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Death of students sparks arson
Greater Noida, August 21
Irate students torched four buses and stoned many vehicles after two IEC engineering college students were crushed to death in an accident in Greater Noida. The students protested for hours on the highway. Even the police Gypsies were not spared.

Too much din, problem of plenty at Jobs Fair
New Delhi, August 21
A smashed glass door at the entry gate, ransacked stalls, general commotion and a crowd that seemed to burst at the seams: these were the highlights of the Jobs Fair that began here today.

  • Pakistan theme country at book fair

Transport operators make the most of their idle hours, following the strike in Transport operators make the most of their idle hours, following the strike in protest against the service tax at Azadpur Mandi in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Wee-hour dacoity in Anand Vihar
New Delhi, August 21
In a shocking incident, six persons entered a house by cutting the iron grills in Jagriti Enclave, Anand Vihar, and injured two persons before decamping with cash and other valuables.

  • Man held under Arms Act

Deeply-in-debt family kills daughter-in-law
Ghaziabad, August 21
A family in Patel Nagar under Sihani Gate police station, deeply in debt reportedly wanted to use their daughter-in-law to repay the loan.


A model at a fashion show launched by Tanishq in the Capital on Saturday.
A model at a fashion show launched by Tanishq in the Capital on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

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Himalayan odyssey on bicycles
New Delhi, August 21
Atlas Lakshya Khardungla, the country’s longest Himalayan Bicycle Expedition was flagged off by Mr Sunil Dutt, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India from the National Stadium here today.

HC notice on Delhi Govt ban order
New Delhi, August 21
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Transport Department on a plea opposing the official order banning registration of three-wheeler goods carriers in the city from September 1 this year.

DUSU poll: Parties keep each other guessing
New Delhi, August 21
The mulling over the DUSU candidates is still on in most camps with only the United Student’s Front announcing its list of candidates; the ABVP has only announced the name of its presidential candidate, Deepti Rawat.

Slide show on Guru Granth Sahib Birs
New Delhi, August 21
A slide show on rare Guru Granth Sahib Birs, including the original Kartarpuri Bir, prepared under the guidance of the fifth Guru with mool mantra in his own hand, was presented by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib today.

Dissolve MCD: Gupta
New Delhi, August 21
The leader of Opposition in Standing Committee of the MCD, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, today demanded that the municipal corporation be dissolve instead of trifurcated and elections to the civic body held immediately.

Property fair from Aug 27
New Delhi, August 21
The Indian Bank is holding a global property and home loan fair at Pragati Maidan from August 27 to August 29. According to a statement issued by the bank, the fair will enable people to evaluate best options for their future homes.

  • PNB gets Golden Peacock award

IN PARLIAMENT
Ministry directed to recover unused funds
New Delhi, August 21
The Standing Committee on Rural Development has in its report asked the Department of Rural Development of the Union Ministry of Rural Development to recover the funds released to the Government of NCT of Delhi, if the money has so far not been spent.

Central varsities’ V-Cs to meet on August 23
New Delhi, August 21
Issues related to enhancing of allocation for education and preserving the autonomy of the universities would be discussed in a meeting of the vice-chancellors of central universities, to be organised by the Jamia Millia University on Monday.

More rain expected
New Delhi, August 21
The Capital and several other areas of the North-West were lashed by heavy rains early today. The rains were widespread in Delhi.

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Death of students sparks arson
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 21
Irate students torched four buses and stoned many vehicles after two IEC engineering college students were crushed to death in an accident in Greater Noida.

The students protested for hours on the highway. Even the police Gypsies were not spared.

To control the students, the police fired four rounds and took as many as 16 students into custody. The students also threw stones at the residence of the college registrar three hours after the incident.

Two IEC engineering college students Navin Kumar Mishra and Sudesh Nagar were passing by the Anuthpuram crossing on their bike No. UP-14 C 4482 when a private bus hit the bike. Naveen died on the spot, his intestines etc had come out as stomach was crushed. Sudesh, who was rushed to Kailash Hospital, declared brought dead. One of the students was dragged by the bus over 200 metres. The driver had fled from the scene after the accident.

Till the police reached, after a considerable delay, Naveen’s body lay on the road, further agitating the students. The students torched three buses and a mini-bus on Kasna–Ghaziabad Road and damaged five buses, four trucks and four Maruti cars with stones. They even tried to torch a police Gypsy.

Kasna police SO Raj Bahadur and a policeman also sustained injuries in stone-pelting. The police had to fire four rounds in the air to control the situation.

SP Rural MP Singh and CO Parmananad rushed with a heavy police contingent. College Registrar Ms Neerja Sabharwal also reached the scene of accident.

The police have rounded up 16 students. The students also damaged Neerja Sabharwal’s house and car with stones.

