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Sheila’s agenda: Make Delhi a modern global city
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit greets schoolchildren during the Independence Day function New Delhi, August 15
The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikhsit, today pledged to make Delhi a world class city-state with better roads, uninterrupted power and water supply.



Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit greets schoolchildren during the Independence Day function at Chattrasaal stadium in the Capital on Sunday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Six Delhi policemen get Gallantry Medals
New Delhi, August 15
Six Delhi policemen have been awarded the Police Gallantry Medals for exemplary courage. The six police personnel include SI Raj Kumar, ACP Rajbir Singh, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, Inspector Govind Sharma, SI Sanjay Dutt and ASI Ajit Singh.

I-Day passes off without hiccups
Meerut soldiery celebrates I-Day with small kids
Doctors for freedom from diseases also
Call for amity, brotherhood

Tri-colours and balloons fill the sky on the occasion of Independence Day in New Delhi

Tricolours and balloons fill the sky on the occasion of Independence Day in New Delhi on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


A cadet takes it easy during the Independence Day parade at Chattrasaal stadium in the Capital on Sunday
A cadet takes it easy during the Independence Day parade at Chattrasaal stadium in the Capital on Sunday. — Photo by
Rajeev Tyagi


EARLIER STORIES

 

25 per cent water samples found unfit
New Delhi, August 15
In a report submitted to the Delhi High Court, the Health Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has claimed that almost 25 per cent of the water samples supplied by the government in the Capital have been found to be unfit for human consumption.

Cops try to establish Vishal’s identity
New Delhi, August 15
The police today questioned hundreds of friends, neighbours and relatives of Pushkin Chandra to ascertain the reason for his murder. The police are also trying to ferret out more details of his friend Vishal, who was also found murdered on the premises.

Seven killed as bus collides with van
Meerut, August 15
Seven persons were killed and four injured when a tourist bus collided head-on with a Maruti van near the bypass in the Kankarkhera area of the Meerut district.

  • Husband stabbed to death

Death dance on Greater Noida Expressway
Greater Noida, August 15
Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and District Administration are also partly responsible for the death dance enacted on a 23-km-long Noida Greater Noida Expressway almost every other day.

Delhi protects green cover, Punjab’s record dismal
New Delhi, August 15
Just having good forest wealth is not sufficient. What a state or a union territory is doing to protect it will determine how rich it will be in terms of green wealth in future.

Row over screening of film at JNU
New Delhi, August 15
The activists of the NSUI and the ABVP tried to disrupt the screening of The Final Solutions, a film based on the Gujarat riots, in JNU late last night. There were two screenings outside Mahi and Mandvi hostels late last night for the students.

Free bypass surgery for one poor Pak national
Faridabad, August 15
The poor of neighbouring Pakistan who cannot afford the costly bypass surgery in their country, there is a hope here. The Rotary Club of Faridabad (central) has decided to bear the cost of such a surgery for at least one patient sponsored by its counterpart in Karachi.

Transferred doctors threaten to go on leave
New Delhi, August 15
The transfer orders of 19 doctors by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has taken a new turn after most of the transferred doctors decided to go on leave instead of joining duty.

KV teachers allege victimisation
New Delhi, August 15
In a prolonged meeting that lasted several hours, the Central Executive Committee of the All India Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers Association (AIKVTA) deliberated on what they allege is the “victimisation of the teachers by the KV officials”.

Parkash Utsav
New Delhi, August 15
The Sikh religious institutions, including Sabha Gurdwaras of Delhi, have appealed to the people of the country and the world to celebrate the Fourth Centenary First Parkash Utsav of the Sikh holy scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib on September 1.

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Sheila’s agenda: Make Delhi a modern global city
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikhsit, today pledged to make Delhi a world class city-state with better roads, uninterrupted power and water supply.

A modern global city was the immediate agenda of the government and subsequent upscaling of infrastructure was the top-most priority, she said, addressing schoolchildren at the Chattrasaal Stadium after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the 58th Independence Day.

The troika of power, water and transport services was a crucial element in determining the quality of the life of the citizens and the government would keep its focus on these key areas, Dikshit added. She appealed to the children to take up the task of conserving water and power.

Vowing to work by the principles of citizen-government partnership and a transparent administration, the Chief Minister said, “the fruits of development should reach the last man and woman on the margins of the society.”

