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Cop overpowers killer after hot pursuit
Babu Singh, the assailant, in police custody in the Capital on MondayNew Delhi, August 23
A constable of the Delhi Police overpowered a notorious criminal after a chase in Loha Mandi in the Naraina area. He was trying to escape after killing a businessman and looting his money. The arrested person has been identified as Babu Singh, alias Nohre Singh, a resident of UP.

Babu Singh, the assailant, in police custody in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Prostitution racket busted, 12 girls held

Woman kills husband in Dadri
Noida, August 23
A woman in Chhapraula village under Dadri police station was so enraged with her husband over a trivial issue that she attacked him with an axe and killed him.

‘Normal’ arrival of trucks as strike enters third day
New Delhi, August 23
The indefinite strike of transporters and truckers had little impact on prices of commodities on the third day of the agitation today.

ABVP candidates during the DU election campaign which began in the Capital on Monday

ABVP candidates during the DU election campaign which began in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph







The downpour caught many Delhiites napping on Monday
The downpour caught many Delhiites napping on Monday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


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Heavy downpour floods Faridabad low-lying colonies

Faridabad, August 23
Low-lying areas, including several residential sectors and colonies got waterlogged due to a heavy downpour which lashed the town in the afternoon today. The movement of traffic came to a halt for a couple of hours due to rainwater on several roads of the town and the sewers got clogged in many places.

PM to inaugurate Guru Granth Sahib Centre on Sept 1
New Delhi, August 23
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a multi-crore Guru Granth Sahib Research Centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj here on September 1, the 400th anniversary of the Sikh scripture.

IN PARLIAMENT
Akshardham temple has NEERI’s eco clearance
New Delhi, August 23
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, has given environmental clearance to the sprawling Akshardham temple, under construction on the banks of the Yamuna here, the Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Namo Narain Meena, said today.

Opposition criticises tax on professionals
New Delhi, August 23
The Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee of the MCD Vijendra Kumar Gupta has criticised the decision of the Delhi Government to levy taxes on professions, trades and callings and on increased urban land value as a result of development work by the MCD.

‘Cong wasted money on advertisements’
New Delhi, August 23
The former Union Minister, Mr Vijay Goel, has criticised the indiscriminate spending on advertisements by the Delhi Government. Mr Goel said overspending on advertisements beyond allocated amount is against all principles of financial management.

  • Golden Peacock award

UPA chairperson should ask all tainted ministers to resign: BJP
New Delhi, August 23
Describing the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati as an exemplary step towards honouring the court’s decision, BJP Delhi Pradesh president Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the UPA chairperson must immediately ask for the resignation of all tainted ministers, included in the Union Cabinet.

Govt urged to release funds for research in herbal products
New Delhi, August 23
Yoga and herbal medicines are two streams originating from our ancient tradition, accepted all over the world. Dr Abid Hussain called on the government to release funds to conduct further research in the manufacture of herbal products and medicines.

Noida cops given wireless handsets for better traffic control
Noida, August 23
The Noida traffic police may breathe easy, finally. The cops have been given wireless handsets, which will enable them better control on traffic and inter-personal communications.

Epilepsy likely to afflict one in 200
Noida, August 23
Epilepsy continues to pose significant socio-economic and public health challenges. According to an estimate, one in 20 persons would have an epileptic seizure at some point in their lives and one in 200 will have epilepsy, said Dr A. K. Singh Director, Department of Neurosciences, Fortis Hospitals, Noida.

Civic amenities’ workshop for underdeveloped colonies
New Delhi, August 23
A civic amenities and citizens rights workshop for the residents of underdeveloped colonies was organised by the Grahak Sahayak, Gurgaon, today. Social activists, office-bearers of the Grahak Sahayak and residents of Devi Lal Nagar participated in the workshop.

Cultural centre waiting to be inaugurated
New Delhi, August 23
The cultural centre near Laxmi Nagar, which was completed over six months ago, is yet to be inaugurated, thanks to the apathy of the Delhi government which has not been able to decide so far as to who would inaugurate it.

Looking at a woman’s world through art
New Delhi, August 23
The Art Alive, jointly with Jebiwool Art Gallery and Museum in Korea, will organise exhibitions as part of the ‘Incredible India’ programme during the Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival, to be held between September 14-19, 2004.