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Too much din, problem of plenty at Jobs Fair
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
A smashed glass door at the entry gate, ransacked stalls, general commotion and a crowd that seemed to burst at the seams: these were the highlights of the Jobs Fair that began here today.

It was just not a case of bad management, but on a deeper plane a manifestation of the crisis that has emerged owing to the lack of employment avenues for a burgeoning population.

Being held simultaneously with the book fair, the Jobs Fair seemed a perfect time to spot talent from among the countless heads that had turned up, leaving the prospective employers baffled.

These men and women in different age groups, with qualifications as varied as their aspirations and some with expertise to boot, were lured to Hall No. 8, which had 50-odd Information Technology companies offering on-the-spot jobs.

While those inside could hardly submit their resumes, those waiting outside seemed ready to gate crash into the scene of action. Big players in the IT industry complained that they had received more applications than they could handle. The figures touched thousands in just about a few hours.

Touted as the “first-ever” job fair, the logistics that are required for an event of such magnitude were clearly inadequate: for instance, the security was wafer-thin, the smashed door would vouch for it.

Several IT companies had planned on-the-spot interviews and recruitment of software engineers and call centre operators.

Pakistan theme country at book fair

To enhance the literary exchanges between India and Pakistan, the 10th Delhi Book Fair began here today with Pakistan as the “theme country”. An 80-member Pakistani delegation, comprising 20 publishing houses from that country, is taking part in the annual fair.

Organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the fair had seen Pakistani participation for the first time last year, with a few publishers from the neighbouring country taking part.

“The book fair is an ideal platform for Pakistani publishers wanting to introduce their books to the Indian readers. And I am sure that books will help increase the understanding of Pakistan in India,” Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan told reporters after the inauguration of the week-long book fair at Pragati Maidan.

Leading the Pakistani delegation is famous poet from across the border, Dr Ahmed Faraz, who was present at last year’s book fair, too.

“When we came here last year, the response was completely overwhelming, making us realise the important role that publishers have to play in bringing the two countries closer,” Faraz said.

The popular poet also announced that Indian publishing houses will be invited to participate in the Lahore Book Fair to be held next year. Apart from Pakistan, publishing houses from Iran and the European Union have also set up stalls at the fair.

Inaugurating the book fair, which has seen a jump in overall participation, with 300 publishers taking part as compared to 170 last year, Minister of State for Commerce and Industries E. V. K. S. Elangovan noted that India was among the top six nations in the area of publishing.

“Over 70,000 titles in 21 Indian languages have been published so far,” Elangovan said, and informed that the country had exported books worth 4.3 billion dollars last year.

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Wee-hour dacoity in Anand Vihar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
In a shocking incident, six persons entered a house by cutting the iron grills in Jagriti Enclave, Anand Vihar, and injured two persons before decamping with cash and other valuables.

The incident took place early this morning when the family was fast asleep. The injured persons were identified as Ashok Khurana and his daughter Lahar Khurana.

According to the police, six persons armed with iron rods and pistols entered the house (37, Jagriti Enclave) in Anand Vihar.

At the time of the incident, all the family members were present in the house.

When one of the robbers switched on the room light by mistake, the occupants raised an alarm. When Ashok Khurana responded to the alarm, the robbers attacked him with an iron rod. One of the robbers also fired from his pistol at Ashok, who was injured. Subsequently, they also attacked his daughter.

The robbers managed to escape with a mobile phone, cash and other valuables. The robbers had locked the rooms of the other occupants of the house.

Ashok and Laher were taken to a hospital. Lahar was discharged after first aid treatment. This is the second incident of dacoity in the area.

Earlier, robbers had entered the house of a retired Brigadier in Hargovind Enclave on August 17 and escaped with Rs 70,000 in cash and jewellery.

Man held under Arms Act

The North district police have arrested a person, identified as Jagdish, alias Lala, a resident of UP, for allegedly carrying a dagger. He was arrested from the Tis Hazari Courts area. The police have registered a case under the Arms Act against him. 

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Deeply-in-debt family kills daughter-in-law
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 21
A family in Patel Nagar under Sihani Gate police station, deeply in debt reportedly wanted to use their daughter-in-law to repay
the loan.

As the family could not get the required sum, they killed her, it is alleged by the parents of the deceased.

The police have arrested husband, his father and his sister.

Parmjit Kaur, alias Reetu, daughter of Harbhajan Singh, three-wheeler driver in West Patel Nagar, New Delhi, was married to Parmjit, alias Shruti, son of Ashok Mehta of Patel Nagar-II under Sihani Gate police on April 11, 2004.

It was a bolt from the blue for Reetu’s parents when someone informed them on Thursday that their daughter had attempted suicide. They were soon told that Reetu had died.

They immediately left for Ghaziabad. Reetu’s mother Ms Harjeet Kaur, uncle Avtar Singh and Tej Pal Singh, husband of elder sister, were told that Reetu’s body was lying in Narinder Mohan Hospital.

