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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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Power forums to hear consumer complaints
New Delhi, August 1
Long-suffering consumers of private power distribution companies will finally have a place to air their grievances when the forums set up by the discoms start functioning from tomorrow.

Vox populi: No taxation without improvement in services
New Delhi, August 1
It might be unfair but the Government of NCT of Delhi believes the new taxes are justified because the money thus collected will be ploughed back to develop essential infrastructure.

Laxmi Nagar dacoity case solved
New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of four desperate criminals, including a minor, the East district police today claimed to have solved a sensational dacoity case which took place on July 26 in the Laxmi Nagar area.

Modi Nagar labour leader shot at
Ghaziabad, August 1
A labour leader of Modi Cloth Mills, Modi Nagar, was shot at by criminals about 100 mt. from the police post on Niwadi Road. He was rushed to a hospital in a serious condition.



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Young couples enjoying as it drizzles on this Friendship Day at Appu Ghar Oyster Water Park in the Capital
WET-WEATHER FRIENDS: Young couples enjoying as it drizzles on this Friendship Day at Appu Ghar Oyster Water Park in the Capital on Sunday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Gt Noida societies yet to get plots
Greater Noida, August 1
The Greater Noida administration has failed to allot plots of land to six cooperative housing societies even one year after the High Court had passed orders to this effect.

Welfare schemes for disabled students soon
New Delhi, August 1
The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that it will notify within three months welfare schemes for disabled students across the country, as envisaged under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.

Units may feel the pinch of special power measures
Faridabad, August 1
While the special measures announced by the state government to improve the power supply position appears to have provided some relief to the consumers from the huge cuts, the steps may prove disadvantageous to the industrial sector.

Mystery of missing taxi drivers
Faridabad, August 1
Will the district police be able to solve the mystery behind the alleged abduction and murder of several taxi drivers of the Palwal subdivision with the recent arrest of a suspect hailing from Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh?

Inter-state car jackers arrested
New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of three inter-state car jackers the South district police claimed to have solved five cases of car jacking in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The police also claimed to have recovered five robbed vehicles, one ordinance factory pistol along with six live cartridges, one country made revolver with two live cartridges and two robbed mobile phones from their possession.

581 wild birds saved
New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of three persons, the Crime Branch has claimed to have rescued as many as 581 banned wild birds from the Jama Masjid area. The rescued wild birds include 275 blue head cuckoo, 230 red head cuckoo, 80 zebra pitchers, six parrots and one precious white maque.

The accused held for possessing protected birds in the Capital on Sunday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

The accused held for possessing protected birds in the Capital

Exhibition to link rural craftsmen with urban consumer
New Delhi, August 1
Celebrating the best of Indian handlooms and block prints, Dastkar brings together a special exhibition exclusively on hand woven and hand block printed fabric, combining the weaves, colours and motifs of 25 of its traditional craft groups and NGOs from across the country.

Punjabi folk & pop music catching on
New Delhi, August 1
In their endeavour to make Punjabi folk and pop music reach out to a larger audience, M V Films International launched Sukamini Music (P) Ltd at a glittering function held in Fort Grand near Chanakyapuri in the Capital.

Devotees pay homage to Swami Kalyan Devji
New Delhi, August 1
Thousands of devotees congregated to pay tribute to Swami Kalyan Devji Maharaj at the Shradhanjali and Brahmabhoj Shodshi Bhandara ceremony held at the Bhagwat Peeth Shri Sukhdev Ashram, Shuktirth, Muzaffarnagar.

Protest against construction of slaughterhouse
New Delhi, August 1
Protesting against the construction of a slaughterhouse in Ghazipur, the Arya Samaj, the BJP, the Hindu Mahasabha and the Shiv Sena today jointly staged a demonstration near the Patparganj bus depot.

Kishan Pahelwan gang member held
New Delhi, August 1
The South-West district police claimed to have arrested a gang member of Kishan Pahelwan and recovered one country made pistol and two live cartridges from his possession.

