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Rain plays havoc, 4 die in cave-ins
New Delhi, August 24
Nature’s fury wreaked havoc as incessant rain snuffed the lives out of four persons early this morning and turned the city into a cesspool.



Two persons died when a house roof collapsed at Nand Nagari (East Delhi) in the Capital on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Two persons died when a house roof collapsed at Nand Nagari in the Capital on Tuesday.

Notices on custody death due to insulin
‘non-supply’

New Delhi, August 24
The Delhi High Court has sought an explanation from the Government of NCT of Delhi and Delhi Police on a petition alleging that a person died in custody in Tihar Jail due to non-supply of insulin injection three years ago.

No takers for Delhi Milk Scheme
New Delhi, August 24
The fate of Delhi Milk Scheme is uncertain. The Union Government wants to transfer it to the Government of NCT of Delhi, but the latter is reluctant and quotes an independent report that says a dairy should not be run by government, union or state.


EARLIER STORIES

 

NCW to initiate dialogue with state Home Secretaries and DGPs
New Delhi, August 24
The National Commission for Women (NCW) is initiating a dialogue with the State Home Secretaries and the Director Generals of Police here on Wednesday to evolve a minimal set of guidelines for dealing with cases of crime against women.

Activists of the All India Democratic Women's Association sitting on a dharna to highlight the problems of women at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday.
Activists of the All India Democratic Women's Association sitting on a dharna to highlight the problems of women at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Diarrhoea cases on the rise
Noida, August 24
Even as the onset of the monsoon season provided some relief to the people, the ‘deluge’ on the city roads, streets and low lying areas have led to a dramatic increase in cases of diarrhoea in the district.

DU poll scene
Candidates in place, parties trade charges
New Delhi, August 24
With the initial fracas over the choice of DUSU candidates over, the parties have got down to trading charges.

SSIs to get steel, iron supplies through NSIC
Faridabad, August 24
The Small-Scale Industries (SSI) in the district will now be able to get their steel and iron supplies through the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a wing of the Union Government.

Allottees can get their industrial plots
Greater Noida, August 24
The allottees of industrial plots in Greater Noida will be able to get their plots registered up to September 30, 2004.

Four criminals arrested, robbery bid foiled
New Delhi, August 24
With the arrest of four robbers, the South West district police claimed to have foiled a robbery planned in Chetna Farm in Jhatikra Road, Najafgarh.

Rs 12 lakh in loans for disabled persons
Faridabad, August 24
The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Haryana, has provided loans worth Rs 12 lakh to about 26 physically challenged persons for setting up avenues for self-employment in the district so far this year.

Bid to secure release of kingpin thwarted
New Delhi, August 24
With the arrest of six dreaded criminals after an encounter, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted a gang which was planning to secure the release of its kingpin Sandeep, alias Amit, from police custody.

Dr H.S. Wasir passes away
New Delhi, August 24
Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan Professor Harbans Singh Wasir, Chief Cardiologist and Medical Advisor at Batra Hospital, passed away here on Monday morning after a brief illness.

Japanese citizens impressed with Delhi Metro
New Delhi, August 24
A group of 20 Japanese citizens, including doctors, schoolteachers and media persons, took a ride on the Delhi Metro and was impressed with the hi-tech system.

JNU to start Tamil courses soon
New Delhi, August 24
The Jawaharlal Nehru University is planning to introduce teaching of Tamil in its School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies soon.

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Rain plays havoc, 4 die in cave-ins
Tribune News Service

A tree was uprooted in the downpour in the Capital on Tuesday, wrecking a stationary car, parked nearby, in the process.
A tree was uprooted in the downpour in the Capital on Tuesday, wrecking a stationary car, parked nearby, in the process. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, August 24
Nature’s fury wreaked havoc as incessant rain snuffed the lives out of four persons early this morning and turned the city into a cesspool.

It poured in the wee hours when the city was asleep. The second showers happened in the morning by when the full impact of the downpour was apparent.

