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MCD to be split soon for better functioning
New Delhi, August 22
One of the world’s largest civic bodies, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), will be trifurcated soon to streamline its functioning and to make it easily accessible to the people despite the protests by a section of officials and councillors.


Some of the call girls who were arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in the Capital on Sunday. Call girl racket busted in Saket
New Delhi, August 22
With the arrest of nine call girls and three pimps in two different incidents last night, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted a prostitution racket in the city.

Some of the call girls who were arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in the Capital on Sunday. — Tribune photo

HC seeks fresh look at sacking of ‘stuttering’ assistant
New Delhi, August 22
The Delhi High Court has asked Guru Teg Bahadur Polytechnic Institute to examine the issue afresh in which it had terminated the service of a laboratory assistant two years back on account of stammering.

A photo exhibit shows Shaheed Udham Singh being taken away from Taxon Hall after the assassination of Michael O’ Dwyer. This photo is on display at an exhibition, Immortal Martyrs, being held in the Capital. A photo exhibit shows Shaheed Udham Singh being taken away from Taxon Hall after the assassination of Michael O’ Dwyer. This photo is on display at an exhibition, Immortal Martyrs, being held in the Capital.


A long Q of job seekers at Job Fair at Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Sunday.
A long Q of job seekers at Job Fair at Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Sunday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

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Notice to doctor for operating on the wrong limb
New Delhi, August 22
The consumer court has issued a notice to a doctor for negligence: he allegedly operated upon the right leg of a girl instead of the affected left one.


Labour unrest dogs German MNC
Faridabad, August 22
As the labour problems continue to afflict CLASS India Limited, a multinational corporation from Germany, engaged in manufacturing Combine Harvester machines here, the German embassy in Delhi has written to the state government, for its intervention and an amicable solution to the tangle.


CM vows to bring Metro to Faridabad
Faridabad, August 22
While the Union Government has not revealed any plan to extend the Metro Rail facility to this industrial township in near future, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr O. P. Chautala, has promised to get this facility for Faridabad.


RLD to go all-out for Harit Pradesh
Bulandshahr, August 22
Chaudhry Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo has declared that he will not hesitate to distance himself from the state politics, provided it helped the creation of Harit Pradesh.


Naresh Bhatti’s killer nabbed
New Delhi, August 22
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a criminal who was allegedly involved in the murder of Naresh Bhatti, a political leader, in Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.


Dalits write to Human Rights Commission
Noida, August 22
With the alleged connivance of officials, some influential people of Nalgarha village have usurped land belonging to Dalits in Sutyhana, Shahdar, Garhi, Mohiyapur and Nalgarha for which Dalits had been given the title deeds.


Vikas Bhavan to be shifted for villagers’ convenience
Noida, August 22
Vikas Bhavan in Phase II is to be shifted to Sadar Tehsil and the Tehsil will be housed in a complex of Collectorate at Surajpur. The orders to this effect were issued by the District Magistrate, Santosh Yadav.


Deepak Chopra on advisory board of ISOMES
New Delhi, August 22
Internationally acclaimed author and spiritual guru, Dr Deepak Chopra, has joined the advisory board of the International School of Media and Entertainment Studies. (ISOMES) Dr Chopra has written more than twenty-five books that have been translated into thirty-five languages.


3 lakh kids to be given polio drops
Noida, August 22
A rally was taken out in Noida for the pulse polio campaign for which a target of three lakh children has been fixed for giving the polio drops in Gautam Budh Nagar district.


Chain, purse snatchers stalk Faridabad
Faridabad, August 22
The incidents of chain and purse snatching have become quite common in the district. Women develop cold feet while moving alone. The police, on the other hand, seem to have taken it all in their stride. As a result, many cases have remained unsolved.


Attack on doctor criticised
Faridabad, August 22
The Haryana Civil Medical Service (HCMS) Association has condemned the assault on the doctor of a Government’s hospital at Narwana town of Jind district.


Experts warn against eco threat from syringes
New Delhi, August 22
Implementation of auto disposable syringes could result in an arduous task of disposing 210 million syringes annually, which could be a threat to the environment, say experts.


Protest against property tax
New Delhi: The Trade and Industry Organisations of Delhi today launched an agitation against the Unit Area Method of Property Tax of the MCD. The decision was taken at a joint conference of the All India Traders, Federation of Delhi Small Industries Association and Delhi Property Tax Action Committee.