Lion Club adopts school
Noida, August 1
Lion Club Noida has adopted Adarsh primary school in village Chaura Sadatpur. The club has donated 40 benches for the students and organised a medical check-up camp for the schoolskids.
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Power forums to hear consumer complaints
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
Long-suffering consumers of private power distribution companies will finally have a place to air their grievances when the forums set up by the discoms start functioning from tomorrow.

The three discoms – NDPL, BSES-Yamuna and BSES-Rajdhani – set up their grievance redressal forums in accordance with the direction of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).

The forums are authorised to look into all complaints concerning electricity supply, such as interruption or failure of power supply, voltage complaints, metering problems like meter shifting, billing problems, disconnection and reconnection of power supply and extensions in load.

However, they will not take up cases relating to unauthorised use of electricity, theft, interference of meters or the work of the discoms and wasting of electricity, DERC said in a public notice.

Moreover, it said the forums will entertain only those complaints in which the customer had first approached the discom authorities but was not satisfied with the response or if no action had been taken within a specified frame.

No complaint will be entertained if more than three months had passed from the date till which the customer could have sought remedy from the discom.

Each forum will comprise of a chairman from technical ground, a legal member and a representative from a non-governmental organisation.

DJB finds money-spinning opportunity

The shortage of drinking water in parts of the city seems to have turned into a money-spinning opportunity for Delhi Jal Board, with the agency earning nearly Rs 20 crore from the sale of bottled water in two years.

The DJB had introduced its bottled water ‘Jal’ in August 2002 and presently sells it from seven outlets in north and south Delhi at the rate of Rs 15 per 20-litre bottle for domestic consumers and at Rs 20 for institutions.

Till date, the agency has sold 12 lakh bottles of ‘Jal’ and is now planning to convert the manual bottling plant into an automated unit, DJB Chief Executive Officer P.K. Tripathi said presenting its Budget estimates yesterday. The DJB charges 35 paise per 1,000 litres of untreated water.

With a view to improving the service delivery mechanism, the DJB has prepared a project document for undertaking distribution improvement in two areas in south Delhi.

The agency intends to award five-year performance-based management contracts in these zones by the middle of next year and the project will be rolled out to five more zones by the end of 2006.

To reduce pilferage and wastage of water, which is around 40 per cent in the Capital, the DJB has decided to provide bulk water meters at water treatment plants and district distribution areas.

The agency will also replace 1.2 lakh of domestic water meters in 2004-5.

Single window cell service centres will be created by the DJB across the NCT of Delhi for installation of new water connections, which will completely abolish the role of plumber and middlemen.

To test pesticide content in both raw and treated water, a gas chromatography unit has been commissioned at Wazirabad treatment plant in north Delhi.
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Vox populi: No taxation without improvement in services
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
It might be unfair but the Government of NCT of Delhi believes the new taxes are justified because the money thus collected will be ploughed back to develop essential infrastructure.

It has justified them on the ground that it was necessary to make the NCT of Delhi a world-class city. The additional revenue generated by these taxes will be used to develop essential infrastructure to bring it at par with other capital cities of the world.

There is, however, a contrary view. There are those who believe that increase in taxes could only be justified if there is improvement in services. They feel the government ought to improve the civic amenities so that the people do not feel the pinch while paying more.

Besides a slew of new taxes, the government is actively considering a professional tax for those working in the NCT of Delhi and a hike in water tariffs. Many of those tax proposals had been kept in abeyance in view of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Starting the new financial year with the Unit Area Method (UAM) under which house tax has been hiked several times, the Delhiites were slapped with steep hike in power tariffs, manifold increase in parking charges both in MCD and NDMC areas, hike in road tax and increase in excise duty.

The UAM was put into effect in face of strong opposition by the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), who contended that it was pro-rich and discriminatory towards the common man. The new method for assessing the value of property for determining house tax divides the property in many categories depending on its location in the Capital and the time of its construction.

