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Diesel to cost more in Capital
New Delhi, July 22
Finance Minister AK Walia presented the Budget for 2004-05 amid a boycott by the Opposition in which he increased sales tax on diesel and paper while giving exemption on life-saving drugs. The finance minister proposed to raise the sales tax on diesel from 12 per cent to 20 per cent.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Finance Minister Dr Ashok Walia before the presentation of Budget in the Capital
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Finance Minister Dr Ashok Walia before the presentation of Budget in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Fisticuffs over Budget ‘leakage’
New Delhi, July 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party disrupted the Question Hour earlier in the day over the ‘leakage’ of the Budget proposals, leading to the eviction of few of its MLAs and altercation with the Marshals.


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Ad hoc trade registration scheme in residential areas
from Aug
ust 15
New Delhi, July 22
The Chairman of the Standing Committee in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Mr Mukesh Goel, said that the MCD has formulated a new ad hoc trade registration scheme to allow various trades in non-confirming or residential areas falling under the jurisdiction of the MCD.

HC bar to Police Memorial
New Delhi, July 22
The Delhi High Court today restrained the government from going ahead with the construction of Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri here. In an interim order, Justice Vikramajit Sen, stayed the construction of the huge steel structure, which is proposed to be about 150 feet high and spread over 6.5 acres at the intersection of Shantipath and Kautilya Marg, constituting the diplomatic zone in the Capital.

Dharna against shifting of slaughterhouse to Ghazipur
New Delhi, July 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party today organised a dharna of various social organisations, demanding that the government defer its move to shift the slaughterhouse in Idgah to Ghazipur area of East Delhi.

Lineman dies while repairing fault, doctor’s negligence alleged
Faridabad, July 22
A lineman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam lost his life in a freak accident while attempting to repair a fault in response to a complaint in the NH-3 area of the NIT yesterday.

SI assaulted by trader, driver
Noida, July 22
A businessman and his driver have beaten up a Sub-Inspector of Noida traffic police when the SI Vijay Kumar asked the driver to move his car away from the no-parking zone near Amity School in Sector-44.

Five inter-state robbers held
New Delhi, July 22
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested five inter-state highway robbers, including a Bangladeshi national, for their involvement in three highway robberies and seven cases of auto theft.



Truck robbers who were arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Thursday.
— Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Truck robbers who were arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital

Three minor daughters drowned
Faridabad, July 22
A woman along with her three minor daughters attempted suicide by jumping into the Gurgaon Canal here today. While the woman was rescued by the onlookers, her daughters were drowned.

Ornaments stolen from Kalkaji Temple
New Delhi, July 22
In a daring robbery, ornaments were stolen from the Kalkaji Temple in South Delhi. The police said that the theft was discovered yesterday morning. It is believed that the thieves entered the inner temple from one of the several doors, which was left unlocked on July 20.

Harola vegetable market cleared of encroachments
Noida, July 22
The Noida administration has finally cracked its whip on encroachers. The Anti-encroachment squads of the authority can be seen clearing the roads and other public places in different markets in Sectors 9, 4, 5.

Film archive to be set up in Noida Film City
Noida, July 22
North India’s first film archive is being set up in Noida Film City. The state-of-the-art film archive will be set up under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Film Development Corporation.

DU move on students of pvt varsities ‘irresponsible’
New Delhi, July 22
Keeping in view the recent statement given by the University of Delhi not to take students from the private universities, Dr Ashok Kumar Chauhan, founder president of Amity University, Chhattisgarh, said: “This is one of the private universities of Chhattisgarh.

Shoppers to experience Singapore in NRI City
New Delhi, July 22
Omaxe, the real estate majors, today announced the launch of their ‘NRI City Centre’ in Greater Noida. The Rs 50-crore Mall located on the Greater Noida Expressway is going to be a ‘must visit’ for the movers and shakers of the Capital and NCR region.