On seeing the body, Reetu’s mother said her daughter had been killed. They lodged a dowry death report with the Sihani Gate police. The police arrested Reetu’s husband, father-in-law and sister-in-law.

Reetu’s mother said even at the time of Reetu’s wedding, the financial position of the Mehta family was not good and the Mehtas were deeply in debt. They pressurised Reetu to get the money from her parents to help them pay off their debt.

Reetu had apprised her parents of this on phone a fortnight ago, her mother said.

The police are awaiting the autopsy report after which further action will be taken.

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Himalayan odyssey on bicycles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
Atlas Lakshya Khardungla, the country’s longest Himalayan Bicycle Expedition was flagged off by Mr Sunil Dutt, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India from the National Stadium here today.

The expedition has been organised by Atlas Cycles, India’s leading bicycle maker in association with Tenzing Norgay Adventure Camp (Dehradun), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

It will cover a distance of 5000 km (approx), thereby breaking the previous distance of 2700 km, featured in the Limca Book of Records.

The expedition will also cross Khardungla (J and K), the world’s highest motorable road at 18338 feet above the sea level.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Meenax Anand Chaudhary, Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports, Vandana K Jena, Joint Secretary, Youth Affairs and Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Dr Shakeel Ahmed Khan, Vice-Chairman, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Mr Salil Kapoor, president, Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Limited and Mr Girish Kapoor, joint president, Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Limited.

Nearly 200 youth participants of the ongoing National Integration Camp organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan were all present on the occasion.

The record-breaking distance will be covered in two and a half months starting from Srinagar (J and K) and ending at Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), crossing through 10 Indian states and Bhutan.

The states covered will be Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, East Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

It aims to inspire the country’s youth to face and overcome challenges in their day-to-day life. Four mountain-bikers, especially trained at the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Camp, Dehradun, will cover the record-breaking distance in two and a half months. The cyclists will spread
the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood along the long and challenging expedition.

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HC notice on Delhi Govt ban order
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Transport Department on a plea opposing the official order banning registration of three-wheeler goods carriers in the city from September 1 this year.

Justice S. K. Kaul issued a notice to the government and its Transport Department on the petition seeking to quash the August 5 order issued by Joint Commissioner (Transport) P. R. Meena deciding not to grant registration to three-wheeler goods carriers running on any fuel mode – diesel, petrol, CNG or LPG – from next month.

The petition, filed by proprietor of a private auto body builder through counsel Anil Grover, challenged the order saying the Transport Department was not empowered to take such an action. Besides, it violated his fundamental right to eke out a living.

The Transport Department had taken the step in a move to decongest the roads in Delhi, saying these vehicles were “extremely slow” and were a “major source of congestion”.

The petition, however, contended that the vehicles had a maximum speed of 55 (plus or minus two km) kilometres per hour. Whereas the ‘maximum speed limit’ prescribed for heavy - and medium transport and light goods vehicles in the Capital was 40 kmph, no ‘minimum speed limit’ had been prescribed, it said. Hence, how could such autos be termed as “extremely slow,” it added.

Besides, there were only about 15,000 such three-wheeler goods carriers in the city as against more than 38 lakh motor vehicles plying on the roads, it further stated, questioning how could less than 0.4 per cent vehicles out of the total number of motor vehicles be a “major source of congestion”.

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DUSU poll: Parties keep each other guessing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The mulling over the DUSU candidates is still on in most camps with only the United Student’s Front announcing its list of candidates; the ABVP has only announced the name of its presidential candidate, Deepti Rawat.

The other names which are out are — Akhila Singh of the Students Federation of India (SFI) will contest for the post of President, Archana Yadav of the Samajawadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS) will fight for the post of Vice President, Vishal Sinha of the Chhatra Lok Janashakti (CLJ) will contest for the post of Secretary and Nilesh Kumar of the Chhatra Rashtriya Janta Dal (CRJD) will contest for the post of Joint Secretary..

Having announced the names here today the USF said it would raise the issues of too few hostels, especially for girls, arbitrary fee hikes and the need for more colleges, especially evening colleges.

The party would also seek a concession in the Metro fare, allowing DTC passes in state-run buses, and formation of a gender sensitisation committee on the lines of GSCASH in JNU.

Another demand is that only ID card holders should be allowed during campaigning. The USF has also raised the issue of having the written tests conducted by the forces in all regional languages and not just Hindi and English, for the benefit of those who have studied in regional language medium schools.

They have also opposed the demand for having a quota for Delhi students in the Delhi University, until new colleges are opened and more seats are available to students.

Meanwhile, last-minute changes and deep introspection over the choice of candidates is still continuing. Deepti, who could not contest the elections last year because she was not enrolled in any college, is making a comeback.

