SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
D E L H I   A N D   N E I G H B O U R H O O D

Pak spying racket unearthed
Ghulam Mustafa Qureshi, a Pakistani national, arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Monday
New Delhi, July 26
With the arrest of a Pakistani spy, who was in Delhi to set up a base, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted an espionage ring in the national Capital.



Ghulam Mustafa Qureshi, a Pakistani national, arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Monday.
— Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Jilted lover stabs girl to death
New Delhi, July 26
In a gruesome incident, a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death while her teenage brother has been battling for life after the girl’s ex-boyfriend attacked them this morning while they were on their way to school in the Tilak Nagar area in West Delhi.

Lid off cylinder robberies, 5 held
Greater Noida, July 26
The Kasna police claim to have solved the Greater Noida gas dacoity in which 1,300 cylinders were looted from three gas agency godowns and three persons killed on July 19.





EARLIER STORIES

 

Son-in-law shot dead by mistake?
Noida, July 26
A man was shot dead while he was on a visit to his in-laws’ house in village Rajpur in Sambawali block. While the police have termed it revenge killing, the villagers say some criminals who had come to kill his brother-in-law, shot him dead by mistake. The criminals could not spot their prey because of darkness.

GTB customers throng branches
New Delhi, July 26
Panic-stricken customers of the Global Trust Bank (GTB) thronged its seven branches in the Capital since early morning to withdraw cash even as the Union Government sought to reassure the customers that their deposits were safe.

Man tries to enter Parliament with forged papers
New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi Police today nabbed a man while trying to enter Parliament allegedly using forged documents. The police said the accused, Ram Prasad, resident of Allahabad, tried to enter the Parliament House complex at around 4 pm by showing a letter purportedly written by Member of Parliament M.M. Agarwal.

A family cools off at the Splash Amusement Park in the Capital on Monday Isolated showers
New Delhi, July 26
The Met Department has forecast thunder showers in the next 24 hours even as scattered rain lashed certain parts of the Capital this afternoon. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the showers will be isolated and the city will have to wait for a few days more for sustained monsoon rains.
A family cools off at the Splash Amusement Park in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Notice to regularise nursery admissions
New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Union Human Resources Development Secretary and the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA) seeking their assistance for smoothening the admission process to nursery classes.

Dalit woman kidnapped
Bulandshahr, July 26
A Dalit woman of Ahmedgarh was kidnapped when she had gone to a bank to encash her cheque in Shikarpur. Some criminals had forcibly pushed her into a car and sped away on Saturday.

Kidnapper gets life term
New Delhi, July 26
A man who kidnapped an 11-month-old baby of his employer for ransom was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi Court today. Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Shekhar also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on Sandeep, resident of Siliguri in West Bengal.

Metro passes for Delhi MLAs 
New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) may have said no to giving travel concession to students of Delhi University but the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, feels the 70 legislators of Delhi Legislative Assembly deserve a free ride on the mass rapid transport system.

Online exams to test competence
New Delhi, July 26
The Institute of Advance Computing and Management (IACM), ISO 9001-2000 certified company, has announced its tie-up with Thomson Prometric, the global leader in technology-based testing and assessment services.

DUTA puts off agitation after assurance by HRD Minister
New Delhi, July 26
With the Ministry’s assurance to look into their grievances, the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) has decided to put on hold its agitation. In a statement issued here, the DUTA executive has announced that while it will call off the impending agitation, it will maintain a strict watch over the developments.

Grants for FHI to fight AIDS epidemic
New Delhi, July 26
Avahan, the India AIDS initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced a grant of US $ 1.5 million over five years to the Family Health International (FHI), to provide technical assistance to the Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (INP+) to strengthen their involvement in the national response to the epidemic.

National integration through magic!
New Delhi, July 26
A magic show was organised here not just to entertain and enthrall, but to spread the message of social and national importance also. Magician Prof. B Kamesh wowed the audience in the Capital’s Andhra Pradesh Bhavan recently as he blended his tricks with the theme of national integration to promote harmony.

Panel seeks data on depth of Shahdara drain in Noida
Noida, July 26
The Bhure Lal Committee has examined the Shahdara drain water in Noida and held discussions with different officials of the Noida administration. The committee asked the Noida administration officials to provide it with the data pertaining to the actual depth and volume of Shahdara drain passing through Noida.

