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SC stays ad hoc registration of industries
New Delhi, August 2
Taking strong exception to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) formulating a plan to grant fresh ad hoc registration to industries in residential areas in the Capital, the Supreme Court today stayed its implementation, saying it violated the Court’s earlier order for shifting of such units away to the confirmed industrial areas.

Revival of monsoon brings relief
New Delhi, August 2
After a spell of hot and humid weather, rains today brought relief to the Delhiites. For the city, which had more or less given up the hope of getting drenched in the monsoon showers, the rains today came as an answer to the prayers.

Waterlogging at Panchkuian Road after heavy rain in the Capital on Monday. DMRC employees repairing a road at Rafi Marg in the Capital.
RAIN AND PAIN: Waterlogging at Panchkuian Road after heavy rain in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
DMRC employees repairing a road at Rafi Marg in the Capital. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


 

 

 

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A  Maruti car crushed by a DTC bus on the Ring Road in the Capital on Monday.DTC bus kills pedestrian
New Delhi, August 2
One pedestrian was killed and a motorist was seriously injured as a DTC Mudrika bus hit them near the Dhaula Kuan Ring Road this morning.

A Maruti car crushed by a DTC bus on the Ring Road in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

  • Two burglars arrested

  • Inter-state criminal held

2,506 high-rise buildings without fire safety devices 
New Delhi, August 2
The Delhi Fire Services Department has compiled a comprehensive list of about 2,506 high-rise buildings in different areas of the city where the owners have not complied with fire safety norms prescribed by the Delhi Building Bye-laws.

Withdrawal of tax rebates under UAM scheme flayed
New Delhi, August 2
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, has flayed the action of the Congress-led Corporation to withdraw the various concessions declared by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, in respect of the Property Tax under the Unit Area Method (UAM) scheme.

Empties of cartridges seized from trader
Ghaziabad, August 2
A team of Special Operations Group (SOG) has reportedly seized 3.75 quintals of empties of cartridges from a trader posing as a junk dealer. Pankaj Gupta, a Patel Nagar-based trader has been arrested.

  • Two girls among eight held for obscene acts

Farmers get compensation, still occupy land
Noida, August 2
Land worth crores of rupees continues to be occupied by farmers in spite of it having been acquired by the Noida Authority. A large number of farmers have collected land compensation worth crores, but are still keeping the valuable land under their possession.

Solar power yet to light up daily life
Faridabad, August 2
The growth of solar power as an alternative source of energy has been quite slow, though a large amount of funds were being diverted for this cause.

Dowry deaths, rapes; Faridabad sees it all
Faridabad, August 2
The crime graph against women in the district seems to have taken an upward swing with several cases being reported in the past few days. They include at least two incidents of dowry death, two rapes and two cases of abduction of minor girls.

New hostels for 600 JNU students
New Delhi, August 2
In the new academic session, students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) can look forward to not just more rooms after the construction of two hostels, but also clean drinking water.

Privatisation of garbage work to be postponed
New Delhi, August 2
The proposal of privatisation of the work of segregation of garbage at the dhalaos, its transportation and disposal to sanitary landfill sites will be postponed, disclosed the chairman, Standing Committee of the MCD, Mr Mukesh Goel here today.

  • ‘No increase in vegetable prices’

Amar Singh wants Tatas for power generation
Sahibabad, August 2
The UP Development Council’s Chairman and Samajwadi Party MP, Mr Amar Singh, is unhappy with the Congress and the Central Government for having refused a financial package for the state’s development.

Man attacked for refusing to sell land
Ghaziabad, August 2
A man who refused to sell his land at a throwaway price had to pay a heavy price for his ‘impudence’. He was hit on his head with a bottle of acid in Sambhawali. The injured has been admitted to MMG Hospital, Ghaziabad.

  • Three children injured

Exhibition on Geelani cancelled
New Delhi, August 2
Members of the All India Committee for SAR Geelani who reached Delhi University to participate in the exhibition, ‘The Lies of our times’, were greeted by a notice that declared that the exhibition had been called off.

