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Dreaded criminals nabbed after encounter
New Delhi, August 9
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have nabbed a dreaded criminal, Jitender alias Kalla, after an encounter in Holambi Kalan this morning. One country-made weapon was recovered from him. The sleuths also nabbed Kalla’s associate Mustkin, a resident of Sarsawa, and recovered 21 live rounds from him. Notorious criminals Jitender and Mustkin, who were arrested in the Capital on Monday.
Notorious criminals Jitender and Mustkin, who were arrested in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal 

SC notices on nod to temple on river bank
New Delhi, August 9
The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Delhi Development Authority and Gujarat’s Akshardham temple trust on a petition alleging that it had been allowed to build a temple by the U P administration without proper sanction in a Trans-Yamuna locality in the Capital in violation of the environmental rules.


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High tech safety norms in revised building code
New Delhi, August 9
The revised National Building Code, which is to likely to be released later this year, will incorporate the latest technologies for saving lives and property. The code was last revised in 1983.

Councillor, Mayor spat in House
New Delhi, August 9
The corporation House today witnessed a spat between the Mayor and a Congress councillor over the issue of construction of a modern slaughterhouse in Ghazipur in Trans-Yamuna area.

Sayeed, Dwivedi elected to RS
New Delhi, August 9
Union Power Minister P.M. Sayeed and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from the two seats in NCT of Delhi.

P. M. Sayeed being felicitated by Delhi Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ch Prem Singh, after he was declared elected from the Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
P. M. Sayeed being felicitated by Delhi Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ch Prem Singh, after he was declared elected from the Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi in the Capital on Monday.

Is there no change for the better in DU?
New Delhi, August 9
One might be tempted to question their convictions and the dubious prowess that comes with power, be it money or muscle. But overweening ambition, coupled with instance of others having made it big in the past, have given students organisations an impetus to go for the kill.

Social activist threatens PIL against MCF
Faridabad, August 9
Launching a crusade against the rampant corruption prevalent in the government offices, Mr K. L Gera, a social activist based here, has alleged that officials of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad, are hand-in-glove with ‘influential’ people.

Head Constable’s wife found dead with five bullet injuries
New Delhi, August 9
The wife of a Delhi Police Head Constable was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her house in Shalimar Bagh police colony today. The deceased was identified as Sampatha (27). She had been shot five times.

Residents of Police Colony gather outside the house of Delhi Head Constable Savinder Tomar in Shalimar Bagh in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Residents of Police Colony gather outside the house of Delhi Head Constable Savinder Tomar in Shalimar Bagh in the Capital on Monday.

Rain sends road, rail traffic for a toss
New Delhi, August 9
A pleasant morning with a nip in the air greeted Delhiites today. The city woke up to a wet morning as fresh showers cooled the city. The only regret were the traffic jams on the waterlogged roads as school children and office goers crawled at a snail’s pace on the first day of the week.

Trauma centre inaugurated
Noida, August 9
Prof Ramgopal Yadav, MP and Leader of Samajwadi Party in Lok Sabha, said that the state government considers Noida as the crown of Uttar Pradesh. The government, therefore, will not leave any stone unturned in the development of Noida, said the younger brother of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

DPCC orders closure of 14 polluting units
New Delhi, August 9
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee ordered immediate closure of 14 polluting industrial units for filing false declaration by way of affidavit for obtaining ‘Authorisation’ under Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) rules, 1989.

Activists of Surbhi Parivar highlighting the increasing incidence of suicide in western UP at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday
Activists of Surbhi Parivar highlighting the increasing incidence of suicide in western UP at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Jathedar plea for reforms
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he president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, Mr Raja Singh Sethi, today appealed to the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to issue a Hukamnama to reform Akali politics.

Ten-fold hike in fine for breeding mosquitoes
New Delhi, August 9
The Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, has demanded the withdrawal of a proposal for a ten-fold enhancement in the amount of fine for creating mosquitogenic conditions.

Two minors among six killed in Faridabad
Faridabad, August 9
Six persons, including two minor children, were killed in different incidents in the district in the past 24 hours. The police have also recovered the body of an infant from a nearby village.

