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Councillor nabbed for taking bribe
New Delhi, July 24
Khajan Singh arrested by the police in the Capital on Saturday. The Central Bureau of Investigation today nabbed a Delhi Municipal Councillor, Mr Khajan Singh, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a construction supervisor at his residence in Shahdara in North-East Delhi. The CBI sources said that Mr Khajan Singh had demanded Rs 50,000 from the supervisor (Beldar) for using his good offices to stall his transfer from the area.


Khajan Singh arrested by the police in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

HC to ensure justice for wife deserted by NRI
New Delhi, July 24
The Delhi High Court today came to the aid of an Indian woman who was deserted by her Non Resident Indian husband. Hearing a case in which a Delaware-based (US) software engineer had married an Indian woman in the USA and divorced her within a month, Justice Mukul Mudgal of the High Court has overruled the fact that the Indian court did not have jurisdiction in the matter.




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Cellular co agent held for obscene calls
New Delhi, July 24
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested a recovery agent of a leading cellular company after a man shot a complaint to the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul’s personal e-mail ID (paulkk@nic.in), that his daughter was receiving obscene and threatening calls from the agent.

Water crisis: Mukhi seeks L-G’s intervention
New Delhi, July 24
The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has written to the Lieutenant Governor about the prevailing water crisis and sought his intervention. It was his complaint that several colonies in West Delhi did not get even as much as a drop of water on Friday night. Colonies in West and South Delhi went without water this morning too.

An odyssey to experiment with music
New Delhi, July 24
This unique group believes in celebrating life with music. Since its inception in July 2003, Artistes Unlimited has been a platform for artists with a vision to create and maintain a space where they can experiment with different styles and genres of music.

Wait for monsoon for four more days
New Delhi, July 24
While the monsoon is likely to revive over a large part of the country within the next 48 hours, Delhi and other parts of the north western region will have to wait for at least three to four days more for the clouds to pour.

Session begins, DU yet to announce results
New Delhi, July 24
While it is nail-biting time for the students who appeared for the first year exams of various under graduate programmes earlier this year, it is equally tough for the teachers awaiting the results yet to be announced by Delhi University as the delay is likely to upset their teaching schedules.

MCD not making enough efforts to curb cholera, dengue: BJP
New Delhi, July 24
Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee and secretary Delhi State BJP Vijendra Kumar Gupta has accused the MCD of not making enough efforts to curb cholera and dengue in the city. In a statement issued here Gupta mentioned that the toll of dengue and cholera related cases this year is likely to go up from the previous years.

Missing truck driver’s body found
Ghaziabad, July 24
The body of a truck driver who had been missing for three days has been recovered from Mussori police station area. The body of the driver Manish had been buried under the road by the side of a drain. Some persons had slit his throat for his alleged involvement in an illicit relation, the police said.

Community hall in Jhilmil Colony
New Delhi, July 24
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated a community hall in Jhilmil Colony this morning. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has constructed the community hall at a cost of Rs 98 lakh. The Trans-Yamuna Development Board provided the funds for the project.

Noida, Ghaziabad facing five-hour power cuts
Ghaziabad, July 24
Noida and Ghaziabad have been reeling from power cuts for five to eight hours daily for the last 10 days. The UP Power Board General Manager, Mr Avinash Awasthi, has admitted that the bad financial discipline is the main reason for the shortage of power in the state.

New political outfit promises free power, water to farmers
Faridabad, July 24
While it is six months to go for the next Assembly polls in Haryana, various political parties have already started doling out lucrative offers. The Ekta Shakti party, a youngest political outfit in the state, has also joined the bandwagon. The party has promised to give free power and water for agriculture in the state if it comes to power.

Debtor sells daughter
Ghaziabad, July 24
A man sold his 12-year-old daughter for Rs 40,000 to pay off his debts, which he had incurred due to his vices—gambling and alcoholism. To legalise the sale, he showed that she had been married.

60-year-old shot dead
Ghaziabad, July 24
An old man was shot dead in a land dispute in village Khoda in Pilkhua. The assailants fled on a motorbike after the murder. The incident occurred when Asghar Ali (60) was sitting in front of his house in the evening yesterday.

DUTA meets HRD Minister
New Delhi, July 24
A delegation of the Delhi University Teachers Union, who met HRD Minister Arjun Singh yesterday, has been “assured of an enquiry into their demands”.
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Councillor nabbed for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today nabbed a Delhi Municipal Councillor, Mr Khajan Singh, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a construction supervisor at his residence in Shahdara in North-East Delhi. The CBI sources said that Mr Khajan Singh had demanded Rs 50,000 from the supervisor (Beldar) for using his good offices to stall his transfer from the area.