Western UP on the brink of drought
Meerut, July 22
Thousands of farmers are likely to go bankrupt as the truant monsoon has wreaked havoc on the crops like sugarcane and paddy throughout western Uttar Pradesh. However, woe betide the farmers if there is no rain in the region for next three to four days.

SAD raps honour for Tytler
New Delhi, July 22
Members of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) have threatened to intensify their protests if the honour that was bestowed on Union Minister Jagdish Tytler by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara President P S Chandok is not withdrawn.

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Diesel to cost more in Capital
Tribune News Service


Cheaper

  • Mobile phone
  • accessories
  • Aluminium utensils

Dearer

  • Diesel
  • Paper
  • Surgicals

New Delhi, July 22
Finance Minister AK Walia presented the Budget for 2004-05 amid a boycott by the Opposition in which he increased sales tax on diesel and paper while giving exemption on life-saving drugs.

The finance minister proposed to raise the sales tax on diesel from 12 per cent to 20 per cent. The government will earn an additional revenue worth an estimated Rs 150 crore.

The minister explained that the government was losing Rs 75 crore every year due to the decreasing demand for diesel as compared to environment-friendly CNG fuel.

The minister hoped this would encourage motorists to shift to cleaner fuel. He, however, hastened to add that diesel would still cost less in NCT of Delhi than in the other metropolitan cities.

The minister announced a sales tax exemption on insulin and insulin syringe, hepatitis-B vaccine, anti-cancer drugs, inhaler used in asthma, anti-HIV drugs, glucometer and cochlear implant.

The minister said that the sales tax on mobile phone accessories, however, has been decreased from 8 per cent to 4 per cent as is the tax on sale of pre-owned cars and other automobiles.

Ad valorem tax on motor vehicles was proposed in the Budget last year but it could not be implemented because of certain legal issues. That tax would now be implemented in the 2004-05 fiscal.

Proposed are two slabs of ad valorem tax : two per cent for vehicles costing up to Rs 4 lakh and four per cent for vehicles costing more than Rs 4 lakh.

There will be additional two per cent road tax on diesel vehicles entering Delhi from other states. The tax rate on CNG will remain unchanged, so there will be no hike in transport fares.

The minister said that the outlay for introducing computer education in “all schools run by the government” has been increased from Rs 13 crore last year to Rs 35 crore in this fiscal.

To transform NCT of Delhi into a tourist destination, the government has proposed to formulate a Tourism Policy. Employment generation shall form a key component of that policy.

Entertainment tax, which was brought down from 60 per cent to 30 per cent in the Budget last year, stays. The government is working on an entertainment policy to make the Capital an entertainment hub.

Besides extending loan to entrepreneurs subject to a maximum of 15 per cent of project cost, the minister said that Rs 1.75 crore has been set aside as loan assistance to unemployed young graduates.

On the social welfare front, the minister announced to raise the Freedom Fighter Samman Pension Scheme from Rs 2,250 per month to Rs 3,500 per month.

Mr Walia said that the number of beneficiaries of the popular Old Age Pension Scheme has been increased from 1.25 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh. He said that over 50 thousand individuals would stand to benefit.

Pension for senior citizens 70 or more years old has been increased by Rs 100 to Rs 400 per month for which, the minister said, Rs 55 crore has been proposed in the Budget.

The minister said that an outlay of Rs 2.2 crore has been proposed for construction of senior citizen homes in three new places including Alipur and Shakur Basti.

Financial assistance has also been set aside for destitute women subject to a maximum time period of six months. The government has proposed to set up a biotechnology park in collaboration with the Delhi University. Similarly, an information technology park will come up in the Capital.
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Fisticuffs over Budget ‘leakage’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party disrupted the Question Hour earlier in the day over the ‘leakage’ of the Budget proposals, leading to the eviction of few of its MLAs and altercation with the Marshals.

Trouble began when the BJP members created a furore over the publishing of the Budget proposals in a section of the media, a day before the Budget was to be presented in the Assembly.

“A government that cannot keep the Budget proposals secret, has no right to rule,” said the Leader of Opposition, Mr Jagdish Mukhi. This, he said, was a matter of “serious concern”.