Intervention centre for kids
New Delhi, August 22
To detect disability in the mentally challenged children at an early age, an early intervention centre of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Aanchal, was inaugurated in Chankya Puri.
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MCD to be split soon for better functioning
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
One of the world’s largest civic bodies, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), will be trifurcated soon to streamline its functioning and to make it easily accessible to the people despite the protests by a section of officials and councillors.

Catering to the civic demands of an estimated population of more than a crore, the MCD is next only to Tokyo in terms of area. It has within its jurisdiction some of the most densely populated areas in the world.

What is unique about the MCD is that it provides civic services to rural and urban villages, resettlement colonies, regularised unauthorised colonies, JJ squatter settlements, slum ‘basties’ and private ‘katras’.

However, owing to increasing pressure of migrants who flock to the Capital in thousands every year, the mammoth civic body has become unwieldy and this is being increasingly reflected in the deterioration in the quality of services and mismanagement. Corruption, too, has taken a firm grip on the MCD with a coterie of officials and politicians virtually influencing almost every decision.

It was also becoming increasingly difficult for the people to access it, according to Delhi Minister for Urban Development and Finance, Dr A. K. Walia. At present, people living as far away as 25 km have to come to the MCD Head Quarters at the Town Hall in Chandni Chowk area for getting their day to day grievances heard. However, with the trifurcating of the civic body, their access to it will become easy.

Each corporation will have a Commissioner, a Mayor and a nodal officer, he said.

Dr Walia said that the plan to split the MCD was neither sudden nor new. The Virendra Prakash Committee had recommended the division of the civic body into three parts. As the city grew in size and population, difficulties had cropped up in catering to the civic needs of such a huge population and massive area. The trifurcation was promised in the Delhi Congress manifesto for 2003 Assembly elections too, he added.

The MCD has come under increasing criticism in recent years over its inability to ensure basic amenities of water, power, and sanitation to its citizens.

The revenue of the civic body has also been falling over the years mainly because of its inability to collect taxes, which is again related to the sheer size of the areas it has to manage.

The MCD was established on April 7, 1958, under an Act of Parliament. The Amendment of 1993 in the Act brought about fundamental changes in composition, functions, governance and administration of the corporation.

Directive to Govt on plea against closure of school

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to treat as representation a plea opposing its decision to close the ‘Patrachar Vidyalaya’ that had been providing education to school dropouts and children from the weaker sections of society.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. A. Ahmed directed the state government and its Director of Education to consider the petition and communicate their response within four weeks to the petitioner.

The petition, filed by five students through counsel Ashok Agarwal, prayed that the institute, which was being run by the Delhi Government for the past 35 years, should not be closed and that they should be granted admission to class X, XI and XII in it.

Terming the decision to close the ‘Patrachar Vidyalaya’ as hasty, the petitioner said it would directly affect more than 40,000 students.

A closure notice had been recently posted at the gate of the school and all admission seekers were turned away. The notice had advised that students should get themselves admitted in the National Open School and yet-to-open State Open School.Top

 

Call girl racket busted in Saket
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
With the arrest of nine call girls and three pimps in two different incidents last night, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted a prostitution racket in the city.

In the first incident, acting on a tip-off that the owner of Lal Guesthouse in Saket was allegedly running a prostitution racket, the sleuths led by ACP Rajesh Deo laid a trap.

Last night, a decoy customer was sent to the guesthouse and a deal was struck with the guesthouse owner Chiranji Lal. At 10 p.m., Chiranji Lal and his two associates, Chander Chaudhary and Madhu Sharma, produced six girls, who demanded Rs 2,000 for each from the decoy customer. Subsequently, the sleuths raided the guesthouse and arrested all the girls. A case has been registered with the Malviya Nagar police station.

In another incident, the police, acting on a tip-off that some girls were running a prostitution racket outside McDonald restaurant in Punjabi Bagh area, the police laid a trap and struck a deal with a pimp, Nischal Kumar. Later, he produced three girls who were available on a payment of Rs 2,000 each. The police arrested them on the spot. A case has been registered with Punjabi Bagh police station.

Illegal trade in wild animals

With the arrest of one person, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted an illegal trade in wild animals. The police has recovered more than 60 rare birds from him. The accused has been identified as Mohammed Illiyas, a resident of Mohalla Niharian, G.B. Road.

