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HC declines to stay MCD demolitions on MG Road
Politicians protest against demolition in ‘Lal Dora’ areas

New Delhi, February 2
With demolition work on a famous shopping mall on the Mehrauli Gurgaon built on ‘Lal Dora’ land continuing today, following the Delhi High Court’s refusal to put a stay on the MCD operation, the city’s glitterati are in a tizzy.
Some fashion designers sitting on a dharna against the MCD demolition drive on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road in the Capital on Thursday Some fashion designers sitting on a dharna against the MCD demolition drive on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photograph

‘Illiteracy, poverty stumbling-blocks in nation’s development’
Faridabad, February 2
Illiteracy and poverty are still major challenges before the nation and no scheme could bring real development unless these hurdles are removed. Both the government and the private sector must focus on providing educational facilities to all sections of society, especially the rural people.


 

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Cops thrash jeweller, relieve him of valuables
New Delhi, February 2
A policeman reportedly roughed up and looted a gold necklace of a gemologist, Rakesh Jain, in Nangloi area last night. The incident occurred while the victim was on way to his house at Rajdhai Park in West district.

CGHS scam: CBI gets Diwakar’s custody till Feb 16
New Delhi, February 2
Prime accused in the Rs 4,000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Societies (CGHS) scam Narayan Diwakar was today remanded to 14-days CBI custody by a Special Court here for interrogation following an application moved by the agency seeking his custody.

In this school, a toilet serves as a classroom
New Delhi, February 2
In November last year, the High Court had issued notices to the Delhi Government for failing to provide even the basic infrastructure and amenities in the schools run by the Department of Education and the MCD.

Sheila greets Delhiites on Basant Panchmi Day
New Delhi, February 2
The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today conveyed her best wishes to all citizens of Delhi on the occasion of Basant Panchmi Day expressing hope that the festival would be able to ignite feelings of joy and happiness.





Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flying a kite on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photograph
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flying a kite on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in the Capital on Thursday

Liver transplants provide hope of long life to millions 
New Delhi, February 2
For seven-year-old Arati playing with her peers and going to school were dreams she could never realise due to her life-threatening liver condition. She had given up hope of living for more than six months. But a gift of life from a donor changed all that. The girl received a liver transplant surgery at the Ganga Ram Hospital here. Arati received a liver from an unknown cadaver donor and responded well to the procedure, which was performed free of cost.

Committee rejects controversial Water Bill 
New Delhi, February 2
In an embarrassment to the Sheila Dikshit government, a Bill seeking to regulate use of ground water in the capital was today rejected by a Select Committee of the Delhi Assembly.

Pleasant march towards summer continues
New Delhi, February 2
It was another day of pleasant weather in the Capital as the minimum temperature rose sharply to 11 degree Celsius. It was a ‘pleasant morning’ that welcomed the people of Delhi as the minimum temperature recorded today was two degree above normal. And, with the maximum temperature staying at around 27 degree Celsius, the Capital’s ‘steady march towards summer’ continued.

Mid-Day meal scam: Court summons officials
New Delhi, February 2
A Delhi court today summoned the District Magistrate and Basic Education Officer of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the alleged scam in the centrally sponsored Mid-Day Meal Scheme for primary schools.

Sheila exhorts DU to start new courses
New Delhi, February 2
Delhi Chief Minister Ms. Sheila Dikshit today exhorted the University of Delhi to start new courses that would meet the requirements of the future and help in fast development of the country.

Police custody for prime accused in kidney transplant racket
New Delhi, February 2
A local court today remanded a 28 year-old-man, prime accused in a kidney transplant racket, to two days police custody. Patiala House court Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Vikas Dhull, remanded Bihar resident Sanjay Singh alias Sanjay Bihari, to two days police custody for further interrogation and intensive investigation.

Man gets 7-year RI for kidnapping and raping minor
New Delhi, February 2
A man was today sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a sessions court for kidnapping a 10-year-old girl and raping her repeatedly for over five days until she was rescued by the police.

Bar Assn wants solution to Rohini courts issue
New Delhi, February 2
Expressing concern over the feasibility of the newly-constructed Rohini courts complex which has generated considerable heat in the legal fraternity, the New Delhi Bar Association (NDBA) today said it was an issue which needed an immediate and effective solution.

Ramadoss urges nurses not to leave country
New Delhi, February 2
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Anubumani Ramadoss today asked nurses not to leave the country, but stay on as their services were required for the nation.