Accordingly, the sleuths nabbed Mr Khajan Singh when the official was delivering the first installment of the money in his house.

The councillor has been booked under various sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI sources said.

Head Constable held for bribe

The Anti-Corruption Branch has arrested a Head Constable for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from one Baleshwar Tanwar. The accused, identified as Ravinder Singh, demanded the bribe for bringing about a compromise between Baleshwar and one Sunder, who were involved in a legal wrangle.

Based on the complaint, the sleuths caught Ravinder Singh red-handed accepting the bribe.

Proclaimed offenders arrested

The North district police claimed to have arrested three Proclaimed offenders (PO) in the Kashmere Gate and Lahori Gate areas last night.

In the first case, the police arrested one Mohammad Sarif, resident of Sanjay Amar Colony, and Rahul, alias Rajender, resident of Almora, during a routine check in the Kashmere Gate area. Both the accused persons were declared proclaimed offenders.

In another case, the police arrested another proclaimed offender, identified as Naresh, alias Babbal, resident of Faridabad, during a routine check on Shradhanand Marg last night.

Fire in DCM building

A minor fire broke out in the DCM building in the Connaught Place area this morning. However, no loss of life was reported. According to sources, the fire was detected in the building’s electric sub-station.

Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control within 15 minutes. 
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HC to ensure justice for wife deserted by NRI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The Delhi High Court today came to the aid of an Indian woman who was deserted by her Non Resident Indian (NRI) husband. Hearing a case in which a Delaware-based (US) software engineer had married an Indian woman in the USA and divorced her within a month, Justice Mukul Mudgal of the High Court has overruled the fact that the Indian court did not have jurisdiction in the matter.

In the ruling, he said, some Indians living abroad come to India and marry Indian girls just to exploit them and think that the Indian courts cannot do anything about it.

The judge was hearing a petition filed by the NRI, seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him.

The NBW was issued for contempt of court and failing to follow court directive to pay damages and maintenance of 400 dollars per month.

The judge noted that the Indians courts were not handicapped and justice would be given to the woman. In case, the man fails to comply, the court shall issue a notice in the US-based newspaper stating his deeds, he added.

The NRI ignored the court’s orders on the pretext that the Indian law did not apply to his case.

The court said that if the man failed to respond to the NBW by August 16, then Interpol’s help would be taken for issuance of Red Corner Notice to track him down.

Court rejects mother’s plea for DNA test

A Delhi court has turned down the plea by Shashinath Jha’s mother for a ‘mitochondrial DNA test’ of the skeletal remains believed to be of her son by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Jha who was the secretary to JMM leader Sibu Soren was abducted and murdered in 1994. Priyambada Devi’s application was rejected by Additional Sessions Judge Indermeet Kaur Kochchar, who held that the court cannot encroach into the area of probe and be a part of the investigating agency.

The court said since it had passed a detailed order on January 23, 2004 regarding the second DNA test on the skeletal remains thought to be Jha’s, it did not deem it necessary for passing any directions on Devi’s plea.

Devi said since DNA tests on the skull and skeletal remains of her son by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad after taking the samples of the family members, turned out to be negative, the FBI should conduct the latest and the most accurate test (mitochondrial DNA test).

In her plea, she said only the FBI has this facility and the Jha family is ready to give samples to the FBI. But the CBI opposed the application saying CCMB had this facility and it would take only one month to come out with a report as against 12 to 14 months, which the FBI might take.

Sub-Inspector V K Pandey had cracked the case on August 13, 1998 after he found the skeleton believed to be of Jha. Jha was abducted from Dhaula Kuan here on May 22, 1994 and taken to Piska Nagari village near Ranchi, where he was murdered, the CBI said.
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Cellular co agent held for obscene calls
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested a recovery agent of a leading cellular company after a man shot a complaint to the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul’s personal e-mail ID (paulkk@nic.in), that his daughter was receiving obscene and threatening calls from the agent.

In his complaint, the man stated that his daughter had received at least 15-20 calls in a span of three days to pay her outstanding cellular phone bills immediately. The agent even telephoned her during odd hours and threatened and abused her by using vulgar language.

The complainant, a retired employee of share market, stated that he too listened to the threatening calls.

Since the complainant is a resident of South Patel Nagar, Dr Paul ordered the West district officials to conduct an inquiry into the case.

As the case was related to outstanding cellular phone bills, it was handed over to the Special Cell, which registered cases under sections 509 and 506 of the IPC.