Dikshit said the government is working towards improving connectivity in the city with international class roads and bridges and eco-friendly, cost effective modes of transport.

Efforts will be made to improve the environment through public transport based on CNG and increasing the green cover in the city, she said.

Various contingents of the Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, Home Guard, Civil Defence, NCC and NSS participated in a parade on the occasion.
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Six Delhi policemen get Gallantry Medals
Tribune News Service

A.C.P. Rajbir Singh
A.C.P. Rajbir Singh
Inspector Govind Sharma
Inspector Govind Sharma
S.I. Sanjay Dutt
S.I. Sanjay Dutt

New Delhi, August 15
Six Delhi policemen have been awarded the Police Gallantry Medals for exemplary courage. The six police personnel include SI Raj Kumar, ACP Rajbir Singh, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, Inspector Govind Sharma, SI Sanjay Dutt and ASI Ajit Singh.

The police said that SI Raj Kumar, who is presently posted in the South-West district, had shot dead a desperate criminal, Jitender Sharma, alias Harish Sharma, in an encounter.

SI Raj Kumar has been awarded the ‘Asadharan Karya Puraskar’, 12 commendation rolls, 14 commendation certificates and 13 commendation cards. He has apprehended at least 60 desperate robbers, burglars and snatchers.

ACP Rajbir Singh, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, Inspector Govind Sharma and SI Sanjay Dutt, who are posted in the Special Cell, have been given the gallantry awards for killing two militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba in an encounter near Humayun Tomb.

Another officer, ASI Ajit Singh, apprehended a criminal in the Tis Hazari court complex when he tried to kill Neelam, a eunuch. He managed to catch the criminal despite a bullet injury in his chest.


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I-Day passes off without hiccups
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
The Independence Day celebrations in Delhi went off peacefully with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces, backed by heightened air space surveillance to thwart any possible ‘fidayeen’ attack.

The stringent security measures were taken in view of intelligence reports about possible terrorist strike. It was suspected that some terrorists might have infiltrated into Delhi to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations and the security forces had thrown a thick security blanket in and around the Capital to avoid any major untoward incident.

The historic Red Fort, where the main function was held with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unfurling the national flag and addressing the nation, was totally sanitized, with the Special Protection Group taking over the security of the 16th century citadel.

Several layers of security were put in place near the venue in view of the presence of the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister, the three service chiefs and several other dignitaries at the 58th Independence Day celebration.

The security agencies had also made unprecedented arrangements to thwart an aerial terrorist strike. In fact, the air traffic was closed for a few hours since morning and special aircraft patrolled the Capital’s skies for extra vigil of important installations.

The cabinet ministers and other important personalities had been provided with round-the-clock surveillance. Also security personnel armed with sophisticated guns were positioned at strategic locations.

India Gate was out of bounds for the public in view of President A P J Abdul Kalam’s visit: he paid homage to martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial. Security had been beefed up at sensitive places like Parliament and North and South Blocks.
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Meerut soldiery celebrates I-Day with small kids
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 15
Fifty-eighth Independence Day was celebrated in the historical city of Meerut where India’s first freedom struggle started in 1857.

Tricolour was unfurled with full honours in several places. Special functions were organised by the government, semi-government, private organisations and several schools and colleges, where thousands of students saluted the National Flag and chanted the National Song.

Whereas in the cantonment, the soldiers celebrated 58th Independence Day with hundreds of small children, soldiers of various units of the Pine Infantry Division gathered at the Pine War Memorial Park, and were happy to see small children, specially clad for the occasion. Children also felt honoured being with the world’s best soldiers.

At 9 am, Major-General A B Sayyad, General Officer Commanding, Pine Infantry Division, unfurled the National Flag and the soldiers along with hundreds of small children, saluted the Tricolour and chanted Jana Gana Mana.

Some of the kids were also seen asking the soldiers about the importance of the Tricolour. Women of the Pine Division led by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) president, Mrs Khursheed Sayyad told the children about the importance of the National Flag and other incidents related to the occasion.

Whereas the children also had an interaction with the troops, some of the children expressed their wish to join the Indian Army.