 

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Dreaded criminals nabbed after encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have nabbed a dreaded criminal, Jitender alias Kalla, after an encounter in Holambi Kalan this morning. One country-made weapon was recovered from him. The sleuths also nabbed Kalla’s associate Mustkin, a resident of Sarsawa, and recovered 21 live rounds from him.

According to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Inter-State cell), Mr Ravi Shanker, Jintender had been lodged in Tihar jail for committing two sensational murders in a span of one hour. He had escaped from police custody recently while he was being ferried from Tihar Jail to AIIMS for an eye test on July 15. Kalla had hatched a conspiracy with his girlfriend and another associate Vijay, who abetted his escape from the jail. Accordingly, after he had been brought to the AIIMS, Anu and Vijay offered cold drinks mixed with sedatives to the guards to facilitate the escape.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ranjit Narayan said that Jitender was an active student leader during his college days in Satyawati College. On March 3, 1999, he had murdered one Anil Bhadana in Keshavpuram at a marriage reception. Bhadana was the then president of Student Union of Satyawati College.

Incidentally, Bhadana’s friend Sumit Nayyar was also present at the reception and happened to be an eyewitness of the incident. Kalla had rushed to Nayyar’s house to eliminate him as well. Since Nayyar was not present at that time, Kalla had murdered Nayyar’s father Kirti Lal Nayyar. Kalla was finally nabbed by the Crime Branch on January 23, 2000.

Mr Narayan said that Jitender was also associated with notorious gangsters like Sandeep Bhuri and Birju Rawat. Ever since he received a tip-off that Bhadana’s relative Sunil Bhadana and Sumit Nayyar were trying to dispose against him in the court, he was desperate to kill them and had hatched a conspiracy to escape from the jail.

While Kalla’s girlfriend Anu was involved in two cases of kidnapping, Vijay was involved in four cases of murder-cum-robbery and attempt to murder.
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SC notices on nod to temple on river bank
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 9
The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Gujarat’s Akshardham temple trust on a petition alleging that it had been allowed to build a temple by the U P administration without proper sanction in a Trans-yamuna locality in the Capital in violation of the environmental rules.

The notices were issued by a Bench comprising Justice N Santosh and Justice S B Sinha after the court took cognizance of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the UP State Employees Confederation through its president Ajay Singh.

The petitioner has alleged that the land allotted to the temple trust by the UP Government on the bank of Yamuna could be deemed “environmentally sensitive” as any construction in the area would result in the “narrowing of the path of the river”.

“During rainy season, when there is flood in the river, its water would not get enough space to flow smoothly within its natural course, and will inevitably cause damage to the adjoining localities and villages,” the PIL said.

Though the land on which the temple was being built belonged to the UP Irrigation Department, it had been allocated to the temple trust by taking “advantage” of a litigation over its possession between the state government and the DDA, the petitioner claimed.

Seeking to stop the construction activities at the site, it further alleged that Sri Bochasanghwarsi and Sri A K Iyar Parushottam Sansthan of the Akshardhan trust, “who are politically and socially influential enough, have taken unauthorised possession of the land in the environmentally sensitive zone, where no construction can be permitted under the law.”

The construction of a huge ashram and a temple covering an area of 50 acres on the river bed, without proper sanction from the U P Government, would not only cause damage to the environment, but also result in a revenue loss to the state, which was not going to get any monetary benefit from the trust, the PIL said.
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High tech safety norms in revised building code
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The revised National Building Code, which is to likely to be released later this year, will incorporate the latest technologies for saving lives and property.

The code was last revised in 1983. Most of the technologies, which found a mention in the erstwhile code, have become obsolete. The new code is expected to be in conformity with the demands of the twenty-first century.

As a step in this direction, the committees, which were appointed by the Bureau of Indian Standards to review the different aspects of the code, had sent revised drafts for circulation to users and manufacturers.

After eliciting their comments, a meeting was held and the suggestions were vetted. The bureau, now, has to compile all the sections and come out with the final volume of the amended building code.

