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Circus turns into hell hole for kids

New Delhi, August 4
Nisha Lama was 10 years old when a middleman approached her father, Surya Bahadur, a resident of Sarikhet village in Makwanpur district, Nepal, with a lucrative offer.

Nepali girls who were rescued from the Great Roman circus during a press conference in the Capital on Wednesday.
Nepali girls who were rescued from the Great Roman circus during a press conference in the Capital on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Hubby gets 7-yr RI for pushing wife from stairs
Doctors in the dock for death due to negligence
New Delhi, August 4
A city court today sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for trying to kill his wife by pushing her down the stairs. The incident occurred in their central Delhi house in 2001 after a dispute over his alleged dowry demands.

MCD mulls over senior citizen’s age
New Delhi, August 4
Undecided over the eligibility age of a senior citizen, the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today devoted most of its time debating the issue.


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Senior police officers transferred
New Delhi, August 4
The Delhi Police today ordered the transfer of seven senior officers with immediate effect.

Ramon Grimal Dos Havega and Veronica Simo Hernandes, a Spanish couple, who got married at the mega wedding exhibition, ‘Celebrating Vivaha 2004’, in the Capital on Wednesday
Ramon Grimal Dos Havega and Veronica Simo Hernandes, a Spanish couple, who got married at the mega wedding exhibition, ‘Celebrating Vivaha 2004’, in the Capital on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Series of functions to mark Lalit Kala Akademi golden jubilee
New Delhi, August 4
To mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the Lalit Kala Akademi, a series of year-long programmes will begin from August 9.

Court sets up panel on Yamuna action plan
New Delhi, August 4
Anguished over the inaction of the authorities in taking steps to clean the 24-km stretch of the highly polluted Yamuna in the Capital in the last decade despite spending nearly Rs 400 crore on the Yamuna Action Plan (YPA), the Supreme Court today constituted a ten-member committee under the Union Urban Development Secretary to prepare an action plan for the project.

Delhi Govt on the mat for underutilisation of funds
New Delhi, August 4
The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has castigated the Government of the NCT of Delhi for under-utilisation of funds provided for various purposes. The report, which was released on May 14, was placed before the Assemble here today.

Ration depots to sell condoms
Noida, August 4
To promote family planning, the state government has decided that condoms and family planning pills will be made available to the common man at government ration shops. Initially, three districts selected for the purpose.

Farmers erupt over siphoning of funds from bank accounts
Meerut, August 4
Hundreds of angry farmers protested before the Syndicate Bank here on Tuesday and Wednesday, alleging that the branch manager and some of the employees of the Syndicate Bank, Rathora Kalan Branch, had withdrawn lakhs of rupees from their accounts using fake signatures.

Residents of unsafe Gwyer Hall to be shifted 
New Delhi, August 4
In an emergency meeting of the management committee of the Gwyer Hall held here today, an immediate evacuation of the bona fide residents has been decided upon. The decision was taken following the report submitted by the engineering department of the Delhi University, after carrying out an inspection to ascertain whether the old buildings in the campus are safe for use.

Businessman looted of Rs 8 lakh
New Delhi, August 4
At least half a dozen armed desperadoes entered the house of a businessman in Farsh Bazar and decamped with Rs 8 lakh in cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh today morning.

Fairy Queen engine’s stolen parts recovered
New Delhi, August 4
The New Delhi district police, which had been investigating the theft of two brass handles and four copper pipes of a Fairy Queen railway engine from the National Railway Museum, today claimed to have recovered the broken parts of the four original copper pipes from the bushes near Shantipath flyover.

Media Expo 2004
New Delhi: India’s largest exhibition on media and advertising industry will be held at Pragati Maidan here from August 6 to August 8.

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Circus turns into hell hole for kids
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Services

New Delhi, August 4
Nisha Lama was 10 years old when a middleman approached her father, Surya Bahadur, a resident of Sarikhet village in Makwanpur district, Nepal, with a lucrative offer.

He painted a rosy picture of Nisha’s future as a circus artiste: Earning Rs 100 per day and getting good food and free education in the bargain.

For his efforts, Surya Bahadur was given Rs 1,000 and asked to accompany his daughter to the Nepal border to facilitate her entry into India. On the border, the middleman told the authorities that he was taking Nisha and other girls to work in farms.