Mrs Khursheed Sayyad, president AWWA, and other ladies of the division also distributed sweets and gift hampers to the children. Children of the Pine Nursery School also shared poignant moments with the soldiers.
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Doctors for freedom from diseases also
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
“India got freedom from the British on August 15, 1947, but the country has not been able to get freedom from many diseases. Polio is one disease which the country may be able to eradicate in a few years and measles should be next on the agenda,” doctors said at a panel discussion on ‘Diseases which can be eradicated from India’, organised by Shri Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital and Ayurvedic Research Institute here to mark the 57th anniversary celebrations of the Independence Day.

They advocated launching a pilot mass measles vaccine programme in Delhi to prove that it was possible to eradicate measles from the country.

The ‘catch up, keep up, follow up’ vaccination programme implemented in the United States has shown that the elimination of measles was possible using the existing technologies, said the hospital Deputy Dean, Dr K. K. Agarwal.

Human beings are the only reservoir for the virus which causes visible illness and infection leading to lifelong immunity.

Besides, as the measles virus has only one genetic sero type which was relatively stable, the same basic vaccine could be used worldwide. The vaccination provides protection against measles infection for at least 15 years.
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Call for amity, brotherhood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Addressing the Rashtriya Ekta Shivir organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Deputy Chairman of the Sangathan, highlighting the strength of the youth saying that youngsters can overcome all obstacles once they have resolved to do so. Asking them to follow in the footsteps of the martyrs, who laid down their lives to secure freedom for the country, Dr. Ahmed said the nation today needs to ponder over the values preached by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar. Calling for a need to maintain brotherhood and unity, he appreciated the efforts made by the Sanghathan, especially during tough times. Youth from various parts had assembled to take part in the Ekta Shivir.

DMC elections on Sept 11, 12

The Delhi Government has finally decided to hold elections for the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) on September 11 and 12. According to the former president of Delhi Medical Association, Dr Anil Bansal, for the first time an election is going to be held since its inception in 1997. “It is an apex body comprising more than 25,000 doctors of Delhi. The government had agreed to hold elections in 2000, but due to some controversies, the move was deferred,” said Dr Bansal.
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25 per cent water samples found unfit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
In a report submitted to the Delhi High Court, the Health Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has claimed that almost 25 per cent of the water samples supplied by the government in the Capital have been found to be unfit for human consumption.

In the report, the Director of Health Services-cum-Municipal Health Officer, Dr K. N. Tewari, has stated that as many as 170 samples out of the 681 tested for portability were found to be unfit.

While 24 per cent (89 out of 368) of the samples taken from the Delhi Jal Board water supply line at various points across the city were found unfit, those lifted from hand pumps were the highest at 34 per cent (55 out of 162), it was stated.

On July 21, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed had directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to take water samples from various points in the supply line, get them tested for quality and submit a report within two weeks. The directions had come on a PIL filed by Vikas Jain through counsels Sugriva Dubey and Namita, seeking emergency steps to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases like cholera and jaundice that had gripped more than 2000 people in Delhi.

The MCD report had confirmed that 1,056 people in the city, till July 16, had been hit by cholera, which was caused due to contaminated drinking water, which could be checked by cleaning, repairing or replacing water supply lines.

Of the total number of cholera cases in the Capital, as many as 797 were reported from the MCD area, 184 of these were from the Civil Lines area, where the State Assembly is situated, 153 from its Central Zone (Walled City) and 89 from South Delhi.

This debunked the myth that people living in unauthorised colonies, jhuggi-jhopri clusters, slums and urbanised villages were more vulnerable to such diseases.

The report also said that people all over Delhi without proper control and supervision had tapped the ground water and were over-exploiting it, creating a vacuum, which was being filled by contaminated water.

Renewed demand for splitting MCD

The arrest of the Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee, MCD, for accepting a bribe has renewed the demand for splitting the civic agency into smaller entities.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, by virtue of being the leader of her party in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, has called a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party on August 23. The Council of Ministers met over the weekend and discussed ways to contain the damage caused by Ashok Jain’s arrest. Jain is the third INC councillor to face a charge of corruption.

Hiran Tokas and Khazan Singh were arrested on similar charges. The party has suspended the membership of all three councillors. Jain, however, continues on the post of the Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee.

Jain’s arrest has come as a shot in the arm for those who favour splitting the MCD. Creating three entities in place of the behemoth that is MCD, they argue, will reduce the scope of corruption. The episode has also exposed the divide between corporators and legislators. A turf war has broken out between them. The legislators want the powers of a corporator to be curtailed.