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HC declines to stay MCD demolitions on MG Road
Politicians protest against demolition in ‘Lal Dora’ areas
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
With demolition work on a famous shopping mall on the Mehrauli Gurgaon built on ‘Lal Dora’ land continuing today, following the Delhi High Court’s refusal to put a stay on the MCD operation, the city’s glitterati are in a tizzy.

A Special Bench of the Delhi High Court today refused to stay the ongoing demolition drive of unauthorised constructions in the Capital.

The Bench, comprising of Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Sanjeev Khanna, however posted the matter for further hearing by a regular Bench on Friday.

The petition, in the form of an urgent application, was moved by a group of affected businessmen from the area seeking a stay on the ongoing demolitions on the ground that the constructions were made prior to the year 2000 and the court’s earlier order was applicable only to constructions made after January 2001.

Moreover, Justice Jain observed that the ‘Lal Dora’ area was meant only for residential purposes of the local populace, irrespective of the year of construction.

The Bench said that it was not concerned about the losses claimed to have been incurred by the businessmen as the demolitions were being ordered against all unauthorised constructions.

“We are not bothered whether they are local or international branded dealers,” the Bench observed.

After dithering for a long time on demolition action on the unauthorised shopping mall, the MCD yesterday began bulldozing the 1, MG Road mall in Mehrauli on the Delhi-Gurgaon road that boast outlets by leading fashion designers like Rohit Bal, Suneet Verma, Mandira Wirk and Anju Modi.

The demolition action seemed to have caught unaware the ‘who’s who of the fashion world’, many of whom had been hoping for a last minute intervention with several leaders in the Delhi political scene coming out in support of those protesting Lal Dora demolitions.

Peeved over the High Court’s refusal to entertain their plea for staying the demolitions, many fashion designers sat on a ‘dharna on the Delhi-Mehrauli road.

Expressing shock at the demolition, they said demolition of the two malls would put crores they had spent to put up various shops in the malls down the drain.

“A lot of money, as well as passion, has gone into putting up our fashion houses here. The demolition would mean all of it going down the drain. In addition, it would also bring on the roads hundreds of those who had been provided employment in these fashion houses,” fashion designer Suneet Verma, who has boutiques in both 1, MG Road and 2, MG Road, said.

“It is a blow on our hard work designer,” Ashish Soni said.

Describing the demolition action on the malls now as ‘too late in the day’, Verma said, “Why did the MCD allow the mall to come up in the first place if it was unauthorised”. In this context, he claimed that at the time of constructing a shop at the mall, he had got a clearance certificate and a registration certificate duly signed by the authorities concerned in the MCD.

“The clearance certificate given to me clearly says that the 2, MG Road Mall is authorised. Now, they say it is an unauthorised structure,” Verma said.

Meanwhile, several politicians from Delhi and representatives of various panchayats today announced their decision to hold a dharna at Rajghat on February 5 to protest against the demolition drive in the Capital, especially in the Lal Dora area.

At a press conference here, leaders from the entire political spectrum of Delhi also demanded the implementation of the report of the Mukesh Sharma Committee constituted by the Delhi Assembly, to protect the interest of the villagers.

In a joint statement issued at the press conference, Congress MLA Vijay Singh Lochav, NCP MLA Ramveer Singh Bidhuri, Janata Dal MLA Shoaib Iqbal, Haryana MLAs Meer Singh, Yudhveer Singh, Nathu Singh and Govardhan Singh, alleged that the way large scale demolitions were being carried out in villages, including Lal Dora areas, it was evident that the demolition drive was only benefitting the five per cent of Delhi population constituting the rich people.

Alleging that the demolition drive was edging out the common man from Delhi and that rules were being openly flouted, the leaders warned that the harassed people would come out on the streets to seek justice if the demolition drive was not stopped immediately.

On the Lal Dora demolitions, they said, “People who have encroached upon the government land are being given protection while the shops and houses of ordinary folks, who have invested their life’s savings in them, are being demolished. This is against the basic tenets of the rule of law”.

Pointing out that the villagers in the Lal Dora area had over the years modernised their businesses to catch up with the modern India of the 21st century, the politicians said, “The DDA had acquired farm lands at throwaway prices and made crores of rupees to make the villagers jobless. And, now, when the villagers, in their effort for self-employment, had set up small businesses in the Lal Dora areas and urban villages, some five per cent rich people are getting hassled”.