The telltale signs of inundated roads, choked sewers, overflowing drains, uprooted trees, traffic chaos … were there for all to see. The eastern parts of the city were the worst affected.

Four persons lost their lives as houses caved in. In Nathu Colony, the fire service personnel extricated the bodies of a woman and a girl from the debris after they received a call at 3.10 am.

Near Kashmere Gate, two men died on the spot after a portion of a wall collapsed, again in the wee hours. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is constructing the wall as part of its ongoing work.

One man was injured as the wall fell on the huts nearby; he is recovering in a hospital. In another incident, an old building collapsed near Turkman Gate; no casualties were reported. The scene later in the morning was chaotic as motorists crawled at a snail’s pace. Car wipers failed to clear up the windscreen vision. The morning rush hour was in particular maddening.

Most two-wheel riders spent some time at bus stands and suchlike places after riding became difficult on flooded roads. They scrambled for their scooters and motorcycles the moment it stopped raining.

Motorists did not have it easy either. Several cars were parked on the roadside after they broke down. Others braved the rain and drove with distress lights and headlights on. Besides flooded roads and overflowing drains, the heavy downpour accompanied by winds uprooted trees in some parts of the city. Traffic was affected for some time on account of that.

Waterlogging was also reported from several parts of the city. Low-lying areas like the road near Minto Bridge had filled up, obstructing the flow of traffic to and from Connaught Place.

Compounding the woes of the motorists was the Traffic Police switching off the lights and handling the traffic manually but the downpour was such that they gave up soon enough.

Mayor satisfied with desilting of drains

Mayor AR Verma today chaired an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation arising out of incessant rain during the last 24 hours. A communique released to media later in the day quoted the mayor as having expressed his satisfaction with the work of desilting of drains.

The chairman of Sanitation Committee, Mr Zamir Ahmed Munna, told the Mayor that in most areas waterlogging was cleared within 30 minutes. He added that at some places waterlogging could not be cleared since water was flowing back from the drains maintained by the Department of Public Works (PWD). He reassured the meeting that steps were being taken to clear the waterlogging despite that problem. On the occasion, the Mayor said that all the control rooms set up by the MCD in all 12 zones as well as at its headquarters would receive complaints about waterlogging and blocked sewer, etc, and that those complaints would be promptly attended to.

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Notices on custody death due to insulin ‘non-supply’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
The Delhi High Court has sought an explanation from the Government of NCT of Delhi and Delhi Police on a petition alleging that a person died in custody in Tihar Jail due to non-supply of insulin injection three years ago.

Issuing notices to the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Delhi Police, Justice R. C. Chopra fixed November 19 as the next date of hearing on the petition claiming that the latest report of June this year confirms the death of an accused Zafar Khan due to non-supply of insulin injection for two days in custody.

The petition filed by Khan’s brother Anwar Gauri said in view of the latest report, his earlier writ on the custodial death, seeking a probe by the CBI or the Crime Branch, be heard on merits of the case.

Advocate Sajid Khan, appearing for the victim’s brother, drew the attention of the court to the two reports submitted by the DCP (North) on the issue.

In the first report submitted in May 2003, it was stated that there was no foul play or negligence on the part of jail authority and the matter was closed, the counsel said.

Aggrieved by it, the family approached the court again and an order was passed to hold probe into the matter on specific points which established that the accused died due to non-supply of insulin injection, he said.

The June 16, 2004, report specifically disclosed that “the deceased was not administered any insulin injection during his stay at Tihar prison on August 9 and 10, 2001, which according to doctors could have led to the development of complications,” the petition said.

The deceased was arrested under the offence of Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 498 (detaining with criminal intent a married woman).

CPWD under fire for poor upkeep of govt quarters

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development has flayed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and blamed the lack of co-ordination between various agencies for the poor maintenance of government quarters in the Capital.

