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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

Affidavits sought on unauthorised structures
New Delhi, August 3
The Delhi High Court today directed the authorities to file affidavits detailing the action taken to implement its earlier order calling for removal of unauthorised structures on the Yamuna riverbed as well as on its embankments.

Villagers protest police inaction in
dowry death case
Ghaziabad, August 3
Thousands of villagers blocked Delhi-Meerut Road in protest against the police failure to arrest the killers of a woman, allegedly killed by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry. The traffic on the highway remained suspended for hours. After killing the woman, her in-laws had thrown her from the terrace in Sihani Gate police area.

Desperate criminal held
New Delhi, August 3
The Special Staff of the North West district today claimed to have arrested a desperate criminal who was involved in a number of murder and dacoity cases in the Capital and various other districts in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. The accused was identified as Sri Kant, alias Pappu Kumar, of Azamgarh.


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Farmers spring to life, thanks to rain
Faridabad, August 3
Faridabad district has received an average of about 88 mm of rainfall in the past 48 hours, bringing relief from the hot and dry weather and reviving the hopes of the farming community who can now avoid losses to the kharif crop.

Monsoon in full flow
New Delhi, August 3
Rains continued to lash the Capital for the second day today. The afternoon saw heavy rains in the city causing traffic snarls. Water logging was reported in some parts of the city and vehicles were seen moving at snail’s pace.



Two women taking a stroll in the rain in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Two women taking a stroll in the rain in the Capital

Diabetes: A disturbing trend among children
New Delhi, August 3
Given the lack of physical activity in schools, it is not surprising that Type 2 diabetes is being detected in 12 and 13-year-old children. According to a study conducted by the Human Nutrition Unit of the AIIMS, 13.4 per cent children studying in Delhi schools can be considered obese if one takes the body mass index into account; 27.3 per cent are obese if one goes by the skin fold thickness.

An MCD bulldozer razing an unauthorised construction at Sainik Farms in the Capital
An MCD bulldozer razing an unauthorised construction at Sainik Farms in the Capital on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Rural healthcare project inaugurated
New Delhi, August 3
The Indian Medical Association has undertaken an ambitious project, ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’, to shoulder the responsibility of providing healthcare in every village of the country. The project will enable medical professionals to develop a vision and undertake innovations to improve rural health as envisaged in the National Health Policy. Under the project, the members of IMA will be adopting the most vulnerable villages.

Mayor to go on hunger strike against abattoir
Ghaziabad, August 3
In a letter to the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Delhi government, Ghaziabad Mayor Dinesh Chand Garg has warned that if the slaughterhouse is set up in Ghazipur, he will go on a hunger strike.

600 Modern School students given prizes
Faridabad, August 3
About 600 students of the Modern School here, who excelled in studies and other fields, were awarded prizes on the occasion of the ‘Annual Appreciation Day, observed recently on the school premises.

Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture on August 5
New Delhi, August 3
The third Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture will be held in the Dyal Singh College premises here at Lodhi Road on August 5. Former Prime Minister, Mr. I.K. Gujral, will deliver the lecture, ‘Thinking for the Future’, at 11 am on the occasion of the 45th Founder’s day of the college.

A child activist of CPI(M) sitting on dharna to protest against the anti-people's policies of the Delhi government at Jantar Mantar in the Capital
A child activist of CPI(M) sitting on dharna to protest against the anti-people's policies of the Delhi government at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Paul advises officers to be in touch with residents
New Delhi, August 3
The Commissioner of Police, Dr K. K. Paul, today directed all the District Deputy Commissioners of Police and other officers to be in touch with the influential as well as local people to gather information about the militants and ruffians who could be involved in untoward incidents on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations in the Capital.

Govt constitutes flying squads
New Delhi, August 3
The Government of NCT of Delhi has initiated a special drive to inspect the performance of the departments dealing with the public by sending Flying Squads.

Steel worth Rs 30 lakh seized
Ghaziabad, August 3
The mobile team of Trade Tax department has seized steel worth Rs 30 lakh. The steel had been transported on the basis of fictitious bills from Bulandshahr by the railways.

