle the issue when its allies, the BJP and the Akali Dal, were heading the government at the Center and Punjab respectively.

The Congress leader from the Ahirwal area, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, today came out in support of his party, stating that the ruling INLD in the state was trying to hide its failures by leveling baseless charges on the Congress party and its leadership.

He asked that if Mr Chautala was so concerned about the SYL canal issue and the annulment of the water pacts by Punjab, why was he not criticising the SAD leaders, particularly the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, who was as much guilty as others.

He said the annulment of the water pacts was the combined effort of the Congress party in Punjab along with the SAD and the BJP leaders in the state. He said Mr Chautala had not blamed Mr Badal and the BJP so far and was only targeting the Congress party.

Mr Vidrohi said the Devi Lal government, which came to power with a thumping majority in 1986, had done nothing to bring the SYL canal water to Haryana.

He alleged that during the Chief Ministership of Devi Lal, the allotted water of the Ravi-Beas to Haryana was taken to the Sirsa–Hisar region, instead of being equitably distributed all over the state. 
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Notification prescribing ST quota in Delhi Govt jobs quashed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
The Delhi High Court has quashed a notification that provided for 7.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates in government jobs in the Capital on the grounds that there are no listed Scheduled Tribes due to which there could be no reservation for them.

Justice Pradeep Nandrajog quashed the central government notification dated August 27, 2003, prescribing 7.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Tribes in Delhi government jobs, which was to be filled from among ST candidates irrespective of their native state. There were no Schedule Tribes in Delhi, so no provision had been made for them in the National Capital Territory Act 1991. Therefore, no reservation could be provided for them in state government jobs, the judge said.

The court was dealing with a petition filed by Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Foundation which said reservations were meant to uplift economically and socially backward castes and tribes in particular states and an outsider was not entitled to such a reservation.

Reservations for STs by the state government was unconstitutional as Delhi never had any Scheduled Tribes indigenous to the area and because of the notification, tribals from other states were getting jobs in government departments/bodies/organisations/services.

Ryan students meet President

Students of Ryan International Schools spent about 30 minutes with the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, and discussed various issues with him during a special classroom session.

Dr Kalam urged the students to spread the message of love and also be proud of their nation.
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Paswan for 100% subsidy on Kisan Khad
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 18
The Union Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, supported the need to extend 100 per cent Central subsidy for Kisan Khad (C.A.N) and SSP. The Minister said he would take up the issue of subsidy and get it approved by the Union Cabinet. He was speaking at a function organised at the National Fertilisers Ltd (NFL) in Noida Sector-24.

“The country is almost self-sufficient in urea production but since there is a gap of three lakh metric tonnes in demand and supply, we might have to import some quantity this year,” Mr Paswan said.
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Two boys done to death in Vijay Nagar
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 18
Two boys were killed in a bizarre manner in Vijay Nagar. The assailants had slit the throats of the innocent boys after barging into their house.

The victims were six-year-old Deepak, son of the house owner and 16-year-old, son of the tenant. The assailants slipped away quietly after killing the boys in a top floor room. The crime came to light when the owner started looking for his son Deepak.

The police recovered a knife and blood-soaked garments from the tin shed where the bodies of the boys had been found dumped on each other.

The house owner Mahender Rajput had a tailor’s shop. His wife Santosh also runs a small general merchant shop from the house.

The police have not been able to trace the culprits. Mahender had gone to Hardwar for getting ‘kanwars’ on Shivratri and a pooja was performed in his house yesterday.

The tenant in the first floor room was a pujari. It was after the pooja that the family started looking for Deepak. Mahender’s elder sister who went upstairs found the bodies of the boys in the tin shed.

Power officials held captive

Farmers of village Hoshdapur, who had been on a hunger strike for a few days in protest against the shortage of power supply, took the power department officials into captivity when the officials visited the village to persuade them to give up the strike.

The UP Power Corporation officials were released only after their seniors had agreed to the demands of the livid villagers.

Three months ago, Hoshdapur’s power supply was being routed through Upeda feeder, but it was recently connected with Sikanderpur-Kakodi line. This line is in a bad shape. The power supply is being given for two to three hours only. An old woman and a number of cattleheads have been electrocuted due to this power line.

Two farmers Jasbir and Mahipal, fed up with the miserable conditions, had started a hunger strike in their fields,

After learning from the newspaper reports about their strike, an engineer, A.K. Singhania and two of his colleagues from Garh power office met the farmers. The engineers were then held captive.