“The committee notes that government quarters maintained by the CPWD are in a bad shape. The committee feels that there is no proper coordination among different wings of the CPWD as a result of which residential flats in government colonies are languishing,” the Standing Committee report, tabled in Parliament, stated.

In Delhi, the CPWD has to coordinate with the NDMC, the MCD and the Delhi Jal Board, but the committee finds that the coordination with other bodies had not been “result oriented,” it said.

Retailers have jacked up rates, say wholesalers

Asserting that the bulk rates of vegetables have not been affected in the Capital so far by the truckers’ strike, wholesalers in the city today alleged that retailers have created an ‘artificial’ hike in the prices of the commodities.

Paradoxically, some even warned of fall in prices in the Capital if these essential perishable commodities get stocked up here in absence of trucks and are not transported to their final destinations elsewhere in the country.

The truckers have claimed that supply of essential commodities like milk and vegetables have not been affected and it would remain undisturbed for another two days. The supply of apples from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh was reported near normal.

However, fears were expressed that if the strike persisted for long, transportation from ports which has come to a halt will jack up the prices. Generally wholesalers keep a stock of 4-5 days and prices will, therefore, rise if supplies do not arrive for a full week.

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No takers for Delhi Milk Scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
The fate of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) is uncertain. The Union Government wants to transfer it to the Government of NCT of Delhi, but the latter is reluctant and quotes an independent report that says a dairy should not be run by government, union or state.

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee on Agriculture 2004-2005 of the 14th Lok Sabha has recommended that the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying under the Union Ministry of Agriculture decide the fate of the loss-making DMS without any further delay.

It observes: Since the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has failed to run and operate DMS successfully and since the Government of NCT of Delhi is yet to send its response to the request to take over DMS and run it, a decision should not be delayed.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying pleads it is helpless as the Government of NCT of Delhi is not very keen to take over DMS. Before accepting the transfer of DMS, it proposed to get a study conducted by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).

The study was for making DMS economically viable. The NDDB has since submitted its report to the Government of NCT of Delhi. In it, the NDDB says it would not be prudent for DMS to continue as a departmental organisation of either the Union or the state governments. The Third Report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture reproduces the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying’s reply listing the salient recommendations made by NDDB in its report to the Government of NCT of Delhi.

It reads: “The Government of NCT of Delhi does not have prior experience in managing and operating a dairy. Due to inherent constraints, it would not be prudent for DMS to continue as a departmental organisation of either the Central or the state government.”

The NDDB further recommends: “If the DMS has to operate as an economically viable self-sustaining unit then a strategic change in the ownership of DMS is vital and its assets should be transferred / sold to NDDB / MDFV.”

The DMS has incurred heavy recurring losses during the past few years. In the year 2003-2004, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying had allocated Rs 206.90 crore under the Non-Plan Budget for DMS.

At the end of the year, DMS could realise Rs 162.63 crore only as against an expenditure of Rs 206.90 crore. In order to overcome the losses, the Union Ministry of Finance gave an additional budgetary support of Rs 20 crore to DMS for the Non-Plan Budget.

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NCW to initiate dialogue with state Home Secretaries and DGPs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
The National Commission for Women (NCW) is initiating a dialogue with the State Home Secretaries and the Director Generals of Police here on Wednesday to evolve a minimal set of guidelines for dealing with cases of crime against women.

The NCW Chairperson, Dr Poornima Advani, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the Commission requested the Home Ministry to take up the issue in order to issue clear instructions on what are the basic fundamentals that ought to be observed in dealing with cases of crime against women.

She said that a large number of women voiced concern over non-filing of FIRs during public hearings organised by the Commission on violence against women.