After about two months, when Surya Bahadur went to meet his daughter, the manger of the Roman Great Circus, where Nisha was working, told him that his daughter would be getting just Rs 100 per month. A much traumatised Nisha implored her father to take her away as she could no longer tolerate the lack of food, regular beatings and sub-human conditions in which she and other girls were being kept.

It was after this that Surya Bahadur contacted the Bal Kalyan Sanstha, an NGO in Nepal, which in turn contacted the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in India. Today Nisha says she does not want to talk about the time she had spent in the circus. Similar stories are recounted by Thullidevi Lama, Dudhumaya Dom, Dilmaya Bishkarma, Kalpana Lama, Sun Kumari Titung, Sharmila, Shabbo and Sahu Devi, who were all rescued by the Bachpan Baschao Andolan. They have alleged that the owner of the Great Roman Circus, Raza Khan, and his son would take turns in molesting the older girls. “They used to beat us up and summon older girls to their tent every night. We were beaten whenever we demanded to go home. We lived in unhygienic conditions and the food was never sufficient,” they have alleged.

With innocence of childhood behind them, the victims can only hope for a better future in a country where poverty may again force their parents to compromise their childhood.

Bishumaya, Sharmila’s mother, promises to never repeat her mistake; she will also work for creating awareness among villagers. But in areas infested with poverty, food and money are the governing factors.

According to Chairman of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan Kailash Satyarthi, there are 1000 girls working in different circuses across the country, waiting to be rescued. “Out of these, 600 are from Nepal,” he adds. The circus industry needs to be investigated thoroughly, he told the Tribune, pointing out that the owners are not only violating human rights but also indulging in trafficking and smuggling under the garb of entertainment.

“There are about 40 big circuses and several small ones operating in the country, but it is difficult to keep a tab as most are not registered and keep changing their names,” he laments. Earlier the NGO presented girls it had rescued from the Great Roman Circus before mediapersons. Satyarthi said this could be managed only after a prolonged tug-of-war with the state authorities and the intervention of the Allahabad High Court, after a habeas corpus was filed before the Lukhnow Bench.

He claimed that he was not provided police protection by the state and the Central government despite threats from the circus owner. “The episode has exposed the nexus between criminals, the state authorities and the politicians. The fact that the circus owner was indulging in child trafficking, sexual slavery and assault was not unknown to the authorities. On June 15 we asked the Gonda district administration to help us secure the release of the girls. When the raids started, our activists, mediapersons and the parents of the girls, who were accompanying us, were attacked. The owners hid the girls in wooden boxes and claimed that they were never there.”

The rescued girls, he said, would be rehabilitated with the help of the NGOs in Nepal.

He demanded that children, who are working as artistes or circus performers, be brought under the prohibited category under child labour laws. “ In fact, people should boycott circuses where children are working,” he stressed.

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Hubby gets 7-yr RI for pushing wife from stairs
Doctors in the dock for death due to negligence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
A city court today sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for trying to kill his wife by pushing her down the stairs. The incident occurred in their central Delhi house in 2001 after a dispute over his alleged dowry demands.

Additional Sessions Judge R.K. Yadav also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central district, to take action against Dr Sanjay Gupta and Dr L.N. Gupta, in-charge of Neuro-Surgery department of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, for causing the woman’s death due to negligence during an operation after the fall.

The court, in its ruling, said it was evident that neither Dr Sanjay Gupta nor Dr L.N. Gupta acted “honestly and sincerely” and that negligence on their part was culpable.

Asha and Umed Singh were married in April 1999 and Asha gave birth to a girl in October 2000. On March 4, 2001, Umed punched and kicked Asha and then pushed her down the staircase after allegedly raising dowry demands. It was during the fall that Asha sustained injuries on her head.

An injured Asha was taken to Lady Hardinge Hospital from where she was referred to RML Hospital, where she died on March 7, 2001. Dr Anil Mittal, who conducted autopsy on Asha’s body on March 8, 2001, in his report said that her death was caused by “cerebral damage consequent to head injuries”.

The court noted that it was evident that Dr Sanjay is not a neuro-surgeon... it was for Dr L.N. Gupta to carry out the operation himself, but he allowed Dr Sanjay to perform the operation.

Asha’s father Kushal Singh alleged that Umed used to demand dowry and had on several occasions sent her back to his house for not complying with the demands.

Though Asha died due to medical negligence, Umed had caused such injuries to her that could have been fatal, the court said. When a man attempts to murder his wife, the crime attains more gravity than an offence of attempt to life by someone else, it held.