Mr S.K. Dheri, who chaired the committee dealing with Part 4 of the code, encompassing the all-important issue of fire prevention, life safety and fire protection, said the revised document assumes importance in view of the recent instances of fire in the country, including the July 16 Kumbakonam tragedy in which 93 children were killed.

Talking to The Tribune, he said countries like the USA had devoted tomes to the issue in its National Fire Protection Association Code. Similar provisions were required in this country.

The Part 4 has been drafted keeping all factors in mind, including the size, occupancy, nature and the material used in the building. Building codes, especially fire-safety norms, are being blatantly violated in most parts of the country. In any case, most states have a rather hazy notion about fire safety norms, which has emboldened violators, he said. A part of the problem is that fire prevention and safety is a state subject.

Delhi and Andhra Pradesh are perhaps the only two states which have legislations on fire safety and control. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most other states. It was difficult for a state to prevent a major fire mishap or the punish guilty for non-compliance when there was no law, Mr Dheri said. He added that building bylaws were not being complied in more than 50 per cent of the buildings in towns and cities.

Moreover, there is no separate specialised cadre for fire services and police officers are often posted as heads of fire services. Nobody has ever been convicted for negligence or for not adhering to fire safety norms, at least in Delhi.

While Uphaar case is still sub judice, the three accused in the Dabwali fire incident in Haryana in 1995 are out on bail. The building mafia in the states does not want changes in the building bye-laws as it does not suit them, he said.

While in the metropolitan cities, NOCs were granted after careful scrutiny, this was not the case elsewhere.

The answer to the problem, Mr Dheri said, was to affect a Constitutional amendment and make fire safety and other related aspects a Central subject.

It serves little purpose if the state governments do not adopt the National Building Code and changes do not trickle down to the panchayats and municipalities, he added.
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Councillor, Mayor spat in House
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The corporation House today witnessed a spat between the Mayor and a Congress councillor over the issue of construction of a modern slaughterhouse in Ghazipur in Trans-Yamuna area.

The councillor, Mr Ramesh Pandit, who represents Preet Vihar segment of the corporation, opposed the approval to a tender for construction of the slaughterhouse, but his objection was dismissed by the Mayor, Mr A. R. Verma, Leader of the House, Mr Satbir Singh, and Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee. With that, the proposal was passed by the Mayor.

Feeling slighted over the rebuff, the councillor went to the dais just as the Mayor adjourned the House meeting. The simmering tension erupted near the dais and both the Mayor and the councillor manhandled each other. The Leader of the House and the Deputy Chairman later pacified them.

The councillor had earlier opposed the construction of the slaughterhouse in Ghazipur on the ground that the area is already very congested and has poor civic amenities.

Once the slaughterhouse is constructed, the problem of civic amenities will aggravate.

The decision to construct a slaughterhouse in Ghazipur has been taken following the direction of the apex court, which directed that the Idgah slaughterhouse be modernised.

The Municipal Commissioner, in his preamble tabled before the House, said that the contract for the modernisation of the Idgah slaughterhouse and the plant at Ghazipur had been given to M/s Flood Processing Equipment Company Private Limited.

The project, to be built on turnkey basis, will cost Rs 65 crores. The court had direction that the MCD should construct a temporary slaughterhouse in Ghazipur within six months from the date of the order. (The order was issued on July 7, 2004). Thereafter, slaughtering activities as well as the trade in cattle should be shifted to Ghazipur and the MCD should construct a modern slaughterhouse keeping in mind the future needs, as directed by the court, the Municipal Councillor said.

The order also said that the Central Government should make available all the necessary funds, which include the cost of the temporary and the modern abattoir at Ghazipur. The total construction cost, as estimated by the MCD, is Rs 90 crore. The Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation has already sanctioned Rs 40 crore for the modernisation of the slaughterhouse.

The Municipal Commission has said in the preamble that the corporation is bound to construct a temporary slaughterhouse at Ghazipur.
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Sayeed, Dwivedi elected to RS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Union Power Minister P.M. Sayeed and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from the two seats in NCT of Delhi.

Their victories were a foregone conclusion as the Opposition had not fielded any candidates. The papers filed by Mr Sayeed and Mr Dwivedi were scrutinised this afternoon, they were found to be valid. The results were declared after the expiry of the deadline for withdrawal of nomination at 3 this afternoon.

