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Three cops suspended in bribe case
New Delhi, July 19
The Delhi Police today suspended three police officials, who were found guilty of taking bribe. The police officials were suspended following a television channel report that some policemen were taking bribe from certain bootleggers. The suspended police officials are: Surender Singh Sarawat, the then SHO of Uttam Nagar, two Head Constables Ram Kumar and Ram Kumar.

Nine Mulla gang burglars held, 100 cases worked out
New Delhi, July 19
The Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested nine inter-state burglars of the Mulla gang after a brief encounter and recovered stolen gold, silver ornaments, watches and cameras worth Rs 3 lakh from their possession.

Nine inter-state burglars of Mulla gang, who were arrested by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Monday. Nine inter-state burglars of Mulla gang, who were arrested by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Monday. 
— Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


 

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Speaker’s poll: Prem Singh’s win a near-certainty
New Delhi, July 19
Mr Prem Singh would rather chair the proceedings of the Delhi Legislative Assembly as its Speaker than head a Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee which has played a second fiddle to the government ever since Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit steered the party to an unprecedented second consecutive term in office.

Man gets life term for rape, murder
New Delhi, July 19
A city court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering a woman in North West Delhi over four years ago. Additional Sessions Judge Swaran Kanta also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on convict Kailash Chand aged 28.

Activists of CPI (ML) demonstrating against the Budget 2004-05 at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday.
Activists of CPI (ML) demonstrating against the Budget 2004-05 at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Paul orders officers to keep watch in view of I-Day
New Delhi, July 19
The Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, today ordered his officers and men to keep watch of suspicious elements in the city in view of the Independence Day celebrations on August 15.

Birth anniversary of Guru Harkishan Singh on July 23
New Delhi, July 19
The birth anniversary of Guru Harkishan Singh will be celebrated on July 23 at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj. Instead of the customary procession (Nagar Kirtan) Jathedar Surjit Singh, chairman of the Gurdwara Sis Ganj is organising a kirtan darbar at Gurdwara Sis Ganj on July 22 between 7 pm till 1 am.

Amity ties up with London varsity
New Delhi, July 19
The Amity School of Engineering, Noida, and Amity School of Engineering and Technology, New Delhi, has entered into an articulation agreement with the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University, London, to offer undergraduate courses in engineering in all the four streams - electronics and communication engineering, computer science and engineering, IT and mechanical and automation engineering. The ceremony was held at the Amity House recently.

Marble trader killed by robbers
Ghaziabad, July 19
A marble trader, Rajinder Prasad Garg, was brutally killed by some criminals when he resisted their attempt to rob his house in Loni last night. A resident of DLF’s Ankur Vihar Colony for the last seven years, R.P. Garg, 45, a marble supplier of Mongolpuri, Delhi, had faced about half-a-dozen armed criminals at about 3 am on Sunday. They had climbed on to the terrace of his house by scaling the rear wall and come to the ground floor.

Pvt agency to keep vigil at Noida expressway
Greater Noida, July 19
The security on the Noida expressway will be handed over to a private agency. In view of the increasing incidence of crime on the Noida expressway, the Industrial Development Commissioner and Chairman of Greater Noida Authority, Mr Ravi Mathur, said that six petrol pumps will be allotted along the expressway. Moreover, the security agency will station ambulances at different spots along this expressway in view of the increasing number of accidents, Mr Mathur said.

Rapist ties the knot with victim
Meerut, July 19
A panchayat punished a youth who had raped a minor in her house by ordering him to marry the victim. The wedding was solemnised on Sunday afternoon in the presence of police, some relatives and friends. The girl was also happy with the decision by the panchayat.

BJP’s bandh call evokes partial response
Faridabad, July 19
There was a partial response in the district to the strike call by the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party in protest against the annulment of the water pacts by Punjab. Majority of the shops and commercial establishments in the urban areas reopened in the afternoon. There was little impact of the bandh call in the small towns and rural areas of the district.

Dhrupad vocalist mesmerises audience
New Delhi, July 19
Dhrupad vocalist, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar, mesmerized the audience with his performance in the classical music concert of evening ragas against the backdrop of lush green picturesque Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, last evening.