It places the onus of assessing the property on owners, which has created a lot of confusion in the citizens. While the authorities say it is a scientific method and already in force in other metros, people feel it is unfavourable to the retired and the old, who constructed their house long back when they were in service. Now their source of income has declined while the value of the houses has gone up, which would increase the tax under the new system.

Next came the hike in power tariff at a time when Delhiites were trying to cope with the long power cuts in the summer, prolonged by a delayed monsoon. Without witnessing any improvement in the electricity supply, people will now have to pay 10 per cent more for power.

The rise was more pinching as many consumers were already paying highly-inflated power bills with no one to listen to their complaints after privatisation.

Next blow came from the civic bodies, with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) introducing “misuse charges” on NCT of Delhi roads. Though there is hardly any improvement in the availability of parking space on the roads, car-owners have been burdened with the tax. It was followed by manifold increase in parking charges.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) went a step ahead, effecting exorbitant hike in parking charges in its posh markets like Connaught Place, INA Market and Yashwant Place.

Tax on paper has been increased from four to eight per cent, making books and stationery costlier at a time when the government is racing against time to achieve its universal literacy programme targets.

The already perfunctory healthcare system in the Capital will be further hit by the imposition of eight per cent tax on surgicals in the Delhi Budget. This would come in addition to the hike in property tax on nursing homes and private hospitals under UAM.
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Laxmi Nagar dacoity case solved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of four desperate criminals, including a minor, the East district police today claimed to have solved a sensational dacoity case which took place on July 26 in the Laxmi Nagar area.

The police also claimed to have recovered country made weapons, knives, jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and some cash from their possession.

The accused were identified as Asim, resident of Sahibabad, Deepak alias Rakesh, resident of Amar Colony and Parminder, resident of Amar Colony.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Nuzhat Hassan said that five boys entered the house of one Paras Jain at around 3 pm and enquired about him from his family members. Subsequently the criminals, armed with country made weapons and knives, tied the family members of Jain and started ransacking the house. However two of Jain’s family members, Babita Jain and Archana Jain, who were present in the adjacent room, locked themselves from inside and informed Jain about the incident.

Ms Hassan said that when Jain reached the house, the criminals also attacked him and locked him in the room. When the criminals tried to escape after ransacking the house, Jain’s neighbours beat up the criminals and caught one of them. During the melee, Jain’s family members, Subhash Jain, Vivek Jain and Ladoo Mani were also injured.

The accused, who was rushed to the GTB Hospital, was identified as Wajahat by his brother who came in search of him. Later his associate Asim was nabbed.

Asim later told the police that he, along with his associates Wajahat, Deepak, Parminder and a minor boy, had committed the crime.

Five dacoits arrested

In another case, the North-East district police claimed to have arrested five dacoits while they were planning to commit dacoity near DTC depot, Bhajanpura.

The police also recovered one country made pistol along with two live cartridges from their possession.
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Modi Nagar labour leader shot at
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 1
A labour leader of Modi Cloth Mills, Modi Nagar, was shot at by criminals about 100 mt. from the police post on Niwadi Road. He was rushed to a hospital in a serious condition.

The labour union leader, Mr Inderpal Jat, 45, of Bagpat, was taking a walk in a park when he was attacked. He had just come out from his residence after taking dinner. As he walked into the park, four criminals came and fired a number of shots at Inderpal Jat, an employee of the Modi Cloth Mill. He was wounded in his stomach and back. Another two shots had pierced through his body.

In spite of being wounded by four gunshots, Inderpal Jat ran towards Niwadi Road police post, raising the alarm all along. His assailants escaped on foot. As he reached the police post, he was bleeding profusely. He fell there. The policemen rushed him to a hospital.

Gang rape victim gets a raw deal at police station

Noida: Four armed persons had reportedly raped a woman in Flaunda village under Rabupura police station.