The sleuths swung into action and arrested the accused, identified as Anil Kumar Agarwal, resident of East Kidwai Nagar and an employee with Smart Phone Services, Preet Vihar.

“The cellular companies must advise their agents to behave properly with the clients and if they had any problems they should approach the police. They cannot make threatening and obscene calls for a matter like mobile outstanding,” said an official. 

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Water crisis: Mukhi seeks L-G’s intervention
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has written to the Lieutenant Governor about the prevailing water crisis and sought his intervention. It was his complaint that several colonies in West Delhi did not get even as much as a drop of water on Friday night. Colonies in West and South Delhi went without water this morning too.

“Water,” Mukhi wrote, “was pumped at such a low pressure that most of the colonies in West and South Delhi did not get any water. Residents of the areas had to go to the offices without bath.”

Mukhi quoted Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, with whom he spoke on phone, as having said that there is no cause for worry.

Meanwhile, the BJP has claimed that several colonies scattered across NCT of Delhi in general and those located in West and South Delhi in particular were reeling under a water crisis.

The worst affected, the party claimed, were the colonies receiving water from the Haiderpur and Nangloi water treatment plants because the supply of water from them had fallen by 40 per cent.

The BJP said that the optimism of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry seems to be misplaced especially now that operation of Sonia Vihar Treatment Plant is delayed.

The plant was to have become operational in December last year but has been delayed, as the government has chosen to put it, because of reasons beyond its control.

One of the “reasons” apparently is the delay in procuring water from the Tehri Upper Ganga Canal for which, it is claimed, talks are on with the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal.
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An odyssey to experiment with music
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
This unique group believes in celebrating life with music. Since its inception in July 2003, Artistes Unlimited has been a platform for artists with a vision to create and maintain a space where they can experiment with different styles and genres of music.

Their first two productions, ‘60 In A-Maze’ and ‘Soulscape- A Celebration of Sound’, were held in September and December 2003 respectively. Artistes Unlimited has evolved as a dedicated, extraordinarily ambitious group of musicians, who believe in the importance of achieving a sound, that they can call their own.

This year Artistes Unlimited will be presenting a three-day festival of music, `Odyssey’, on August 2-4, at the Kamani Auditorium.

The group will feature guest artistes, including Shubha Mudgal and the rock group Parikrama, at the concerts.

With artistes hailing from Delhi Music Theatre (DMT), Teamwork, Encompass, Theatre Action Group (TAG), Kidsworld, Capital City Minstrels, Delhi Christian Choir, YMCA Choir, Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College of Music (London), and Akhil Bharatiya Gandharv Mahavidyalaya, this years production will have extensive work with Indian and Western Classical music.

The festival will also feature Sufi, Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Soul, R and B, Progressive Light Rock and Broadway numbers.
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Wait for monsoon for four more days
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
While the monsoon is likely to revive over a large part of the country within the next 48 hours, Delhi and other parts of the north western region will have to wait for at least three to four days more for the clouds to pour.

The Indian Metereological Department (IMD) today said that a low-pressure area over the North West and the adjoining west central Bay of Bengal is likely to move in western and north westerly direction increasing rainfall over east-central India, Maharashtra and south MP within the next 48 hours.

The IMD pointed out that the monsoon has been deficient by 12 per cent as per the average rainfall recorded till July 21 all over the country. The deficiency increases to 20 per cent in case of the north western region and 60 per cent for Delhi.

Unlike the previous year, the monsoon clouds have not been so generous to the national Capital. Last year the monsoons arrived on July 5 and a record amount of rainfall was received.

As against an average of 22.5 cm rains in the month, the Capital received 63-cm rains, which was a record of many decades.

And while the city waits for the rains, the denizens continue to reel under hot and humid conditions.
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Session begins, DU yet to announce results
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
While it is nail-biting time for the students who appeared for the first year exams of various under graduate programmes earlier this year, it is equally tough for the teachers awaiting the results yet to be announced by Delhi University as the delay is likely to upset their teaching schedules.

Though the academic session began on the 16th of this month, the university is yet to announce the results of the first year courses.

As a result some colleges have already begun conducting classes for the second year which incidentally most students are reluctant to attend.

“We have put up notices that classes for the second year have been started but there are very few students attending them”, said the principal of Hans Raj College, S R Arora.

Teachers, meanwhile, are worried that if the results were delayed further, it would be difficult to adhere to schedules. “The university wants a 180 day working schedule, but it is yet to announce the results. The session has started and teachers will then be rushed into holding classes and tutorials”, said Dr Sadhna Sharma.