200 trainees of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Industrial Centre given farewell
New Delhi, July 19
About 200 trainees of the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Industrial Training Centre, Gurudwara Nanak Piao, G T Karnal Road were given a customary farewell. At a function organised at Shah Auditorium, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Guest. She appreciated the role of the institute in producing quality technicians who have the responsibility of giving shape to new developments.

Dry spell adversely affecting Vanmahotsva targets
Faridabad, July 19
The much-publicised tree plantation drive in the state may be adversely affected due to the dry weather conditions prevailing in the region and the delay in the monsoon. The state government has decided to plant more than 4.5 crore saplings this season.
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Three cops suspended in bribe case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The Delhi Police today suspended three police officials, who were found guilty of taking bribe. The police officials were suspended following a television channel report that some policemen were taking bribe from certain bootleggers. The suspended police officials are: Surender Singh Sarawat, the then SHO of Uttam Nagar, two Head Constables Ram Kumar and Ram Kumar.

A vigilance inquiry into the bribery case had already been ordered by Delhi Police Commissioner Dr K. K. Paul. The vigilance officials today claimed that the inquiry would look into all possible angles to bring the culprits to book.

Since the images of the cops accepting bribe from bootleggers had been captured in a tape by a West Delhi property dealer Chander Prakash, a known bad character.

Prakash had alleged that he had met both Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Ashok Chand and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Rajbir Singh regarding this matter and Chand had asked him to hand over the tapes. When Prakash refused, the sleuths seized some tapes during a raid at his residence.

Prakash had registered a case of bribe against the policemen, including two inspectors, after preparing a videotape.

The tapes had been aired by a leading television channel, showing some policemen had been taking bribe from a family involved in bootlegging.

Prakash also said that he had been arrested by the police on a false case and sent to Tihar Jail. Prakash claimed that he had managed to hide the tape aired on a TV channel recently.

Heroin worth Rs 5 crore seized

The Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police has claimed to have arrested four inter-state drug traffickers in two different cases and seized five kilograms of heroin worth Rs 5 crore in the international market.

In the first case, acting on a tip-off that that two persons would be coming near Siddheshwar Mahadev temple on Parparganj Road to deliver a huge consignment, the sleuths nabbed them.

They were identified as Dr Mohammad Afzal (36) and Muqdas (35), residents of Badayun, Uttar Pradesh. During their personal search, four kilograms of heroin was recovered from their possession.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they received the consignment from one Ghanshyam (35), resident of Badayun. A team immediately rushed to Badayun and Ghanshyam was arrested.

In another case, one Prahlad (32), resident of Meerut, was nabbed from Shyamlal College and one kilogram of heroin was recovered from his possession.

Auto-lifters nabbed

In another case, the South-West district police has claimed to have arrested three auto-lifters and worked out 13 cases of vehicle theft.

Two stolen Maruti cars and a motorcycle were recovered from their possession.

Based on a secret information, the accused, Parmod Nagar alias Guddu Nagar, Pardeep alias Banda, residents of Haryana and Ashok Kumar, resident of Najafgarh, were apprehended from Vasant Vihar area.
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Nine Mulla gang burglars held, 100 cases worked out
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested nine inter-state burglars of the Mulla gang after a brief encounter and recovered stolen gold, silver ornaments, watches and cameras worth Rs 3 lakh from their possession.

With their arrest, the sleuths also claimed to have worked out at least 100 cases of burglary in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and recovered two countrymade weapons, two fired shells, 10 live cartridges, two button-actuated knives and other housebreaking implements.

The gang always used air-conditioned Toyota Qualis vehicle during the crime, accompanied by a receiver of stolen property who bought the stolen jewellery from the burglars on the spot.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tajender Luthra said that the receiver, Yamin (50), resident of Meerut, has so far bought 10 kilograms of stolen jewellery worth Rs 60 lakh from the burglars.

The others were identified as Mohammad Shakil alias Shahid (50), resident of Ghaziabad, Salim (27), Irshad (25), Hashmuddin (27), Shahab Malik (24), residents of Meerut, Mohammad Ibrahim (20), resident of Bijnore, Hashim (30), resident of Hapur and Inderjit (26), resident of Muzaffar Nagar.

Luthra said that the sleuths received a tip-off that some burglars would be coming to Japanese Park to commit burglary in the Rohini area.