Acting on a tip-off that some persons were involved in the trade of wild animals, the police, along with a wildlife officer, raided the Jama Masjid area and arrested the accused. A case has been registered in the Jama Masjid police station.Top

 

HC seeks fresh look at sacking of ‘stuttering’ assistant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
The Delhi High Court has asked Guru Teg Bahadur Polytechnic Institute to examine the issue afresh in which it had terminated the service of a laboratory assistant two years back on account of stammering.

After examining a diagnosis from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) which said the Laboratory Assistant had “stuttering” and not any physical defect, Justice Manmohan Sarin asked Guru Tegh Bahadur Polytechnic Institute here to look into the matter afresh in view of the medical report.”

“It appears to me prima facie that in this case the defect was not of such a nature which was not capable of being significantly improved,” Justice Sarin said. He further said that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), which runs the polytechnic, should come forward to help the employee overcome his ordeal.

The court further observed, “Perhaps as a model employer, the DSGMC, in view of its commitment to charity and public service, should have endeavored to help the Laboratory Assistant by arranging his treatment with a speech therapist and also acting in a manner which was conducive to building his confidence.”

The Assistant had claimed that there was no complaint with regard to his work. On the other hand, the management of the polytechnic had claimed that it had terminated the services as it felt that his stammering would come in the way of discharging his duties as he was required to conduct practicals.Top

 

Notice to doctor for operating on the wrong limb
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
The consumer court has issued a notice to a doctor for negligence: he allegedly operated upon the right leg of a girl instead of the affected left one.

On June 3, 1999, the doctor had diagnosed that 18-year-old Harpreet Kaur was suffering from polio vulgus in the right foot and suggested an operation.

On May 30, 2003, after completing pre-surgery formalities, he negligently carried out the operation on her left foot instead of the right one due to which she lost her walking ability, alleged Kaur, a resident of Malout in Punjab.

The Commission President, Justice J D Kapoor, observed, “Perusal of the diagnosis, clinical examination and the record of the operation performed on the complainant prima facie shows that it is a case of negligence in as much as instead of operating on the right foot, it was performed on the left foot, thereby depriving of her walking ability,”

Commission President Justice J D Kapoor, members Rumnita Mittal and Mahesh Chandra asked Dr P S Maini – Orthopedic Surgeon at the Chiranjiv Clinic and Sama Nursing Home at Siri Fort here — to reply by September 24 to the notice.

The victim has claimed a compensation of Rs 20.5 lakh.Top

 

Labour unrest dogs German MNC
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 22
As the labour problems continue to afflict CLASS India Limited, a multinational corporation from Germany, engaged in manufacturing Combine Harvester machines here, the German embassy in Delhi has written to the state government, for its intervention and an amicable solution to the tangle.

A team of two senior officials of the economic and financial wing of the embassy visited the plant here on Friday to assess the situation.

As the management briefed the team over the ongoing labour unrest, it noticed that the production level in the factory had been low as the majority of the workers has been sitting either outside the factory gate or away from work due to fear of fellow-workers.

While the district administration has deployed the police at the gate, the team was told that the agitation was being controlled by a prominent workers union of the Escorts Group, of which this company was a part earlier.

The CLASS India Limited got separated from the Escorts Group in August 2002 and the new company declared that it would not recognise the union of the Escort employees, as the company was a separate entity and had nothing to do with the Escorts Group.

It is alleged that the union of the Escorts Group did not accept it and ‘forced’ the 81-odd employees of the CLASS India to go on strike.

As a result, the production has stopped for the past couple of months.

While the workers union claims that there was a ‘lock-out’, the management has offered to talk to the employees on the condition that no representative of the Escorts Union will be involved.

According to the company sources, the German ambassador has taken up the matter with the Haryana government now.

The embassy officials have reportedly sought the intervention of the senior officials to solve the tangle.

The company officials have announced that they were also thinking of shifting the company out of the district or the state, if the problem persisted for next few days.

The company officials have alleged that the Escorts Employees Union, had also been taking the law into their won hands to ‘victimise’ one of its employees, identified as Prem Arora, who had refused to join the strike.Top

 

CM vows to bring Metro to Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 22
While the Union Government has not revealed any plan to extend the Metro Rail facility to this industrial township in near future, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr O. P. Chautala, has promised to get this facility for Faridabad.

He has announced that the state government planned to link Rewari, Sonepat and Bahadurgarh towns of the NCR with the Metro train, besides Faridabad.