On hearing the news of the officials having been detained, Dy. DM Rajesh Yadav, police CO Ummed Singh and Executive Engineer, UP Power Corporation went to the village and promised to link the village again with Kakode feeder. They also promised to replace the old poles and power cables and resume the normal supply to the village. Subsequently, the farmers ended their strike and released the detained officials.
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Girl sexually assaulted for six months
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
The Crime Branch is investigating a case in which a 20-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted for more than six months and her naked pictures were forcibly taken in a studio in Daryaganj.

The girl, who had gone through the trauma for over six months, finally approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) in June this year, and the case was then referred to the Delhi Police by the commission. After making preliminary inquiries, the Delhi Police registered a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC.

On Saturday evening, the Crime Branch arrested the main accused Sant Ram (35), a resident of Gokulpuri, for enticing the girl on the pretext of producing music videos and also for committing the crime along with his three associates. The victim, who is also a resident of Gokulpuri, had accompanied the sleuths to facilitate the arrest of Sant Ram.

The victim alleged that she had been taken by the accused to one Sonotec Studio in Daryaganj and introduced to three persons, identified as Pradeep, Santara and Jawahar Singh, all residents of Delhi. The victim told the sleuths that the accused promised her a role in a music video, which they had been producing. But instead of producing the video, the accused sexually assaulted the victim and took her naked pictures on several occasions over a period of six months in the studio in Daryaganj. The accused and their associates even threatened to kill the victim and her family members if they disclosed the matter to anyone.

The victim said that the accused also took her to Haridwar and forced her to have sex with a hotel owner. A senior officer said that they were interrogating Sant Ram who had provided them with some valuable information about the other accused.
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Man held after six years for raping minor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
The West district police today claims to have arrested a Proclaimed Offender (PO) after six years for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Mangolpuri in 1998.

The victim was alone in her house when the accused Praveen Kumar had sexually assaulted her. The matter came to light when the girl narrated the incident to her mother, who then reported the incident to the police. The accused on the same day fled from his house.

After the incident, the accused had left his house. Later, his mother, who used to live with him, also sold the house and left for the village. Since Praveen was an electrician, a head constable, who was part of the investigating team, had informed a friend of the accused that he needed an electrician for some work in his house.

As expected, Praveen’s friend recommended the name of Praveen for the job. Finally, the culprit was nabbed from the house of head constable.
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Gang of autolifters busted, five held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
With the arrest of five vehicle thieves, the South district police claims to have solved at least 15 cases of vehicle theft and recovered 10 stolen vehicles, computers and forged documents from them.

The accused who were arrested have been identified as Pankaj (25), a resident of Ghaziabad, Mohammad Askari (28), a resident of Muzaffar Pur, Anil Kumar (36), a resident of Geeta Colony, Ajay Kumar (22), a resident of Kondli and Pappu, alias Vinod (23), a resident of Chandni Chowk.

Acting on a tip-off that the suspects would be coming to Sri Niwas Puri area last night in a Maruti car, and accordingly, at around 9.40 pm, the police spotted three persons in a white Maruti car.

When the occupants were overpowered, initially the driver who introduced himself as a constable of UP police later identified himself as Mohammad Askari, a resident of Muzaffarpur, and other two persons were identified as Pappu, alias Vinod and Pankaj.

The car was also found stolen from Sri Niwas Puri and the accused confessed to have involved in at least 15 cases of vehicle theft.

Based on their information, two of their associates Anil and Ajay were arrested and one Esteem, one Indigo, one Indica and six Maruti Zen cars were recovered from them.
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Informers a curse on liberty: Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Describing police informers, who do not face cross-examination, as a “curse to liberty,” a Delhi court has asked the Commissioner of Police (CP) to take action against an Investigating Officer (IO) for “not conducting a fair probe”.

It also issued a directive for taking action against a constable who, acting on a tip-off, injured and “illegally” arrested two youth. “A faceless informer, who does not come into the open and undergo cross-examination, has been a curse to liberty.

Some tips, completely lacking in reliability, would either warrant no response or require further investigation before a forcible stop of a suspect would be authorised,” Additional Sessions Judge R K Yadav said.

The court asked the CP to initiate departmental action against Constable Jasbir Singh and IO Pramod Gupta after finding that Gupta had not probed what Singh had done, that is injured a suspect without verifying the tip-off.

“When confronted, Pramod Gupta looked at it with jaundiced eyes. Injuries on Hira were overlooked by the IO and he had not investigated the matter fairly,” the judge said.

Noting that Jasbir had committed an offence under Section 220 of IPC (commitment for trial or confinement by person having authority who knows that he is acting contrary to law), the court said, “The constable did not have preventive powers to arrest them (Hira and Toshin Ali).”