The two vacancies were caused following resignation of AICC general secretary Ambika Soni after her election to the Rajya Sabha from Punjab and appointment of her party colleague Dr A.R. Kidwai as the governor of Haryana.

“Mr Sayeed came along with his supporters, including Chief Whip of the party in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Ramakant Goswami, at about 4 pm to collect the certificate. Mr Dwivedi would collect it tomorrow,” Delhi Legislative Assembly Under Secretary VN Murgal said.

Mr Sayeed, who lost the last Lok Sabha election from Lakshadweep, had to become a member of either House of Parliament following his induction as a minister in the Manmohan Singh Government. Mr Sayeed was elected to Lok Sabha 10 times from Lakshadweep. Mr Sayeed was greeted by Speaker Prem Singh after the election results were declared.

Mr Karan Singh, Mr Sayeed and Mr Dwivedi now represent the NCT of Delhi in the Upper House of parliament. Their term would expire on January 27, 2006.

In the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly, the INC enjoys a two-thirds majority with 47 MLAs. 
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Is there no change for the better in DU?
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
One might be tempted to question their convictions and the dubious prowess that comes with power, be it money or muscle. But overweening ambition, coupled with instance of others having made it big in the past, have given students organisations an impetus to go for the kill.

It is hard to ignore elections on the DU campus. The elections to the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) are becoming infamous for not just the hullabaloo, but also for the vulgar display of money and manpower.

One oft quoted instance is that of a party worker who provides milk, bananas and other nutritious eatables at NCC camps held twice a week in a certain college. And this, when the electioneering is yet to begin.

“It is not an election for the average student. The amount of money that is spent is atrocious. All parties, whether they like it or not, have to spend. So, the candidates’ spending power also becomes a deciding factor”, says ABVP National Secretary Jatin Mohanty.

He rues, “There is no room for reformation. If we decided to say ‘no’ to posters in the previous elections, we were in it alone. And the result was that we were out of sight amidst the plethora of posters put up by the opposition”.

Similar views were echoed by Prasanjit Bose, Delhi State Secretary, SFI. “ In DU the sheer amount of money and muscle power makes it impossible for an average student to contest”. Bose, unfazed at not being able to match the spending power of the opponents, asserts: “We have neither the money nor the political backing that the NSUI or the ABVP enjoy. Contesting them is to contest the political set-ups. Since there is room for change, we are building consciousness”.

Having won all the four seats in the DUSU panel last year, the NSUI, which is accused of outdoing the rivals — whether it is posters or freebies — brushes off the allegation.

“We do not agree with the notion that a candidate’s financial strength is a consideration. We have had candidates who have won the election without having to spend a penny”, says National President Ashok Tanwar.

Quiz him on the source of the booty that is spent during elections and he reluctantly says: “Students pool in money for the candidates and the party chips in a little”.

The jingle of money and the lure of freebies are a determinant at the DUSU polls. This when the university authorities have limited the party’s spending to an “unreasonable” Rs. 10,000.

“Besides money we also have to tackle the manpower. In campaigns it is students versus senior leaders. Last year Congress leaders came campaigning. What chance did our workers have against them”, said INSO spokesperson A Kapoor Chaudhary. Then, is there room for issue-based fighting? “Earlier there were people like Arun Jailtly who stood with conviction for values. Now, it is all about money power. You have a portfolio as a union leader, have the backing, have access to the municipal leader. But this is all pathological power”, says Dr. Aruna Broota, Professor of Psychology.

She adds, “The question is what are you giving back to the university, what have these student leaders done for the university in the last 10 years? There is no change for the better in the DU”.

DUTA strike

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) today observed a one day strike to register their protest against the “non transparent and discriminatory” functioning of the Vice Chancellor in giving re-employment to the teachers.

DUTA alleged that Prof Deepak Nayyar has refused to give reasons for denying re-employment to some teachers who, they claim, were competent and eligible for re-employment.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Students Union, which has been demanding that Hindi medium lessons be imparted in postgraduate courses, today locked the classrooms in the arts faculty.