Farmers clamour for higher land compensation
Ghaziabad, July 26
The farmers of seven villages, who gave their land for the proposed Mega Reliance Power Project, are now demanding land compensation at the rate of Rs 300 per sq mt. While the farmers are on a dharna to protest against the issue and also trying to involve political leaders, including Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the administration is trying to drive a wedge between the farmers lobby.

Faridabad to be off limits to 15-yr-old vehicles 
Faridabad, July 26
No public or commercial vehicle that is 15 years or more old will be able to ply on the roads here from August 1. This was announced by the district administration following a meeting here recently.

Dialling this number will be music to your ears!
Noida, July 26
Thousands of BSNL subscribers could hear film songs and get other interesting information by dialling a number from their mobile of landline phone, the Telecom Department said.

Swimming trophy for Apeejay School
Faridabad, July 26
The local Apeejay School has won the overall team trophy in the Annual District Swimming Championship that concluded here last evening. Its swimmers won the majority of the events that were held during the two-day tournament hosted by the District Swimming Association at the pool of the winner in Sector – 15 here.

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Pak spying racket unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
With the arrest of a Pakistani spy, who was in Delhi to set up a base, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted an espionage ring in the national Capital.

The sleuths also recovered several incriminating documents in coded language, a paper containing secret codes, a site plan of the Delhi Cantonment area, a small diary containing phone numbers of Pakistani officials, a loaded camera, ATM cards and some Pakistan and Bangladeshi currencies.

The sleuths received a tip-off that a spy had arrived in Delhi and had been planning to set up a base to provide information about the defence establishments and other vital installations in the Capital.

Based on this information, the sleuths arrested the spy last evening, who was identified as Ghulam Mustafa Qureshi, alias Ali Hussain, resident of Pakistan, from a cyber café in Laxmi Nagar area.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that he came into contact with an operative of the Combine Military Intelligence of Pakistan in July 2003, who motivated him to work for them.

The accused was given training in surveillance, formations of the Indian Army, identification of the Indian Army uniforms, rank structure and information about Corps, Divisions and Brigades.

He was also given training in computers and working on Internet in the Combined Military Intelligence headquarters.

Qureshi, a tailor by profession, told the sleuths that his father was a retired non- commissioned officer in the Pakistan Army. The accused was given an ATM card of Muslim Commercial Banks for withdrawing money in India, as it had become difficult to transfer money through the hawala transactions.
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Jilted lover stabs girl to death
Tribune News Service

Mangal Singh at the Tilak Nagar police station in the Capital on Monday
Mangal Singh at the Tilak Nagar police station in the Capital on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

New Delhi, July 26
In a gruesome incident, a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death while her teenage brother has been battling for life after the girl’s ex-boyfriend attacked them this morning while they were on their way to school in the Tilak Nagar area in West Delhi.

The victim, identified as Ritika, alias Charu, resident of Paschim Vihar, was declared brought dead by the doctors in the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital.

Her brother Hari, a student of Sarvodaya Bal Vidhyalaya, has been admitted to the intensive care unit in the hospital. Their father is employed as a driver with a company in Dubai. The police have arrested the accused, identified as Mangal Singh, a businessman and resident of Krishna Nagar in Vikaspuri, and registered a case of murder and attempt to murder against him.

The police stated that the incident took place after the victim refused to meet Mangal Singh, who was involved in a relationship with her in the past. The accused decided to teach the victim a lesson for ignoring him, the police said.

Today, he trailed her while she was going to the school with her brother. At an isolated spot, the accused intercepted the girl and stabbed her in the stomach and chest. When her brother tried to rescue her, he was also stabbed by the accused.

The victim and her brother used to regularly take a bus from Paschim Vihar to the CRPF camp and reach their school in a cycle rickshaw. The accused had full information about the victim’s school route, the police said. The gruesome murder has created a panic among the residents in the Tilak Nagar area.

Dacoity in Reva Express foiled

The Crime Branch claimed to have arrested four dacoits while they were planning a dacoity in the Reva Express.