When the victim went to Rabupura police station for lodging a report, she was insulted and shooed away by the policemen. Later, She met the SP City Noida, who ordered Sector-49 police to register a case of gang rape. Four villagers of Falaunda have been named in the report.

This incident took place on Friday night in Falaunda village when four armed persons scaled a wall and entered the house of the woman. They caught hold of her while she was asleep.

When she tried to raise the alarm, her mouth was stuffed with cloth. Later, all the four intruders reportedly raped her one after the other and fled from the house before dawn. Next day when the victim went to Rabupura police station along with her relatives, for lodging a complaint, she was humiliated and turned out from the police station.

The victim then came to Noida and narrated the incident to SP City Anant Dev.

As sometime had lapsed after the crime and the medical of the victim was necessary, a report was registered in Sector-49 police station in which four residents of village Falaunda have been named. The case has been sent to Rabupura police station for further action.
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Gt Noida societies yet to get plots
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 1
The Greater Noida administration has failed to allot plots of land to six cooperative housing societies even one year after the High Court had passed orders to this effect.

Now the Authority is due to draw lots for the purpose by August 11. The draws for some 388 plots are reportedly to be taken out.

The cooperative housing officials alleged that the previous staff of Greater Noida had always harassed the plots seekers.

The housing societies moved the High Court which passed an injunction that all the six societies be allotted plots. But even after one year of the High Court order, the GNIDA has not stirred in the matter.

Draw of lots are being taken out for Uma Housing Cooperative, Himani Cooperative Residential Society, Chitargupta Cooperative, Sacha Nand Society, State and Central Employees Housing Cooperative, Uttaranchal Jan Kalyan Sehkari Samiti by August 11.

According to the Dy. CEO of GNIDA, S.K. Diwedi, all the societies are being allotted plots speedily. But the GNIDA administration has only 388 plots which are too few for the large number of applicants.

The authority will try to accommodate as many applicants as possible this time and the rest will be allotted plots in the next draw, Mr Diwedi added.

Interestingly, all these Cooperative Housing Societies were allotted plots way back in 1994. A draft agreement between the Greater Noida administration and the six societies had also been drawn.

But in 2000, former CEO had cancelled the agreements. The societies had then taken the matter to the High Court. Giving its verdict in favour of six societies, the High Court had ordered the GNIDA in July last year to allot plots to the societies immediately.

However, the Greater Noida administration has failed to implement the court orders so far.
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Welfare schemes for disabled students soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that it will notify within three months welfare schemes for disabled students across the country, as envisaged under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P. P. Malhotra informed the court that the government is already in the process of formulating the schemes under the Act and it will be notified in the official gazette within three months.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed, which had on February 19, 2003, issued notices to the Centre and Delhi Government on the issue, was surprised to know that the schemes under Section 30 of the Act were yet to be formulated even after such a long period.

The matter will now be heard on November 10. The court was hearing a PIL filed by a social jurist, which alleged that despite coming into force of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act in February 1996, no concrete steps had been taken by the Centre and Delhi Government for implementation of welfare schemes for physically challenged children in various educational institutions.

Citing a government letter, counsel Ashok Agarwal said there were about two crore disabled children in the country but less than one per cent of them were going to schools. The court had on several earlier hearings expressed its concern over the government’s inaction on the issue.

The court had observed last year that it is a sorry state of affairs, despite a law Secretaries in concerned departments are fighting inter se as to who should bear the cost and who should frame the schemes.

According to Section 30 of the Act, the government is under obligation to frame welfare schemes to provide transport facility to disabled, remove architectural barriers for them in schools, supply books, uniforms and other study materials, grant them scholarships and set up appropriate fora for redressal of their grievances, Agarwal said.

The other facilities listed in the Act included suitable modification in the examination system for them to eliminate purely mathematical questions, especially for the blind, and restructuring of the curriculum for students with hearing impairment, he added.