But the prosecution, which examined 20 witnesses, could not establish a case of dowry death or murder against Umed, the court said, adding that however a case of attempt to murder against Umed had been proved.

The court also asked Umed to pay a fine of Rs 500. Dr Sanjay had admitted during cross-examination that he had drilled the skull to draw out the water that had collected in it.

Asha was driven to death on account of withdrawal of cerebro-spinal fluid and hence it is crystal clear that her death occurred due to medical intervention and it cannot be called homicidal or suicidal, the court said. Only a neuro-surgeon was competent to perform a brain operation and Dr Sanjay was a general surgeon, it noted.

The court noted further that Dr Sanjay had drilled the skull of the patient to drain out the water, but being a man of general discipline, he committed a folly and had withdrawn 20 ml of spinal fluid, thereby causing the sudden death of the patient.

On account of withdrawal of such large quantity of cerebro-spinal fluid, cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including brain stem, took place. It was a somatic death (total loss of sensibility and ability to move in which there is a complete cessation of functions of brain, heart and lungs), the court said.

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MCD mulls over senior citizen’s age
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Undecided over the eligibility age of a senior citizen, the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today devoted most of its time debating the issue.

The debate was the result of confusion over the government’s recent decision to grant 30 per cent property tax exemption to senior citizens in the Capital.

For the purpose of tax exemption, the MCD had decided that a person would be considered a senior citizen if has reached the age of 65.

However, following a recent recommendation by the Hardship and Anomaly Committee, seeking to reduce the age from 65 to 60 years — as is the case in the Delhi government — the members raised the issue in today’s meeting.

The chairman of the Standing Committee, Mr. Mukesh Goel, has said that the corporation would adhere to the norms laid down by the Delhi Government. If the government recommends that the qualifying age of a senior citizen be reduced from 65 to 60 years, the corporation will follow suit, he said.

A member of the Hardship and Anomaly committee and Congress councillor, Mr. Rajender Puri, said that a committee constituted by Parliament under the chairmanship of Janeshwar Mishra had recommended that the age of a senior citizen should be 60 years. The Hardship and Anomaly Committee had taken a cue from this recommendation.

However, the assessor and collector of property tax said that he did not have any intimation about the reduction in age and would not give rebate to a property owner who is 60 years old.

While addressing newsmen, Mr Rajender Puri alleged that instead of giving rebate to poor citizens the property tax department had decided to give rebate to five star hotels in MCD areas. The hotels functioning in MCD areas are Park Hotel, Grand Hotel, Welcome, Hayat Regency, Surya, Vikram and Vasant Continental.

The new rate of tax assessment will yield the corporation Rs 9.50 crore, as against Rs 14.31 crore it had netted earlier. It is almost a loss of Rs 5 crore to the MCD, he said.

Clarifying the corporation’s stand, the assessor and tax collector said that this had been done so that hotel industry could flourish in the MCD area.

The Opposition Leader in the Standing Committee, Mr Vijender Gupta, has opposed the reduction of rebate by 15 % as announced by the corporation earlier. Today the chairman of the Standing Committee reduced it to five per cent. The two-and-a-half per cent cap on the property tax announced by the Chief Minister was also withdrawn by the Congress-led corporation.

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Senior police officers transferred
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The Delhi Police today ordered the transfer of seven senior officers with immediate effect.

According to the order, Sagar Preet, on transfer from Arunachal Pradesh, will take over as Additional DCP II, West district; L.V. Prasad, on transfer from Lakshadweep, will take over as Additional DCP II, North district; and Alok Kumar, on transfer from Mizoram, will take over as Additional DCP I, Central district. While Additional DCP II, West district, Anil Shukla, has been transferred as Additional DCP I, South district, Additional DCP-II, South district, Atul Katiyar, has been transferred as DCP, Fourth Battalion.

Also DCP, Seventh Battalion, A K Ojha, has been shifted as DCP, Second Battalion, and DCP, IGI Airport, U.K. Chaudhary, will also hold additional charge as DCP, Seventh Battalion.

One held for impersonation

The South West district police arrested a criminal on charges of impersonation and worked out at least eight cases of impersonation and cheating.

The police said that the accused, Ishwar Singh (54), resident of Palam, posing himself as an Inspector of CBI, had cheated several persons.

Couple nabbed for trafficking

The South district police has arrested one Sagar Lama (32) and his wife Meena Lama (32), both residents of Nepal, on charges of trafficking minor Nepali girls to Delhi.