Accordingly, a special team nabbed all the nine persons on the spot.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they had been committing burglary for the past seven years and had been involved in over 200 cases of daylight burglary in Delhi and UP. They always carried housebreaking instruments and operated between 10 am and 2 pm in locked houses. The accused were involved in at least 30 burglary cases in Kanpur, Lucknow and Agra.
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Speaker’s poll: Prem Singh’s win a near-certainty
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Mr Prem Singh would rather chair the proceedings of the Delhi Legislative Assembly as its Speaker than head a Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) which has played a second fiddle to the government ever since Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit steered the party to an unprecedented second consecutive term in office.

Mr Prem Singh stepped down from the post of president of the DPCC and Pro Tem Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly last night to pave the way for his nomination to the Speaker’s post. He was functioning as the Pro Tem Speaker since Mr Ajay Maken resigned after he had been elected to the Lok Sabha in May this year.

This morning he filed his nomination for the post of Speaker. His win is almost a certainty as his party enjoys a two-thirds majority in the Assembly with 47 of the 70 seats. The House has 20 BJP MLAs, one each from JD (S) and NCP and an Independent. It would be the second term for him as he had quit after being made DPCC president last June.

The president of the INC, Ms Sonia Gandhi, accepted the resignation of Mr Prem Singh as president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee this morning. “Chaudhury Prem Singh had sent his resignation letter yesterday, which has been accepted,” the new AICC general secretary in-charge of NCT of Delhi, Mr Ashok Gehlot, said.

Mr Prem Singh filed 10 sets of nomination papers for the post while Mr Ratawal submitted two sets, Assembly Undersecretary V. N. Murgal said. He will face BJP’s S. P. Ratawal in the election scheduled for tomorrow when the House meets for the monsoon session of the Assembly, which will also see the presentation of the budget for 2004-05.

The BJP has decided to put up a semblance of a fight, however token it might be, by fielding Mr S. P. Ratawal for the post of Speaker. Mr S. P. Ratawal, the vice-president of Delhi Pradesh BJP and a former minister in Government of NCT of Delhi, said that his party had filed his nomination “to register its protest against the Congress regime”.

The BJP said that the INC had not bothered to consult the Opposition to arrive at a consensus on Speaker’s post. Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi said that the Chief Minister had become so arrogant after her party’s win in the Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections that she did not hold talks in this regard with the Opposition. Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) MLA Shoaib Iqbal, who had withdrawn his candidature in favour of INC candidate Kapil Sibal from the prestigious Chandni Chowk constituency in the last Lok Sabha election, has reportedly been offered the post of Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly by the Congress High Command.
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Man gets life term for rape, murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
A city court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering a woman in North West Delhi over four years ago. Additional Sessions Judge Swaran Kanta also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on convict Kailash Chand aged 28.

The police said that on November 6, 1999, Chand had raped the woman at her Sultanpuri residence and stabbed her to death fearing she would disclose the incident to her husband Bhawani Shankar.

However, the police could not prove the rape charges. Chand had contended that he was implicated in the case as Shankar owed him Rs 10,000.

Complainant Khagan Kumar Mishra, the brother-in-law of Shankar, said on the fateful day, at around 7 pm, he had gone to Shankar’s house where he saw a crowd.

On finding the door locked, Mishra, who then peeped in through the keyhole, saw blood on the floor.

Along with the crowds that had gathered, Mishra forcefully opened the door and saw the victim lying in a pool of blood. Chand, according to him, was sitting in one corner.

On seeing the crowd, Chand tried to run away, but was caught and beaten up by the crowd as a result of which he became unconscious. He was then hospitalised.

Chand later disclosed that after committing the crime, he had thrown the knife on the roof of the house, the police said. 
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Paul orders officers to keep watch in view of I-Day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, today ordered his officers and men to keep watch of suspicious elements in the city in view of the Independence Day celebrations on August 15.

Dr Paul, who was addressing the officers during a law and order meeting, asked the senior officers to direct their men to check the hotels, guesthouses besides other crowded places to look for suspicious elements. He also appealed to the house owners in the city to get their tenants verified with the police.

About police modernisation, Dr Paul asked his officers to complete the pending proposals for implementing them. He also congratulated the effort made by the South district DCP, Mr Praveer Ranjan, and his men in cracking the murder case of a young woman Kanchan Verma, who had been murdered in the Delhi zoo on Saturday.