Agrifex’04 promoting rural India
New Delhi, August 2
In compliance with the government’s policy, ITE Group India has taken the initiative to organise an agriculture and food exhibition, Agrifex’04, starting from 27 to 30 September at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

IDP offer for higher studies in Australia
New Delhi, August 2
The IDP Education, Australia, offers another opportunity to the Indian students opting for higher studies abroad. The IDP is hosting interview sessions in the national Capital for Indian students aspiring for higher education in Australia at Hotel Park Royal on August 14.
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SC stays ad hoc registration of industries
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 2
Taking strong exception to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) formulating a plan to grant fresh ad hoc registration to industries in residential areas in the Capital, the Supreme Court today stayed its implementation, saying it violated the Court’s earlier order for shifting of such units away to the confirmed industrial areas.

Pulling up the MCD for taking such a step despite Court’s order for shifting of industries, a Bench of Justice Y. K. Sabharwal and Justice D. M. Dharmadhikari said implementation of this plan should be stayed with immediate effect.

The issue was brought before the Court in an application by environmentalist lawyer M. C. Mehta, who said that MCD had passed a resolution on July 2 inviting fresh applications from industrial units established in residential areas till March 31, 2003, for grant of ad hoc registration even when the matter is pending in the court.

Advocate Ranjit Kumar, appointed amicus curiae in the case by the apex court, submitted that the Corporation had issued a press communication on July 22 referring to the passage of the resolution and its communication from the MCD Commissioner to the Municipal Secretary for
its implementation.

In the communication, reference was also made to the ad hoc registration scheme of 1994, which had been stayed by the Court on November 30, 1995, and subsequently the Corporation had even issued a circular regarding implementation of the apex court directive, Mehta in his application said.

Seeking stay of any registration of industrial units in residential areas, Mehta said this was being done by the Corporation despite its issuing a public notice in 2000 clarifying that ad hoc registration had been cancelled by it.

“Perusal of the entire communication shows that this itself is also in violation of the law under the DDA Act as well as the MCD Act relating to misuse of residential property for other than the sanctioned building plan,” the application said.

“The Corporation clearly is acting in violation of the law and also allowing use of residential property for commercial purposes when the matter is sub-judice,” it said.
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Revival of monsoon brings relief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
After a spell of hot and humid weather, rains today brought relief to the Delhiites. For the city, which had more or less given up the hope of getting drenched in the monsoon showers, the rains today came as an answer to the prayers. The revival of the monsoon in Delhi and parts of the north western plains has brought relief to the residents.

The Capital recorded 37.4-mm rain since last evening.

The Met Department has predicted a general cloudy weather with heavy rains in some areas.

Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) pointed out that monsoon has become active over Delhi and other parts of the North West region, which explains the unexpected rain last evening.

The rainfall was widespread over the Capital as compared to brief isolated showers the city had twice earlier.

Meanwhile the city saw the usual chaos on the streets as rains lashed the Capital. Traffic jams and congested spaces under flyovers, where people stopped to escape getting wet, were a common sight. Around mid-day, complaints of water logging in many areas of the city started pouring in, as did reports of traffic snarls.

A death was also reported in the city today as a 40-year-old man died of electrocution when he came in the proximity of an electric pole in Swaroop Nagar area of North East Delhi, Fire Department sources said.

The monsoon, after arriving in the Capital on July 5, as against its normal date of June 29, had disappeared leaving Delhiites high and dry for the whole month. This is in great contrast to its performance last year when it had given a record 63 cm rain in July against the normal rainfall of about 22 cm for the month.
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DTC bus kills pedestrian
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
One pedestrian was killed and a motorist was seriously injured as a DTC Mudrika bus hit them near the Dhaula Kuan Ring Road this morning.

While the victim was identified as Ayub Khan, the motorist, who is recuperating in the Safdarjung Hospital, has been identified as Santosh.

The police have arrested the driver, Wazir Singh, and registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. The police said that bus initially hit a Maruti 800 car that was being driven by one P.P. Singh a doctor in DDU Hospital. But the doctor escaped unhurt.

The bus, after hitting the pedestrian, hit the motorist and also a jeep. The occupants in the jeep also escaped unhurt.