Citing an instance, Dr Advani said that a Dalit woman does not have the right to compensation unless a First Information Report is lodged. There is a long gap between the date of commission of the crime and the registration of the case for reasons such as the inability of the victims to secure official certification regarding their caste.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has identified eleven crimes specifically directed against women. These are rape, kidnapping and abduction, homicide for dowry, dowry deaths or their attempts, mental and physical torture, molestation, sexual harassment, importation of girls upto 21 years of age, crimes under Sati (Prevention) Act, crimes under Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act and crimes under Dowry Prohibition Act. The extent of gender based violence in India can be gauged by the NCRB’s findings that four molestation cases are reported every hour.

As if this were not enough to put the country to shame, one case of sexual harassment, two rape cases and a dowry death are reported every hour.

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Diarrhoea cases on the rise
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 24
Even as the onset of the monsoon season provided some relief to the people, the ‘deluge’ on the city roads, streets and low lying areas have led to a dramatic increase in cases of diarrhoea in the district.

More than 50 diarrhoea cases were reported from the district hospital alone during the last three days. As many as 24 patients were admitted to the hospital while others were discharged after treatment. Majority of the patients were from the slum areas of Noida and nearby villages.

Those admitted to the hospital have been identified as Dhiraj from Sector-4, Dolly Kumari from Sector-15, Binku Mandal from Harola, Jai Raj from Sector-6, Ankita and Ajit from Harola, Vishwanth from Sector-30, Umesh Kumar from Sector-12, Suman from Sector-61, Chanchal Singh Harola, Sandeep Kumar from Sector-9, Sohan Singh from Sector-41, Rekha Chhabra and Suman from Nithari.

Most of the patients arrive at the government hospitals when their conditions had worsened after receiving treatment from quacks, said Dr R. K. Dhawan. He said diarrhoea cases were on the rise in the town after the onset of the monsoon, with the situation in the slum areas being grim.

The impure drinking water due to the water logging in the area was a major factor for the increase in the cases of diarrhoea.

Dr Dhawan said that the poor and the ignorant tended to visit the quacks first, who invariably prolonged the disease with wrong treatment, adding that it took longer time to treat such cases.

If the patients came straight to the government hospital, it would be easier to treat them, he said.

Drinking boiled water was the best precaution to be followed so as to avoid diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases during the rainy season, said Dr Dhawan.

Residents demand revision of voters list

The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations has appealed to the Election Commission to revise the voters list in Noida. The President of the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations, Mr Sushil Aggarwal, said that the present voters list contains a number of anomalies and errors.

The Federation has sent letters to the Central Election Commission and the Chief Election Officer of the state in this regard. It has been pointed out that in the present voters list a number of anomalies have been detected, including errors in names and address of the residents.

As a result, a large number of residents could not cast their votes during the last Lok Sabha elections as they found their names missing from the list. The Federation has also demanded that that polling centres for the urban voters should be located within the urban pockets so that it is convenient for the voters to cast their ballot. It was found in the last elections that most of the voting centres for the urban electorates were located in the rural areas.

As such, the Federation of Noida Resident Welfare Association has requested the authorities for a fresh survey and a new comprehensive voters list for Noida. The Secretary-General of the Federation, Mr P. S. Jain, said the Federation has also requested the Election Commission to include Sector 62 in the Noida voters list. During the last Lok Sabha polls, Noida Sector-62 was part of Ghaziabad.

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DU poll scene
Candidates in place, parties trade charges
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
With the initial fracas over the choice of DUSU candidates over, the parties have got down to trading charges.

While the NSUI has objected to arch rival ABVP’s Deepti Rawat having secured admission “after a gap of five years”, the ABVP has countered by raking up the issue of “an FIR being filed against Narendra Tokas”.

Both Deepti and Tokas are vying for the president’s post and both were quick to deny the allegations. “My admission is not a fresh admission. It is a readmission, which is keeping in with the rules of the university. I have been directly admitted to second year B.Com Hons in PGDAV College and there is no gap of five years, as claimed by the NSUI,” Deepti said.

An overzealous NSUI tried its best to clarify the allegation of an FIR filed against Tokas, reportedly by the principal of College of Vocational Studies. Spokesperson of the NSUI Kuntal Krishna vehemently denied that the candidate was accused of misbehaving with the principal but submitted that he had been charged for damage to public property.