Spiderman II for cancer-struck children
New Delhi, August 3
Childhood ushers in limitless possibilities. But for children afflicted with cancer it is a daily combat. To honour such kids, Cankids... KidsCan is organising a special show of the much-awaited film, Spiderman II, at the recently renovated Milan Cinema at 3.45 pm on August 5 for cancer-afflicted children and their families.

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Affidavits sought on unauthorised structures
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Delhi High Court today directed the authorities to file affidavits detailing the action taken to implement its earlier order calling for removal of unauthorised structures on the Yamuna riverbed as well as on its embankments.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed directed the Central and Delhi Governments, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and its Slum Department, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Jal Board and Public Works Department to file their replies within two weeks.

The judges gave the directions after failing to get a satisfactory answer to what had been done by the authorities to comply with the Court’s March 3, 2004, order of a Division Bench comprising Justices Vijender Jain and B. N. Chaturvedi in this regard.

On February 11, the High Court had vacated its stay on the demolition drive by the city authorities and thereby allowed simultaneous operation to evict or relocate encroachers from the Yamuna Pushta, the illegal hutment colony along the Yamuna river in the Capital to different re-settlement sites to continue.

The order was given by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed while dealing with six petitions by affected slum dwellers alleging lack of basic amenities at the four resettlement sites.

The Bench vacated the Court’s earlier order of status quo after recording the statement of Slum and Jhuggi Jhopri Department Chief Engineer C. L. Munshi that the necessary basic facilities were available at Holumbi Kalan, Madanpur Khadar and Holumbi Khrudh and Narela sub-city and the infrastructure could also be upgraded if required.

The six petitions had sought a halt on the drive alleging that basic amenities like drinking water, sewerage system, electricity, schools and hospitals had not been provided at the more than 25 proposed resettlement sites in different parts of Delhi.

Justice Vikramajit had on February 4 imposed a stay on the demolition drive by city authorities pending production of photograhic evidence that basic amenities have been provided at the resettlement sites.

The matter was, however, transferred to the Division Bench, which on January 28, taking suo motu notice of the ‘inaction’ by authorities to remove encroachments along the Yamuna river in the Capital despite Court’s March 3 order.

On March 3 last year, stressing that special efforts were needed to ensure that rivers and their surroundings were free from pollution and environmental degradation, the High Court had ordered the Centre and city authorities to remove within two months all unauthorised structures, including hutments and places of worship, in the Yamuna riverbed as well as on its embankments.

On January 30, Justice Sen had upheld the policy of simultaneous eviction or relocation of the authorities, saying it was necessary to ‘’plug the mischief’’ by the people who were removed from the land they had encroached.

He said some problems would have to be suffered by some people for the general good of society at large, but efforts could be made to reduce the immediate sufferings of such people.

The judge said this while disposing of petitions filed by ten ‘residents’ of Yamuna Pushta challenging the January 10 simultaneous eviction or relocation notice of the land owning authorities.

The petitioners had sought allotment of land at the resettlement site and also time to construct a dwelling before being dispossessed from the land they had encroached presently.
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Villagers protest police inaction in dowry death case
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 3
Thousands of villagers blocked Delhi-Meerut Road in protest against the police failure to arrest the killers of a woman, allegedly killed by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry. The traffic on the highway remained suspended for hours.

After killing the woman, her in-laws had thrown her from the terrace in Sihani Gate police area. Some of the accused, who had absconded after the murder, have not been arrested even after a month. This had angered the people of the area.

The situation cooled off after the district administrative officers and the police had given commitment that the accused would be arrested within two days. The protesters then lifted the jam.

Sonika, (25) daughter of Mahinder of Shahpur Morta village under Muradnagar police station area, was married on June 25 to Vikas, son of Jagdish of Hindon Vihar under Sihani Gate police station area this year. She had died under mysterious circumstances after falling from the terrace on July 5. Her body had been found in a naked condition.

Sonika’s parents have accused her in-laws of killing her as she could not meet their demands for dowry.

Although police had arrested Sonka’s husband Vikas and his father, but Sonika’s brothers-in-law—Jitender, Vijender, and mother-in-law Kaushalya are still at large. The deceasedd’s parents have alleged police complicity in their escape.