Based on a tip-off that some persons were planning to commit dacoity in the Reva Express, the police nabbed Sat Narayan, alias Kamlesh, alias Satte, Vijay, alias Videshi, Neeraj Sahu and Ranjeet, alias Sat Prakash.

The sleuths said that another person escaped under the cover of darkness. In another case, the Crime Branch has nabbed two robbers and recovered one pistol along with seven live cartridges from their possession. The accused persons were identified as Sandeep Gupta and Rajkumar, alias Pamme, both residents of Gandhi Nagar.
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Lid off cylinder robberies, 5 held
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 26
The Kasna police claim to have solved the Greater Noida gas dacoity in which 1,300 cylinders were looted from three gas agency godowns and three persons killed on July 19.

Five persons have been arrested, including the manager of Mangalam Gas Agency and some 103 cylinders seized from them.

The police said this dacoity and the resultant murders were the outcome of professional rivalry. The manager of Ella Gas Agency, who is reported to have got the crime executed by professional criminals, is absconding.

According to sources, Sudesh Chaudhri, Manager of Bharat Gas Agency, stage-managed the dacoity.

Sudesh Chaudhri, according to police sources, is wanted in 14 cases, including an attempted murder case.

About three dozen armed criminals, who had come with three trucks looted 1,300 cylinders from three gas agencies, killing three persons and injuring half a dozen persons who were made captives during the loot.

Sudesh Chaudhri was subjected to intensive interrogation in which he blurted out that Bharat and IBP gas agencies had the monopoly in the area. Later, Indane Gas Agency came on the scene and captured the market, other two agencies then suffered a huge loss. When the owner of Bharat gas agency expressed anxiety about their agency’s future, Sudesh Chaudhri told him “Do not worry, I will fix everything.”

He along with brother Malkhan plotted a dacoity in which Mahesh, Mange, alias Laxmi, and Gyanender Singh were also included. Malkhan with the help of contract criminals attacked the Indane gas godowns in the night on July 19. Malkhan and Sudesh who had masked their faces were also among the assailants.

According to CO Kishen Chander Goswami, some employees of Beer Co had recognised Sudesh, so he killed them. The trucks were driven away to different places and the managers absconded. The police seized 103 cylinders from a truck parked in an abandoned factory in Gr. Noida.
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Son-in-law shot dead by mistake?
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 26
A man was shot dead while he was on a visit to his in-laws’ house in village Rajpur in Sambawali block. While the police have termed it revenge killing, the villagers say some criminals who had come to kill his brother-in-law, shot him dead by mistake. The criminals could not spot their prey because of darkness.

Mustaqueen, 50, son-in-law of Akhatar Ali in Rajpur village under police station Bhawanpur in Meerut, had come along with his wife to visit his in-laws. On Saturday, Mustaqueen, his father-in-law Akhtar Ali and brother-in-law Ali N were sleeping on separate cots in the open.

At 2 am, three unidentified assailants arrived and shot at Mustaqueen. Akhtar Ali, his son Ali and villagers woke up by the sound of gunfire, but the assailants had fled. Mustaqueen was rushed to a Meerut hospital where he succumbed to his wounds after a while. The police have not been able to trace the culprit.

Akhtar Ali has named Shahid Hasrat and Nazim of village Bagga for the murder of his son-in-law in his report.

Police SO Lokender Pal Singh said that last year one person was shot dead in village Bagga. A case had been registered against Ali and his brother-in-law Ummed Ali of Bagga village. SO said that it appeared the assailants had come to kill Ali, but they made an error of judgement due to darkness and shot Mustaqueen sleeping on the adjoining cot.
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GTB customers throng branches
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
Panic-stricken customers of the Global Trust Bank (GTB) thronged its seven branches in the Capital since early morning to withdraw cash even as the Union Government sought to reassure the customers that their deposits were safe.

All the seven GTB branches here opened early today as the queue of customers continued to swell. “However, the withdrawal pressure is less today, after the government’s assurance to protect the customers’ interest,” an official of the bank said.

“I came to take stock of the situation. Now I am confident that my money will be safe and I can withdraw the full amount once the moratorium is lifted,” Ram Paras, a customer who has deposits worth over Rs 10 lakh in the bank, said.
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Man tries to enter Parliament with forged papers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi Police today nabbed a man while trying to enter Parliament allegedly using forged documents.