The accused, after bringing the minor girls to Delhi, used to forcibly employ them as maid servants.

The police also claimed to have rescued two minor girls, who disclosed to the police that they were subjected to torture in Delhi. The police arrested the couple’s associate Kalu Lama from Nepal border while he was trying to bring girls to Delhi.

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Series of functions to mark Lalit Kala Akademi golden jubilee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
To mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the Lalit Kala Akademi, a series of year-long programmes will begin from August 9.

The celebrations will begin with an inaugural function at the Siri Fort Auditorium with the presentation of the Lalit Kala Ratan Awards.

As many as 17 prominent artists from across the country will be felicitated for their lifetime contribution to art by President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A multimedia presentation and an exhibition of art works by children from inaccessible regions will also be displayed at the Siri Fort Foyer.

On the second day, at Rabindra Bhawan, the inauguration of the Swarnarekha, an exhibition of works of art in all media, featuring 370 Lalit Kala Akademi award winners over the last 50 years, will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Culture Jaipal Reddy.

Art in cinema screenings and panel discussions focussing on relationship between art and cinema will be held on August 11 at Rabindra Bhawan. The opening film, As the Crow Flies, directed by Kumar Shahani, will be premiered on the occasion and MF Hussian’s ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of 3 Cities’ will be the closing film at the screening.

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Court sets up panel on Yamuna action plan
S S Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 4
Anguished over the inaction of the authorities in taking steps to clean the 24-km stretch of the highly polluted Yamuna in the Capital in the last decade despite spending nearly Rs 400 crore on the Yamuna Action Plan (YPA), the Supreme Court today constituted a ten-member committee under the Union Urban Development Secretary to prepare an action plan for the project.

Asking the political leadership to rise above “petty politics” on the issue, a Bench of Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice D M Dharmadhikari directed the committee to draw up the action plan within six weeks and submit it to the court.

Apart from the Urban Development Secretary, the other nine members of the committee would be drawn from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, the Delhi Government, the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Development Authority, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation.

While posting the next hearing on September 29 the court directed that the officers representing these agencies in the committee should not be below the rank of Joint Secretary. The court has further empowered the Secretary Urban Development to appoint the administrative secretary of the panel for its better coordination.

“The problem is there and the problem is grim. Is it not the ripe time to direct all concerned authorities to have a joint meeting and come out with an action plan to improve the quality of water in the river. Otherwise, everybody will continue to shift the blame,” the court said, adding that the political leadership “should rise above petty politics and shun their egos to achieve the desired results.”

Directing all the ministries and departments to extend “full cooperation” to the committee, the court said, “The water problem is affecting every one living in the Capital.”

“It is necessary to undertake such an exercise since monitoring (of YAP by the court) during the past five years has not resulted in improving the quality of the water in the river,” the court added.

Referring to various reports of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and affidavits of various agencies, including the Delhi Government, the court said it was clear that the quality of water had further deteriorated.

The court had taken suo motu action to register a PIL on river pollution after taking note of an article - Quiet Flows The Maily Yamuna - in a national daily in 1994 and had since been monitoring the progress of YAP drawn by the Urban Development Ministry and approved by the Delhi Government.

The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to submit an affidavit stating what action had been taken by it under the YAP to save the river from getting polluted as it had failed to respond to its notices.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appointed as amicus curiae in the case and the CPCB counsel Vijay Panjwani submitted that the main source of pollution was discharge of domestic waste and failure of the concerned authorities to take adequate corrective measures to prevent its flow into the river.

They said the 15 Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) set up by the Delhi Government for treatment of the domestic waste had not been able to cope with the discharge of 652 (MGD) million gallons of waste per day as their capacity was only 512 MGD, even though the government had spent Rs 200 crore on setting of these units.

Quoting from the CPCB report, the counsel said the 24-km stretch of Yamuna in the Capital had been reduced to “E” category, which means that its water was nothing but a mass of industrial waste. “Water of a river up to C category is considered fit for human consumption but Yamuna’s water has deteriorated much below this level,” Ranjit Kumar said.

CPCB counsel said that there was no proper check on controlling the flow of 22 sewerage water channels into the river and even the treated water was again being mixed with the polluted water because there was no system to carry it for irrigation or other purposes, rendering the whole exercise a “sheer waste” of energy and money.

Travel agent robbed

Four persons, armed with country made weapons and knives, robbed Rs 3.4 lakh from a travel agent in Sriniwas Puri in South district last night.