“This is a rumour. Along with Pankaj Kochhar, I had gone to meet the principal to present a few demands raised by the students. The college was not ready to accept physical education as a subject in the best of four category, which is wrong. The authorities then gave a written complaint, not an FIR as the ABVP is alleging,” said Tokas.

The incident of molestation in Bhagat Singh College, which recently came to light, has predictably found a place in the allegations. Both the parties are claiming that the accused belongs to the rival camp.

Campaigning begins on a wet note

Glossy posters all over the city, an occasional loud speaker that bellows out a party’s agenda and the ever-smiling candidates who shake hands and promise a lot.

This was the campaigning on the first day, so what if the rain played spoilsport. Getting drenched was not the biggest worry; the insignificant numbers that they could reach on a wet day was what had most candidates worried.

While the preparations for the campaigning are always meticulously executed, exigencies like a wet weather are a dampener. On the first day of campaigning most candidates seemed to rush to cover some colleges before the rain sent the prospective audiences away. For many candidates it was also a day for final rehearsals as they got ready to make their first public appearances to woo the voters. Speeches spiced with couplets and statistics were memorised, as were pointers for striking the right note.

And to make sure that the candidates get to cover as many colleges, legions of supporters and vehicles could be seen. There are no more pretensions to adhere to the instructions of the code of conduct. “The code of conduct specifies not spending more than Rs. 10,000, which is unrealistic and we will ask the EC to increase the amount to Rs. 50,000 per person”, said ABVP’s Nakul Bhardwaj.

Parties obliquely refer to violating the code of conduct at least on this count. “The sum they have stipulated is not even enough for candidates to visit all the colleges affiliated to the DUSU”, said NSUI’s national president, Ashok Tanwar.

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SSIs to get steel, iron supplies through NSIC
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 24
The Small-Scale Industries (SSI) in the district will now be able to get their steel and iron supplies through the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a wing of the Union Government. This decision was praised by the local entrepreneurs, who have so far been dependent on other indirect sources.

Often, the local entrepreneurs had to face uncertainty in the supply of iron and steel, which had been a major cause of concern among small-scale units.

Receiving the first consignment of steel from the Zonal General Manager of the NSIC (North Zone) on behalf of the recipient unit on Monday, the office-bearers of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) welcomed the new arrangement. They claimed that it would solve the ‘hassles’ related to the procurement. The local units would now be able to focus their energies on the production process, stated an office-bearer of FSIA.

Mr Rajiv Chawla, General Secretary of the FSIA, claimed that the decision of the government to route the supplies through the NSIC was a praiseworthy step and it might solve the longstanding problem of the SSI in the state.

Calling upon the small units of the region to support this venture, he said there was no other way for the small entrepreneurs as they could not go in for a tie-up with the manufacturers and suppliers due to their low demand and additional problems related to monetary security and capital requirements.

The Zonal General Manager of the NSIC, Mr A. K. S. Rathore, said that the success of the module would depend on the team work, coordination and the cooperation among all those involved in this effort. He said there could be some problems and shortcomings in the initial stage, which could be overcome by the united efforts of the NSIC, FSIA and other representatives of the entrepreneurs.

He said the NSIC represents the interests of the small-scale units and would try to solve their problems regarding the raw material and other related issues.

It is reported that this move was the outcome of the decision of the ‘Joint Plan Committee’, which allocated a sizeable quota of over one lakh tonne to the SSI’s of Haryana and Delhi.

It is expected to provide relief to the small-scale units as they had been seeking supply of steel at competitive rates.

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Allottees can get their industrial plots
registered till Sept 30
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 24
The allottees of industrial plots in Greater Noida will be able to get their plots registered up to September 30, 2004. According to the decision taken by the GNIDA, all those plot holders who were unable to register their properties between September 3, 2003 and March 19, 2004, have also been given another chance to get their plots registered by September 30, 2004. This will help some 150 allottees to get their plots registered by the new deadline. It will also clear the way for hundreds of people to make the necessary investments to set up their units on these plots.