The Speaker, Mr Prem Singh, adjourned the House twice. The BJP MLAs also protested against a court order against a member of their party, Sahib Singh Verma, who is a former Union Minister.

The fisticuffs between the BJP members and the Marshals took place when the MLAs resisted after the Speaker ordered their eviction from the House.

When the House assembled 10 minutes after the first adjournment, the remaining BJP members shouted slogans. The House was then adjourned till the presentation of the Budget.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Iqbal of Janata Dal (Secular) is set to become the Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly with the support of the ruling INC.

The BJP has fielded its Chief Whip, Mr Sahib Singh Chauhan, for the post but the election of Mr Iqbal is a mere formality with the INC having 47 members in the House of 70.

Six sets of nomination papers were filed by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, and others for Mr Iqbal, while two sets of papers were filed by the Leader of the Opposition, Prof Jagdish Mukhi, on behalf of Mr Chauhan. The election will be held tomorrow. Mr Iqbal is the lone JD (S) MLA. The other two Opposition legislators, besides the 20 from the BJP, are Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (NCP) and Kartar Singh Kharab (Independent).
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Ad hoc trade registration scheme in residential areas from August 15
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Chairman of the Standing Committee in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, (MCD) Mr Mukesh Goel, said that the MCD has formulated a new ad hoc trade registration scheme to allow various trades in non-confirming or residential areas falling under the jurisdiction of the MCD.

This scheme would facilitate registration of commercial establishments related to the daily needs of the common man.

This scheme will commence from August 15, 2004.

He said that under this scheme, ad hoc registration will be done for various trades like vegetable shops, bakery products, utensils and crockery, gifts, toys, cards and similar items, plastic household items, clothes, general provision store, including all packed food items, cosmetics, toilet products, tuition centre, pharmaceuticals and medical products, barber shops, beauty parlour, milk products, sweet meats, pan, bidi and cigarettes, stationary items photocopier and a spiral binding, cyber café and laundry.

He said that for registration one had to submit a duly filled prescribed application form along with certain documents, which include proof of legal occupancy, proof of date of establishments of the unit, two copies of site plan and key plan, indemnity bond, demand draft for Rs 1000 or rent receipt and NOC from the landlord in case of tenancy. The registration fees under the scheme will be Rs 200 per month or Rs 2000 per year. The processing fees at the time of renewal of the registration will be 50 per cent of the registration fee. The cases will be processed at the earliest from the date of receipt of application and the ad hoc trade registration will be given within 45 days from the receipt of the application.

Explaining the eligibility criteria, Mr Goel said that the minimum size of the trading area should not be less than 36 square feet. The unit will be allowed on a one-time registration only. Conversion or extension or encroachment of the establishment will not be allowed.

NGO flayed over maintenance of community toilets

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has constituted a sub-committee to find out ways and means to hand over the contract of maintenance work of the Community Toilet Complexes (CTCs) to Sulabh International.

The corporation wants to hand over 1,963 CTCs to Sulabh International, an NGO. Of them, 9,59 CTCs were constructed under the Yamuna Action Plan, 611 by the CSE department and 393 by the Slum and JJ Department.

However, it was opposed by the Leader of Opposition, Mr Subhash Arya, alleging that Sulabh International has been blacklisted by various state governments.

He said that there is a process in the MCD to call for tender before allotting any contract. He pointed out that the Congress itself had earlier opposed the proposal to hand over the maintenance work to Sulabh International.
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HC bar to Police Memorial
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Delhi High Court today restrained the government from going ahead with the construction of Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri here. In an interim order, Justice Vikramajit Sen, stayed the construction of the huge steel structure, which is proposed to be about 150 feet high and spread over 6.5 acres at the intersection of Shantipath and Kautilya Marg, constituting the diplomatic zone in the Capital.

The petitioners have contended that the structure with four stainless steel arms holding a globe “will impinge over the glory of the Rashtrapati Bhawan from Shantipath, which is the main approach to the city via the diplomatic enclave”.