Need to protect ecology stressed
New Delhi, August 23
Speaking at the annual function of the Amba Foundation at I.P. Extension, the Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, highlighted the need to respect Mother Earth.

Reality TV to introduce India-specific fillers
New Delhi, August 23
Reality TV, a 24-hour channel dedicated to real life programming, has taken its first step towards localisation of the channel in India, by introducing India-specific fillers. These fillers will capture thrilling, astonishing and true-life vignettes of India’s diversity. The fillers will be aired on the channel starting in August-end.

Husband among three held for rape
Faridabad, August 23
The police have arrested three members of a family, including the husband of a woman for alleged rape and dowry harassment in Atali village of Ballabhgarh subdivision. The accused, identified as Satish, has been the husband of the complainant, a resident of Adarsh Nagar here.

  • Baby show held

Gangster held at Shastri Park Metro station
New Delhi, August 23
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a dreaded criminal of UP, wanted in several serious crimes. The arrested person was identified as Shansuddin, alias Sanjay, a resident of district Aligarh, UP.

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Cop overpowers killer after hot pursuit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
A constable of the Delhi Police overpowered a notorious criminal after a chase in Loha Mandi in the Naraina area. He was trying to escape after killing a businessman and looting his money. The arrested person has been identified as Babu Singh, alias Nohre Singh, a resident of Basti district, UP.

While on patrol duty on August 21, Subhash Chand and Constable Prakash Chand had heard gun shots near Naraina Vihar Railway Station.

When they reached the spot, they found a person lying near the railway line and few persons running in different directions. Subhash chased the person running towards Loha Mandi, who was also carrying a bag in his hand. After a hot chase, he managed to nab him after a scuffle.

The police identified the victim as Rajesh Jain, a businessman in Loha Mandi. The businessman was taken to the Kapoor Medical Centre in Naraina, where he was declared brought dead.

During investigation, the police found that Babu was earlier involved in more than 13 cases of murder and other serious crimes.

Another accused, identified as Arjun, who was also involved in the crime, had worked in the same market two years back. He had kept a close watch on the movement of Rajesh Jain and had hatched the crime plot. They had also procured a country-made weapon from UP for the purpose.

The police said that the other persons involved in the robbery- cum-murder had been identified as Babloo Jaiswal, Budhai and Arjun, all residents of UP.

A case under different sections of the IPC has been registered in Naraina Police Station. According to the DCP South-West district, Mr Dipender Pathak, “Special teams have already been sent to different places in UP to nab their other associates.”

Prostitution racket busted, 12 girls held

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police have busted a prostitution racket and arrested 12 girls from Saraswati Vihar, Paschim Vihar and Pitam Pura area. The girls were running the prostitution racket from beauty parlours at these places, the police said.

Explaining their modus operandi, the police said they used the advertisement columns in leading Hindi dailies to lure the customers. The police disclosed the names of the beauty parlours as Wills Beauty Saloon, Pitam Pura, Beauty Point, Peera Garhi Chowk and Beauty Point, Pitam Pura.

The police sent a decoy customer and raided the premises and arrested the girls.

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Woman kills husband in Dadri
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 23
A woman in Chhapraula village under Dadri police station was so enraged with her husband over a trivial issue that she attacked him with an axe and killed him. Her two sons are also reported to have helped her murder their father.

To keep the crime under wraps, the woman and her sons had loaded the body in a tempo and dumped it in a jungle near Dharampur, Khora.

The police have arrested the woman for the murder and recovered the axe and tempo used in the crime from the place indicated by her. Both her sons are absconding.

One Prem Kumar of Chhapraula village had come across a body lying in Dharampura jungles on Sunday morning.

The body was sent for the post-mortem examination. The man was identified as Hari Om Sharma, 40, originally from Boda village under police station Agota in Bulandshahr. He was living with his wife, Suman Lata, and two sons Mohit and Rohit, in Chhapraula village in Dadri.

The victim was a tempo driver in Ghaziabad.

On Saturday night, Hari Om had an argument with his wife and sons after which he had gone missing. When the police summoned Rohit and Mohit to the police station, they absconded.

The police then arrested Suman Lata for questioning. Suman confessed to the murder.