Additionally, this decision has also cleared the way for some 141 plots, on which probe was being conducted by the authorities. According to the Additional CEO, Mr Sanjeev Saran, this was approved by the Chairman and CEO, Mr Rakesh Bahadur, after assessing the difficulties of the allottees in this regard.

It may be recalled that due to one reason or the other, the final date for the registration had elapsed. The plots in Greater Noida can be registered within 18 months of allotment and after another six months on the payment of 3 per cent fine. However, even after the failure to get their plots registered after the stipulated six months, the plots of the allottees will not be cancelled, said Mr Saran.

In a probe conducted by the administration, 141 industrial plots had been declared illegal. But the latest decision has cleared the decks for the registration of plots that was pending for sometime. After the registration, the entrepreneurs will be able to start the construction work on their plots, said Mr Saran.

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Four criminals arrested, robbery bid foiled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
With the arrest of four robbers, the South West district police claimed to have foiled a robbery planned in Chetna Farm in Jhatikra Road, Najafgarh.

The arrested persons were identified as Mahipal, alias Anoop, Sompal Gadaria, Anil Kumar, alias Baccha, and Ram Bhajan, all residents of Haryana.

The criminals were arrested after the police received a tip-off that five robbers were planning to commit robbery in the area.

One of their associates managed to flee in the darkness. The police seized a button-activated knife, one country-made pistol, a rope and one iron rod from their possession.

Seven youths chosen for Hero Honda Roadies

Seven youngsters, including three girls, have been chosen from 10,000 participants from six major cities in the country to be the part of the MTV Hero Honda Roadies 2.

They include Aarti Seth from Delhi, Ayushman Khurrana and Candy Brar from Chandigarh, Neha Bhatia from Pune, Shaleen Bhanot from Mumbai, Varun Agarwal from Kolkata and Vinod Rawat from Mumbai.

The youngsters started their 35-day journey from the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata to the Wagah Border in Punjab on August 21. Before embarking on the 2000-km journey, they attended a workshop where they were trained in safe riding techniques, including pre-riding inspection of motorcycle, right sitting posture, effective braking and gear changing techniques and handling of the bike on rough terrain. MTV’s reality camera will capture their experiences in 26 episodes.

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Rs 12 lakh in loans for disabled persons
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 24
The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Haryana, has provided loans worth Rs 12 lakh to about 26 physically challenged persons for setting up avenues for self-employment in the district so far this year. This was stated by the Commissioner, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr M. S Ahluwalia, while presiding over a meeting of the authorities concerned here today.

The financial help was provided by the Haryana State Scheduled Caste Financial Corporation, he said. The department had decided to convene a meeting of various industrial organizations to discuss the issue of providing employment to the physically handicapped persons in the private sector, he added.

Stating that the Union Government had already enacted a provision to provide about three per cent reservation to such persons in this sector where the strength of workforce was 100 or above, he said it was time the private sector took this matter seriously.

It was revealed in the meeting that the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had allotted 800 PCO booths to the physically handicapped persons in the district, apart from allowing 50 per cent rebate in the collection from booths managed by blind persons.

However, it was claimed that the industrial units did not show “the necessary interest” in providing jobs to the ‘deaf and dumb’ candidates, even though the government has reserved at least one per cent of the jobs in the private sector for them.

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has directed the civil hospital to provide ‘physically handicapped’ certificates to the applicants on daily basis. The Health Department, however, holds special camps to provide certificates to the mentally retarded persons. The next camp in this connection is to be held on August 27.

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Bid to secure release of kingpin thwarted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
With the arrest of six dreaded criminals after an encounter, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claims to have busted a gang which was planning to secure the release of its kingpin Sandeep, alias Amit, from police custody.