According to the social jurist, about 6,000 disabled children were studying in various schools in the Capital but most of them dropped out due to non-availability of any incentives from the government.
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Units may feel the pinch of special power measures
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 1
While the special measures announced by the state government to improve the power supply position appears to have provided some relief to the consumers from the huge cuts, the steps may prove disadvantageous to the industrial sector. The decision to cut supply to the industry is likely to have a downfall up to 15 per cent in this sector due to the losses caused by the short supply.

As per the measures announced by the state authorities, all industries having a load of one MW or more will have no supply for the next one week, while for small industrial units, there will be no supply of power for at least two days in a week.

According to industry sources, there were around 300 units in the town, which had been consuming one MW of power and due to the directions, these units employing a large number of workforce will have to shut down their operations for at least a week. But the power department claimed that there were about 82 units in their record, which had a load of one MW. However, the rest of industrial units, which were about 12,000 in the district, will also have a telling effect as they will either have to depend on generators or switch off the production for two days in a week.

Mr Rajiv Chawla, general secretary of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), admitted that the new measures could hit hard the industrial production and there is every chance that many of the units could lay off their employees due to decreased production.

He said that the majority of these may not able to meet their targets, saying that priority must be given to the domestic and agriculture sectors in the given situation.

He suggested that the government should remove or decrease the minimum monthly charges for the industrial consumers and provide subsidy for the purchase of generating sets to the industrial units as a move to provide this sector some relief in view of the above measures.

It may be recalled that Faridabad contributes about Rs 1,300 crore as revenue towards the sales tax, central excise, LADT and other charges per year. This include about Rs 650 crore to the state government. There are about 246 large and medium units and over 11,200 small-scale units, which provides a direct employment to about 2.5 lakh persons while generating employment to another 10 lakh indirectly.

The district has about 100 export units and it exports goods worth about Rs 1,000 crore annually.

According to the instructions of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, all urban and mixed urban feeders will remain switched off from 6.00 am to 12 pm and from 5 pm to 7pm. There are about 34 substations in the district, which have been divided in two groups to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the supply of drinking water.

But the orders of the state government to switch off the air-conditioners in the offices of the state government, stopping power supply for the street lights, neons signs and display boards and closing of all shops by 8 pm sharp, may not be implemented fully.
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Mystery of missing taxi drivers
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 1
Will the district police be able to solve the mystery behind the alleged abduction and murder of several taxi drivers of the Palwal subdivision with the recent arrest of a suspect hailing from Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh? This question is uppermost in the mind of many in the area, including the law and order machinery which had been baffled by the chain of missing taxi drivers during the past few years.

The local court has remanded the suspect identified as Devender in police custody for 14 days.

It is reported that the family members of several missing drivers had assembled outside the court complex at Palwal yesterday when the police produced the accused after bringing him from Aligarh on production warrant.

It is feared that the majority of 11 taxi drivers were first robbed of their valuables and then killed.

The accused had reportedly been arrested earlier also in February along with the body of a driver. The latest case of abduction and missing had been registered after a driver identified as Dharma, a resident of Housing Board Colony of Palwal, whose taxi had been taken to Aligarh on October 21 last, failed to return.

According to police sources, many taxi drivers claimed to have identified the accused, who had reportedly blocked the taxis of the victims and taken them to Aligarh and other places.

It is believed that all of them have been murdered. The victims include the drivers of some other districts and Delhi.

Meanwhile, in another case, the District and Sessions Court has sentenced two brothers of Jatola village to life imprisonment after convicting them of murdering a youth of the same village in June 2002.

The accused, identified as Ravinder and Surender, will also have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 in addition to the sentence and in case of failure, they will have to undergo an additional term of three years.
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Inter-state car jackers arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of three inter-state car jackers the South district police claimed to have solved five cases of car jacking in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The police also claimed to have recovered five robbed vehicles, one ordinance factory pistol along with six live cartridges, one country made revolver with two live cartridges and two robbed mobile phones from their possession.

On July 19, the police received a complaint from one person that three unidentified men had robbed an Indica car from his driver after tying his hands in a deserted place.