The assertion that colleges have already begun classes is hardly a compensation. “Even when we are ready with lectures, students prefer to stay away. So even if we teach a handful of students now, we will, in all probability, have to repeat the lectures once the class is in full strength”, said another lecturer.

One of the reasons being pointed out for the delay in results is the internal assessment that was introduced last year. “Teachers are finding it difficult to incorporate these internal assessment marks with the marks obtained in the exams. Some colleges sent their internal assessments scores very late”, said DUTA, president Aditya Narain Mishra.
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MCD not making enough efforts to curb cholera, dengue: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee and secretary Delhi State BJP Vijendra Kumar Gupta has accused the MCD of not making enough efforts to curb cholera and dengue in the city. In a statement issued here Gupta mentioned that the toll of dengue and cholera related cases this year is likely to go up from the previous years.

He said as against 301 cases of cholera, reported last year, there have been 771 cases reported in the corresponding time.

He also contested the MCD’s claim that of the 2 lakh houses surveyed in Saket, Chittaranjan Park, Metro Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, Siddharth Enclave, Palam, NTPC Colony, Mandi Village, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Kalnvas, only 3,709 houses were found to have aedes egypti (mosquito breeding dengue) breeding spaces.

Gupta accused the MCD of failing to provide sanitation and restoration of public health services in the city.
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Missing truck driver’s body found
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 24
The body of a truck driver who had been missing for three days has been recovered from Mussori police station area. The body of the driver Manish had been buried under the road by the side of a drain. Some persons had slit his throat for his alleged involvement in an illicit relation, the police said.

Two youths named in the case have been arrested. Manish’s father, Soren Singh of Badayun, had filed a missing report for his son on July 21. Manish had gone with another driver Nathu and his helper Manoj. The two had a bout of drinks after which they had gone at night to the house of a woman who runs a tea stall, but they were shooed away by some people. After that night, nothing was heard about Manish, Nathu and Manoj.

Nathu and Manoj have been arrested on the basis of a report of Manish’s father. Manoj told the police that Manish used to visit his house.

Manoj’s married sister had committed suicide by hanging herself from a noose three years ago. He said that the tea stall woman had told him that Manish had bragged under the influence of liquor that he had illicit relations with Manoj’s late sister. As Manoj’s brother in-law had also come to know of the liaison, he harassed her a lot. As a result, she committed suicide, the tea stall woman had disclosed.

After knowing the truth behind her sister’s suicide, Manoj told the police that he was on the lookout to liquidate Manish which he did after making him drunk at night on July 21. The police recovered the body which has been identified by the Manish’s family members.
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Community hall in Jhilmil Colony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated a community hall in Jhilmil Colony this morning. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has constructed the community hall at a cost of Rs 98 lakh. The Trans-Yamuna Development Board provided the funds for the project.

On the occasion, Ms Dikshit said that at least one community hall would be constructed and opened in every Legislative Assembly.

Spider-Man 2 for cancer patients

In its endeavour to promote social consciousness amongst Delhities PVR cinemas hosted a special screening of Spider-Man 2 for the cancer patients from Cancer Patients Aid Association at PVR Saket on Friday.
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Noida, Ghaziabad facing five-hour power cuts
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 24
Noida and Ghaziabad have been reeling from power cuts for five to eight hours daily for the last 10 days. The UP Power Board General Manager, Mr Avinash Awasthi, has admitted that the bad financial discipline is the main reason for the shortage of power in the state.

Noida, which has all along been claimed as a “No-power cut zone”, is now taken out of that privileged position.

The other reason given by Mr Awasthi for the deficient supply is the shortage of staff and infrastructure.

In a significant decision, Lucknow will no longer be responsible for the power cuts in Ghaziabad and Noida and the local authorities will have to fend for themselves for the faults and remedies.

In Ghaziabad, residents will have to bear a five-hour power cut while the industries will have to face it just for an hour, it has been officially said.

In Noida, the residential sectors will have to bear two-and-a-half hours power cut and the industrial sectors only for an hour like in Ghaziabad.

The UP Power Corporation Deputy General Manager, Mr R.D Tiwari, informs that an emergency meeting held by the District Magistrate, Mr Santosh Yadav, late last night has viewed the position of overloading of 400KV capacity Muradnagar power house and the power crisis in Ghaziabad Mahanagar for the last so many days.

After the meeting, Mr Yadav as well as senior departmental officers had built up pressure on the power authorities in Lucknow to solve the problem of power shortage in Ghaziabad.