Dyeing unit worker electrocuted

Sahibabad: The workers of a dyeing unit in Hindon area of Ghaziabad caused a ruckus and did not allow the management to remove the body of a worker who had been electrocuted in the factory.

Kailash Yadav (24), a resident of Muzzafarpur, Bihar, was employed in Satish Punjabi’s dyeing unit in Janak Puri area. As he tried to open the lid of a machine meant to dye jeans, he came in contact with live current, which was in the machine due to some fault. He shouted for help. His colleagues immediately switched off the power, but he was thrown a couple of feet away and breathed his last.

Kailash Yadav was the only son of his parents and married only six months ago.

The workers had a heated argument with the police a number of times. They were insisting that the factory owners should be arrested and the family of the deceased should be paid Rs 5 lakh as compensation. After the CO Border had assuaged the feelings of the workers, they allowed the police to send the body for a post-mortem. The police have registered a case in this regard.

In another incident six months ago, one Mukesh had died. However, the factory owner disposed of the body allegedly with the help of the police, the workers said.
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Desperate criminal held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Special Staff of the North West district today claimed to have arrested a desperate criminal who was involved in a number of murder and dacoity cases in the Capital and various other districts in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

The accused was identified as Sri Kant, alias Pappu Kumar, of Azamgarh. The Azamgarh police have declared a reward for his arrest. He, with the help of his associates, went absconding in 2003 from police custody.

The police received information that the suspect would go to Azadpur Mandi to meet one of is associates and accordingly nabbed him.

During interrogation the suspect said he was in dire need of money as he met an accident last month and had fracture in his right leg.

In another case the central district police arrested three snatchers, Kirpal Singh, Jawala Singh and Harnek Singh. They were reportedly involved in two dozen chain snatching cases in Delhi. The police recovered three chains, one motor cycle and a scooter which were being used in the crime from their possession, the police said.

Armed youths attack couple with knives

There was panic in Mayur Vihar Phase I when three youths, armed with knives, attacked a resident of Gyandeep Apartments, Satish Aggarwal and his wife last night.

The victims, who were returning home, were crossing a bridge in Mayur Vihar when the three youths asked them to stop. When Aggarwal stopped his vehicle, the suspects tried to rob him and his wife. When the couple resisted, the suspects stabbed Satish Aggarwal. He was admitted to a near by hospital and is stated to be out of danger.

The incident has caused panic among the residents who said this was not the first incident in the area. Despite the police having installed an assistant booth, no policemen are deployed there, the residents said.

A few days earlier a ruffian had snatched a woman’s chain. The police suspect the miscreants to have come from nearby areas.

Two robbers arrested

In another case, the South West district police today claimed to have arrested two robbers, who were carrying a cash box of a shopkeeper in the Mayapuri area, last night.

The suspects, Mohammad Shaukat and Habib Ahmed, were carrying the cash box in a bag. They were noticed by a patrolling police party in Mayapuri. When the suspects saw the police, they tried to hide themselves. The police chased and nabbed them and recovered the cash box.

During interrogation they disclosed that the box was stolen from a cycle shop. Shaukat had worked in the cycle shop some time back. The police also recovered Rs 30,000 cash and 29 coins from the box. The police said that Shaukat belonged to Rajasthan and his associate Habib was from Bijnor, the police said.
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Farmers spring to life, thanks to rain
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 3
Faridabad district has received an average of about 88 mm of rainfall in the past 48 hours, bringing relief from the hot and dry weather and reviving the hopes of the farming community who can now avoid losses to the kharif crop.

Though a little delayed, the rains are expected to put the agriculture sector back on track.

According to the reports of the weather department, the district received an average of about 51. 8 mm of rains yesterday, while about 36.2 mm of rains poured till 2 pm today.

The district had received only about 50 mm of rainfall till June this year. While the department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours in the region, it is believed that the rains have been moderate to heavy in the past two days.

Hathin subdivision in the district got about 105 mm of rainfall yesterday which has been the heaviest among all the five subdivisions in the district.