The police said the accused, Ram Prasad, resident of Allahabad, tried to enter the Parliament House complex at around 4 pm by showing a letter purportedly written by Member of Parliament M.M. Agarwal.

The security personnel at the gate got suspicious and after verification found that Prasad had himself written the letter and allegedly forged the MP’s signature.

The police immediately arrested him. He was taken into the custody for joint interrogation by the police and intelligence agencies.
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Isolated showers 

New Delhi, July 26
The Met Department has forecast thunder showers in the next 24 hours even as scattered rain lashed certain parts of the Capital this afternoon.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the showers will be isolated and the city will have to wait for a few days more for sustained monsoon rains.

Meanwhile, day temperatures in the Capital continued to remain around four degrees above normal as they have since the past fortnight. The maximum temperature was recorded around 38 degrees Celsius today. Yesterday, it was 37.7 degrees Celsius.
— TNS
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Notice to regularise nursery admissions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Union Human Resources Development Secretary and the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA) seeking their assistance for smoothening the admission process to nursery classes.

A division bench comprising Justices D.K. Jain and S.R. Bhat issued a notice to the Secretary HRD Ministry’s Elementary Education Department and NIEPA while giving four weeks time to all schools to respond to the Court’s call for assistance in the matter.

In May, private schools in the Capital had responded positively to a public notice issued under the High Court directive calling for assistance to smoothen the procedure of admission to nursery classes.

Counsel for the Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools, a body of about 200 institutions, and more than two dozen other schools, appeared before the division bench and sought time to place their replies on record.

On May 6, the High Court had directed Delhi Government’s Director of Education to publish a public notice in The Times of India, Hindustan Times and Nav Bharat Times seeking help from all unaided recognised private schools in the admission procedure to nursery classes.

On February 23, the Court had issued a notice to the Delhi Government and a private school on a petition challenging the admission test and interview of three to five-year-old children and implement a policy to give preference to admit students living within three km radius of a school through draw of lots.

The petition was filed by parents whose children could not secure admissions to schools owing to various reasons.

The petition said that keeping in view the increase in accidents involving school buses, the state government had, in 1997, directed all recognised schools in the Capital to give preference to students who resided within a radius of three km of a school.

It was, however, stated that this was not being implemented. The petition also said that all the unaided recognised private schools in Delhi were unconstitutionally and illegally subjecting three to five-year-old children and their parents to tests and interviews for admission to KG/nursery classes.

Such a practice must be banned and admission should be granted by adopting method of draw of lots only, it added.
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Dalit woman kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Bulandshahr, July 26
A Dalit woman of Ahmedgarh was kidnapped when she had gone to a bank to encash her cheque in Shikarpur.

Some criminals had forcibly pushed her into a car and sped away on Saturday.

Kavita, wife of Karana Singh Jatav of Dhomla Khurd village under Ahmedgarh police station, works as an assistant in Angan Vadi Centre in the village. She is paid her salary through a cheque drawn on PNB Shikarpur.

Karana Singh Jatav said his wife had gone alone to the bank when the miscreants abducted her on the way. He has named three person of the village for Kavita’s abduction in his report to the police.

However, he was shooed away by the police who said that he should file the report in Shikarpur police station. When Jatav went to Shikarpur, he was asked by Shikarpur cops to go back to Ahmedgarh police as the incident had occurred in their jurisdiction.

As a last resort, he went to the SSP’s office where ASP Anil Das ordered the SO Ahmedgarh to take immediate action on Jatav’s plea.
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Kidnapper gets life term
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
A man who kidnapped an 11-month-old baby of his employer for ransom was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi Court today. Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Shekhar also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on Sandeep, resident of Siliguri in West Bengal.

The accused had sought Rs 50,000 from his employer for releasing the baby, Rinku.

The accused kidnapped the child on July 25, 2002, and made two calls demanding money soon thereafter.

Rinku’s father alleged that the accused had also taken away Rs 7,000 from their house in Nagloi area.

The police later laid a trap and rescued the baby after three days when Sandeep came to receive the amount at the Chandpur tempo stand.