The police said that the assailants entered the office of Moubin Farooque, a resident of Chandni Chowk, and robbed Rs 3.4 lakh after locking his staff inside the toilet.

The police have obtained the descriptions of the suspects and launched a massive hunt to trace their whereabouts. —TNS

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Delhi Govt on the mat for underutilisation of funds
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has castigated the Government of the NCT of Delhi for under-utilisation of funds provided for various purposes. The report, which was released on May 14, was placed before the Assemble here today.

The report indicated that of the Rs 51.55 crore received from the Central Government for implementation of 147 centrally sponsored plan schemes remained wholly unused till March 2003.

The revenue chapter brought out the loss of revenue or non-collective revenue amounting to Rs 224.24 crore. The report points out that while revenue expenditure decreased by 8.84 percent, capital expenditure increased by 49.45 per cent.

The Department of Education received Rs. 48.99 crore to implement various schemes of sports and youth services of which the department has been able to use only Rs. 24.97crore. If further points out that there were undue delays in creation of sports infrastructure that deprived the targeted population of the intended facilities.

The Department of Social Welfare has also failed to achieve the objectives of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, in extending the benefits envisaged under the Act to persons with disabilities. No steps were initiated to conduct surveys, investigations and research to identify the cause for occurrence of various types of disabilities with a view to their prevention and early detection.

The Delhi State Aids Control has been censured for its shortfalls in setting up Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinics as well as in supply of both condoms and essential drugs.

The report further states that an abstract contingent advance of Rs 7.58 crore was drawn by the Department of Education in violation of financial rules in March 2002; this remains unadjusted till March 2003.

Funds amounting to Rs. 12.20 lakh provided by the government to the Department of Social Welfare for the Indira Mahila Yojana for six years remained unutilised and were ultimately refunded to the government.

The MCD and the NDMC failed to prevent running of unauthorised parking operations in their respective areas, the report states. License fee amounting to Rs 13.25 crore remained unrecovered from parking contractors because of poor pursuance while inaction led to a revenue loss of Rs 4.59 crore.

Irregular grant of exemption on defective forms resulted in non levy of sales tax of Rs 7.49 crore and non levy of tax on sale of tradable license for Rs 12.85 crore by 40 dealers caused a loss of Rs 1.10 crore.

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation incurred a loss of Rs 1.97 crore in the last five years on its catering services. All five coffee homes, except two canteens, incurred heavy losses and the tourism department suffered a loss of Rs 1.29 crore.

Laxity on the part of the Delhi Financial Corporation in disposal of mortgaged assets and invoking of personal guarantees resulted in non recovery of Rs 2.03 crore.

The report cites that there was a difference of Rs 3107.62 crore between the figure of total receivables depicted in the balance sheets ending March 31 2002 of DVB and that worked out by the consultants, attributable partly to arrears due from large industrial consumers not being fully taken into account.

The staff posted for internal audit was not suitably trained and a total of 40,853 internal audit paragraphs were outstanding as on March 31, 2003, which included cases of recoveries of Rs 5.68 crore.

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Ration depots to sell condoms
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 4
To promote family planning, the state government has decided that condoms and family planning pills will be made available to the common man at government ration shops. Initially, three districts selected for the purpose.

Noida town in Gautam Budh Nagar district has been selected as a pilot project in this connection.

In a meeting held under Joint Commissioner, Civil Supplies, Meerut, Mr S. K. Singh, a decision was taken on July 28 to select one rural and an urban area each in three districts of western Uttar Pradesh, namely Meerut, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar for sale of condoms with a view to promote family planning and awareness of general health among the masses.

Noida in urban area and Bisarakh in rural area in Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad city and Rajapur block in rural area in Ghaziabad and Meerut city and Meerut block in rural area have been selected for the project. It was decided to make available condoms and other family planning items like iron and family planning pills for women, manufactured by Hindustan Latex co, sanitary napkins, baby foods, iodised salt etc at ration shops.

The company will appoint its distributors among the kerosene oil depot, at three per cent commission.

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Farmers erupt over siphoning of funds from bank accounts
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 4
Hundreds of angry farmers protested before the Syndicate Bank here on Tuesday and Wednesday, alleging that the branch manager and some of the employees of the Syndicate Bank, Rathora Kalan Branch, had withdrawn lakhs of rupees from their accounts using fake signatures.