While Palwal had also a good amount of rains on Monday with the measurement of 75 mm, proper Faridabad subdivision had about 25 mm. Today Faridabad subdivision topped the chart with an amount of about 45 mm rains up to 2 pm, the lowest was in Ballabhgarh subdivision with 25mm. However, the average was about 36.2 mm today.

Rajender Naagar of nearby Fajjupur village expressed satisfaction and claimed that it would certainly help the farmers revive their crops.

He said the worries of the farmers facing the shortage of green fodder for their cattle may soon be over.

Subhash Dagar of Sagarpur village claimed that the rains would be helpful in reviving nearly all the kharif crops, including sugarcane, paddy, bajra, jowar and pulses. He said in some of the areas where the crops had dried up or the farmers had not gone for sowing due to lack of moisture in the fields, will now be able to sow the late varieties easily if the rains continue for next few days.

It may be recalled that the agriculture department had targeted to sow the kharif crop on an area of about 69,000 hectare in the district this year.

The main kharif crops that are sown in the region include bajra, paddy, jowar, sugarcane, pulses and oilseeds. Out of the total 1.63 lakh hectares of cultivable land, only 40,000 hectare is irrigated by the two canals which flow through the district, but the volume of the water |in these canals has severely come down in the recent years.

Meanwhile, the rains also exposed the infrastructure and claims of the civic body as several parts of the towns and almost all the roads here got flooded, with reports of blocking and accumulation of water in all the residential areas of the town and district. Traffic jams were seen during the rush hours due to waterlogged and potholed roads.

From playing truant to playing havoc

Noida: The Noida administration has been caught unprepared by the rains even though the farmers have smiles on their faces.

The administration’s tall claims stand exposed as there are choked drains all over. Roads and streets in most of the sectors are under knee-deep water.

Power played truant throughout yesterday. The residents faced a lot of hardships in the rains, which kept pouring since Sunday evening.

Waste accumulated on roads, gave out a terrible stench in Sectors 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 in particular.

Some of the main roads and streets were under knee-deep water.

However, the rains have made farmers spring to life as they can save their crops now.

The farmers feel that the rains will especially benefit sugarcane crop, though paddy transplantation and bajra will not benefit much. A common man got considerable relief from the scorching heat and humidity at least for the time being.

The farmers of Surajpur said the rains would also help prepare the seedbeds for the next crop.
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Monsoon in full flow
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
Rains continued to lash the Capital for the second day today. The afternoon saw heavy rains in the city causing traffic snarls. Water logging was reported in some parts of the city and vehicles were seen moving at snail’s pace.

The Met Department recorded 39.1 mm rainfall from 8.30 am till 5.30 pm today. The weather forecast for Delhi and neighbouring areas foretells generally cloudy skies with rain and thundershowers and heavy showers in some areas.

Several areas in the city, particularly in the East and South, were affected by water logging. People had to wade their way through muddy waters.

Telephone connections were also disrupted in a few areas and power cuts were also reported.

However, there seemed little annoyance at what have become routine problems during the monsoon. With people eagerly awaiting the monsoon, the problems of over flowing drains and chaos on the road seemed to have been temporarily forgotten.

Causing inconvenience to the commuters though was the cancellation and diversion of trains owing to water logging at some railway stations.

The cancelled trains included the New Delhi-Chandigarh-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express and Amritsar-Darbhanga Shaheed Express.
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Diabetes: A disturbing trend among children
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
Given the lack of physical activity in schools, it is not surprising that Type 2 diabetes is being detected in 12 and 13-year-old children.

According to a study conducted by the Human Nutrition Unit of the AIIMS, 13.4 per cent children studying in Delhi schools can be considered obese if one takes the body mass index (BMI) into account; 27.3 per cent are obese if one goes by the skin fold thickness (SFI). The disturbing figures, a manifestation of a growing trend among children, could affect their entire future.

Dr A. K. Jhingan, Chairman, Delhi Diabetes Research Centre, says diseases normally seen in adults due to obesity are now being observed with increasing frequency among children. About 85 per cent children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese, he adds.