He later disclosed that he had kept the baby in his previous employer’s house in Mugdampur village.

Opposing a plea for leniency, Public Prosecutor Alka Goyal said that there was no ground for leniency as the convict’s conduct in keeping an infant in captivity was “inhuman and barbaric”. She further pointed out that life term was on the lighter side as section 364A of the Indian Penal Code (kidnapping for ransom) prescribed a death penalty.

Dharna against embezzlement

The members of the Dashmesh Cooperative Group Housing Society today staged a dharna outside the Jangpura police station, alleging large-scale embezzlement of funds by its officials.

They were angry that no action has been initiated against the erring officials even though a complaint was lodged against them in April 2004.

Toon Games

The Capital is all geared up for Toon Games 2004 to be held in Talkotra Stadium on September 11. The event, promised to be a grand show, will see a display of grit, zeal and mettle. The two competing toon teams will be Tom and Jerry. While the Jerry team will include Scooby-do, Fred Flintstone, Blossom and Buttercup, Tom will have Johnny Bravo, Mojo Jojo, Dexter, Dee Dee and Popeye on his side.
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Metro passes for Delhi MLAs 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) may have said no to giving travel concession to students of Delhi University but the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, feels the 70 legislators of Delhi Legislative Assembly deserve a free ride on the mass rapid transport system. Members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Ms Dikshit announced this morning in the House, will be given free passes for the Delhi Metro. She went on to state that the reach of the Metro would be extended in keeping with its immense popularity.

She said that the Government of NCT of Delhi would consider extending the Metro corridor to places like Dhansa on the NCT of Delhi – Haryana border. She gave these assurances while replying to the issue raised by the MLA of Hastsal, Mr Mukesh Sharma (INC).

Mr Sharma had demanded that MLAs should be given free passes along with one attendant each for the Metro and that the service be extended to Dhansa.

BIC Logistics

The BIC Logistics has been honoured by the Maruti Udyog Ltd. for providing transportation. 
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Online exams to test competence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
The Institute of Advance Computing and Management (IACM), ISO 9001-2000 certified company, has announced its tie-up with Thomson Prometric, the global leader in technology-based testing and assessment services.

Under this alliance, both the companies will cater to the requirements of Indian schools for online practice examinations, using Thomson Prometric Internet-based testing services and contents developed under IACM’s Dakshankan.

Known for setting innumerable benchmarks in international certification education, IACM is launching its online practice exams for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school students.

Dakshankan aims to test the competence level of the students. This unique and novel assessment and evaluation programme has been developed according to the syllabi of the CBSE board.

Dakshankan, a sanskrit word signifying competence, comprises exams available in a chapter-wise, module-wise and course-wise breakup.

Speaking on the launch of this programme, Mr Ravinder Goyal, Director, IACM, said, “Besides the elementary advantages of offering wider and unlimited test choices to the students and the unbiased evaluation, Dakshankan offers step-by-step learning.

This translates into better understanding of the concepts, along with longer retention of the concepts. In addition to this, Dakshankan brings all major subjects in one pack, saving the students from buying several books on the subject.” 
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DUTA puts off agitation after assurance
by HRD Minister

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
With the Ministry’s assurance to look into their grievances, the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) has decided to put on hold its agitation. In a statement issued here, the DUTA executive has announced that while it will call off the impending agitation, it will maintain a strict watch over the developments. However, a one-day protest strike against the functioning of the Vice-Chancellor will be observed sometime in August, DUTA President, Aditya N Misra said.

A DUTA delegation, which met the HRD Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, here last week, was assured that negotiations with the UGC over issues concering colleges would be initiated.
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Grants for FHI to fight AIDS epidemic
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
Avahan, the India AIDS initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced a grant of US $ 1.5 million over five years to the Family Health International (FHI), to provide technical assistance to the Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (INP+) to strengthen their involvement in the national response to the epidemic.

The project was launched by Ashok Alexander, Director of Avahan and Dr Peter Lamptey, President of the FHI Institute for HIV/AIDS along with K. K. Abraham, President of INP+, Kousalya Periasamy, President of the Network of Positive Women Network (PWN+) and leaders of five of the state-level networks.