She told the police that her husband had beaten her up after an argument on Saturday. Later, their son Mohit and Rohit also came home.

Subsequently, they jointly attacked Hari Om with an axe on the head as a result of which he died. Later, they loaded his body in the tempo and dumped it in the jungles at night itself.
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Normal’ arrival of trucks as strike enters third day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The indefinite strike of transporters and truckers had little impact on prices of commodities on the third day of the agitation today.

In the Capital’s biggest market the arrival of trucks was described as “normal”.

Hundreds of trucks carrying fruits and vegetables arrived at the Azadpur Sabzi Mandi this morning. “The arrival of trucks is normal. There is no effect of the strike on prices of essential items,” said general secretary of Chamber of Azadpur Traders Association Rajinder Sharma.

After a holiday on Sunday the business was as usual. “We are getting about 600 trucks with apples from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir besides vegetables,” he said. On an average, 1,500 trucks arrive in the market everyday.

Though there was no increase in the wholesale prices of fruits and vegetables in the Azadpur market, retailers exploited the situation to push prices. “The retailers use strikes like this to make quick money. The government should step in to prevent this,” Mr Sharma said.

He, however, said a prolonged strike could hit the supply of goods. “There is no problem at the moment.”

The striking transporters and truckers, however, said only small trucks carrying goods were plying and the strike was ‘total’ across the country. “We have allowed small trucks to operate,” said All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) spokesman R K Gulati.

The AIMTC has also allowed permitted truckers to transport essential items like milk and water.
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Heavy downpour floods Faridabad low-lying colonies
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 23
Low-lying areas, including several residential sectors and colonies got waterlogged due to a heavy downpour which lashed the town in the afternoon today.

The movement of traffic came to a halt for a couple of hours due to rainwater on several roads of the town and the sewers got clogged in many places.

While the rains have been regular for the past three weeks in the district, it seems that today’s downpour has been the heaviest so far. This resulted in flood-like conditions in various low-lying colonies.

The flooding of the roads after about 30 minutes of continuous rain led to the exposure of the claims of the civic authorities regarding the ‘maintenance’ of the civic amenities.

Rajkumar, a resident of Sector-15-A here, said that although the rains had been a welcome development, there was lack of proper drainage system and flooding of roads in almost all parts of town.

The residents suffered a lot of hardships due to irreparable damage to the roads.

Rajkumar said it was not difficult to judge how the residents would be moving on the potholed roads filled with water.

Kailash Sharma, a social activist residing in Sector-10 here, said that the administration was yet to learn a lesson and recognise the fact that the storm water drains were urgently required alongside the roads, if the problem of waterlogging was to be overcome.

He claimed that the ‘ill-maintained’ and ill-equipped sewerage too becomes a bane during the rainy period, as nearly all the sewer lines get clogged and the wastewater spills over on the roads.

Adding that it was quite unsafe to move on the roads filled with water, as the covers of many manholes are missing which could cause an accident.

The local industrialists during a recent meeting with the Chief Minister had also raised the problem of bad roads and sought immediate repair and relaying.

The authorities in reply had stated that the government would be spending about Rs 18 crore on roads and the repair work would be carried out by the Haryana Urban Development Authority in two phases after the rainy season.
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PM to inaugurate Guru Granth Sahib Centre on Sept 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a multi-crore Guru Granth Sahib Research Centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj here on September 1, the 400th anniversary of the Sikh scripture.

After a key executive meeting of the committee ahead of the celebrations, the DSGMC chief, Mr Prehlad Singh Chandok, said the Prime Minister would inaugurate the hi-tech Guru Granth Sahib Research Centre before leaving for Amritsar to attend the event in the Holy City.

Mr Chandok, also a member of Dr Manmohan Singh’s National Committee on the Guru Granth Sahib celebrations, announced that all gurdwaras in the Capital would be decorated to mark 400 years of the compilation and installation of the sacred volume at Darbar Sahib.

The pro-Congress Sikh leader, facing stiff opposition from his mentor and predecessor Paramjit Singh Sarna over the control of the powerful religious administration, was able to win extra time in office as the executive committee unanimously decided to hold annual elections of the body in January next year instead of next month.

“In the light of the celebrations, the executive meeting today unanimously decided to hold the DSGMC’s annual executive elections on January 27,” the committee chief said.