These statistics suggest that probably most of these children, by the time they are 40 years old, would either have undergone a bypass surgery for a blocked artery or would be suffering from some obesity related problem.

A part of the problem is that parents are obsessed with academics and high scores in examinations. “The aim is to do well in competitive examinations by sacrificing time spent on sports and physical activities. Perhaps schools could give children doing well in sports some special incentives. At least one hour in the school curriculum has to be devoted to sports,” adds Dr Jhingan.

Another culprit is the fast food culture. Most schools have fast food outlets on premises and children have an easy access to burgers and hot dogs. “To address this problem, school managements and parents have to be sensitised. At times both parents are working and it is easier to give the child Rs 50 than pack nutritious tiffin. And the problem exists in both government and private schools,” he adds.

The trend is of particular concern as with 35 million diabetes patients, India has been dubbed the “diabetes capital of the world”

New slogan for schoolchildren

‘Say no to diabetes’ is the new slogan for Delhi schoolchildren. The Delhi Diabetes Research Centre, an NGO, and the BD India, under the Bhagidari Scheme of the Delhi Government, have launched a campaign among schoolchildren for prevention of diabetes.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely will flag off the campaign on August 5, Dr Jhingan said here today. The campaign will promote healthy habits like outdoor activities and sensitise children and parents against sedentary activities like watching TV, playing computer games and eating junk food.

Over a period of one year the campaign will target more than 100 government and private schools across Delhi. A team of experts, including doctors and dieticians, will visit schools and spread awareness on various obesity related health problems.
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Rural healthcare project inaugurated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has undertaken an ambitious project, ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’, to shoulder the responsibility of providing healthcare in every village of the country.

The project will enable medical professionals to develop a vision and undertake innovations to improve rural health as envisaged in the National Health Policy. Under the project, the members of IMA will be adopting the most vulnerable villages. Major emphasis will be on the control of epidemics and endemics, maternal and child health, geriatric care and adolescent health. The project ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’ was inaugurated today by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, in the Capital at the India Habitat Centre.

Even though almost 75 per cent of our population live in villages, 75 per cent of the country’s health infrastructure is concentrated in the cities. Most of the villages still fall short of health manpower and infrastructure. The popular myth in the public mind is that doctors do not want to serve in the rural areas.

The villages are unaware of the progress the medical profession has made and the inherent potential of a qualified and dedicated doctor. They accept all diseases as part of their destiny. This, coupled with poverty-generated helplessness, adds to considerable morabidity and mortality.

Active in most parts of the country, IMA is a body of more than 1.5 lakhs doctors, linked through a network of 1,600 local branches.

With its 75 years old history of community working, it is the world’s biggest NGO. It has to its credit many community health and development projects. These projects are aimed at providing health for all and have been appreciated at various national and international platforms.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr K. Desai, chairman, ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’ project, said that IMA with its reach and dedication could make a big difference to the rural health scenario. This step by the medical fraternity amounts to a giant leap for the whole country, he added. “Emphasis will be laid on increasing the orientation of health professionals towards the health requirement of the rural population and provide primary care to them on a regular basis at the doorsteps,” said Dr Vinay Aggarwal.

The project will also increase the awareness of the villagers about health and environmental sanitation and other preventable aspects of health, he added. He said one of the key objectives would be the prevention of diseases along with curative and rehabilitative service.
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Mayor to go on hunger strike against abattoir
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 3
In a letter to the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Delhi government, Ghaziabad Mayor Dinesh Chand Garg has warned that if the slaughterhouse is set up in Ghazipur, he will go on a hunger strike.

Ghaziabad Mayor Dinesh Chand Garg feels that with the Ghazipur abattoir becoming a reality, the life in a number of colonies in the Ghaziabad district, adjoining the National Capital Region, will become a hell.

It may be recalled that only on July 31, The Tribune had highlighted the added risk of bird-hits the Ghazipur slaughterhouse will increase to the safety of operations of the IAF’s air base in Hindon, Ghaziabad.

Already these colonies are facing a lot of health and sanitation problems due to waste dumping depot, hen and fish market near Ghazipur.