Paul also asked his officers to have personal knowledge about their staff and help them in case of any need in the general welfare of the police force. About recent tapes, which were aired by a leading television channel showing some policemen were found taking bribe from bootleggers, Dr Paul added that a high-level inquiry had been ordered into the case and guilty officers will not be spared.

MCD leaders assure L-G of better civic services

The Chairman of the Standing Committee, Mr Mukesh Goel, and the Leader of the House, Mr Satbir Singh, today met Lt-Governor B. L. Joshi and apprised him of the challenges being faced by the MCD and the concerted efforts being made by the civic body to provide better civic services to the citizens.

They explained to the Lt-Governor that the MCD was entering into an agreement with the government to start an e-governance in the corporation. The ambitious programme of imparting computer education in municipal schools will start on Friday.

They also told the Lt-Governor that the Unit Area Method for assessment of property tax was gaining popularity amongst Delhiites. The property tax payers are encouraged by the introduction of new system.

They assured the Lt-Governor that the problem of parking in developing metropolis would be solved.

They also informed that the MCD is going to develop modern parking systems in South Extension, Karol Bagh and Greater Kailash. The construction of the civic centres is likely to start soon.

Both the senior leaders of the corporation discussed financial position of the civic body and urged the Lt-Governor that the funds under the Plan Head should be released on time by the Delhi Government so as to ensure continuance of development works.

The Lt-Governor took keen interest in the conversation and assured both the leaders that he would try his level best to enable the corporation fulfil its responsibilities.

Students honoured

A felicitation ceremony was organised by Amity to honour meritorious students of classes X and XII who scored more than 90 per cent marks.

The ceremony was graced by the Chairperson, Dr. Amita Chauhan, who emphasised the need to be disciplined, focussed and enthusiastic to be able to achieve success.
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Birth anniversary of Guru Harkishan Singh on July 23
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The birth anniversary of Guru Harkishan Singh will be celebrated on July 23 at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj. Instead of the customary procession (Nagar Kirtan) Jathedar Surjit Singh, chairman of the Gurdwara Sis Ganj is organising a kirtan darbar at Gurdwara Sis Ganj on July 22 between 7 pm till 1 am.

The decision to not organise the Nagar Kirtan has been taken by the Sarab Sangal of Delhi. On the eve of the birth anniversary, Gurudwara Sis Ganj will be illuminated and fireworks will be cracked.

Langar will also be served on the occasion.
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Amity ties up with London varsity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The Amity School of Engineering (ASE), Noida, and Amity School of Engineering and Technology (ASET), New Delhi, has entered into an articulation agreement with the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University, London, to offer undergraduate courses in engineering in all the four streams - electronics and communication engineering, computer science and engineering, IT and mechanical and automation engineering. The ceremony was held at the Amity House recently.

The MoU was signed between Dr D P Tiwari, Director, Amity School of Engineering and Prof K S Virdi, Associate Dean of Engineering, City University and Prof B P Singh, Director, Amity School of Engineering and Technology and Prof BMA Rahman, Asst. Dean of Engineering, City University, London.
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Marble trader killed by robbers
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 19
A marble trader, Rajinder Prasad Garg, was brutally killed by some criminals when he resisted their attempt to rob his house in Loni last night. A resident of DLF’s Ankur Vihar Colony for the last seven years, R.P. Garg, 45, a marble supplier of Mongolpuri, Delhi, had faced about half-a-dozen armed criminals at about 3 am on Sunday. They had climbed on to the terrace of his house by scaling the rear wall and come to the ground floor.

The criminals entered Rajinder’s bedroom and put a local revolver at his temple. When the intruders asked for cash and keys to the safe, Rajinder pounced on the robbers and refused to hand over the keys.

The culprits then stabbed the man. When his wife raised the alarm, they shot at Rajimder and escaped. By the time their son Manoj, sleeping in the adjoining room, came running on hearing the gunshot, the desperadoes had already escaped from the main gate. Profusely bleeding Garg was rushed to SGBT Hospital, Shahadara, where he succumbed to his injuries after a while.

Manoj informed the police and a report was then lodged against the unidentified assailants. The police have not been able to get any clue about the assailants. The murder has shocked the people of the area.