Claiming that the erection of the memorial was totally out of context and out of sync with the aesthetic, architectural and historical character of Lutyens Delhi, they said the proposed structure was approved without considering the unique and distinctive architectural character of the area. The court fixed October 11 as the next date of hearing. The suit for injunction to restrain the Ministry of Urban Development, Delhi Government and others from erecting the steel structure was filed by eminent journalist B. G Verghese, social activist Anita Vikram Lal, A. N. Mishra and Trilochan Singh, Secretary-General of the Heritage Society of Delhi.

Besides these four eminent persons, senior architect Mahendra Raj and Shobita Punja, an art historian, have been also named as petitioners.
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Dharna against shifting of slaughterhouse to Ghazipur
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today organised a dharna of various social organisations, demanding that the government defer its move to shift the slaughterhouse in Idgah to Ghazipur area of East Delhi.

‘’Bring development to East Delhi instead of slaughterhouses,’’ shouted the protestors, who had gathered on the Vikas Marg in Preet Vihar. They made it clear that they would oppose this move undertaken by the Congress government.

Addressing the gathering, the Delhi BJP chief, Dr Harshvardhan, said the poor state of sanitation in East Delhi will be further worsened by the operation of a slaughterhouse in the area.

All slaughterhouses should be shifted outside the city. Their existence is incongruous with the image of a developed city, which Ms Dikshit says her government was working for, he said.

The pollution caused by the slaughterhouse will adversely affect the health of the people already reeling under various water-borne diseases, Dr Harshvardhan said.

He said the government was unconcerned about the citizen’s plight, burdening them with ever new taxes and creating conditions conducive to environmental deterioration instead of improving civic facilities.

Dr Harshvardhan demanded that the government should immediately withdraw its decision of shifting the slaughterhouse, otherwise the party will be constrained to launch a sustained agitation against the move. People belonging to different communities participated in the dharna.

The shifting of the slaughterhouse is being carried out to modernise the already existing slaughterhouse near the Idgah in North Delhi.
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Lineman dies while repairing fault,
doctor’s negligence alleged
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 22
A lineman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) lost his life in a freak accident while attempting to repair a fault in response to a complaint in the NH-3 area of the NIT yesterday.

Relatives and colleagues of Izrail, the lineman, alleged that he died due to the negligence of the doctor attending upon him in the Government-owned Civil Hospital here. The lineman was allegedly not diagnosed properly. He battled for life for two hours and then succumbed to his injuries.

The All Haryana Power Corporations Worker Union has decided to take up the issue for a strict action against the doctor. An office-bearer of the union told The Tribune here today that the employee who was about 52 years old was rushed to the B.K Civil Hospital at noon yesterday by the Nigam officials and local residents after he had fallen off the electric pole.

He said the victim did not die from electrocution but had received serious internal injuries. Claiming that instead of carrying out intensive diagnosis and conducting immediate X-ray and ultrasound, the doctor on duty gave him a glucose drip and told them there was nothing to worry.

According to the Nigam employees, Izrail had told them that he had a shooting pain, especially near heart.

The relatives attending upon him also pleaded with the doctor to take proper care of the victim or let them take him to another hospital. However, the doctor claimed that he was okay and would recover soon. The victim succumbed to his injuries after about two hours.

According to the details and the post-mortem report, the victim’s heart was punctured.

It is suspected that blood got filled in his stomach and other body parts, leading to his death. The death of the employee also led to some heated exchanges between the hospital staff and the Nigam employees.

According to the district coordinator of the union, it was a case of gross negligence on the part of the doctor and other hospital staff.

He said if the doctor had told them about his inability to diagnose him, his life could have been saved by shifting him to some other hospital.
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SI assaulted by trader, driver
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 22
A businessman and his driver have beaten up a Sub-Inspector of Noida traffic police when the SI Vijay Kumar asked the driver to move his car away from the no-parking zone near Amity School in Sector-44.