Since 1984, over 70-acre land in Ghazipur has been used as a dumping ground for waste. Despite the fact that there is no more place, some 2,500 metric tonne waste is being dumped here daily which has polluted the environment up to 4 km all around Ghazipur.

It has all the more affected residential colonies of Ghaziabad viz. Kaushambi, Vaishali, Indirapuram, Surajpur, Ram Prasth and Khora where the residents have to put up with a lot of problems created by the waste dumping ground of Ghazipur.

However, Delhi and Ghaziabad administrations have paid scant attention towards these problems. Though the Press, including The Tribune has highlighted this problem time and again, no action has been taken so far.

Mayor DC Garg in a letter to the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister, Delhi government has emphasised that keeping in view the health and environment of people in Ghaziabad colonies, abattoir in Ghazipur must not be established, otherwise he will be left with no option than to go for a hunger strike to protest against the move.
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600 Modern School students given prizes
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 3
About 600 students of the Modern School here, who excelled in studies and other fields, were awarded prizes on the occasion of the ‘Annual Appreciation Day, observed recently on the school premises.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner and Mr Pabnesh Kumar, Controller, Exams, CBSE, were present as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.

According to the school principal, Ms Neelima Jain, the students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme. The Chief Guest on the occasion asked the students to work hard if they wanted to achieve success in any field.

Mr Pabnesh Kumar claimed that brilliant students not only gain success at all levels, but they do their parents, school and the district proud.

He added that besides studies, the schools should also provide platform for the students to excel in sports, cultural and co-curricular activities, as these were also a part of the overall personality development of the students.

The principal read out the annual report of the school on the occasion.

20 schools take part in technical festival

New Delhi: ISAS, the research and development division of IOC, Faridabad, hosted a technical festival at DPS, R. K. Puram, which saw the participation of over 20 schools. In the inter-school debate, DPS, R K Puram’s team, comprising Vrinda Marwah and Damini Bansal, were declared the best team. The first prize for the science model went to St. Anthony’s. The first prize for power point presentation was awarded to Appejay, Saket.

In the painting competition, Annie Jennifer of St. Anthony walked away with the first prize.

Students of Tamana Special School staged a skit on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Manav Sthali School organised the 32nd Chandravati Bhatnagar Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Talkatora Stadium.

In the boy’s category, Manan Garg of Sachdeva School beat Lakshay Kumar of N. K. Bargodia School. In the girl’s category, Shrishtui Gupta of Convent of Rani Jhansi beat Saya Goel of Bhatnagar International Summit.
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Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture on August 5
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The third Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture will be held in the Dyal Singh College premises here at Lodhi Road on August 5.

Former Prime Minister, Mr. I.K. Gujral, will deliver the lecture, ‘Thinking for the Future’, at 11 am on the occasion of the 45th Founder’s day of the college.

The Dyal Singh Majithia Memorial Lecture is an annual event in the college academic calendar.

Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia was the founder of the three trusts, the Dyal Singh College Trust, Dyal Singh Public Library and the Tribune.

CPM demands withdrawal of power tariff

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) held a sit-in to demand that the Sheila Dikshit Government withdraw the recent hike in power tariff and shelve the plan to increase the water tariff. Criticising the Chief Minister for pursuing anti-people policies, the CPM said it would launch protests if the Government of NCT of Delhi did not accept its demands. A member of the CPM Delhi State Committee, Mr Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj, said that his party was also demanding 25 per cent of seats in public schools for poor students.
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Paul advises officers to be in touch with residents
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Commissioner of Police, Dr K. K. Paul, today directed all the District Deputy Commissioners of Police and other officers to be in touch with the influential as well as local people to gather information about the militants and ruffians who could be involved in untoward incidents on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations in the Capital.

Addressing the law and order meeting, the Commissioner of Police said that it was significant to be in touch with the local people to gather information about unwanted elements. Ideally, militants and ruffians keep in touch with the local people and the cops can get information about their presence if the policemen become friendly with the residents.

The Commissioner also emphasised ‘Community Policing’ to check crime, particularly murder of old people and other sensational crimes in posh localities. He advised the policemen to go from school to school to be friendly with the students. If the policemen meet them in their schools, the students will be fearless and can inform the police if any untoward incident takes place in their area. The policemen should change their way of talking while meeting the students.