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Slide show on Guru Granth Sahib Birs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
A slide show on rare Guru Granth Sahib Birs, including the original Kartarpuri Bir, prepared under the guidance of the fifth Guru with mool mantra in his own hand, was presented by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib today.

The presentation by Dr Mahinder Singh, Director, National Institute of Panjab Studies and Bhai Veer Singh Sahitya Sadan, also included slides of Sikh heritage, cholas, shoes, weapons and relics of Guru Nanak, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Hargobind, Guru Teg Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh.

During its research in the last five years, the institute team has been able to locate, catalogue and photograph these rare objects in different parts of India, Pakistan and the UK.

Based on this, the institute has published eight pictorial books under the Punjab Heritage Series. According to Dr Mahinder Singh, the institute is now working on a project for the conservation of Guru Granth Sahib manuscripts.

The slide show is a part of lectures and seminars organised by the committee for the 400th first Prakash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib on September 1.

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Dissolve MCD: Gupta
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The leader of Opposition in Standing Committee of the MCD, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, today demanded that the municipal corporation be dissolve instead of trifurcated and elections to the civic body held immediately.

He said people had lost faith in “corrupt” councillors and alleged that the Chief Minister, to divert people’s attention from irregularities and failures by Congressman, had started the propaganda of trifurcating the MCD.

He said the MCD had already been decentralised into 12 zones and there was no justification in trifurcating. He said this would result in more expenditure on local administration, as trifurcating would mean three mayors, three commissioners and three heads of every department. The expenditure on establishment would also increase three times, he added.

He said the Municipal Commissioner had himself admitted that the MCD was passing through a financial crisis and there was a deficit of Rs 277.74 crore in East Delhi Budget, Rs 271.24 crore in North Delhi Budget and Rs 444.60 crore in South Delhi Budget, making the total deficit to Rs 999.58 crore.

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Property fair from Aug 27
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The Indian Bank is holding a global property and home loan fair at Pragati Maidan from August 27 to August 29. According to a statement issued by the bank, the fair will enable people to evaluate best options for their future homes.

Builders, co-operative societies, service providers, group housing societies, architects, interior designers and consultants will participate in the fair. Property on the display will include independent houses and floors, apartments, shopping malls, cine multiplexes, showrooms and office spaces.

PNB gets Golden Peacock award

The Minister of Science and Technology and Ocean Development, Mr Kapil Sibal, presented the Golden Peacock National Training Award-2004 to the Punjab National Bank. The award was instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD), New Delhi. Mr Sibal also awarded the Power Management Institute (PMI) of National Thermal Power Corporation.

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IN PARLIAMENT
Ministry directed to recover unused funds
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The Standing Committee on Rural Development has in its report asked the Department of Rural Development of the Union Ministry of Rural Development to recover the funds released to the Government of NCT of Delhi, if the money has so far not been spent. The document notes: “They (the committee) would also like to be apprised of the physical and financial achievement with regard to the money released to Delhi during 2001-2002. Further, the committee would like that the Department should recover the funds, if the released amount during 2001-2002 has so far not been spent.”

Remarkably, the committee observes that the implementation of rural development programmes in Delhi was discontinued on the specific request of the Administration because the rural development schemes are not being implemented in Delhi.

“The committee members are surprised,” reads the document, “to find that during 2001-2002 Rs 5 crore was released to the Delhi Government under PMGSY.” This was despite the fact that there are no unconnected habitations in Delhi.

As per the annual report 2002-2003 of the Ministry, a proposal for PMGSY road in Delhi was received in 2000-2001 and Rs 5 crore was released to Delhi during 2001-2002.

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Central varsities’ V-Cs to meet on August 23
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
Issues related to enhancing of allocation for education and preserving the autonomy of the universities would be discussed in a meeting of the vice-chancellors of central universities, to be organised by the Jamia Millia University on Monday.

During the meeting, which will be inaugurated by the UGC Chairman, Prof Arun Nigavekar, the vice-chancellors are likely to press their demand for enhancing the allocation for education to six per cent of the GNP.

The conference would also take up enhancing the access to higher education, governance of central universities with greater focus on autonomy and public accountability among other issues.

The vice-chancellors would also deliberate on establishing a consultative mechanism to promote regular dialogue both among the Central universities and with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the UGC, the Planning Commission and other agencies.

Besides the vice-chancellors, representatives of the Planning Commission, the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development would also participate in the deliberations.

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More rain expected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 21
The Capital and several other areas of the North-West were lashed by heavy rains early today. The rains were widespread in Delhi.

While the Safdarjung area received around 2 cm rain, Palam and Aya Nagar around five cm each and Ridge and Lodhi Road around one cm each.

A few more spells of rains were likely in the Capital in the next 48 hours, the weather office said. Besides Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also received good rains during the last 24 hours.

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