The leaders said all the Delhi MPs, MLAs, Municipal Councillors, top political leaders and presidents of political parties had been requested to participate in the February 5 dharna. Delhi Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit had also been requested to attend the dharna, they said.

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‘Illiteracy, poverty stumbling-blocks
in nation’s development’

Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 2
Illiteracy and poverty are still major challenges before the nation and no scheme could bring real development unless these hurdles are removed. Both the government and the private sector must focus on providing educational facilities to all sections of society, especially the rural people.

This was observed by the Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, while he speaking after inaugurating a private school near Bhopani village here.

He said while around 35 crore people in the country were still uneducated, it was a matter of concern that the education was fast becoming an industry and going out of the reach of the common man.

Claiming that getting affiliation with any international body was a good development, he said the people in the education field must realise that there had been lakhs of children in the country who were not getting education due to no fault of theirs and till no avenues were provided to them, the claim of getting international label seemed hollow.

Regarding the school that he inaugurated, Mr Shekhawat said he wanted to see the speed in the matter of providing educational opportunities to the brilliant students of the region, which the management had shown in developing the building in the past one year.

Stating that poverty and illiteracy were not due to one’s destiny, but the result of the present system, he said the youth who did not get proper education turn to crime out of frustration.

He said he wanted to visit the school again after a year to see if the children of the village where the school had come up, were given the opportunity to get enrolled for education in this institution.

It may be recalled that Mr A.R. Kohli, Governor of Mizoram, has been the Chairman of the society which has started this school.

Mr Kohli assured that the school would adopt the village and come as a helping hand to the locals in several aspects.

However, the Vice-President said education sector needed a special attention, as he claimed that during the tenure of HIS chief-ministership, the literacy level in Rajasthan rose from 38 to 61.5 per cent in 10 years as he had ensured supplying of books and educational material to the poor free of cost.

He said the poverty and illiteracy was to be eradicated if the country wanted a developed nation by 2020.

Asking the management of the school to contribute towards making the education accessible to the poor, he said there was a need to end the ongoing commercialization and discrimination in this field. Earlier, the Haryana Governor, Mr A.R.Kidwai, focused upon the importance of providing education of international standards.

He said the scientists and engineers of the country were shining brightly at international level, but said there was a lot to be done.

The Vice-President had been received earlier by the Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and the Governor, Mr Kidwai at Sector-12 Stadium here. The local MP and senior officials of the administration were also present.

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Cops thrash jeweller, relieve him of valuables
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
A policeman reportedly roughed up and looted a gold necklace of a gemologist, Rakesh Jain, in Nangloi area last night. The incident occurred while the victim was on way to his house at Rajdhai Park in West district.

According to the source, Rakesh Jain got down from a bus at Lokesh cinema in Nangloi area at 10.20 p.m. He was coming from Dariba in Chandni Chowk in walled city where he traded in gemstones and jewellery. While he was walking to his house from the bus stand, the suspect who claimed to be a policeman stopped the victim and asked him to show his briefcase.

Rakesh said that he would show his briefcase at the police station and not on the road, as the so-called policeman was not in uniform, said Rakesh Jain.

Reacting at the resistance of the victim, the suspected policeman thrashed Rakesh causing injuries on his hand. Still the victim resisted. Sensing trouble, some passersby intervened to see what had caused traffic jam on the main Rohtak Road.

Rakesh called the Police Control Room after getting a mobile phone of a passer by.

The victim said, “As soon as the PCR van came, I was thrown into it and beaten mercilessly while being taken to Nangloi police station”.

Writhing in pain, the victim said, “I am feeling severe pain in my head as I have been beaten up brutally on my head by the policeman. No medical was done even after my repeated requests to the policemen present in the police station. They also snatched a necklace from the briefcase, which was handed over to the original cop as his ‘reward’.”

He said besides the necklace, two precious gemstones costing more than Rs 10,000 were from his briefcase.

When asked, the DCP (West) Neeraj Thakur said, “We will inquire into the matter and the culprit will be punished”.

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CGHS scam: CBI gets Diwakar’s custody till Feb 16
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
Prime accused in the Rs 4,000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Societies (CGHS) scam Narayan Diwakar was today remanded to 14-days CBI custody by a Special Court here for interrogation following an application moved by the agency seeking his custody.