The corporators are resenting the attempt to clip their wings. They are in touch with a section of the legislators who are opposed to any change in the status quo. The issue of splitting the MCD has been debated for sometime now. It is in the party’s manifesto. However, it is only lately that MLAs have begun clamouring for it.

The Chief Minister is in favour of bringing the MCD under the purview of the Government of NCT of Delhi. She believes that this will make it more accountable.

NDMC chief’s I-Day call

The Chairperson of the NDMC, Sindhushree Khullar, today unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 58th Independence Day at Palika Kendra. She congratulated children and employees on the auspicious day. She also appreciated the dedication shown by the schoolteachers and children in preparation of programmes on the Independence movement.

Addressing a gathering of schoolchildren, officers and employees of the civic body, she asked them to follow the Olympian vision — that is, faster, higher and stronger. She called for hard work by the employees and the children for building a prosperous and strong nation. She recalled the great sacrifices made by the freedom fighters and leaders of the nation..

Ashok Ahuja, MLA and member of the NDMC, M.P. Chawla, members of the council and senior officers of the civic body were present at flag hoisting ceremony. The students of the NP Bengali Girls Senior Secondary School, Gole Market, presented a ballet on freedom struggle from 1857 to 1947. The students of the NP Secondary School, Lodhi Estate, presented an action song while students of Aurangzeb Lane presented a patriotic song. Mrs. Khullar distributed sweets among the children and employees on this occasion.
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Cops try to establish Vishal’s identity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
The police today questioned hundreds of friends, neighbours and relatives of Pushkin Chandra to ascertain the reason for his murder. The police are also trying to ferret out more details of his friend Vishal, who was also found murdered on the premises.

Vishal’s photo has been released today so that his family members can contact the police. Establishing Vishal’s antecedents is very important as we can get some important clues, said an officer.

The police also claimed that their bodies would be sent for the post-mortem examination on August 16 as August 15 was a government holiday.

In fact, Pushkin’s brother is arriving from the USA on August 16.

According to the police, Pushkin had attended a party organised in Sewa Nagar by Uffe Gartner, a Danish National, who had left for Norway the next day. Gartner works for a UNDP project. The police are now trying to contact Gartner to obtain information about the party.

Pushkin’s friends have claimed that initially he was not was invited to the party; he was called in later as he was desperate to join them.

According to Chandra’s parents, their son and Vishal had left the house at around 11.30 pm last night to attend a farewell party of one of their friends in Sewa Nagar.

However, they had no inkling when the duo had returned home.
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Seven killed as bus collides with van
Tribune News Service

Meerut, August 15
Seven persons were killed and four injured when a tourist bus collided head-on with a Maruti van near the bypass in the Kankarkhera area of the Meerut district.

The police here said the incident occurred late last night when a tourist bus coming from Muzzafarnagar collided with a Maruti van in Meerut, killing three van passengers on the spot. Four others succumbed to their injuries at a hospital.

The injured had been admitted to hospital, the police added.

Husband stabbed to death

Noida: A woman was irked by her husband talking to his mother, so much so that she stabbed him to death in Barola village police station Sector 49, Noida.

The police have arrested the woman with a knife used in the crime.

According to Sector 49 police, Anita, 23, of Barola village was married to Rahul, 25, of Yamuna Vihar, Delhi.

As Anita could not adjust herself in Rahul’s family, the man along with her left his house and came to live in Barola. She opened a small general merchant shop and a PCO in the village. Peace seemed to have returned to the young couple’s life.

But Rahul’s mother called on them and asked her son to pay a visit to his old house on Raksha Bandhan. This had angered Anita.

While Rahul and his mother were discussing about the proposed visit at his shop, Anita came over and picked a quarrel with her mother-in-law. This piqued Rahul who slapped Anita. She too went ballistic and brought a knife.

She reportedly stabbed Rahul in the chest. As the knife had pierced his heart, the man died on the spot.

SO Sector 49 Sushil Kumar Dubey arrested the woman and seized the knife used in the crime.
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Death dance on Greater Noida Expressway
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 15
Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and District Administration are also partly responsible for the death dance enacted on a 23-km-long Noida Greater Noida Expressway almost every other day.

It is ironically known as an Expressway, but there are no fences or railings to even stop cattle from moving over it.