Two burglars arrested

With the arrest of two desperate burglars the South West district police today claimed to have solved at least 12 cases of burglary in South West and West districts. The police also claimed to have recovered two button-actuated knives and house breaking implements from their possession.

With a spurt in night burglaries the police had constituted a special team to curb burglaries. Based on a tip-off the police arrested two burglars, who were identified as Pawan Kumar Jha, alias Pawan, resident of Uttam Nagar, and Lala Kumar, alias Lala, resident of Samastipur, near Sector-7, Dwarka. During interrogation the accused, Pawan, told the police that he hailed from Bihar and after coming to Delhi he worked as a labourer. During this time he came into contact with some burglars Dheeraj, Vishal and Sheru and joined their gang.

So far he and their associates had been involved in at least 12 burglaries in South West and West districts.

He also said that the stolen properties were sent to his native village through his associate for disposal.

Inter-state criminal held

The Special Cell claimed to have arrested a desperate inter-state criminal this morning in the Chandni Chowk area while he was planning to commit a robbery.

The sleuths, based on a tip-off, that the criminal would be coming to the Chandni Chowk area to commit robbery, nabbed Sandeep Aggarwal alias Nitu. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered one country made pistol along with two live cartridges from his possession.

According to the police the accused had stayed in six different places in Delhi under fake names. He had been involved in several cases in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai.

In 1996 he and his associates purchased towels worth Rs 2 lakh in Sadar Bazar and sold them in Ganga Nagar in Rajasthan. Again in 1999, he, along with his associate Manekshaw, cheated a jeweller to the tune of Rs 2.65 lakh in Mumbai. In 2000 he purchased rice worth Rs 10 lakh in Shahdara and escaped without paying the shopkeeper.

He was also involved in murder cases of two businessmen in Hapur and Ghaziabad in 1999 and 2004, the police said. 
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2,506 high-rise buildings without fire safety devices 
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The Delhi Fire Services Department has compiled a comprehensive list of about 2,506 high-rise buildings in different areas of the city where the owners have not complied with fire safety norms prescribed by the Delhi Building Bye-laws. According to Delhi Chief Fire Safety Officer R.C. Sharma, most of these buildings are located in trans-Yamuna areas, besides Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazar.

Some are also situated inside the lal dora of urban villages in Delhi. “The structures are unauthorised and have been constructed without permission from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi or the Delhi Development Authority and have a mixed occupancy, putting them at a higher risk than pure commercial or residential buildings,” he added.

The department is in the process of issuing notices to the owners to either comply with the 12 rules devised under the Delhi Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Act, 1986, or face action. “Their water and power connections will be disconnected and the buildings sealed,” Mr Sharma added.

It may be mentioned that rules for high-rise buildings constructed after 1983 were drawn in 1987. Accordingly, an approach road of six meters, water storage capacity of 50,000 to two lakh litres, automatic sprinkler system, hose reel, portable appliances, compartmentation, automatic fire detection, public address system, exit signs, emergency power supply, provision of fireman switch in one of the lifts and wet riser, down comer or a dry riser are mandatory for buildings which are 15 metres or above in height.

According to Mr Sharma, in a survey conducted in 1983, as many as 220 buildings were identified as faulty as far as fire safety norms were concerned.

Most of theses were upgraded as per rules and 52 defaulting buildings were served sealing notices.

After the owners approached the court, they were given time to fulfill the requirements of the rules.

The present list includes those 2,506 buildings, which were less than 15 feet in height then.

“Floors were added illegally, following which these came under the category of high-rise structures,” he added. 
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Withdrawal of tax rebates under UAM scheme flayed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, has flayed the action of the Congress-led Corporation to withdraw the various concessions declared by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, in respect of the Property Tax under the Unit Area Method (UAM) scheme.

He has demanded that the concessions regarding two and half times capping of the Property Tax under the Unit Area Method (UAM) in comparison to the old property tax scheme, the rebate for senior citizens, ex-servicemen, women owned properties, physically challenged persons and self-occupied flatted properties from 100 square metres to 200 square metres should not be withdrawn.