He directed the DCPs to deploy policemen according to the requirement. At vulnerable places, security should be made tight and more policemen should be deployed.

He said that Delhiites should send complaint letters directly to the Commissioner of Police and Commissioner himself will go through their complaints. The Post Box number of Commissioner is 171.

He directed the DCPs that all relevant documents of the policemen, due to be retired, should be prepared six months before the date of retirement. If it is done on time, they will have no problem in getting retirement benefits.
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Govt constitutes flying squads
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Government of NCT of Delhi has initiated a special drive to inspect the performance of the departments dealing with the public by sending Flying Squads.

According to an official release, these squads are being sent to departments having large public interface for observing systemic errors, the time lag for disposal of paper by the staff and officers, overall pendency, general impression of the public about the department concerned and whether due courtesy is being shown to the visiting public.

These squads also note whether any unauthorised persons are seen in these office premises. For this, an on-the-spot feedback from the public is also taken.

These teams carry out surprise checks and submit their reports on the same day. Irregularities noticed during the inspection by the Flying Squads are being taken on record and errant officials are / will be dealt with severely.
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Steel worth Rs 30 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 3
The mobile team of Trade Tax department has seized steel worth Rs 30 lakh. The steel had been transported on the basis of fictitious bills from Bulandshahr by the railways. According to Joint Commissioner Special Investigation Branch SP Singh, and Asstt Commissioners BP Singh and RN Yadav, the mobile unit had seized steel worth Rs 30 lakh from Bulandshahr Road.

The consignment of steel was from a company whose registration had already been cancelled by the department for indulging in illegal activities, SP Singh said.

Three kids injured

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

The police said the house belonged to one Kishan. TNS
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Spiderman II for cancer-struck children
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
Childhood ushers in limitless possibilities. But for children afflicted with cancer it is a daily combat.

To honour such kids, Cankids... KidsCan is organising a special show of the much-awaited film, Spiderman II, at the recently renovated Milan Cinema at 3.45 pm on August 5 for cancer-afflicted children and their families. Children attending the show will get free snacks and a surprise gift. Free transport has been organised from IRCH and AIIMS to Milan cinema.

CanKids...KidsCan was established in January 2004 as an independent unit of the Indian Cancer Society, Delhi Branch. It is a support group for children suffering from cancer and their families, to help them cope with the emotional, social, psychological and financial aspects of the disease and its treatment. It provides medical assistance for treatment and educational assistance to those who have recovered from cancer.
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IMM conducts orientation programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
Institute of Marketing and Management conducted an orientation programme for the 2004 batch of its MBA, BBA, PGDBM and EMBA students. Students, faculty and industry experts were given a platform to interact and exchange ideas at today’s orientation programme. Among those present at the programme were M M Bhagat, Founder President, India-Canada Forum, Adesh Gupta, CEO, Liberty Shoes and Ms. Shovana Narayan, noted dancer and bureaucrat.
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Dharna at Motilal College

New Delhi, August 3
The staff association of Motilal Nehru College staged a dharna outside the Vice Chancellor’s office here today against his decision of refusing re-employment to Dr V.K. Agarwal. The governing body of the college had recommended Dr. Agarwal’s name for re-employment considering his exemplary professional record. It was alleged that Dr. Agarwal, who has also worked as a Research Scientist in the Institute of Space Research, Brazil, and has also guided research scholars, has been denied reemployment because of discrimination by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Deepak Nayar. — TNS
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PNB inquiry into locker tampering
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 3
The Nauroji Nagar branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) has claimed to have instituted an internal inquiry to investigate the tampering with lockers. The general manager of Delhi zone, Mr V.K. Nagar, said that the Bank has lodged an FIR and extended all help to the Delhi Police in cracking the case. Eight customers claimed to have lost articles worth Rs 25 lakh. The bank is awaiting information from a few others about the missing articles, if any, from their lockers. In all, 16 lockers were found tampered with. There are 3,152 lockers in the Nauroji Nagar branch of the bank.
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