Additional Sessions Judge Indermeet Kaur Kochhar remanded the former Registrar of Co-operative Societies (RCS) to CBI custody till February 16, accepting the prosecution’s argument that the interrogation of the accused was “absolutely essential to unearth the entire conspiracy”. The court observed that Diwakar’s two co-accused Shri Chand and Anna Wankhede, who are already in judicial custody, had made disclosures during their interrogation, which had to be confronted by the ex-RCS.

However, arguing for Diwakar, counsel B S Rana pointed out that the prosecution’s case rested solely on documentary evidence, all of which had been recovered, and they had failed to show sufficient ground to claim his police remand. Rana also argued that Diwakar had been joining investigations in the cases till November 2005. Besides Diwakar, 14 other accused have already been arrested by the CBI in the scam, including RCS officials, builders and office-bearers of the revived societies.

Named as an accused in as many as 66 FIRs, CBI has, however, sought his remand in connection with the fraudulent revival of Taj CGHS only.

CBI alleges that Diwakar, in conspiracy with several other persons, dishonestly and fraudulently revived Taj CGHS in 2003-04 on the basis of bogus and false reports.

Seeking his police remand in Taj CGHS case, CBI alleged that Diwakar and his co-accused deliberately made the original records of the society disappear from the RCS office.

The agency alleged that they further colluded to submit a bogus list of 135 society members, and that Diwakar passed a revival order in blatant violation of Delhi Co-operative Societies Act and Rules thereunder. Diwakar had surrendered before the court on January 30 and was sent to judicial custody.

His surrender came just a week after the Delhi High Court rejected his application seeking quashing of the FIRs and arrest warrants issued against him for his alleged involvement in the scam.

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In this school, a toilet serves as a classroom
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
In November last year, the High Court had issued notices to the Delhi Government for failing to provide even the basic infrastructure and amenities in the schools run by the Department of Education and the MCD.

In December, complaints were sent to the Chief Minister’s Office by the Right to Education Task Force, highlighting the deplorable conditions of the government-run schools.

And a month later, the complaints are still pouring in. This time it is about a school having 420 students with just two teachers and where toilets are used as classrooms.

The Right to Education Task Force team consisting of advocate Rahul Verma and Manish Bansal, a final year law student that visited the double-shift MCD Primary School, E-4, J. J. Colony, Bawana, have submitted a report to the CM’s office indicating the hopeless condition of the school.

The task force members in their report have pointed out that of the three toilets in the school, one was locked, the second was reserved for the teaching staff and the third toilet was being used as a classroom. “There were five rooms, four were used as classrooms and the fifth one was used as the Head Master’s room. Of the eight sections of students, some classes were also being held in the open,” the report mentions.

Bringing to light the negligence of the government, the report says there are only two teachers for 420 students. “At the time of the visit, one teacher was present and the other was stated to be on leave. There was only one Head Master for both the shifts and he was also not present in the school at the time of the visit,” the report points out.

“This is yet another example of the government’s apathy towards education for the poor. Lack of facilities are violation of the fundamental rights of a child,” complained advocate Ashok Agarwal, Convenor, and RTEF.

Claiming that the government has failed to secure the Right to Education, Mr Agarwal said, “The High Court has been pulling up the authorities since 1997. Every time they are asked to submit the reasons for failure, they give an undertaking that they will make amends. This has been continuing for long now.”

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Sheila greets Delhiites on Basant Panchmi Day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today conveyed her best wishes to all citizens of Delhi on the occasion of Basant Panchmi Day expressing hope that the festival would be able to ignite feelings of joy and happiness.

She exhorted people to take pledge on the occasion of Basant Panchami to make Delhi more beautiful, clean and green. Delhi would definitely develop as most beautiful Capital in the world with the concerted efforts of one and all. Joy of Basant would inspire people to live with harmony and cooperation.

Such festivals help in cementing bonds of social relationship. She said this while inaugurating Basant Panchmi festival in Vasant Vihar.

A number of programmes are being organised in the four-day festival being jointly organised by Vasant Vihar Welfare Association and Sahitya Kala Parisad.

On the inaugural day, performance of Bhangra, Gidda and exhibition of handicraft were the main attraction apart from performance by the Sufi singer Wadali brothers.

A Kavi Sammelan and Puppet Show would be organised on Friday. Roshan Seth and Suhail Seth would moderate a discussion on Delhi 2010. Qawali and Kathak performance and flower show are planed for Saturday.