Mr Chandok became DSGMC chief in September last year after Mr Sarna, also a pro-Congress leader, announced his candidacy for the religious office in the annual executive elections of the committee. However, both parted company barely months after the elections over political supremacy.

The immediate trigger of their split lay in the presentation of a siropa by Mr Chandok to Union Minister Jagdish Tytler. Mr Chandok, however, successfully won the pardon of the Akal Takht over his act, though no rapprochement has since occurred between the two Sikh leaders.
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Akshardham temple has NEERI’s eco clearance
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, has given environmental clearance to the sprawling Akshardham temple, under construction on the banks of the Yamuna here, the Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Namo Narain Meena, said today.

Asserting that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had not conducted any environment appraisal of the impact of construction of the temple, Meena said the Delhi Development Authority had allotted 23.5 hectares of land along the river bank to the temple trust, Bochanwasi Purshottam Sansthan (BAPS), for the construction of the temple.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, the minister said that according to the DDA, the permission for the construction was granted after the environment impact assessment study by NEERI and after obtaining a no-objection certificate from the Yamuna Standing Committee of the Central Water Commission.

The temple was in news recently after a public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court alleging that the construction was in violation of the Delhi Master Plan and would obstruct the flow of the river as it was situated in the flood-prone catchment area of Yamuna.
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Opposition criticises tax on professionals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee of the MCD Vijendra Kumar Gupta has criticised the decision of the Delhi Government to levy taxes on professions, trades and callings and on increased urban land value as a result of development work by the MCD.

He said these decisions would increase the burden on residents and owners of property in the city would have to pay more taxes. He called these taxes illegal, unconstitutional and anti-people and said while the Central Government was trying to promote real estate market in the country, the Delhi Government, by imposing these kinds of taxes, was impeding it.

He also flayed the decision of the government to club the expenditure incurred on the maintenance of resettlement colonies, which was being reimbursed under plan head till now, and expenditure on mid-day meals under non-plan head.

He demanded that expenditure and grants under these heads be kept under plan head.

He said a sum of Rs 45 crore was provided for expenditure on maintenance of resettlement colonies and Rs 22 crore for the mid-day meal bringing the total amount to Rs 67 crore. Now as per the decision of the Delhi Government only Rs 47 crore would be provided under non-plan head, he claimed.
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Cong wasted money on advertisements’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The former Union Minister, Mr Vijay Goel, has criticised the indiscriminate spending on advertisements by the Delhi Government. Mr Goel said overspending on advertisements beyond allocated amount is against all principles of financial management.

Mr Goel added that the work in government offices in Delhi has come to a standstill because of the AICC session.

Golden Peacock award

The Institute of Advance Computing and Management (IACM) has been declared winner of the Golden Peacock National Training Award 2004 in the small and medium training providers category.

The award was received by Mr Ravinder Goyal, director, IACM, from Mr Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Science and Technology.
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UPA chairperson should ask all tainted
ministers to resign: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
Describing the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati as an exemplary step towards honouring the court’s decision, BJP Delhi Pradesh president Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the UPA chairperson must immediately ask for the resignation of all tainted ministers, included in the Union Cabinet.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that when a case has been reopened on account of political vengeance against Ms Uma Bharati, she did not take any time to submit her resignation, without having any party pressure upon her for the said purpose.

The Karnataka’s court has also not passed any derogatory remarks against Ms Uma Bharati. If the Congress accepts hoisting the national flag, as an act of traitorship, then the BJP members will repeatedly hoist the national flag on Indian soil.
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Govt urged to release funds for research
in herbal products
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
Yoga and herbal medicines are two streams originating from our ancient tradition, accepted all over the world.

Dr Abid Hussain, speaking at the release of Nature and Wealth magazine and seminar on Herbal Medicines Need of Time at Habitat Centre by Foundation for Promotion of Natural Products, called on the government to release funds to conduct further research in the manufacture of herbal products and medicines. He said that it is commendable that the young and the old are working together to revive the ancient heritage of herbal cures.

A call was made by Subash Lakhotia for an anti-ageing drug to come from Herbal India.

“When something comes from abroad, it becomes popular here in a country where it originated thousands of years ago,” he said.