Due to a spurt in car thefts the police constituted a special team to nab the suspects involved in the crime. Based on a tip-off that some Dadri based criminals were involved in the crime and they would come to Delhi on July 31 to commit some robbery, the special team spotted the suspects near the Noida toll bridge and nabbed them. They were later identified as Nitin (23), Neeraj (22) and Dharmender (24), all residents of Dadri.

During interrogation the accused confessed to their crime and said that they had planned to commit car theft in Delhi on July 31.

In another case the Crime Branch claimed to have arrested two car jackers and recovered two country made pistols and five live cartridges from their possession.

The sleuths, on a tip-off that a gang of car jackers active in West and North-West Delhi would come near Oriental Insurance Godown, Najafgarh, to commit some robbery, nabbed the accused.

The accused were identified as Vikas Dhaiya alias Vicky (20) and Narender Deshwal (21), residents of Haryana.
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581 wild birds saved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
With the arrest of three persons, the Crime Branch has claimed to have rescued as many as 581 banned wild birds from the Jama Masjid area.

The rescued wild birds include 275 blue head cuckoo, 230 red head cuckoo, 80 zebra pitchers, six parrots and one precious white maque.

The police said that a special team nabbed the accused, Mohammad Moshin (40), Iqbal (40) and Fazi (28), in the Jama Masjid area who had the possession of the banned wild birds.
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Exhibition to link rural craftsmen with urban consumer
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
Celebrating the best of Indian handlooms and block prints, Dastkar brings together a special exhibition exclusively on hand woven and hand block printed fabric, combining the weaves, colours and motifs of 25 of its traditional craft groups and NGOs from across the country.

The special fabric exhibition will be held at the Aga Khan Hall, New Delhi, from August 6–9, 2004.

The exhibition will showcase a wide collection of ‘Ajrak’ (a block printing style) fabric by the earthquake rehabilitated victims of Kutch, vegetable dyed fabric and ‘Kalamkari’ prints from Andhra Pradesh, khadi from Tamil Nadu, ‘Sanganer’, ‘Daboo’ and ‘Akola’ prints from Rajasthan, natural dyed ‘Tussar’ from Bihar and Maharashtra.

Among the other collection showcased at the exhibition will include ‘Maheshwar’ and ‘Chanderi’ weaves from Madhya Pradesh, ‘Bomkai’ and ‘Korpat’ woven dupattas and yardage from Orissa, ‘Ikat’ from Andhra Pradesh, ‘Bandhini’ suits and dupattas from Gujarat, hand-woven cotton from Rajasthan and Haryana.

Natural dyed indigo, Kanchivaram south cottons and bright ‘Mangalgiris’ will also be seen at the special fabric exhibition. Dastkar’s primary objective is to enable craft producers, most of who belong to the underprivileged and minority communities, earn a viable means of income through the practice of their traditional craft skills.

Thereby also promoting and preserving India’s rich craft heritage and bringing craft, India’s second largest source of income, into the economic mainstream.

The achieve this, rural craftspeople need to have a direct link with the urban consumer. The exhibitions and bazaars are an attempt in this direction.
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Punjabi folk & pop music catching on
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
In their endeavour to make Punjabi folk and pop music reach out to a larger audience, M V Films International launched Sukamini Music (P) Ltd at a glittering function held in Fort Grand near Chanakyapuri in the Capital.

The chief guest of the evening Punjabi singer Mika of ‘Gabru’ fame inaugurated the ceremony along with director of Sukamini Music, Vikram Hans, and singer Sanjeev Anand by lighting the traditional lamp in the presence of popular Punjabi singers, Ashok Masti, J S Paras, Arvinder Singh, Baba Khan and Aulakh Preet. Also present on the occasion was Mr Satish Yadav, director, Dhronacharya Engineering College.