When the driver started arguing with the SI, he asked him to show the documents of the car. Since the driver did not have the necessary papers, the SI made him sit in the nearby police post.

Meanwhile, the businessman’s daughter, a student in Amity, informed her father of the incident. Soon the furious trader Mahinder Gupta came and started arguing with the SI. The driver is then reported to have assaulted the SI Vijay Kumar of Sector-49 police station. Police reinforcement was summoned urgently and the businessman, driver and Qualis car were taken to the police station.

The businessman Mahender Gupta, and his driver were arrested and their car impounded at the police station.

Since it was a case of assault on the police S.I. on duty, the Circle Officers I and II also reached the police station. A case against the businessman and his driver for threatening to kill SI Vijay Kumar has been registered and their car impounded for not having valid papers.

Private bus operators out to make a killing

There is a mad rivalry between the private bus operators for overtaking and seating the passengers first.

A DTC driver was beaten up recently with lathis by the goons of private bus operators near Gajode village. His fault was that he had the cheek to drive his vehicle ahead of private buses and deprive them of passengers. The private bus operators do not allow any bus to be driven ahead of their bus, irrespective of their timetables and routes allotted.

Three days ago, the private bus operators had killed one person and injured three others in a shoot-out at Ghaziabad bus stand.

The police have by and large remained ineffective in asking the private operators to adhere to the permissible speed limits, time and routes. Many people have lost their lives due to the irresponsible behaviour and rash driving by the private drivers.

The in-charge, DTC Depot, Noida, Mr Ravinder Kumar, is not happy with the reign of terror unleashed by the private bus operators and the attitude of the local police, who refuse to register a case and apprehend the culprits.

This is not the first instance of the DTC staff assaulted. Earlier, many DTC staffers on different routes have been beaten up and threatened with dire consequences, said Ravinder Kumar.

The DTC Bus (No DL-PB-5585) was being driven on route No 392. Its driver was attacked recently by the staff of private bus (No DL-P-1838), running between Noida and Dhaula Kuan, near Gajode Crossing, Noida.

The private bus operators reportedly have an understanding with the Noida traffic policemen, under which the private operators can ply their buses on any route they find profitable, irrespective of the fact that their permit is for another route.
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Five inter-state robbers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested five inter-state highway robbers, including a Bangladeshi national, for their involvement in three highway robberies and seven cases of auto theft.

The sleuths recovered two country-made pistols, two live cartridges, one spring-actuated knife, one dagger, 160 tablets of Lorazepam Ativan and 20 tablets of Diazepam injections from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that the robbers would meet near the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, the sleuths swung into action and nabbed them.

The accused were identified as Aziz Haque Khan (22), resident of Bangladesh, Asharuddin alias Tony (26), resident of Haryana, Imran Khan, alias Lala (26), resident of Gautam Budh Nagar, Azad Kumar (21), resident of Bihar and Tejpal (29), resident of Gokulpuri.

The accused told the sleuths that they had met in the jail and decided to form a criminal gang. Revealing their modus operandi, they said that the gang members used to employ one person in a dhaba as a waiter who would add sedatives to the food that the truck drivers would have.

The accused would then follow and intercept the truck in some deserted area. They would also inject Diazepam injection to keep the truck driver sedated and then escape with the booty.

The sleuths also recovered one Tata Indica car, four Maruti 800 cars, one Santro car and one Hero Honda motorcycle stolen from Delhi and adjoining areas.
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Three minor daughters drowned
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 22
A woman along with her three minor daughters attempted suicide by jumping into the Gurgaon Canal here today. While the woman was rescued by the onlookers, her daughters were drowned.

According to the report, the incident took place at about 8 am near Sector-55 in Ballabgarh town when a woman identified as Manju, wife of Pratap, a labourer residing in the jhuggis, went to the nearby canal and jumped into it along with her daughters identified as Deepu (6), Poonam (3) and Veena (2).

A passerby who saw them floating into the water jumped into the canal and brought out the woman. But before he could rescue her daughters, they had disappeared. Persons who had assembled there fished out the body of Veena after about an hour. However, the bodies of two girls could not be found till late afternoon.