“People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) have a critical role to play in HIV/AIDS programmes,” said Dr Lamptey. “This grant will build the capacity of INP+ members to be powerful advocates against stigma and discrimination in India.”

FHI recently recognized the achievements of INP+ with the ‘2004 Access Award’, presented to INP+ President K K Abraham at the International Conference on AIDS in Bangkok.

“This grant means that PLHA will have a central role in the Avahan India AIDS Initiative. This long-term support will strengthen the existing state and district networks,” remarked Abraham.

Through the grant, FHI will support INP+ to build the capacity of six state-level and 20 district-level networks in the most HIV-affected states in India-Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Nagaland, Manipur and Andhra Pradesh.

The grant aims to strengthen the voice and organising capacity of PLHA at the local, regional and national level to fight stigma and discrimination and to advocate for issues such as better access to care, support and treatment. FHI will provide technical support in advocacy, management and training programmes to the six state networks, district networks and the Positive Women’s Network (PWN+).
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National integration through magic!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26
A magic show was organised here not just to entertain and enthrall, but to spread the message of social and national importance also.

Magician Prof. B Kamesh wowed the audience in the Capital’s Andhra Pradesh Bhavan recently as he blended his tricks with the theme of national integration to promote harmony.

The show sponsored by the Department of Culture, Government of India, began with the magician turning flames into silk with a sign of Namaskar, signifying the unity of souls.

Other tricks were based on the message conveying the need to preserve monuments and cultural property of the country.

Prof. Kamesh is a well-known magician whose tricks are based on a theme. His aim is to inculcate amongst people love for their country and fellow-beings.
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Panel seeks data on depth of Shahdara drain in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 26
The Bhure Lal Committee has examined the Shahdara drain water in Noida and held discussions with different officials of the Noida administration.

The committee asked the Noida administration officials to provide it with the data pertaining to the actual depth and volume of Shahdara drain passing through Noida. It will help in determining as to what extent the cleaning of drain was necessary.

The committee, set up by the Supreme Court, has to submit its report to the apex court within two weeks on the quality of rainwater in Noida.

It may be recalled that the Residents Welfare Association of Sector-14 Noida had filed a writ petition in the court to stop untreated water of Shahdara drain flowing into Noida.

The committee, which included the representatives of Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Flood Control Board, Pollution Control Board, UP Pollution Control Board and Chairman Bhure Lal, had visited Noida on Saturday.

The committee had earlier inspected the Delhi regulator and Sector-14 to determine as to from which points Delhi’s polluted water entered Noida. The committee later visited Kondli.

The committee expressed concern at the mixing of untreated water with the treated water. The committee observed that mixing of untreated water amounts to waste of resources and emphasised the need to put an end to this process immediately.

The Residents Federation also made suggestions that whatever water was allowed to pass through Noida even after treatment, it should flow through pipelines. This will help in passing the water in a safe way.

ACEO Venketesh, DCEO Avinash Gaur, Senior Project Engineer P. H. Siddiqui, H. S. Yadav of Jal department, R. S. Yadav of Health department, apart from Sushil Agarwal, Chairman Noida Federation of Residents Welfare Associations, Secretary General P. S. Jain had participated in discussions from Noida side.
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Farmers clamour for higher land compensation
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 26
The farmers of seven villages, who gave their land for the proposed Mega Reliance Power Project, are now demanding land compensation at the rate of Rs 300 per sq mt.

While the farmers are on a dharna to protest against the issue and also trying to involve political leaders, including Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the administration is trying to drive a wedge between the farmers lobby. For the Rs 10,000-crore Reliance Power Project, the acquisition of some 2,500 acres is in seven villages of the area, Dehra, Dhaulana, Bajhore, Nandlalpur, Baramedpur, Kakarana and Jadopur.

A compensation at Rs 150 per sq meter had reportedly been agreed upon between the government and the farmers’ representatives. But the farmers have now set their eyes on a rate of Rs 300 per sq meter.

In panchayat held in front of the Collectorate, the farmers have announced their plan to gherao the Chief Minister in this connection. This has sent signals to the administration that the agreement on Rs 150 per sq. mt will no longer hold water. While the administration is trying to create a division between the affected farmers, the possibility of adopting harsh measures is also not being ruled out.