This promise was made by the Chief Minister while interacting with the local industrialists at “Sarkar Udyogpatiyon ke Dwar”, a programme launched to take up the issues related to the industry and business, here yesterday.

Metro train would come here surely, he said, he was also trying to get this service for other NCR towns of the state, but did not reveal any time limit for this work.

Claiming that the work of laying the Metro network was very costly as it required at least Rs 550 crore for a six-km-long line.

Stating that his government was doing its best to improve the infrastructure for the industry, he said the reduction in the LADT (local area development tax) and the stamp duty were the moves in this direction.

Mr Chautala asked the industrialists and the entrepreneurs to cooperate with the government to check corruption.

Claiming that there was no industrial unrest in the state, he said any confrontation be solved amicably as the strike or the ‘lockout’ was not in the interest of society. However, the issue of the strike presently going in the Class India Limited, A German MNC here, was not taken up. The company has threatened to close its production here and shift the factory out of the state, if the crisis caused allegedly with the intervention of a leading workers union, was not resolved soon.

The German ambassador in India has recently written to the state government for its help to defuse the crisis. The work in the company has been stalled for the past about two months.

The Chief Minister reiterated his claim of providing round the clock power supply by the year-end, as he stated that two power production units of about 500 MW will be operational in the state by the time.

The local industrialists submitted a memorandum and sought redressal of some of the basic demands which include improvement of the road and sewer conditions in the industrial sectors, setting up of a mother unit here and declaring the Faridabad a ‘Special economic zone’.

In reply to the demand of speedy completion of the flyover at Badarpur border, the Financial Commissioner and the Principal Secretary in the department of Urban development, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, announced that the work on the Badarpur flyover would start by the year-end. He told that the government would spend about Rs 18 crore to improve the roads in Faridabad in two phases.

He said while special industrial zones for the Industry were being set up, the government had launched a scheme to provide ‘completion certificates’ to the industrial
units here.Top

 

RLD to go all-out for Harit Pradesh
Our Correspondent

Bulandshahr, August 22
Chaudhry Ajit Singh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo has declared that he will not hesitate to distance himself from the state politics, provided it helped the creation of Harit Pradesh.

He does not mind joining the government either, provided the Central government guarantees the setting up of Harit Pradesh, Ch. Ajit Singh was speaking in Gangotri yesterday.

He recalled that he had walked out from the Central government on the Harit Pradesh issue only.

He said that Harit Pradesh was the main issue of his party and the basic alliance with the BJP was on the issue of Harit Pradesh, while the basic plank of understanding with the Samajwadi Party was to get rid of Mayawati government in the state, Mr Ajit Singh said.

He said the policy for the establishment of Harit Pradesh will be spelled out in a meeting in Ghaziabad on August 31.Top

 

Naresh Bhatti’s killer nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a criminal who was allegedly involved in the murder of Naresh Bhatti, a political leader, in Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.

Janesh Bhadana, a resident of Wazirpur area, was on the way to Tis Hazari courts to meet his lawyer when he fell into the trap that was laid for him; and he was arrested just as he entered the court.

Janesh was an eyewitness in the double murder committed by notorious criminal Jitender, alias Kalla, a resident of Wazirpur. Jitender was an inmate of Naresh Bhatti, the police said.

There was strong rivalry between Janesh and Jitender Kalla. On March 28, he, along with his seven associates, including Sunder Bhatti and Sandeep Nagar, had allegedly gunned down political leader Naresh Bhatti of Gautam Budh Nagar.

In that incident, some other persons accompanying Naresh Bhatti had also been injured. Janesh was absconding since then and Uttar Pradesh police had also declared a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head.

Satta racket busted

With the arrest of three persons, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted a satta racket that was active in Rohini area. The accused were identified were as Ashok Kumar (45), Chander Prakash (52) and Sunil Kumar (42).

On August 8 the police had received a tip-off that three accused were running a cricket betting racket in Rohini area. Accordingly, the police raided the premises and arrested them while they were accepting bets on the India-Pakistan cricket match.

The police also recovered one colour television, one tape recorder, one audiocassette and five mobile phones.