On the last day of the festival, Sunday, Shubha Mudgal would sing Basant songs.
L-G Delhi Mr B.L. Joshi would be chief guest on this occasion. 

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Liver transplants provide hope
of long life to millions 

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
For seven-year-old Arati playing with her peers and going to school were dreams she could never realise due to her life-threatening liver condition.
She had given up hope of living for more than six months. But a gift of life from a donor changed all that. The girl received a liver transplant surgery at the Ganga Ram Hospital here. Arati received a liver from an unknown cadaver donor and responded well to the procedure, which was performed free of cost.

“She had developed severe hepatitis infection and needed immediate transplant... She has recovered fully and is now leading a normal life like any other child,” said Dr S Nandy, chairman of the Surgical Gastroenterology department at the hospital.

Today two and a half years later, Arati is regularly attending school and also doing well in sports. It was pointed out that the patient’s major problem was finding a donor who would match her blood group at the earliest.

“In our country donating cadaver is a taboo and people are not aware of live donor transplant, this poses a very difficult problem for the patients,” Dr Nandy said, adding that the hospital had specalised in the live donor transplant technique to face the challenge.

The success rate among children who undergo liver transplant is 100 per cent, while among adults it is 99 per cent.

Explaining the concept of live donor transplant, Dr Nandy said a living person could donate a part of his liver without any danger of complications or death.

“Liver has a unique capacity to regenerate whereby it regains its full size in both the donor as well as the recipient within six to eight weeks,” he said, pointing out that 34 such procedures, including eight on Pakistani nationals, were performed last years in the hospital with a success rate of 88 per cent.

The selection process for the surgery is very stringent and the donor undergoes detailed medical tests to confirm normal liver function and fitness, he added. 

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Committee rejects controversial Water Bill 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
In an embarrassment to the Sheila Dikshit government, a Bill seeking to regulate use of ground water in the capital was today rejected by a Select Committee of the Delhi Assembly.

The controversial Delhi Water Board (Amendment) Bill, 2005 proposing tax on use of ground water was unanimously rejected by the Select Committee at its first-ever meeting, sources said.

The meeting was, however, not attended by either the Chairman of the committee, DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma, or Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit, the sources said.

Congress MLA Bheesham Sharma chaired the meeting in the absence of the local Congress chief. The other legislators who attended the meeting were S C Vats and Tarvinder Singh Marwah of Congress and Motilal Sodhi and Ramesh Bidhuri of BJP.

The Delhi Water Board (Amendment) Bill, presented in the Assembly in the Monsoon Session, had been referred to the Select Committee after vociferous protests against the legislation by not only the opposition BJP but also several ruling Congress MLAs. 

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Pleasant march towards summer continues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
It was another day of pleasant weather in the Capital as the minimum temperature rose sharply to 11 degree Celsius.
It was a ‘pleasant morning’ that welcomed the people of Delhi as the minimum temperature recorded today was two degree above normal. And, with the maximum temperature staying at around 27 degree Celsius, the Capital’s ‘steady march towards summer’ continued.

In fact, the last few days have witnessed a trend of ‘warm days and pleasant evenings’ as the mercury has shown a steady rise over the last week. While the minimum temperature of 11 degree Celsius is much above the 4.7 degree Celsius recorded last week, the maximum temperature has risen sharply from last week’s level of 22.0 degree Celsius.

The Met office attributes the rise in mercury in the last few days to the cloudy cover enveloping the Northwest plains.

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Mid-Day meal scam: Court summons officials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
A Delhi court today summoned the District Magistrate and Basic Education Officer of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the alleged scam in the centrally sponsored Mid-Day Meal Scheme for primary schools.

Issuing notices to the two officials, Metropolitan Magistrate Vijay Shanker ordered them to personally appear in court on February 8 and explain on what grounds they had authorised a UP-based NGO to transport rice from FCI godowns in Bulandshahr to Delhi for ‘cleaning’.

Delhi Police had recently seized eight trucks of NGO ‘Bharatiya Manav Kalyan Parishad’ carrying rice from FCI godowns in Bulandshahr district.

Police got suspicious when the drivers said the 2,760 bags of rice were being brought all the way to North Delhi to be ‘cleaned’ at a factory here.