Pt. Manideo Prasad High Commisioner of Trinidad and Tobago, was there to preside the function, he also gave assurance that India can be very big source for procuring herbal Medicines which can be used in his country for the benefit of common people.

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Noida cops given wireless handsets for better traffic control
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 23
The Noida traffic police may breathe easy, finally. The cops have been given wireless handsets, which will enable them better control on traffic and inter-personal communications.

At a meeting with the traffic police staff, TIs, TSIs and Havildars, the SP (City), Mr A. K. Jain in Noida, discussed how to assist the public with the help of wireless handsets.

CO S.R. Yadav said that the traffic police have been enforcing better discipline on Noida roads now. As a result, on an average the traffic cops were recovering Rs 4 lakh fine per month as against Rs 1 lakh till a few months ago.

Tying seat belts for those travelling in four-wheelers and helmets for two-wheelers have been made compulsory and offenders will not be spared. Until now, people used to unlock seat belts and remove helmets on entering Noida area from Delhi. Anyone who violates the order now, would be booked, Mr Yadav said at a Noida Citizen’s Forum meeting.

To remove the traffic problems, a 19-member traffic advisory committee has been formed and traffic wardens are being appointed to help the police for two hours daily.

The traffic police will be assisted by 100 home guards at busy inter-sections. A number of bus stops on busy roads are being redesigned for the convenience of public and smooth flow of traffic, the CO said.

Plan to widen roads

It has been decided to widen the Master Plan Road No 3, linking Noida with NH-24 into a 75-metre wide road. This road will be converted into a six-lane road now and the provision for a service road will also be made along the society flats built on the roadside.

According to Noida Authority Chairman Deo Dutt, work on this road will be started from October.

A plan for repairing and widening roads in Noida town is also being chalked out, he said.

He said the authority was seized of the traffic problems in the town, and some important decision would be taken soon to remedy the situation.

The decision, he said, was concerning widening of the road opposite Sectors 62 and 63 into a six-lane road, which was attracting more traffic than visualised earlier. The bulk of the traffic for Faridabad and South Delhi from Ghaziabad etc uses this road.

Besides, the development of residential complexes in Sector 62 will also bring additional pressure on the road, the Chairman said.

He has asked the Chief Project Engineer, Mr R.P. Singh, to examine all the roads in the city, when they were constructed and then prepare a thorough plan to improve the roads.

All schools whose buses remain parked on roadsides have been issued notices. The authority is also identifying ‘public conveniences’ which have never taken off. They are mostly used for displaying advertisements only.

Those which have never been used will be razed to ground, Mr Deo Dutt said.

The Noida Chairman said all hoardings fixed on and near about the Noida Toll Bridge on UP territory are also being examined.
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Epilepsy likely to afflict one in 200
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 23
Epilepsy continues to pose significant socio-economic and public health challenges. According to an estimate, one in 20 persons would have an epileptic seizure at some point in their lives and one in 200 will have epilepsy, said Dr A. K. Singh Director, Department of Neurosciences, Fortis Hospitals, Noida.

This was stated at a programme, organised by Continued Medical Education on its premises at Sector 62, Noida.

The programme was addressed by renowned doctors from various institutes and hospitals in the presence of Dr A.K. Singh and Dr S.P. Singh, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre, University of Nebraska yesterday.

The thrust of the discussion was: seizure recognition, epilepsy neuro-imaging and shed light on understanding the various advanced diagnostic procedures in epilepsy management. It also threw light on the issues like surgical treatment of epilepsy.

“The aim of the meet is to update our fellow members of the medical community with the latest advances about the diagnosis in the disease and patient care. Through this initiative, our endeavour is to provide an opportunity to understand the recent developments in the field and help the doctors ensure better patient care,” Dr A. K. Singh added.
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Civic amenities’ workshop for underdeveloped colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
A civic amenities and citizens rights workshop for the residents of underdeveloped colonies was organised by the Grahak Sahayak, Gurgaon, today. Social activists, office-bearers of the Grahak Sahayak and residents of Devi Lal Nagar participated in the workshop.

While inaugurating the workshop, the convenor of the programme, Mr Sanjay Sethi, said safe drinking water and adequate sanitation were foundations of society, but these basic civic amenities were still a luxury for half the people in Gurgaon district.