There is no provision for towing away a vehicle which is broken down. Vehicles and cattle are seen moving here and there, blocking the smooth flow of fast traffic.

Besides, there is no effective check or patrolling by the traffic police gypsies. The Expressway has not been provided with streetlights, though a huge sum is alleged to have been siphoned off in the name of fixing poles on either side.

Seven persons had lost their lives in one of the most dreadful accidents yesterday. As many as 100 persons have reportedly lost their lives so far. Noida and Greater Noida Authorities are equally responsible for the tragic incidents on this Expressway.

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Delhi protects green cover, Punjab’s record dismal
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Just having good forest wealth is not sufficient. What a state or a union territory is doing to protect it will determine how rich it will be in terms of green wealth in future.

A report by independent researchers, based on data interpolated from the government statistics, shows that the green wealth index of Punjab stands at a dismal 0.048. However, with the greenery protection index (GPI) of just 0.010, the state is making very little efforts to protect what it has. Interestingly, Haryana is at the bottom of the list with the GWI of 0.033. However, as far as protecting its forest wealth is concerned, with the GPI of 0.114, it is doing much better than Punjab.

Chandigarh with the GWI of 0.224 and the GPI of 0.685 is maintaining its forest health well. Incidentally, Delhi, with the GWI of 0.059 is doing well to protect its green cover. Its GPI stands at 0.649.

Noida-based group inscriptions, examining three aspects—forest cover, recorded forest area and protected area coverage—has arrived at two indices in its report, Green Indicators 2004. While GWI is the indicator of the green wealth possessed by a state or a union territory, GPI is the qualitative calculation of protection accorded and is an indicator of what all a state or a UT is doing to protect it.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with the GWI of 0.747, are the richest in terms of green wealth and Sikkim, ranking highest on the GPI scale with 0.903, is doing maximum to protect its natural green wealth. The all-India GWI is 0.193 and GPI 0.425.

Others on the GWI toppers’ list are Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim.

These indices can be used effectively by the states, considering that the National Forest Policy of Government of India envisages to enhance forest and tree cover from the existing 23 per cent to 33 per cent in the country by 2012. For this, an additional green cover of 34 million hectares is required by 2012, broadly translating into an annual tree plantation on around 5 million hectares, while the current capacity of doing so is approximately one million hectares.

A two-pronged approach is required for the purpose. First by undertaking plantation in new areas, and second by simultaneously conserving the existing forests.

According to Subir Ghosh, author of the report, calculations have been done with the help of basic arithmetic and can be easily explained. “While writing a book on wildlife, we wanted to rank states regarding their forest health in different ways. Most of the available data on forest cover were figures quoted by the government agencies without any consideration on the size of the state and other factors. The Government survey shows Himachal Pradesh among those having the largest forest cover. However, as per the report, it has the GWI of 0.471, much lower as compared to 10 other states. With the GPI of 0.145, it is not doing much either to protect it.”

M.K.S. Pasha of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, who provided technical inputs, adds: A forest is not just trees. It has tree cover, forest cover and wastelands. That is how these indices can be utilised to plan for the future.

The data, Mr Ghosh claims, is authentic and has not been challenged by anyone. It has basically been interpolated from two sources — State of Forest Report 2001 and Wildlife Protected Area Network in India: A Review.
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Row over screening of film at JNU
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
The activists of the NSUI and the ABVP tried to disrupt the screening of The Final Solutions, a film based on the Gujarat riots, in JNU late last night.

“There were two screenings outside Mahi and Mandvi hostels late last night for the students. However, just as the movie was about to be screened, the NSUI and the ABVP activists tried to stop the show. They even brought along the police,’’ complained JNUSU President Rohit.

Accusing the two groups of “moral policing,” Rohit said the film was, however, allowed to be screened when the university authorities, including the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of Students Welfare and other senior officials intervened.

“The students have a right to watch a film on the campus. Simply because the film is based on the Gujarat riots, it does not mean that it cannot be screened on the campus,” he said.

The JNUSU is also planning to launch a protest to focus on certain issues of relevance to the students. “We want the authorities to make financial provisions for the economically deprived students, who are pursuing M.Phil and Ph.D because there is no assistance schemes for them, unlike the B.A. and the M.A. students,” pointed out Rohit.

They also want a blood bank and the libraries to be stocked with more books. The renovation of the sports courts is another demand on the wish list of the SFI.