In another case, the South District police arrested four persons in Sarita Vihar area while they were planning to commit a robbery. The accused were identified as Amzad Khan (23), Asif (20), Nadeem (22) and Sajjan Khan (20). Top

 

Dalits write to Human Rights Commission
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 22
With the alleged connivance of officials, some influential people of Nalgarha village have usurped land belonging to Dalits in Sutyhana, Shahdar, Garhi, Mohiyapur and Nalgarha for which Dalits had been given the title deeds.

As Dalits opposed the move, they were reportedly beaten up. Some of them had to be admitted to hospital.

One Nathu of Nalgarha has made this allegation in a letter sent to the Human Rights Commission.

Nathu said the day he was handed over the title deeds for this land, some powerful people along with their henchmen in the village had forcibly occupied his land.

A report to the police was made, but the police did not take any action.

The powerful people had lodged a claim in the District Magistrate’s court. Thereafter, they went in appeal to the Commissioner, Meerut, who too had favoured Dalits on examining the records.

After losing the case in the court of the commissioner, the usurpers again took the matter to the Joint Commissioner’s court. None of the Dalits was informed about it and the decision in favour of usurpers was pronounced. The usurpers had abruptly harvested the standing crop on the Dalits’ land. When Dalits opposed the harvesting, they were beaten up badly so that some of them had to be admitted to the District Hospital.

Seeing the serious condition of some of the injured Dalits, the police took some people into custody. But no criminal case was registered against them. They were all set free the very next day.

Now Dalits of all five villages are going from one place to another in search of justice.

Dalits in their petition have requested Justice J.S.Verma, the Chairman, Human Rights Commission, to get the whole matter probed by a high-level agency, restore the lands to the Dalits, and strong action against the usurpers.Top

 

Vikas Bhavan to be shifted for villagers’ convenience
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 22
Vikas Bhavan in Phase II is to be shifted to Sadar Tehsil and the Tehsil will be housed in a complex of Collectorate at Surajpur. The orders to this effect were issued by the District Magistrate, Santosh Yadav.

Giving this information, the District Magistrate said this is being done keeping in view the convenience of a large number of villagers, who visit the Tehsil and Vikas Bhavan from far-off places.

The District Magistrate said that some half-a-dozen district level officers are to be posted in Gautam Budh Nagar and efforts are afoot to have them posted here at the earliest.

“The offices under one roof will ensure a single-window approach, which will go a long way in ensuring better coordination among various departments and help speed up decisions. Thus, we shall be able to serve the people better,” the District Magistrate added.

Some 13 district-level officers have their offices in Vikas Bhavan. Henceforth, people will not have to travel to different places to meet the officers in these departments.Top

 

Deepak Chopra on advisory board of ISOMES
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
Internationally acclaimed author and spiritual guru, Dr Deepak Chopra, has joined the advisory board of the International School of Media and Entertainment Studies. (ISOMES) Dr Chopra has written more than twenty-five books that have been translated into thirty-five languages. He is also the author of more than one hundred audio and videotape series, including five critically acclaimed programmes on public television.

In 1999, the Time magazine had selected Dr Chopra as one of the top 100 icons and heroes of the century, describing him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Dr Chopra currently serves as CEO and founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, USA.

INSO names presidential candidate

Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) spokesman A. Kapoor Chaudhary will be the party candidate for the post of the president in DUSU. INSO president Amit Kaushik made this announcement at a press conference here today.

The names of the other candidates would be announced tomorrow at the Chief Election Officer’s office; the manifesto released on August 25.

Abolition of internal assessment more U-special buses, extension of bus pass to all buses in the NCR area, including private buses, better deal to Hindi language, more evening colleges and hostels, and an insurance scheme for students would be the main election issues, he said.Top

 

3 lakh kids to be given polio drops
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 22
A rally was taken out in Noida for the pulse polio campaign for which a target of three lakh children has been fixed for giving the polio drops in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

As many as 716 booths have been established in the district for the purpose and some 528 teams will go from door to door and administer the drops to children. For monitoring the campaign, some 156 supervisors have been appointed.

Besides, the World Health Organisation has also deputed nine doctors for the campaign, according to Dy CMO Dr. A.C. Gaur.

He said since the risk of polio outbreak always persists, this special campaign is being launched.

Hundreds of three-member teams—109 in Javer, 114 in Dankore, 141 in Dadri, 122 in Bisarakh and 230 in Noida have been deployed for door-to-door campaign to give the drops.