The farmer threatened self-immolation if their money was not returned within three days.

Seeing the violent mob, the officials and employees of the bank fled from the spot.

Mr Dile Singh, resident of Gajrauli, Mr Chendra Sen, resident of Sherpur village, Mahendra, resident of village Rathora Kalan, and Tilak Ram, resident of village Chamrod, had taken loans on the Kisan Credit Card. Dile Singh alleged that Rs 56,000 was withdrawn from his account by the bank manager and the staff using fake signatures. He said he had only withdrawn Rs 34,000 from his account (No 98/2003), which had a balance of
Rs 90,000.

Likewise, it was alleged that Rs 40,000 was illegally withdrawn from Chandra Sen’s account (No 173/2003), Rs 60,000 from the account of Mahendra (No 48/2003) and Rs 50,000 from the account of Tilakram (No 166/2004).

The farmers also alleged that when they raised the issue with the concerned branch manager, he could not give a satisfactory answer.

When the victims approached the senior officials of the Syndicate Bank, they also refused to accept the complaint of the farmers.

Subsequently, the farmers filed a complaint against the bank manager and his staff in the Hastinapur police station.

Meanwhile, talking to The Tribune, the Chief Manager of the Syndicate Bank, Zonal Office, assured that the rights and interests of the farmers will be taken care of.

He said an inquiry was on and the money of the farmers was safe with the bank.

Two killed in road mishaps

Faridabad: Two persons were killed in different road accidents here yesterday.

A youth was killed and three others were injured when a three-wheeler auto-rickshaw overturned near Sector-2 here yesterday.

The deceased, Shyambir, a resident of Bhainsrawali village, was on his way to his home after completing his duty at a company here. The accident took place when the vehicle, which was speeding got its front wheel out and the three-wheeler overturned near Sector-2 in the Ballabgarh sub-division.

While Shyambir succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, three persons received injuries in the accident.

In other incident, a person was killed after a speeding vehicle hit him near the NHPC Chowk here.

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Residents of unsafe Gwyer Hall to be shifted 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
In an emergency meeting of the management committee of the Gwyer Hall held here today, an immediate evacuation of the bona fide residents has been decided upon. The decision was taken following the report submitted by the engineering department of the Delhi University, after carrying out an inspection to ascertain whether the old buildings in the campus are safe for use.

The residents of the Gwyer Hall will now be shifted to the Doctor’s court and the Teacher’s court, which have been declared safe. Restoration and renovation work is currently being carried out in the University’s Arts Faculty, Physics and Chemistry blocks, Central Institute of Education, St. Stephen’s College, Indraprastha College and Gwyer Hall. The Delhi Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 25 crore for the ongoing work in the 10th plan.

A major disaster was recently averted when a portion of the roof in the Arts Faculty collapsed during the heavy rains that lashed the Capital.

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Businessman looted of Rs 8 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
At least half a dozen armed desperadoes entered the house of a businessman in Farsh Bazar and decamped with Rs 8 lakh in cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh today morning.

The assailants, armed with country made weapons, entered the house of Mukesh Jain, who runs copper business in Bhola Nath Nagar, at around 7.30 am and even assaulted his wife Anujha and their servant.

Jain told the police that four persons entered his house while the remaining waited outside when the incident took place.

The police have registered a case of dacoity and have launched a massive hunt for the suspects.

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Fairy Queen engine’s stolen parts recovered
Tribune News Service

Policemen displaying the stolen parts of Fairy Queen, which were recovered in the Capital on Wednesday.
Policemen displaying the stolen parts of Fairy Queen, which were recovered in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo

New Delhi, August 4
The New Delhi district police, which had been investigating the theft of two brass handles and four copper pipes of a Fairy Queen railway engine from the National Railway Museum, today claimed to have recovered the broken parts of the four original copper pipes from the bushes near Shantipath flyover.

A hunt is on to trace thieves who stole the engine parts.

The engine was built in year 1855.

The police, after receiving a complaint from Baljit Singh, technical assistant in the museum, had interrogated several persons, including the museum staff and the personnel of the Railway Protection Force.

Mr Singh has confirmed that the recovered broken pieces belong to the Fairy Queen Engine.


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Media Expo 2004

New Delhi: India’s largest exhibition on media and advertising industry will be held at Pragati Maidan here from August 6 to August 8.

Media Expo 2004, featuring top-notch companies from the sector, will feature and launch several new products, machinery and software. —TNS

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