“Our demands include the construction of a central gymnasium and a basketball court and the renovation of the badminton court,” said Rohit.

Copy editing PG course

The Indira Gandhi National Open University will be launching two new post-graduate certificate courses from January next year. The PG Certificate in Copy Editing and Proof Reading will have graduation as the basic qualification with English as one of the subjects. 
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Free bypass surgery for one poor Pak national
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 15
The poor of neighbouring Pakistan who cannot afford the costly bypass surgery in their country, there is a hope here. The Rotary Club of Faridabad (central) has decided to bear the cost of such a surgery for at least one patient sponsored by its counterpart in Karachi. The newly elected club president, Mr Navdeep Chawla, said here yesterday that this was one of the many decisions taken in the ‘Installation Ceremony’ held on Thursday night.

Taking over the reins of the club for the year 2004-2005, Mr Chawla said that a joint project with the Rotary Club of Karachi (Gateway) had nearly been finalised according to which the local club will arrange for free bypass surgery in India of one poor patient, this year. Claiming that this move would help generate an atmosphere of goodwill, he said it was perhaps the first time that any social organisation had offered such service across the border.

He said the club would also undertake a major ‘rainwater harvesting project’ in the town here. He said the main market of Sector-15 had been chosen for the purpose where the system to tap the water potential would be installed.
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Transferred doctors threaten to go on leave
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, August 15
The transfer orders of 19 doctors by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has taken a new turn after most of the transferred doctors decided to go on leave instead of joining duty.

Dr Meera Saxena, Dr Achala Khanna and Dr Chadel preferred to go on long leave instead of taking up their new assignments. Moreover, they have decided to jointly stand up against these transfer orders.

“Many influential doctors serving in the dispensaries, clinic, Mother and Child Welfare Center and Hotel Handler Units have not been transferred for the last 15 years,” said a doctor on condition of anonymity. He wanted to know, “Why have they been overlooked in the recent transfer. They must be transferred also,” he said. The doctor said that we are being “simply harassed through these transfers”.

The president of the NDMC Workers Union, Mr Ganga Ram, agreed that many “influential” doctors were posted at the same place for a long time.

In this respect, the cases of Dr Poonam Singh, Dr Ravi Mehta, Dr Sadhana Makhija, Dr Savita Bagga and Dr Reena Pawa was pointed out by most of the aggrieved doctors.

It was pointed out that two “powerful” doctors were posted with the Hotel Handling Units of the council for more than 15 years.

When the Director (PR), Mr Madan Thapliyal, was contacted in this regard, he assured that there was nothing unusual in the transfer orders as they were routine. 

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KV teachers allege victimisation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
In a prolonged meeting that lasted several hours, the Central Executive Committee of the All India Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers Association (AIKVTA) deliberated on what they allege is the “victimisation of the teachers by the KV officials”.

“KV teachers are being victimised, not only are the increments stopped, even the amount of increment has been reduced. Services of teachers are terminated on a large scale, no valid reasons are provided for the suspension of teachers,” complained S S Malik, general secretary of the AIKVTA.

The association has prepared a 12-point memorandum, which will be submitted, to the Minister of Human Resources Development, Mr Arjun Singh. The resolution passed by the CEC included restoration of a nine-period timetable and changing the timings of the KVs to suit the conditions of each location.

The association called for cessation of “victimisation of the KV employees” by the office-bearers.

They demanded the payment of transport and dearness allowance on request, transfers after completion of five years and the implementation of ACP scheme for the teachers and non-teaching staff.

Appointment of dependants of deceased employees on compassionate grounds was also demanded.

The memorandum also sought separate teaching of environment studies in primary classes as was done earlier. Candidates from the departments should be considered for filling higher posts and the workload should be reduced for the primary teachers, the memorandum stated.
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Parkash Utsav
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
The Sikh religious institutions, including Sabha Gurdwaras of Delhi, have appealed to the people of the country and the world to celebrate the Fourth Centenary First Parkash Utsav of the Sikh holy scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib on September 1.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib preaches universal brotherhood, tolerance, unity, love, truth and morality. The teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib are even more relevant in today’s world, which is in the grip of hate and terror. Raja Singh Sethi, president of the All India Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee, said that the main function would be held at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib, Amritsar.
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