The accused have been identified as Haridutt, alias Hardutt (22), Devdutt, alias Sethu, Joginder (19), Sunil (21), Gaurav Chauhan, alias Amit (21), and Vinod, alias Vicky (21). Of these, except Sunil who is a resident of Jhajjar, all of them belong to Gurgaon.

On August 20, the police had got a tip-off that they would assembled in Chhawla Pusta area to execute their plan to secure the release of Sandeep from police custody. Accordingly, the police arrested all of them after an exchange of fire at Najafgarh-Gurgaon road. The police also recovered one stengun, three pistols, two revolvers and 37 live cartridges from them. The police also recovered a car and two stolen motorcycles from their possession.

Hoax call

Panic gripped the Tis Hazari Courts here today after an anonymous caller rang the police and said a bomb had been planted on the third floor of the district court.

Judges, staff and visitors were immediately asked to vacate the floor and a bomb disposal squad was summoned. The police and the squad carried out a thorough search, but no bomb was found, DCP North Rajesh Khurana said. The call was received around 12: 00 p.m.

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Dr H.S. Wasir passes away
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan Professor Harbans Singh Wasir, Chief Cardiologist and Medical Advisor at Batra Hospital, passed away here on Monday morning after a brief illness.

He was 67 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

Sources in the family told TNS here that Dr Wasir was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium on Tuesday. A prayer meeting will be held on Sunday at the Greater Kailash I Gurdwara (Pahariwala).

Sources in the family said that Dr Wasir was absolutely fit and was going to the hospital till Friday. He was not feeling too well on Saturday and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Professor Wasir retired from AIIMS as Head of the Department of Cardiology in 1997. He joined Batra Hospital the very next day. Professor Wasir’s contribution to the field of preventive cardiology will always be remembered. He authored nine books on preventive cardiology and has to his credit about 300 scientific papers in international medical journals. He was visiting Professor to several universities in Bengazi, Belgium and Sweden.

Professor Wasir has left behind a family of doctors. His wife, Bhupendra Kaur, retired as a gynaecologist. His son, Dr Harpreet Wasir, is a Cardiac Surgeon at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and his other son, Dr Jasjit Wasir, is in the Department of Internal Medicine at AIIMS. Both his daughters-in-law are doctors, one a pediatrician and the other a dental surgeon.

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Japanese citizens impressed with Delhi Metro
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
A group of 20 Japanese citizens, including doctors, schoolteachers and media persons, took a ride on the Delhi Metro and was impressed with the hi-tech system.

A presentation on the Delhi Metro project, explaining the main features of the Metro system, was also made at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station.

The group traveled from the Kashmere Gate to Shahdara and back, and were accompanied by officers from the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Bank of International Corporation (JBIC).

The JBIC is funding 64 per cent of the project cost of Phase 1 of the Delhi Metro, and a number of Japanese companies, such as Pacific Consultants International (PCI), Kumagai Gumi Co Ltd., Itochu Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electronics, Sumitomo Corporation, TONICHI, JARTS etc., are associated with the project.

These Japanese citizens were especially chosen by the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Fund, Japan, to oversee the implementation of Japanese-funded projects abroad.

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JNU to start Tamil courses soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
The Jawaharlal Nehru University is planning to introduce teaching of Tamil in its School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies soon.

Announcing this, the Chancellor of Jawaharlal University, Mr Karan Singh, said that two faculty positions, that of Professor and Associate or Assistant Professor, would be instituted for Tamil studies.

He said the University Grants Commission has already sanctioned two positions of Professor, one of which has been earmarked by JNU for Tamil studies. The move reflected “the high priority the University attaches to Tamil language and literature,” the statement said.

A statement issued by him said effort would be to encourage research oriented Tamil studies leading to MPhil and PhD degrees, possibly before the next academic session. Replying to a question, the Chancellor’s spokesman, Mohan Singh, said the School had introduced Sanskrit studies about a year ago.

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