Bodies found in gunny bags

There is a considerable panic in the area with the sensational murder of three persons, including a young woman. The bodies have been thrown near Palwara village in Bahadurgarh area.

The bodies in gunny bags were perhaps thrown in the river as they had got stuck in the iron spikes (saryas) of a bridge under construction. Parts of the bodies had been eaten away by stray dogs.

Surprisingly, the local police said that the bags contained carcasses of buffaloes.

A large crowd had collected at the site. One of the bodies was in a semi-naked position. The birds and dogs were pulling at the bodies. The villagers said that the police had been informed two days ago but the cops took the issue lightly.

On the SSP’s instruction, the police have taken cognisance of the crime and reached the spot. But, the police station in-charge said only one youth’s body had been found and the other two bodies were of buffaloes. The villagers, on the other hand, were asking as to why someone would pack dead buffaloes in gunny bags.

Two women drown in Ganga

Two of the three women taking a bath in the Ganga on the occasion of Amavas drowned while the volunteers and divers rescued the third.

The bodies could not be found so far. Madan Saxena, a resident of Garh Chopala had come to Brijghat for a bath with his wife Laxmi Devi, cousin Sunita, 16, and another woman Saroj. Owing to strong water current, all the three women, who didn’t know how to swim, started drowning.

Hearing their cries for help, the volunteers and divers –Ram Singh, Ram Murti Kavat, Murari Lal and Puppu jumped into the river. In spite of their efforts, they could save only Saroj while Laxmi, 25, and Sunita, 16, drowned. Their bodies could not be recovered due to the rapidly rising water level of the river.
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Pvt agency to keep vigil at Noida expressway
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 19
The security on the Noida expressway will be handed over to a private agency. In view of the increasing incidence of crime on the Noida expressway, the Industrial Development Commissioner and Chairman of Greater Noida Authority, Mr Ravi Mathur, said that six petrol pumps will be allotted along the expressway. Moreover, the security agency will station ambulances at different spots along this expressway in view of the increasing number of accidents, Mr Mathur said.

The authority would also set up a police station in the area to beef up the security so that the motorists and the residents feel secure, said Mr Mathur. He said the increasing incidence of crime in the area had affected the image of Greater Noida and the morale of the people living there. The setting up of the police station would rid the people of the feeling of insecurity and would send a message to the criminals, he said. 
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Rapist ties the knot with victim
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 19
A panchayat punished a youth who had raped a minor in her house by ordering him to marry the victim. The wedding was solemnised on Sunday afternoon in the presence of police, some relatives and friends. The girl was also happy with the decision by the panchayat.

According to the family members of the rape victim and the police, the incident occurred on July 14 in the Machheran locality under the Railway Road police station.

A youth Shadab raped his neighbour Salma (name changed).

As the girl raised the alarm, her neighbours and family members tried to catch Shadab, who somehow fled.

The incident was also reported to the Railway Road police and Shadab was then booked under Section 376 of IPC.

The panchayat took cognisance of the incident and a meeting was held to discuss the issue.

The panchayat ordered the rapist to marry the victim and July 16 was fixed as the wedding day.

Both the family members of the victim and the culprit agreed to the decision.

The panchayat and the family members also requested the police not to take action against the youth.

However, the youth escaped on hearing the panchayat decision.

Both the panchayat and the police told the family members that Shadab’s career would be spoiled if the case was registered.

The members of Shadab’s family then managed to persuade Shadab and brought him back to Meerut on Sunday morning.

All was well that ended well as the wedding was solemnised amidst distribution of sweets in the locality. The policemen were for once played a benign role during the whole ceremony. 
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BJP’s bandh call evokes partial response
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 19
There was a partial response in the district to the strike call by the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in protest against the annulment of the water pacts by Punjab. Majority of the shops and commercial establishments in the urban areas reopened in the afternoon. There was little impact of the bandh call in the small towns and rural areas of the district.

The BJP workers burnt an effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Amrinder Singh, at Palwal town. The local BJP leaders and workers assembled at various places in the town and appealed to the shopkeepers and commercial establishments to keep their shutters down in protest against the ‘injustice’ to the people of the state on the SYL canal issue, particularly the scrapping of the water pacts.