Moreover, the settled cases under the old property tax scheme (numbering eight lakhs approximately) where the owners are paying regular property tax, have become complicated due to the daily change in the property tax policy.
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Empties of cartridges seized from trader
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 2
A team of Special Operations Group (SOG) has reportedly seized 3.75 quintals of empties of cartridges from a trader posing as a junk dealer. Pankaj Gupta, a Patel Nagar-based trader has been arrested.

The Circle Officer, Mr Charanjiv Nath Sinha, said the SOG in-charge had got a tip-off that a trader in Bonjha posing as a junk dealer illegally buys and sells empties of prohibited bore cartridges.

The SOG team raided his godown in Bonjha last night and recovered 260 kg empties of 9 mm bore cartridges, 125 kg shells of 303 bore.

Besides, the team had also recovered eight .9 mm and four 303 live cartridges. All these bores are prohibited for common people. These can only be used in the police departments or in the armed forces. Keeping the empty shells of the cartridges is prohibited.

The police also seized three quintals of brass taken out from the cartridges. Initially, Pankaj had tried to hoodwink the police that he had a valid licence for the business, Mr Sinha said. But he could not produce the licence. Since these empties could be misused also, a case under clause 25 of Arms Act had been registered against Gupta in Kotwali police station, Mr Sinha said.

Two girls among eight held for obscene acts

Eight persons, including two girls were arrested for indulging in obscenity in the name of Friendship Day in a Kavi Nagar Flat yesterday. While the girls were said to be sisters, the youths were reportedly students of a Dasna-based integrated technology institute.

Acting on a tip-off, the Kavi Nagar police raided a house in RDC colony and nabbed six youths and two girls indulging in obscene activities. The girls were reportedly daughters of a mechanical engineer employed in a multi-national company in Noida, who are residing in Sector-23 of Kavi Nagar. The elder girl is employed in a cell company in Raj Nagar, while the younger is said to be a student of Dehra Dun Public School.

The youths, students of management course in Dasna’s Integrated Institute of Technology, were identified as Gaurav of Varanasi, Saif and Taman Das from Kolkata, Amit from Prem Nagar, Gautam from Barielly and Chaman Kumar from Gauhati.

The police have registered a case against all of them under section 294 of IPC. The youths are reported to be from well-off families.

The detainees, however, refuted the police accusation that they were indulging in any filthy activity and said that they were celebrating the Friendship Day and the police have just concocted the story. They were simply enjoying their meals together in a room when the police nabbed them, they claimed.
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Farmers get compensation, still occupy land
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 2
Land worth crores of rupees continues to be occupied by farmers in spite of it having been acquired by the Noida Authority. A large number of farmers have collected land compensation worth crores, but are still keeping the valuable land under their possession. Most of them hope to collect land compensation on revised rate.

As many as 104 such cases are reported to be in the knowledge of the Noida Authority. There are a total of 382 cases of land acquisition in various villages. Out of these, 53 cases are in Hoshiarpur, 21 in Sadarpur, 31 in Chhalera, 42 in Hazratpur Wajadpur, 25 in Illbans, 10 in Lalpur, 16 in Kulesra, 41 in Manura, 54 in Khora, 39 in Makanpur are still pending says Dr Arunveer Singh, secretary, Noida Authority.

Dr Singh said in many cases the benefit of higher compensation had been passed on to the farmers under section 180, in spite of the fact that their cases are still pending with the government.

In such cases, compensation is fixed by the state government under section 28. “We shall take strong action in all these cases. A committee has also been constituted for withholding the compensation of land acquired, but not handed over to the authority by farmers.

It will be ensured by the committee that under no circumstances compensation will be paid to the farmers direct. The whole documents of land acquisition and its compensation will be prepared by the Naib Tehsildar and presented to Additional District Magistrate (Land). Lands area, rate of compensation, conditions of encroachment, and all other details will have to be furnished by the farmer himself. Interest on 30 per cent solatium will be paid according to the ruling of the court. It will be the duty of the Naib Tehsildar to deposit all documents in district court, Dr Singh added.
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Solar power yet to light up daily life
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 2
The growth of solar power as an alternative source of energy has been quite slow, though a large amount of funds were being diverted for this cause.