According to sources, the state administration is keen to ensure the handing over of the required land for the Reliance Power Project at the earliest.

The administration is trying to win over some opinion leaders among the farmers who could persuade and convince the dissidents to the administration’s point of view.

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Faridabad to be off limits to 15-yr-old vehicles 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 26
No public or commercial vehicle that is 15 years or more old will be able to ply on the roads here from August 1. This was announced by the district administration following a meeting here recently.

While the focus of the authorities will be to stop the plying of commercial vehicles like the three-wheelers autorickshaws, it has been stated that the ban order was applicable to all kinds of public transport, which include buses and other medium of heavyduty vehicles. There are over 15,000 three-wheeler auto rickshaws operating in the town and the district.

As far as the pollution norms are concerned, the majority of the vehicles are very old and almost unfit to operate, several of such vehicles have been ferrying schoolchildern, violating all norms of safety. The local authorities, in a bid to contain the pollution and congestion caused by the plying of a large number of three-wheeler autorickshaws on the National Highway and the main roads, had started categorisation of these vehicles.

A couple of years ago, the officials had been instructed to get the three-wheelers painted with a red strip, which were 10 to 15 years old, besides directing these vehicles to ply on alternate days depending upon their registration number (odd or even).

But the scheme could not take off as planned and the majority of the polluting vehicles kept plying as several of them had no registration number or number plate. But now the authorities have announced that they would not allow any such vehicle on the roads.

The officials have stated that the fleet of the local city bus would be expanded to provide transport to the residents. The total number of such buses was likely to go up to 80 in the next 10 days, with the introduction of 30 more mini-buses on local routes.

These buses are private and operated by cooperative bodies. As the administration is still awaiting the start of the work of widening the main intersections on the National Highway passing through the town, a move has been made to allocate proper space to the city bus service at the Badarpur border. Regarding other measures in this direction, the officials have said that they would be strictly implementing the order of the government to make it mandatory for the brick kilns to use the flyash of the thermal plant in preparation of the bricks.

However, the authorities seem to be slow in the ‘solid waste management project’. The administration has till now identified a spot for the project only, while the collection of the garbage and the waste from residential and industrial areas was still unplanned and unorganised.
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Dialling this number will be music to your ears!
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 26
Thousands of BSNL subscribers could hear film songs and get other interesting information by dialling a number from their mobile of landline phone, the Telecom Department said. After dialling the BSNL number, the subscribers will be able to have access to the desired information under the scheme, which is based on a broad band. The music or information pertaining to any subject, incident or development in the world could be had by dialling from the landline or the mobile phone.

The BSNL is considering hiking the rate per call. As some of the cell companies are offering similar facilities to the subscribers, the BSNL has also thought it proper to make such facility available to its own subscribers.

According to A. K. Garg, GM, Noida Telecom, “The facility should be in position within two to three months, under which the BSNL subscribers will be able to listen to their choicest Indian film music, western music and also get the latest update pertaining to any incident in the world.”
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Swimming trophy for Apeejay School
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 26
The local Apeejay School has won the overall team trophy in the Annual District Swimming Championship that concluded here last evening. Its swimmers won the majority of the events that were held during the two-day tournament hosted by the District Swimming Association at the pool of the winner in Sector – 15 here. While students of about 25 schools in the district took part in the championship, the number of participants had been about 300. Ajit Singh of the Escorts Swimming Pool, Pallavi, Krutika Mehta, Nandini, Kanupriya and Subham Sethi of the Apeejay School, Yashika of DPS, Puspit of DAV Public School were among those who won several individual medals in various categories.

Pallavi Mehta of Apeejay who had been one of the best swimmers of the tournament clinched six golds in 200 metres free style, 50 mtrs breast stroke, 100 mtrs freestyle, 50 mtrs butterfly, 50 mtrs freestyle and 50 mtrs backstroke events.

Ajit Singh of the Escorts Swimming Pool was able to win gold in five different events. Similarly, Krutika Mehta, Subham and Nandini of the same school won medals in several events.

A local industrialist gave away the trophy and the prizes to the winners at the concluding day yesterday.
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