As a result, hundreds of children fell prey to diarrhoea every year, he said, adding that those who survived the episodes were left mentally and physically stunted. He said people were forced to defecate in the open or in filthy latrines, which was a breeding ground for bacteria and diseases.

He urged the media to become representatives of such marginalised communities and told the people to organise themselves and fight for their rights.

Speaking on the occasion, Capt H. C. Tomar stressed the need for giving voting rights to the residents of the colony, which had been denied due to political reasons.

Col H.N. Handa of the Grahak Sahayak said there should be no let-up in the initiative and promised his support for the same. Mr Parveen Dang, Chairman of Golden Public School, where the function was held, said residents should form welfare associations to plead for their causes.
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Cultural centre waiting to be inaugurated
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, August 23
The cultural centre near Laxmi Nagar, which was completed over six months ago, is yet to be inaugurated, thanks to the apathy of the Delhi government which has not been able to decide so far as to who would inaugurate it.

This cultural centre has been constructed jointly by the Urban Development Ministry and Trans Yamuna Development Board at a cost of Rs 14 crore, on lines of famous India Habitat Center, with a view to promote socio-cultural activities in East Delhi.

The construction of the foundation centre, which began in January 2002, was completed in February 2004.

Spread over an area of 6,900 square metres, the three storeyed building has a large multipurpose hall, an art gallery, a TV projection hall and also a bank with ATM facilities. Provision has been made to park 60 two-wheeler and 40 four-wheeler vehicles. While the first floor has an auditorium with a seating capacity for 320 people, a cyber café, a big business centre and a club, the second floor has separate spaces earmarked for a gymnasium and yoga cum meditation centre.

According to sources, prior to the general elections, it had been decided to have the inauguration done by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi but due to her hectic schedule, the same could not materialise.

Now, despite completion of construction, the centre is not being used only because it has not been inaugurated.

A social worker in this area and president of Bihar Morcha Narendra Kumar Singh said, “we only want to use the facilities of this centre no matter who inaugurates it. The Delhi government is delaying it without any valid reason. They only want to gain political mileage and nothing else”.

When contacted, the chairman of the Trans Yamuna Development Board, Dr Narendra Nath, said that final touches were being given to the centre and it would be inaugurated after that. “It will be run by the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation,” he said.
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Looking at a woman’s world through art
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The Art Alive, jointly with Jebiwool Art Gallery and Museum in Korea, will organise exhibitions as part of the ‘Incredible India’ programme during the Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival, to be held between September 14-19, 2004. It will be for the first time ever that the Indian contemporary art will be exhibited on this scale.

Curated by Sushma Bahl, a well-known art consultant, the exhibition is a follow on of the earlier version under the same title and theme. It has been put together afresh in response to an invitation from Korea.

The exhibition will attempt to look at a woman’s world through the works of a select group of contemporary artists.

The exhibition will explore ideas, emotions and issues of concern to women as seen from her own as well as male perspective. The artists participating in the exhibition include Arpana Caur, Jogen Chowdhury, Kanchan Chander and Laxma Goud.
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Need to protect ecology stressed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
Speaking at the annual function of the Amba Foundation at I.P. Extension, the Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, highlighted the need to respect Mother Earth.

Appreciating the message of “Water and Environment” highlighted by the underprivileged children in their dance and drama, Mr Dikshit stressed that it was important for adults also to respect the environment. The Amba Foundation, a charitable organisation working in East Delhi in the field of education, health and community development for the underprivileged women and children, had organised this annual function to distribute scholarships to deserving children.
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Reality TV to introduce India-specific fillers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
Reality TV, a 24-hour channel dedicated to real life programming, has taken its first step towards localisation of the channel in India, by introducing India-specific fillers. These fillers will capture thrilling, astonishing and true-life vignettes of India’s diversity. The fillers will be aired on the channel starting in August-end.

The three-minute creative fillers encompass a variety of themes and each of these fillers is a stark portrayal of the unconventional Indian. The fillers have been shot in 10 locations across the country and produced in India in collaboration with Zonsta Creation.

Emotions, challenges, innovations and inspiration are reflected in the fillers and, like the rest of the programmes on Reality TV, each filler is different in terms of entertainment value. One of the fillers is about four-limbed writer Tapan Dey, who writes in four different languages with both his hands and feet. Surprisingly enough, he also writes with his hair ends and eyelashes! He is dedicated to helping physically impaired people write.