“If functionaries of government become law breakers, it is bound to breed contempt of law and would encourage lawlessness and everyone would have a tendency to be law unto themselves, thereby leading to anarchy,” it said.

On January 6, 2003, acting on a tip-off that two persons would commit an offence near Ashok Vihar, Constable Singh chased, overpowered and caught Hira (20). In the act, Hira hit Singh in self-defence while his (Hira’s) friend Ali tried to rescue him by attacking and hitting Singh with a stone.

Though he was hurt, the constable did not release Hira.

In the meantime, two policemen came there and arrested Ali and Hira, charging them under Section 307 (attempt to murder). Ali was also charged under Arms Act as a pistol was allegedly recovered from him.

“Injuries on Hira make it clear that by his (Singh’s) act of injuring Hira, Singh had caused sudden provocation for Hira to hit him back in self-defence,” the court said.

“Hira was overpowered by Singh without legal authority. When Singh curtailed the personal liberty of Hira, the latter reacted sharply and caused injuries (to Singh). Ali hit Singh with a stone to get his associate released from the unlawful custody of Singh,” the court added.

“In both cases, there was no intention to attempt on life (of the constable),” the court said.

“The information was that they would commit some offence. Without specifying whether the offence to be committed was cognizable or non-cognizable, in such a situation only preventive action was called for. As per the law, only the officer in-charge, and not the constable, was competent to arrest Hira and Ali,” the court said.

The court, however, sentenced Hira to one-year imprisonment for causing grievous hurt to the constable on provocation and handed down four-month jail term to Ali for causing simple hurt.
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TCS to help Noida in waste management
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 18
The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has offered to help Noida with their waste management expertise.

In a meeting at the Tata Consultancy Services premises in Phase-II, a practical demonstration was held to drive home the point.

It has invited the Citizens Environment Improvement Society (CEIS), a body engaged in environment preservation, to manage its kitchen waste. About 125-kg of kitchen waste, generated daily from the TCS canteen, will be taken directly to the CEIS compositing site in Sector-50, where it will be converted into manure through vermiculture. “Manure is an ideal replacement for chemical fertilizers, which are harmful for the soil and the agricultural products. It is also comparatively cheaper and effective,” said Shamsher Rathike, advisor, CEIS.

“About 25-kg of compost can be produced daily from the TCS waste, 10 per cent of which will be brought back to the company for use in its horticulture works,” he informed.

Besides donating two containers and a cycle-rickshaw for carrying the garbage, the TCS has also extended financial help to the CEIS. “This makes it the fourth project we have taken up in the city. Next in the line is the vermiculture project for sectors 14 and 15A,” said Commodore (Retd) V.K. Nagpal, vice-president, CEIS. “We hope to manage the garbage of entire Noida one day,” he said. The CEIS began with segregating garbage in Sectors-39, 40 and 42. Later, it started producing vermin-compost at the site in Sector 50, which was allotted by the Noida administration.
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DSIDC gets land to develop plots in Bhor Garh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
The DSIDC has been allotted additional 173 hectares in Bhor Garh in west Delhi for developing plots for the remaining applicants under the government’s plan for relocation of industries.

DSIDC Managing Director Jalaj Shrivastav said that the DSIDC has paid Rs 101 crore to the government as the cost of the land. The relocation of industries is one of the key achievements of the DSIDC, which got into the work after being entrusted with the mammoth task of developing Bawana and surrounding areas to relocate units located in non-conforming parts of the city following a Supreme Court order.

The DSIDC has collected over Rs 100 crore in the last two months from the allottees of plots. In the first fortnight of July alone, the DSIDC recovered Rs 65 crore. In all, 16,257 plots of sizes 100, 150, 200 and 250 square metres spread over five acres have been developed in Bawana.

Mr Shrivastav said that possession letters to around 5,000 persons have been issued.
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Brothers create Eiffel Tower with 17,000 matchsticks!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Inspiration to create records come from various sources, but in this case, it was two-year-old Barkha who inspired brothers Brahamjit and Jagjit to create a model of Eiffel Tower by using 17,000 matchsticks.

The structure, that stands eight feet and three inches tall, required a backbreaking schedule spread over six months.

For Jagjit, an engineer, who works with Garrison Engineers and Brahamjit, a doctor in the army posted in Fatehgarh, this is not the first record.

The duo also have the world’s tallest eggshell statue, world’s longest drinking straw, world’s tallest ice cream stick, the world’s largest greeting card and the world’s longest wrapper chain to their credit.