As a result, Lucknow will not order power cuts in Ghaziabad henceforth.

Mr Tiwari said that the shortage issue had been taken up in a 7-hour meeting with local Deputy General Manager V.K. Sharma in Vasundhra.

As per the new schedule, a five-hour power cut will be observed in Ghaziabad in two phases. In the industrial area, power cut will be confined to an hour only.

In Noida, the residential sectors will have to live at least with two-and-a-half hours power cuts while the industrial sectors will have to bear power cuts for one hour only like in Ghaziabad.

In Vaishali and Ghaziabad, power cuts will be from 12 night to 2 am while in Noida, power cuts will be from 9 am to 12 noon.
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New political outfit promises free power, water to farmers
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 24
While it is six months to go for the next Assembly polls in Haryana, various political parties have already started doling out lucrative offers. The Ekta Shakti party, a youngest political outfit in the state, has also joined the bandwagon. The party has promised to give free power and water for agriculture in the state if it comes to power.

The president of the party, Mr Maratha Virender Verma, a bureaucrat-turned politician, said here today that supplying free power and water for irrigation was possible and it would be turned into a reality

Mr Verma alleged that there is no proper policy of the state regarding the development of agriculture and solving unemployment problem.

He claimed that about 50 per cent of the power, which was being shown as ‘line loss’ by the authorities concerned, could be brought down to only 10 to 12 per cent and the power department could save over Rs 500 crore.

This amount, he said, could be used to meet the deficit caused by free power, each year.

He alleged that the line loss that was being shown by the department was actually the power, which was being sold illegally to the industrialists and companies. Where the money from it goes, he said, was anybody’s guess.

Referring to the ongoing SYL water controversy, he said it was mainly due to the politicisation and was being used as a political weapon to regain power. No party had the political will to solve the tangle.

He said instead of sticking to an issue, which could be solved legally, the state government had failed to work on other options available for a permanent solution to the water and power issue. 
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Debtor sells daughter
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 24
A man sold his 12-year-old daughter for Rs 40,000 to pay off his debts, which he had incurred due to his vices—gambling and alcoholism. To legalise the sale, he showed that she had been married.

Not quite satisfied at this, he had tried to palm off his daughter a second time. But as luck would have it, he landed in the police net. After knowing the truth, the police reportedly sent the girl to her in-laws’ house. Originally of Sadabad in Mathura, the accused Munna Lal had run away from Hathras 10 years ago when the creditors’ chase became too close for comfort and settled in Ghaziabad. He started living near Galaxy Cinema Hall on Link Road.

He had six daughters—Tulsi (12), Rekha (10), Shikha (7), Meena (5) Annua (3) and Seema (2), apart from his wife Kalpna..

In the same house, another tenant Om Prakash’s family, also from Mathura, was living with their four sons. Living under the same roof, the two families came closer.

Om Prakash had arranged Rs 40,000 for Munna from some committees and chit funds for developing his business. Even after several months when Munna Lal could not repay the amount, he offered his eldest daughter Tulsi to Om Prakash.

Both families agreed to Tulsi’s marriage with Om Prakash’s elder son Praveen. Seven months after the marriage, Munna shifted to Sector-37 Noida along with his five daughters and wife. But due to his vices, he became a debtor again.
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60-year-old shot dead
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 24
An old man was shot dead in a land dispute in village Khoda in Pilkhua. The assailants fled on a motorbike after the murder. The incident occurred when Asghar Ali (60) was sitting in front of his house in the evening yesterday. Three persons came on a motorbike and pumped a number of bullets in Asghar Ali. Profusely bleeding, Asghar Ali was rushed to a local nursing home where the doctors declared him brought dead. A large number of people assembled at Asghar Ali’s house on hearing the gunshots.

The Kotwali police sent the body for autopsy. Asghar Ali’s son has filed a report naming three assailants for the murder. The Kotwali SO, H. R. Zaidi, said there was a Pir Baba’s tomb near Pilkhua Bus stand and Asghar Ali was having a dispute with some people on this for many years. 
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DUTA meets HRD Minister
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 24
A delegation of the Delhi University Teachers Union (DUTA), who met HRD Minister Arjun Singh yesterday, has been “assured of an enquiry into their demands”. 

Among the issues raised by the delegation were the withdrawal of the UGC’s proposed ‘Model Act for Universities’, amendments in the composition of the Selection Committees for appointments of principals and lecturers in colleges, enquiry into the functioning of the DU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deepak Nayyar, and lifting of ban by the UGC on Delhi colleges in the matter of filling up of required teaching positions on regular basis.
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