The woman later told the police that she had tried to commit suicide due to extreme penury. She claimed that her husband who worked as ‘beldar’ in a company had been missing for the past 10 days.
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Ornaments stolen from Kalkaji Temple
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
In a daring robbery, ornaments were stolen from the Kalkaji Temple in South Delhi. The police said that the theft was discovered yesterday morning. It is believed that the thieves entered the inner temple from one of the several doors, which was left unlocked on July 20.

The stolen ornaments included a gold nose pin and a ‘teeka’. However, the value of the stolen jewellery was yet to be ascertained.

The jewellery was presented to the present priest by Baba Nagpal six years ago, the police said. The police have registered a case and investigation has started after a complaint by the temple authorities. There are at least 300 families involved in looking after the temple on a rotation basis. The police have questioned several people, including the temple staff, staying inside the temple complex.
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Harola vegetable market cleared of encroachments
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 22
The Noida administration has finally cracked its whip on encroachers. The Anti-encroachment squads of the authority can be seen clearing the roads and other public places in different markets in Sectors 9, 4, 5.

Strong contingents of police and the PAC along with bulldozers have been pressed into service. The entire Harola vegetable market has been cleared. Dozens of temporary shops and tinsheds have been wiped out.

The District Magistrate, Mr Santosh Kumar Yadav, and the SSP, Mr J. N. Singh, as well as Noida Authority Chairman Deo Dutt were also seen spearheading the drive, which had a salutary effect on the encroachers.

“We want the people to realise that authorities are serious and nobody will be allowed to get away with the encroachment on public places,” Deo Dutt said.

Roads, market places should be used for the purpose for which they are meant, he said.

In Sector-9, the goods spread on the roadside were confiscated. The roads between Sectors 4 and 9 were full of encroachments. The front portions of shops in block B, C, D, E and G in Sector-9 were demolished.

Noida Chairman Deo Dutt, Secretary Dr Arun Veer Singh, DM Santosh Yadav, SSP Jai Narayan Singh, City Magistrate, all had supervised the demolition of illegal structures.

There was no resistance to the demolition activity as the presence of a heavy police and PAC force had ensured peaceful anti-encroachment drive. All the wooden sleepers, bamboos on roadsides were also confiscated in bamboo market in Sector-8.

In Sector-20, furniture showrooms were also not spared and many sofa sets, beds, tables etc were either confiscated or crushed under bulldozers.
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Film archive to be set up in Noida Film City
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 22
North India’s first film archive is being set up in Noida Film City. The state-of-the-art film archive will be set up under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Film Development Corporation.

A proposal for setting up the film archive in Uttar Pradesh was mooted by the eminent film personalities from UP like directors Muzzafar Ali, Govind Nihlani and other members of the UP Film Development Corporation.

According to Mr Sanjaya Bhatia, Director Information & Public Relations, UP, the proposal was approved by the state Cabinet and later taken to the UP Assembly for the approval of Rs 10 crore, which the film archive is estimated to cost. The archive is being set on a plot of 8,400 sq metres, the site for which has already been identified in Film City in Sector 16-A, Noida.

In a meeting called by Noida Authority, Former Director Film Archive of India in Pune Film Institute, P. K. Nair, briefed the architects about the technical requirements and other details of the Noida Film archive.

He said films represent a valuable source material in heritage of the country, and therefore, it is quite desirable to preserve them.

Apart from the films, video films, DCDS and DVDS, will also be preserved in the archives. Indian films, which have cast a rich influence on the world cinema, all the more need to be preserved for posterity.

Apart from preserving and maintaining films, there will be facilities for a film library, a collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, still photographs, posters and even manuscripts of important films.

Facilities for study and research on films and organising seminars, symposia, workshops and classes for seven days or 15 days will be held for reviewing films for those interested in learning art and techniques of film-making. The co-operation of professors from universities, institutions and professional luminaries will be solicited for these programmes.