The organisation has been exerting pressure on authorities to hold MA entrance examinations in Hindi and also have Hindi as the medium of instruction in MA.
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Social activist threatens PIL against MCF
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 9
Launching a crusade against the rampant corruption prevalent in the government offices, Mr K. L Gera, a social activist based here, has alleged that officials of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), are hand-in-glove with ‘influential’ people.

He has served a legal notice to the MCF, the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Secretary of the State to take action against the ‘corrupt’ officials of the Corporation within 15 days or face legal action.

In the notice, Mr Gera has highlighted some of the encroachments and gross violations in the building norms that have been conveniently overlooked by the officials.

He revealed that he had made video recordings of several violations and unauthorised construction of buildings by the “rich and influential”.

He alleged that this was possible only due to the nexus between the mafia and the ‘corrupt’ officials of the Corporation.

Legal notices were issued to the defaulters by the MCF only after the buildings were nearing completion. Such cases are “amicably settled” after the payment of bribes, he alleged. Often, he said, a minimal amount was charged as fine and the ‘violations’ were ignored.

On the other hand, he said, the common man had to run from pillar to post to get even a routine work done. Highlighting the sad state-of-affairs, he said it was difficult to get ones work done in the MCF without having the “right connections”.

He has cited the ongoing unauthorised construction in the Nehru Ground complex, the prime commercial area of the town. He has demanded that the authorities make public the number of unauthorised buildings demolished and action taken against the defaulters who have been served notices in the past three years.

He said while a monthly report of the ‘jhuggis’ demolished by the MCF was prepared, no such report has been forwarded to the government on the encroachments and unauthorised construction going on in various parts of the city.

Demanding a probe into the matter, he announced through his legal counsel that a PIL would be filed in the High Court if no action was taken in this connection.
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Head Constable’s wife found dead with
five bullet injuries
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The wife of a Delhi Police Head Constable was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her house in Shalimar Bagh police colony today. The deceased was identified as Sampatha (27). She had been shot five times.

Her husband, Savinder Tomar, is posted in the Delhi Police traffic unit in Daryaganj circle. The police said that a PCR call was received at around 1.10 p.m. that Sampatha was lying dead.

The police said that the neighbours around noon discovered the body. No one was at home at that time. The neighbours rang up her husband, who was away on duty, and informed him about the incident. The police have registered a case of murder. Further investigations are on.

Murder case solved

With the arrest of two persons, the East district police today claimed to have solved the murder case of a woman in the East Vinod Nagar. The victim, Sheela Devi, had been found murdered on August 8. The victim’s house had also been ransacked.

The accused, identified as Ajay and Fayiuddin alias Faeem, used to frequent her house, and the police had launched a massive hunt to nab them.

Finally, the suspects were nabbed from Khoda colony, Uttar Pradesh. The duo confessed to having committed the crime.
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Rain sends road, rail traffic for a toss
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
A pleasant morning with a nip in the air greeted Delhiites today. The city woke up to a wet morning as fresh showers cooled the city.

The only regret were the traffic jams on the waterlogged roads as school children and office goers crawled at a snail’s pace on the first day of the week.

The Indian Meteorological Department recorded 4.2 mm of rainfall between 6 am and 9.30 am. The temperature was four degrees below normal at 26.2 degrees Celsius, the Met office said.

IMD officials said there were two low-pressure areas, one over East Rajasthan and the other over Jharkhand, which are causing rain in the area. This system, they said, would remain active for the next 48 hrs.

The rain continued to disrupt the rail traffic. Several trains, including the Muri Express, the Jammu Tawi, the Golden Temple Mail and the Kalka Mail were cancelled.

The Kalka Shatabdi Express, the Amritsar Shatabdi, the Jammu Holiday Special and the Shan-e-Punjab Express were some of the trains which were reported to be running behind schedule.
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Trauma centre inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 9
Prof Ramgopal Yadav, MP and Leader of Samajwadi Party in Lok Sabha, said that the state government considers Noida as the crown of Uttar Pradesh. The government, therefore, will not leave any stone unturned in the development of Noida, said the younger brother of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

While inaugurating the Kailash Institute of Trauma and Neuro Sciences and MRI Scanner 1.5 Tesla (Philips) in Noida yesterday, Prof Ram Gopal Yadav said that medical aid and human services were closely related to each other.