Aditya Solar shop, set up by the administration here to promote the use of solar-powered equipment in daily life, is still to become a popular address. The sale target of the shop, which has many equipment of daily use, seems not to be matching the population and the potential of the requirement of such items. Though a heavy subsidy was being provided on some of the items, especially which were of common use, their demand had not risen as per the expectations.

The District Rural Development Office, which owns the shop, has already set up 10 streetlights powered by the solar energy in three villages of the district, but the department had still been waiting for more orders from the Gram Panchayats to install more solar-run streetlights. The cost of one streetlight (one pole) comes to be around Rs 21,500 and this provides light continuously for 12 hours before it requires automatic recharging during the day. The bulb of the streetlight produces light of about 100 to 125 watts.

However, the situation seems to be somewhat better when it comes to homelighting. One homelighting system, which consists of two bulbs or tubes capable of producing 75 watts of power for an average period of four hours daily costs Rs 7,500 after subsidy. While the actual cost of one system had been Rs 11,000, this was being made available at the subsidised rate to any rural resident.

On streetlights, the department provides about 50 per cent subsidy. The department has targeted to sell about 13 streetlights and as many as 84 homelighting system in the villages this year.

However, the subsidy on the solar lights and other equipment is given only to the non-profit organisations and gram panchayats.

The third item available for sale was the mini-light equipment, which has a subsidy of about Rs 2,425. The solar lantern, one of the oldest items available, has a price tag of Rs 3,000 to 3,500 and no subsidy was given on this equipment.

Besides the lighting systems, the department also provides cookers, which were of two types. While the traditional solar cooker costs about Rs 1,200 after a subsidy of Rs 300 on each, a subsidy of about Rs 1,500 was being given on the dish type of cooker, whose cost was around Rs 4,200 per piece. The shop here sold about 15 pieces of dish-type cookers last week, while about eight pieces of the solar cookers have been sold so far in this year.

As the Rural Development Bank has exhibited its interest in financing the solar items this year, the department is still to tap many of the potential sectors. One of the departments that could be a major consumer of such items is the Municipal Corporation and other civic bodies in the district.

It is reported that the civic body here owes several crores as pending bill towards the Power Department, but the authorities concerned have failed to chalk out any strategy to go for solar-powered streetlighting so far.
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Dowry deaths, rapes; Faridabad sees it all
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 2
The crime graph against women in the district seems to have taken an upward swing with several cases being reported in the past few days. They include at least two incidents of dowry death, two rapes and two cases of abduction of minor girls.

According to reports, the police have booked some members of a family of Krishna Colony of Palwal town in connection with the death of a young woman, married in the family a few months ago.

The complainant, Mr Kamal Kishore, stated that he had married his two daughters Indira and Triveni to two brothers in the accused family in February.

He alleged that Indira had been murdered by her in-laws on July 31. He claimed that

instead of telling him about the death of his daughter, the accused tried to prevent his other daughter from informing him. It is stated that the death of victim had been caused due to strangulation. While the police took the custody of the body and got the postmortem done from the civil hospital, a case has reportedly been registered on the complaint lodged by the kin of the victim.

In another incident, the residents of a nearby Baroli village were shocked by the manner in which a man killed his wife on Friday. The accused is reported to have used a hammer and a sharp-edged weapon to kill his wife, who was mother of a one-month-old child.

The incident took place on Malerna Road when the accused identified as Gajender took his wife Sadhna to his cycle shop on some pretext. Once inside the shop, he attacked her with a hammer and a screw-driver.

The accused later fled on a motorcycle after being noticed by someone. It is stated that the accused had been demanding more money from his wife. They had been married in 1998 and the deceased gave birth to a child about a month ago. The accused was, however, living with his in-laws. Meanwhile, the police also booked two cases of rapes that had taken place in two villages in the district. In the first incident, a married woman of Shahjahanpur village alleged that his neighbour identified as Satpal made way into her house at night and raped her while her husband was away recently.

Another woman of Kheri Kalan village also levelled similar allegation against her neighbour, who has been booked by the police. Both the accused are reported to be absconding.