However, most of the shopkeepers in NIT and Old Faridabad markets resumed their work in the afternoon. The district president of the BJP and several of his supporters took out a procession in the morning appealing to the shopkeepers to join the bandh.

The police was requisitioned to disperse a group of bandh supporters led by a local MLA in Old Faridabad market when they forcefully tried to close down shops belonging to the supporters of the ruling INLD. However, no clash or violence was reported from any part of the district.

However, the impact in several areas, including sub-divisional towns like Ballabhgarh, Hodal and Hathin, was poor, as most of the commercial establishments remained open throughout the day.

In Palwal the impact was better, as majority of the commercial establishments were closed down. The BJP workers also burnt an effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister in protest against annulment of the water pacts.

The party leaders demanded the resignation of the MPs, MLAs and the two Union Ministers of the Congress party in protest against the recent move of the Punjab government. They have criticised the Congress leaders of Haryana for failing to raise the issue properly with the Congress party high command and the Prime Minister.
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Dhrupad vocalist mesmerises audience
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Dhrupad vocalist, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar, mesmerized the audience with his performance in the classical music concert of evening ragas against the backdrop of lush green picturesque Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, last evening.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd., (MTNL) jointly organized the concert. Mrs Shindushree Khullar, chairperson, NDMC, felicitated the artistes. The concert was started with manglacharan, followed by bandish, rag dhamar and concluded with rag malhar. Thousands of music lovers witnessed the concert.

The NDMC has decided to revive the classical music concerts in Nehru Park. In this series, the first programme was held last month in which Pt. Debu Chaudhuri and his son, Prateek Chaudhuri, mesmerized the audience with their sitar jugalbandi.

The NDMC is the first civic body in the country that has started promotion of art and culture in its area as part of its discretionary function provided under its Act.

The objectives behind the organization of such programmes are to upgrade the urban life, which is otherwise deteriorating day-by-day.
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200 trainees of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Industrial Centre given farewell
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
About 200 trainees of the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Industrial Training Centre, Gurudwara Nanak Piao, G T Karnal Road were given a customary farewell. At a function organised at Shah Auditorium, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Guest. She appreciated the role of the institute in producing quality technicians who have the responsibility of giving shape to new developments.

The DSGMC president, Mr Prehald Singh Chandok, presided over the function. A skit based on the life of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was staged by the students and Punjabi singer Shankar Sahani also performed on the occasion.

Present on the occasion were Chairman of SGTB ITC, DPS Pappu, Co-Chairman, Jatinder Singh Shunty, members of the governing body and Principal, Surinder Singh.
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Dry spell adversely affecting Vanmahotsva targets
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 19
The much-publicised tree plantation drive in the state may be adversely affected due to the dry weather conditions prevailing in the region and the delay in the monsoon. The state government has decided to plant more than 4.5 crore saplings this season. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who had launched Vanmahotsva at Palwal on July 16, had asked the officials of the Forest Department to exceed the target and plant about five crore saplings. He had lauded the efforts of the Forest Department and had claimed that the drive was proceeding with a good pace. However, the officials of the department, who had been anticipating the arrival of the monsoon, are now worried that the saplings may be damaged due to the dry spell and the delay in their plantation.

Reportedly, many of the departments, which had enthusiastically participated in the drive in the past, have shown a lack of interest in collecting the saplings due to the dry weather.

The District Forest Department has decided to plant about 17 lakh saplings in the district this year. Of these, 10 lakh saplings would be supplied free of cost, while some charges will be levied for saplings with medicinal value.

The Forest Department supplies saplings to various departments including the Health, PWD, Irrigation, HUDA, Education, Agriculture, Industries, Sports, Pollution Control Board, Tourism, HVPN, Horticulture Police, Technical Education, Animal Husbandry, besides the farmers for plantation.

The Forest Department proposes to cover about 585 hectares of land during this drive in the district this year. However, according to reports, the enthusiasm among farmers and the various departments have not measured up to the targets set for the purpose due to the dry spell in the region.

Rajender Nagar, a farmer of the nearby Fajjupur village, said the farmers were concerned about the shortage of water and the continuing dry spell in the region. Meanwhile, reports from the rural areas have indicated that hundreds of acres of kharif crops may be adversely affected due to the dry spell sweeping the region.
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