But the latest has been the most challenging by far. The brothers claim that their fancy required toil and it was not an easy job.

It began with the collection of about 18,000 matchsticks, then began the gruelling task of calculating every angle, the number of platforms and the details of the intricate meshwork.

What made it harder was the fact that none of them had seen the Eiffel Tower and had to rely on the pictures and 3 D images that they could gather.

A special adhesive glue and loads of hard work was what it took to shape the wonder.

“After calculating the width of each pillar, we started initially by sticking matchsticks,” say the Singh duo, who found a helping hand in Pooja, Brahmajit’s wife. Recalling the hardships they say, “The tower stands at an angle with the ground and at every level this angle keeps varying keeping in profile with the symmetry of the tower. Making and ensuring this angle at every level was very difficult because each wall has two angles, one with a horizontal surface below and with the other wall.”

Worse still was that the brothers had to join work in their respective duty stations. So both of them had to work individually till they could get together to amalgamate their work.

And once on their own, they began to fight the hardships. While one fought with the laws of gravity to construct the lowermost pillars, which needed matchsticks to be broken into smaller pieces, the other saw his pace being disturbed by a finger he accidentally knifed.

Six months of hard work and their individual pieces ready, the brothers met in Gurgaon to assemble their masterpiece. Despite having taken precautions (buying measuring tapes of the same make to avoid errors of calculation), the brothers were confronted with lots of small, but serious calculation differences, which needed rectification.

They admit that things began moving smoothly when their mother took charge and helped to weed out the irritants to pave way for the duo into the Limca Book of Records for creating their sixth record, an Eiffel Tower, made from matchsticks.
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Hostels for NE students to be set up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Students who come all the way from the far North East to pursue higher education in the national Capital are always in search of a roof over their heads. A roof that provides not just shelter, but also doesn’t play havoc with their limited finances.

Looking at this predicament of these students, the Ministry for Development of the North Eastern Region (DONER) is planning to set up hostels exclusively for students from the region.

DONER has written to the Delhi government, seeking land to build hostels in the city for the students from the eight states of the North-East. Nearly 5,000 students from the region arrive here every year for under-graduate, post-graduate and professional courses.

It was pointed out that the new hostels would cater exclusively to students from the region, including Sikkim. The mode of enrolment and admission is yet to be decided.

Funds for the hostels would be sanctioned from the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources which is a rolling fund for development projects in the North-East.

For the students of the region this news brings happiness and relief. It was pointed out that from Nagaland alone, there close to 1,000 students who come for admission, but less than 50 students get hostel accommodation in Delhi University or Jawahar Lal Nehru University.

And those who do not get accommodation in university hostels have to go in for rented accommodations, where security and finances are always a problem. Very few institutes that are offering professional courses have hostels. Students are also forced to go in for affordable rented accommodation in far off places.

Hostels with subsidised food and board can open up avenues for those from lower income groups, said the students from North Eastern states. Presently there are only two hostels for north-eastern students in DU, but a certain percentage of seats are reserved for other states.
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DU hostel to regain its vintage value
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Gwyer Hall, the oldest and most distinctive hostel of the University of Delhi, is finally set to get a new lease of life. Named after Sir Maurice Gwyer, the hostel was established in 1938 and has been home to many generations of distinguished students. The hostel has been identified as a heritage building and the Government of the NCT Delhi has provided a large sum for its restoration and renovation.

The building has been in a state of disrepair over the years making many sections, including the kitchen and toilets unsuitable for use by the residents.

The restoration work has been taken up by the university on a war footing. In keeping with the engineering requirements, the main quadrangle and the dining hall and kitchen have been taken up for restoration in the first stage. Arrangements for dining services of residents have been made in the adjacent PG Men’s Hostel and in Jubilee Hall. Inmates have been provided with alternative accommodation in the Doctors’ and Teachers’ Courts of the complex. These will be taken up for restoration in the next phase. In this manner, the authorities have ensured that inconvenience caused to the hostellers is kept at a bare minimum.

The restoration work, which began in early June, is likely to be completed in six to nine months, a DU spokesman said.
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College rock competition from Aug 7
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 18
Pepsi and Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols is the biggest-ever college rock competition of its kind to storm the music scene in India. College bands are invited to participate in the competition in order to vie for the title of the best rock band in the country.

The clash of titans begins at the city level on August 7, 2004 which will comprise the college bands from within the city and surrounding regions. The winner then takes on the winners from other cities to decide the regional champion. The best regional bands then compete at the national level where the “Campus Rock Idol” will emerge victorious and be crowned.
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