In yet another incident, a resident of Agra has been running from pillar to post to get a case registered against his son-in-law, who he claims had allegedly murdered his daughter in February for not bringing adequate dowry.

The complainant claimed that that the police had not registered the case even after five months of the death of his daughter, who had been married in February 1999.
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New hostels for 600 JNU students
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
In the new academic session, students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) can look forward to not just more rooms after the construction of two hostels, but also clean drinking water.

While the rooms in the new hostels will be realised later this year, the plan for water purifiers is yet to be finalised.

Demanding the immediate allocation of rooms in the two hostels on the JNU campus, students today staged a demonstration outside the office of Dean of Student’s Welfare.

The construction work is almost over, but the CPWD is yet to hand over the two hostels, Loni and Lohit, to the JNU authorities.

The hostels, where rooms are yet to be allocated to the students, are expected to lodge around 600 students.

“The hostels will accommodate around 600 students. We are still in the process of getting the electricity and water connections for both the hostels and the work should be completed by the middle of September,” said a JNU official.

“Various students organisations had been pursuing the matter for sometime now. The admission has begun and the students have started coming in and the hostel rooms are yet to be allocated,” said a NSUI member, Mayur Jha.

The NSUI also sought the university’s agreement to waive off the guest fee charges from new students. “We asked the Dean to waive off the guest charges, as it is not the student’s fault that the university has not provided them with a place to stay in while they are yet to get the hostel rooms. We wanted the university to forge all conditions laid down for the guests vis-à-vis these students so that they are allowed to stay for longer duration without having to pay,” said Madhumita Chakravarty of the NSUI.

Meanwhile, the university has also agreed to the students’ demand of not converting the single-occupant rooms into double-occupant rooms. “We had objected to the proposal mooted by the university to convert 30 per cent of the single rooms into double rooms. The university has conceded in principle to our demand and also agreed to our demand for installing water purifiers in all hostels,” said Ena of the Students Federation of India (SFI).
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Privatisation of garbage work to be postponed
Tribune News service

New Delhi, August 2
The proposal of privatisation of the work of segregation of garbage at the dhalaos, its transportation and disposal to sanitary landfill sites will be postponed, disclosed the chairman, Standing Committee of the MCD, Mr Mukesh Goel here today.

Mr Goel said that in the next meeting of the Standing Committee, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, would propose privatisation of these works in the six zones of the MCD. He said this important decision had been taken to ensure welfare of safai karamcharis and decision on this proposal will be taken only after considering all aspects and consulting all categories concerned.

‘No increase in vegetable prices’

The Government of NCT of Delhi has warned retailers with stringent action if they take undue advantage of rumours and has ruled out any abnormal increase in the prices of vegetables during the past month. In a statement released to media, the government said that a comprehensive review of the situation during July reveals that while prices of vegetables like potato, onion, brinjal, pea and spinach have been generally less than the prices during the corresponding period last year, the prices of vegetables like tomato and cucumber have shown a marginal increase.
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Amar Singh wants Tatas for power generation
Our Correspondent

Sahibabad, August 2
The UP Development Council’s Chairman and Samajwadi Party MP, Mr Amar Singh, is unhappy with the Congress and the Central Government for having refused a financial package for the state’s development.

Amar Singh said that the Centre had been very generous with Bihar, which was sanctioned a package of over Rs 300 crore. “We had also gone to the Centre with a begging bowl, but were shabbily treated.

While speaking at Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of Super Construction Company in Vaishali yesterday, he said “After Reliance Group we shall try to invite Tata Group to help us in the state’s development, particularly for power generation in Sone Bhadr district.” He said a huge wood-based industry will also be brought to the state from Singapore.

“If we don’t get funds for roads, power and water, from the Union Finance Minister Chidambaram, we shall try to involve Birla and Kumar Mangalam for these projects.”

The SP general secretary said that in a meeting scheduled for August 9, efforts will be made to convince the largest American company for investing and taking up some projects in West UP. The roads and water are essential services without which the state could not progress. Those who indulge in blame game are themselves not doing any constructive work. 
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Man attacked for refusing to sell land
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 2
A man who refused to sell his land at a throwaway price had to pay a heavy price for his ‘impudence’. He was hit on his head with a bottle of acid in Sambhawali. The injured has been admitted to MMG Hospital, Ghaziabad. Two persons have been named in the case.