Three auditoriums and a display gallery will form part of the archive where costumes of outstanding films will be displayed for public on weekly, fortnightly or monthly intervals, Mr Nair said.

Mr Nair said people from UP have made significant contribution to the world of Indian films and the culture and locales of UP have also figured prominently in films. Film shot before 1950 were of inflammable material, but now films are shot on such raw material, which has little risk of catching fire, Mr Nair added.
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DU move on students of pvt varsities ‘irresponsible’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
Keeping in view the recent statement given by the University of Delhi not to take students from the private universities, Dr Ashok Kumar Chauhan, founder president of Amity University, Chhattisgarh, said: “This is one of the private universities of Chhattisgarh. The private universities are bona fide universities having been created under the act of the legislature of the state of Chhattisgarh and as such are empowered to award the degrees in higher and technical education.”

He said that the Delhi University was being irresponsible in spreading panic among the students that those from the private universities would not be given admission.

He said that the decision of the Delhi University not to entertain the students from private universities is wrong and might ruin the future of the students. “This decision was against the law,” he added.

The Chhattisgarh state Legislature registered as many 103 private universities of which 66 have already vanished for reportedly not coming up to the norms laid down by the government.

The state government said that the university must have an endowment of Rs 2 crore and 15 acre within the municipal limits and 25 acres outside the municipal limits.
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Shoppers to experience Singapore in NRI City
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
Omaxe, the real estate majors, today announced the launch of their ‘NRI City Centre’ in Greater Noida. The Rs 50-crore Mall located on the Greater Noida Expressway is going to be a ‘must visit’ for the movers and shakers of the Capital and NCR region. The NRI City Centre promises its visitors a Singapore-like shopping experience. It heralds a super luxurious lifestyle and provides all modern conveniences.

Spread across an area of around 1,25,000 sq. ft., the four-storeyed state-of-the-art edifice offers varied experiences for the whole family under one roof with a dedicated car parking, ensuring a smooth start to one’s visit.

The project is expected to complete within two and a half years, a release said.

The NRI City Centre is designed to serve as a complete shopping-cum-entertainment destination. Its ground and upper ground floors are dedicated to 100 per cent shopping—from durables to accessories, entertainment to lifestyle products..

The first floor provides three different attractions—for entertainment, a 2-screen multiplex; for gourmets, a Food Court plus multi-cuisine restaurant; and for businessmen, the branches of renowned banks..

The top floor is a kid zone comprising toyshops, entertainment wings, restaurants and much more.
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Western UP on the brink of drought
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 22
Thousands of farmers are likely to go bankrupt as the truant monsoon has wreaked havoc on the crops like sugarcane and paddy throughout western Uttar Pradesh. However, woe betide the farmers if there is no rain in the region for next three to four days.

According to scientists of the Meteorological Department of Central Crop Research System Institute, the whole western UP was on the edge of drought since there is no possibility of rain in the region for a week. The administration has already geared up for preparing contingency plans in case of drought being declared formally and instructions in this regard have been issued to all the district magistrates by the Commissioner, Meerut division.

Meerut is one of the green and most fertile regions in the country, but if there is no rain in the coming week, drought-like situation will prevail, says the Met department.

According to some agriculture scientists, farmers are facing acute hardships. Some economists of the region predicted that the farmers of the region will suffer a loss from Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 3,000 crore.
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SAD raps honour for Tytler
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
Members of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) have threatened to intensify their protests if the honour that was bestowed on Union Minister Jagdish Tytler by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara President P S Chandok is not withdrawn.

Tytler was presented with a Siropa by the DSGMC about two months ago after he won the Assembly elections. SAD (Badal), which completed a month of their protest outside the DSGMC office in Rakabganj, have vowed to intensify their protest and burn the effigies of Chandok if their demand is not met.

SAD (Badal) has also given a call to all Sikhs to socially boycott the DSGMC President.

“Chandok needs to explain his shameful act and if he cannot, he must resign”, said Bhogal.
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