According to National Programme for Nutritional Support to Primary Education guidelines, the rice has to be taken directly from FCI godown to the school or village concerned.

A case was registered at PS Samaipur Badli against the NGO for offences under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 411 (receiving stolen property) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

The police had also recovered from the drivers a written consent from the Basic Education Officer (BEO), Bulandshahr, authorising the NGO to take the rice to Delhi for cleaning.

Till now, both BEO and DM have refused to co-operate with the police investigation in the case, prompting the court to issue personal summons against them.

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Sheila exhorts DU to start new courses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
Delhi Chief Minister Ms. Sheila Dikshit today exhorted the University of Delhi to start new courses that would meet the requirements of the future and help in fast development of the country.

Addressing a function at Vasundhara Enclave here after formally laying down foundation stone of the new building of Maharaja Agrasen College, Ms Dikshit said that her government is giving top priority to higher education in Delhi.

The students of Delhi are now getting enrolment in number of professional colleges in Delhi and they are not forced to rush towards colleges situated in south India, she said.

Ms Dikshit added that the development of Maharaja Agrasen College, a fully-financed institution of Delhi Government, would continue in all times to come. The college was started in 1994. The new campus of the college would not only provide all amenities to the students but would also provide a better atmosphere conducive to learning.

She expressed confidence that the new campus would develop as unique, modern, eco and disabled friendly. There would be provision of solar energy and water conservation in the college. The sprawling campus on 10 acres would cost Rs 30 crore. She expressed confidence that her government would provide maximum assistance to enable the institution to excel.

DU VC Dr Deepak Paintal, Delhi Finance and PWD Minister Dr A.K. Walia, Local MP Shri Sandeep Dikshit, MLAs Brahm Pal and Amrish Gautam were also present on this occasion.

The college’s Governing Body Chairman Sidharth Mishra said that the new campus would be ready with in the next two years.

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Police custody for prime accused
in kidney transplant racket

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
A local court today remanded a 28 year-old-man, prime accused in a kidney transplant racket, to two days police custody. Patiala House court Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Vikas Dhull, remanded Bihar resident Sanjay Singh alias Sanjay Bihari, to two days police custody for further interrogation and intensive investigation.

Sanjay, in connivance with the other two co-accused Suraj and Mukesh have been running the kidney transplant racket since 2004, according to the police.

According to the complainant, the victim Kishore Kumar told the cops that he had come to Delhi for treatment in June 2004, after which he went back to his native place in Bihar.

After two months, he again complained of pain in his body and on being checked by a doctor in Bihar, it was found that his kidney had been removed.

The police arrested Mukesh, Sanajy Kumar and Rakesh from Delhi in November 2004, after the case was registered.

They told the police that they were operating the racket under the supervision of Sanjay Singh. 

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Man gets 7-year RI for kidnapping and raping minor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
A man was today sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a sessions court for kidnapping a 10-year-old girl and raping her repeatedly for over five days until she was rescued by the police.

Additional Sessions Judge N K Gupta convicted Saleem after hearing the girl’s testimony that she was separated from her companions in a dense crowd and was met by the accused who lured her away after gaining her trust.

The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict. On April 12, 2003, the victim, who was with her relatives outside the Jama Masjid, got lost in the crowd and was met by the accused to whom she narrated her predicament.

After hearing her out, Saleem called her his “younger sister” and told her that he would provide her with food and lodging if she accompanied him. He then took her in a rickshaw to a room in Meena Bazaar and forced himself on her. The girl was rescued a week later by a police team acting on a tip-off. 

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Bar Assn wants solution to Rohini courts issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2
Expressing concern over the feasibility of the newly-constructed Rohini courts complex which has generated considerable heat in the legal fraternity, the New Delhi Bar Association (NDBA) today said it was an issue which needed an immediate and effective solution.

Referring to a report submitted by the Bar Council of Delhi which “categorically revealed that the existing court complex at Rohini is not feasible”, NDBA in a statement said, “There were no basic amenities for litigants or lawyers at the new complex.”

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Ramadoss urges nurses not to leave country

New Delhi, February 2
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Anubumani Ramadoss today asked nurses not to leave the country, but stay on as their services were required for the nation.

Speaking at a function to inaugurate a nurses’ residential complex here, he also urged them to go to rural areas.

He said the 413 flats available today would roughly meet 20 per cent of the housing needs of the 3,000 nurses in the city.—TNS

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