Chhel Chand, 65, a resident of Naya Bans village in Sambhawli block was going to his tubewell when he was asked to sell his 25 bigha land for Rs 2 lakh only by Inder Singh and Kalwa of the same village. But Chhel Chand refused to do so.

Then Inder Singh and Kalwa tried to persuade him. They told him that as he had no child, the land would be of no use to him after sometime, but Chhel Chand did not agree.

Both of them became angry and hit him on his head with a bottle of acid. Chhel Chand suffered serious burn injuries in different parts of his body. On his raising the alarm, Chhel Chand was rushed to a local nursing home by some farmers working in the fields. Later, he was shifted to MMG Hospital as his condition became serious.

Chhel Chand said he had married off his only daughter and was living with his wife.

Inder Singh had been after Chhel Chand’s 25 bigha land which is worth Rs 10 lakh, for quite sometime and had been even threatening him.

Chhel Chand has lodged a case against Inder Singh and Kalwa. SO Lokinder Singh said the accused would soon be arrested.

Three children injured

New Delhi: Three children, including two girls, received minor injuries when a wall collapsed today in Prem Vihar area of Gokulpuri.

The police said the house belonged to one Kishan. The incident occurred in the afternoon in which Kishan’s daughter Khusbhu along with her friends Deepak and Prabha were injured. They were rushed to the GTB Hospital for treatment. — TNS
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Exhibition on Geelani cancelled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
Members of the All India Committee for SAR Geelani who reached Delhi University to participate in the exhibition, ‘The Lies of our times’, were greeted by a notice that declared that the exhibition had been called off.

While the members alleged that the university “buckled under pressure”, exerted by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the university maintained that no “proper permission” had been sought for holding the exhibition.

Sources in the university pointed out that the authorities were not told about the exhibition and, therefore, it could not allow the committee to hold it for three days.

The ABVP members who were opposed to the exhibition, which is a compilation of posters depicting the media reports on Geelani during his arrest, claimed that they would ensure that the exhibition was not held in the university.

“The exhibition is anti-national and we will not allow any anti-national activity on the campus,” said Nakul Bhardwaj, the state secretary of ABVP.

He added, “We did not resort to any violence at the venue, but we did not allow the SAR Geelani supporters to put up the exhibition.”
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Agrifex’04 promoting rural India
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
In compliance with the government’s policy, ITE Group India has taken the initiative to organise an agriculture and food exhibition, Agrifex’04, starting from 27 to 30 September at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Agrifex’04 aims to promote rural India and various welfare schemes envisaged by the Government of India and the state governments.

ITE Group India claims that Agrifex’04 aims to provide an ideal platform to promote dairy and agro products, horticulture, floriculture, sericulture, processed foods, dairy and agricultural research, machinery and equipments, packaging, refrigeration and numerous other agri-solutions to domestic and overseas markets.

The exhibition will also explore technological collaborations in the field of dairy and agri-research and sharing of expertise with the developing countries, says Mrs Kiran Sharma Director, ITE Group, which consumers like farmers, scientists, food technologists, distributors, wholesalers and retailers can derive benefit from.

Apart from the exhibition, live interactive sessions like seminars and ‘Krishi Goshti’ will be held for the farmers to answer their queries.
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IDP offer for higher studies in Australia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The IDP Education, Australia, offers another opportunity to the Indian students opting for higher studies abroad.

The IDP is hosting interview sessions in the national Capital for Indian students aspiring for higher education in Australia at Hotel Park Royal on August 14.

The students are required to pre-register with the IDP prior to the interview programme, which will ensure that they receive appointments with respective institutions that they seek to apply to.

The highlight of the interview sessions is the admission being offered to eligible students for most of the courses. No registration fee is being charged and the students can avail of application fee waiver too. Students will meet and interact with representatives and faculty from over 33 universities and institutions across Australia, who are trained and experienced counsellors. 
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