For the purpose of monitoring, 15 supervisors in Javer, 18 in Dankore, 21 in Dadri, 37 in Bisarakh and 65 supervisors in Noida have been deployed. They will function from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Dy. CMO Dr R.B. Agarwal for Javer and Dankore, said that the District Magistrate, Bulandshahr asked the pradhans and ex- pradhans to participate in the campaign. Besides, NCC and social organisations have been asked to bring the kids to the booths.Top

 

Chain, purse snatchers stalk Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 22
The incidents of chain and purse snatching have become quite common in the district. Women develop cold feet while moving alone. The police, on the other hand, seem to have taken it all in their stride. As a result, many cases have remained unsolved.

A woman resident of Sector 16-A here lost jewellery and cash worth about Rs 1 lakh about a month ago.

The victim Mrs Urmil, wife of a known physician of Ballabhgarh, Dr Lal Singh, received the jolt of her life on July 18, when she found her purse missing. It was kept on the front seat of her car.

She was waiting for her husband, who had gone to a nearby shop after parking the vehicle near a private medical centre in Sector-16-A market.

According to her complaint, she and one of her friends were sitting on the rear seats when a girl of about 10 to 12 years, started making some noise in in the back of the car.

She said as she came out to ask what was going on, someone took away the purse kept on the front seat.

The purse, she said, had about Rs 25,000 and jewellery worth over Rs 75,000, which she had been carrying with her. She realised that one of the accused had just diverted her attention. Expressing resentment over the manner in which the police were investigating the case, she feared that she might not get her valuables back. She said the jewellery and money belonged to her married daughter.

She claimed to have met the district police chief and other officials many times, but only assurances were given to her till date. This is not an isolated incident. Half a dozen cases of chain and purse snatchings have been reported in the town during the past four months.

Several women residents of Sector- 7 here, demonstrated outside the main police station, a few days ago to protest against the rising crime.Top

 

Attack on doctor criticised
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 22
The Haryana Civil Medical Service (HCMS) Association has condemned the assault on the doctor of a Government’s hospital at Narwana town of Jind district.

It has demanded a strict action against the accused and safety of the doctors on duty in various government hospitals and
dispensaries.

In a statement here, the president of the HCMS, Dr Ravinder Mathur, expressed anguish over the manhandling and assault on Dr Satyawan Sharma, Medical Officer at Narwana, by some unidentified youths.

It is reported that Dr Sharma did not oblige the youths as he was asked to do some illegal job.

Dr Mathur described the incident as an attack on the dignity and integrity of the medical fraternity.

Demanding a strict action against the persons responsible, he said the administration must ensure that the government doctors and staff of the civil hospitals were able to discharge their duties without fear.Top

 

Experts warn against eco threat from syringes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
Implementation of auto disposable syringes could result in an arduous task of disposing 210 million syringes annually, which could be a threat to the environment, say experts.

Toxics Link, which carried out an extensive study on the issue, has said that switching on to auto disposable syringes would mean huge quantities of plastic and needle waste, which is currently being burnt in the open and causes serious harm to the environment.

Incineration or open burning of these syringes would release cancerous chemicals in the air and, therefore, it is imperative to seek alternative means for disposal.

“We conducted a round table to consider the options that can be used for disposal. As an example, we cited the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Dehradun, and the Philippines Measles Elimination Campaign ….,” said Ratna, programme officer, Toxics Link.Top

 

Protest against property tax

New Delhi: The Trade and Industry Organisations of Delhi today launched an agitation against the Unit Area Method of Property Tax of the MCD. The decision was taken at a joint conference of the All India Traders, Federation of Delhi Small Industries Association and Delhi Property Tax Action Committee. Representatives of more than 200 Trade and Industry bodies attended the meet.

The Confederation secretary-general, Mr Praveen Khandelwal, informed that the Trade and Industry body termed the Unit system as a draconian law and it is harmful not only to the interests of trade and industry but will also badly effect the Delhites. — TNSTop

 

Intervention centre for kids
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
To detect disability in the mentally challenged children at an early age, an early intervention centre of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Aanchal, was inaugurated in Chankya Puri.

Inaugurating the centre yesterday, NDMC Secretary U.K. Worah said the centre would function with the avowed objective of caring and sharing, with the co-ordination of society and parents.

He urged parents to be alert as with the timely care, such children could be cured.

Giving details of the programme, NDMC Director (welfare) Ranjana Deswal said professionals at the centre would assess, guide and support children and their families through workshops and interactions. Top

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