The fillers also reflect the association of Indians with die-hard traditions. For instance, Aqueel Keeratpuri of Mumbai is an artist who uses candles as his tools. He has revived the age-old tradition of cutting hair by burning the hair ends.

Another filler highlights how emotional indulgence among Indians is not restricted by practical considerations.

Vikas, a welder, residing in a congested locality in Mumbai, vacated his 200 sq feet room for his pet horse. All for his overwhelming passion for the pet!

Showcasing bizarre and extraordinary acts performed by Indians, another filler talks about Rajmohan Nair, a man who generates 440 watts of electricity from his body.

Known as “Current Mohan”, Nair is an unusual man. He can allow electricity up to 400 watts to pass through his body, to the extent that one can run a television, radio, mixer grinder or a hot pan!

Yet another highlights the enthusiasm of a man who drove miles backward in reverse gear from the Pakistan border to a Punjab village. One more filler focuses on Ramcharan, a humble folk artist from Rajasthan who inhales air and exhales melody through his nostrils.

He plays his own compositions through his nostrils on a flute-like instrument created by him and uses body jewellery as percussions to perform.

Apart from the astonishing and the sentimental, these fillers also touch on the supernatural. Nan Umrigar, a woman who communicates with her deceased son, is an example. She has also authored a book, Sound of Silence, that details her experiences on the same.

Reality TV is an entertainment channel that tells stories of real people in real life situations and shows events as they actually happened. The channel entered India in 2003 and in this short span of time, the channel has crossed a viewership of 15 million households across the country.

Reality TV is successfully reaching all corners of the globe providing thrills, spills and unbeatable round-the-clock entertainment value 365 days of the year.
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Husband among three held for rape
Our Correspondent

Faridabad, August 23
The police have arrested three members of a family, including the husband of a woman for alleged rape and dowry harassment in Atali village of Ballabhgarh subdivision.

The accused, identified as Satish, has been the husband of the complainant, a resident of Adarsh Nagar here. The woman married for the past couple of years, in her FIR to the police recently, alleged rape and harassment by her husband and in-laws.

Baby show held

A healthy baby show was organised at the Tarun Medical Centre of the Sector 7-10 market here on Sunday. As many as 102 children up to five years took part in the competition sponsored by a pharmaceutical company.

A team of five doctors led by Dr Tarun Kahyap conducted a free check-up and counselling of the parents before deciding who was the most healthy baby. While four and a half years old Akriti, a girl and 18 months old Dev, a boy, were declared winners, as they stood first and second respectively, the doctors claimed that the motive behind the competition was to create an awareness among the parents about the need to maintain a healthy diet regime for the infants, so that they could be saved from various diseases.

The participating doctors included Dr Sanjiv, Dr Anil, besides Dr Tarun, who claimed that a special consideration was being given to the poor patients, especially the children at the centre.
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Gangster held at Shastri Park Metro station
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a dreaded criminal of UP, wanted in several serious crimes. The arrested person was identified as Shansuddin, alias Sanjay, a resident of district Aligarh, UP.

The police had laid a trap at Metro railway station at Shastri Park, after receiving a tip-off that Shamsuddin would be reaching there. The police arrested him and seized a motorcycle from his possession; the two-wheeler had been stolen from the Shalimar Police Station area.

The police said that Shamsuddin was a leader of the Sharnami Gang. The police has established his involvement in five cases in Aligarh.

Bootlegger held

The Delhi Police have arrested a person allegedly involved in illegal sale of liquor and seized 180 bottles of IMFL from his possession. The arrested person has been identified as Naresh, son of Rati Ram. The bottles were recovered from his Indica car (DL-3CU-8194).

The bottles seized included those of Royal Stag and 8 PM brands. During investigation, it was revealed that Naresh was engaged in the clandestine activity for the last two months and earning more than Rs 5,000 per month.

Offender nabbed

The Delhi Police has arrested a person, who was declared a proclaimed offender under the Excise Act. The arrested man was identified as Ranbir Puri, a resident of Meerut.

He was declared a proclaimed offender by the court in a case registered against him in Farsh Bazar police station, East district, in 2002.
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