Mr Mahesh Sharma, CMD, Kailash Hospital and Research Centre, stated that keeping in view of the lifestyle of people and rising number of accidents, Kailash Institute of Neuro Sciences would be a great relief for the people.

The institute, headed by Dr Rajiv Motiani, DM, who will be assisted by a team of highly qualified experienced neuro-surgeons, orthopaedic and general surgeons, will prove to be a boon for the people of Noida and surrounding areas, he said. First aid services, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, will be provided free to economically weaker sections.

The function was chaired by Shri Ashok Pradhan, MP and former Union Minister of State, while MLAs Nawab Singh Nagar, Narender Bhati, Surender Singh Yadav, attended the function.
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DPCC orders closure of 14 polluting units
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee ordered immediate closure of 14 polluting industrial units for filing false declaration by way of affidavit for obtaining ‘Authorisation’ under Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) rules, 1989.

The Committee has filed criminal complaints against these industrial units under section 177, 181 and 182 of IPC.

Acting in pursuance of the directions of the Supreme Court, DPCC had ordered of such units who were operating without ‘Authorisation’.

These units had filed affidavits that they were not engaging in any industrial activity or that they had complied with the directions the court in regard to storage of waste and putting up of display board.
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Jathedar plea for reforms

The president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, Mr Raja Singh Sethi, today appealed to the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to issue a Hukamnama to reform Akali politics.

He appealed to the supreme authority of the Sikh Panth to use his influence for making provisions in the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, and said that the minimum wages of workers should be Rs 4,000.

The Akal Takht should allow a man of more than 60 years of age to become a member of the SGPC. The minimum qualification should be 12th pass.

He also appealed to the Sikh youths to follow the Sikh code of conduct, avoid trimming their beards and shun intoxicants and tobacco.
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Ten-fold hike in fine for breeding mosquitoes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, has demanded the withdrawal of a proposal for a ten-fold enhancement in the amount of fine for creating mosquitogenic conditions.

The fine, which was earlier Rs 500, has now been increased to Rs 5,000. The enhancement will bring 40 lakh water cooler users in the net of the staff of the corporation, the leader said. The MCD had fined 12,000 people for creating mosquitogenic conditions last year.

Industrialists’ SOS to CM

The Laghu Udyog Sangharsh Samiti has, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, sought immediate steps to save the industries operating in non-conforming areas.

The delegation, which called on Ms Sheila Dikshit recently, asked the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Union Government, which she has agreed to. The Chief Minister was told that the Supreme Court’s order, of closing the industries operating in non-conforming areas by September 7.
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Two minors among six killed in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 9
Six persons, including two minor children, were killed in different incidents in the district in the past 24 hours. The police have also recovered the body of an infant from a nearby village.

In a shocking incident, a woman jumped from the Bata flyover onto the railway track along with her two minor children here yesterday. The woman belonged to Dabua Colony.

While the woman, identified as Sonia, wife of one Pradeep, sustained serious injuries, her children succumbed to their injuries. It is learnt that the woman took this step after being disturbed over a family dispute.

In another incident, two residents of Ballabgarh area, identified as Satyender and Shiv Singh, lost their lives.

In the third case, an old woman travelling on a two-wheeler, along with her grandson, was killed after the mobike as hit by a speeding car on the Mathura Road on Sunday.

A youth identified as Sandeep of sector-16-A was found dead in his house under mysterious conditions.
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Driver shot at, car snatched
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 9
Criminals shot at the driver of a car and sped away with his car near Greater Noida on Sunday evening. Even though the nearby police stations were promptly informed about the incident and the car number flashed to all the highway patrol gypsies, the criminals could not be traced.

According to the police, the criminals blocked the Santro car (No Up-13-5136) near Jahangurpur. They shot at the driver and snatched the car.

Information was flashed to all the police stations in the area, including those at Kasna, Surajpur, Dadri, but the criminals managed to escape with the car.
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