As the evening progressed, the party gathered momentum with reverberating and colourful performances by J S Paras and Arvinder Singh. A high point of the evening was when Mika sang his ever-popular number ‘Gabru’ along with the tracks from his latest album `Do Nalli’ on the demands of the audience. He then congratulated Mr Vikram Hans and said, “Seeing the rising popularity of Punjabi music around the globe, I hope that Sukamini Music will pave the way for upcoming artists.”

An excited Mr Vikram Hans said, “While our aim is to offer quality music, we want to promote Punjabi folk and pop music in the country and give the music lovers a chance to enjoy traditional Punjabi music.”

He said that under the banner of Sukamini Music, they would be promoting more Punjabi artists. On the occasion, Mr Vikram Hans announced the launch of the first two albums made under the banner of Sukamini Music. The first Punjabi pop album ‘American Boys Kudi Patiale Di’ with upcoming artist Arvinder Singh singing the vocals while the second one is a religious album, ‘Fullah Jihe Khalse Do’ by Aulakh Preet and music by Mika.
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Devotees pay homage to Swami Kalyan Devji
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
Thousands of devotees congregated to pay tribute to Swami Kalyan Devji Maharaj at the Shradhanjali and Brahmabhoj Shodshi Bhandara ceremony held at the Bhagwat Peeth Shri Sukhdev Ashram, Shuktirth, Muzaffarnagar.

Swamiji, who passed away on July 14, 2004, had established a large number of schools, polytechnics, colleges, technical institutions, homes for the disabled and religious and cultural centres in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.

He was popularly known as ‘Shiksha Rishi’.

“Swamiji dedicated his life working for the uplift of the poor and spread of education among the masses,” said Swami Omananda Bramhachari, a disciple of Swami Kalyan Devji Maharaj.

To honour the sacrifice of the Indian soldier in the Kargil War, Swamiji built the ‘Kargil Shaheed Smarak’ at Shukrtal in district Muzaffarnagar.
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Protest against construction of slaughterhouse
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
Protesting against the construction of a slaughterhouse in Ghazipur, the Arya Samaj, the BJP, the Hindu Mahasabha and the Shiv Sena today jointly staged a demonstration near the Patparganj bus depot.

President of the International Arya Sabha Swami Satyam said the Arya Samaj will start a movement against the proposal of the MCD for construction of the slaughterhouse. The Municipal Commissioner tabled the proposal without understanding sentiments of local residents. If it is constructed, it will hurt local residents’ sentiments, he said.

President of the Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad Anil Arya urged the Chief Minister and Lt. Governor of Delhi that keeping in view the people’s sentiments the abattoir should not be constructed in Ghazipur. He said while the government was closing industries in Delhi to curb pollution, it was going ahead with the construction of a slaughterhouse, which will be a major cause of pollution.
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Kishan Pahelwan gang member held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1
The South-West district police claimed to have arrested a gang member of Kishan Pahelwan and recovered one country made pistol and two live cartridges from his possession. The police received a tip-off that the gang member, Anil Kumar, resident of Kanjhawala, involved in several extortion cases in Haryana would come near Vishal Mega Mart to commit some robbery and nabbed him. The accused, after spotting the police, fired a round at them but was soon overpowered.

Constable nabbed for taking bribe

The Anti Corruption Branch arrested a constable Krishan Chander of the Nangloi police station for taking Rs 5,000 as illegal gratification from one Jai Bhagwan. The accused demanded the money to release Bhagwan’s brother Krishan.
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Lion Club adopts school
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 1
Lion Club Noida has adopted Adarsh primary school in village Chaura Sadatpur.

The club has donated 40 benches for the students and organised a medical check-up camp for the schoolskids.

Lion Club chairman Dr Sadguru Sharma said the club had adopted this school and would periodically arrange for medical check-up and treatment of the students of the school. Eighty students of V class were medically examined by a team of Satya Hospital, including Dr Sadguru, Dr Anurag Vats, Dr Veena Saran etc. Ten students were advised blood test, three diagnosed with throat ailments, two with stomach ailments.
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