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Demolitions in ‘Lal Dora’ areas illegal, says MLA
New Delhi, February 9
Building bylaws have select application in Lal Dora areas of Delhi where municipal authorities have demolished “illegal” constructions, Nationalist Congress Party legislator Ramvir Singh Bidhuri claimed today, accusing the government of misleading people and the court.

Uphaar trial: Accused using ‘delaying tactics’, says CBI
New Delhi, February 9
CBI has charged one of the main accused in the Uphaar Cinema Fire tragedy in open court with “deliberately delaying” defence evidence and slackening the speedy conclusion of the almost nine-year-old trial.

Council for Rs 1000-cr corpus for handicrafts
Noida, February 9

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, responsible for the promotion of export of handicrafts, in a memorandum to the Prime Minister submitted on January 30, has urged the creation of a corpus fund of Rs 1000 crore for the export promotion of handicrafts to increase the share of India in the world market.

Plea to defer deadline for registering societies
Gurgaon, February 9
With a big rush for registration of group housing societies in Gurgaon, the deadline for which is February 14, there is a demand from wide-ranging quarters to extend the date. The office of HUDA, Gurgaon Circle, is understood to have approached the government to extend the deadline.





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Women watching a religious ‘Ashoora procession’ on the 10th day of the holy month of Moharram in the Capital
Women watching a religious ‘Ashoora procession’ on the 10th day of the holy month of Moharram in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

A municipality worker using anti-mosquito fog machine at Surajkund Fair
A municipality worker using anti-mosquito fog machine at Surajkund Fair. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Noida to have ‘Transport Nagar’
Noida, February 9
The Noida Authority has assured the city transporters that Transport Nagar will be set up in Noida within six months to a year’s time. Irked by the seizure of a number of vehicles, a large number of transporters had marched to the Noida Authority office and organised a successful “jam the wheel” rally yesterday.

HC orders probe into student’s report card ‘manipulation’
New Delhi, February 9
Expressing strong displeasure at the manner in which the local police had conducted investigations, the Delhi High Court has directed the Anti-Forgery Section of Delhi Police Crime Branch to conduct a fresh probe into the alleged manipulation of a student’s report card by the school authorities.

17 housing co-ops owe crores to Noida Authority
Noida, February 9
The Noida Authority has sent notices to seventeen cooperative housing societies for having defaulted on payments to the tune of Rs 18 crore.

Row over restructured science course in DU
New Delhi, February 9
The restructured B.Sc course, hailed as a major step to introduce inter-disciplinary courses in the University of Delhi, have left the teachers over burdened and students in a quandary.

Institute ordered to refund tuition fee
New Delhi, February 9
Coming down heavily on the private educational institutions’ policy of “fees once received not refundable”, a city consumer court has asked the Birla Institute of Management Technology to cough up Rs 44,000 as refund and compensation to a student.

JNU committee to study reactions to GSCASH amendments
New Delhi, February 9
A committee will be set up in the Jawaharlal Nehru University to study the responses that have been submitted by various schools in reply to the amendments, which were made to the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment by the Alok Mehta Committee last year.

New methods to detect gastrointestinal cancer
New Delhi, February 9
Early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer, the second most common malignancy in men in India, has now been made easy by technological advances. New techniques like Narrow Band Imaging and Fuji Intelligent Chromo Endoscopy can detect in early stages the cancer which accounts for significant rate of morbidity and mortality in India.

SI held in corruption case
Gurgaon, February 9
The Vigilance Department arrested a Sub Inspector, Radhey Sham of Cooperative Societies, Gurgaon, in a corruption case. The police seized Rs 2.31 lakh along with some files from his residence today.

Woman held for kidnapping nephew
New Delhi, February 9
With the arrest of four persons including a woman, Delhi Police have rescued a schoolboy who was kidnapped on February 7. Suhail, the rescued boy, is the son of a trader in the Gokulpuri area.

One arrested with fake currency
Greater Noida, February 9
The Greater Noida police have arrested a criminal with fake currency of Rs 100 denomination. The arrested man, Amit (son of Dhiraj of village Kheri Bhanota) had earlier been in jail for trying to sell fake currency under police station Bisarakh, Jarcha, Surajpur, Kavi Nagar police stations and Ghaziabad, the police said.

Ignou signs MoU for computer literacy
New Delhi, February 9
Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Ministry of Information Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration in educational programmes, including computer literacy in the North East region, through community information centres.
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Demolitions in ‘Lal Dora’ areas illegal, says MLA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
Building bylaws have select application in Lal Dora areas of Delhi where municipal authorities have demolished “illegal” constructions, Nationalist Congress Party legislator Ramvir Singh Bidhuri claimed today, accusing the government of misleading people and the court.

“The 1963 notification of the Union Government clearly states that except for factories, cold storages and slaughter houses, no building by-laws would be applicable to any other category in the Lal Dora areas. Such areas were also exempted from the provisions of Sections 408 and 417 that includes eating house, license for hawking articles, control of dogs, license for butchers and other related provisions and trades,” he told a news conference.

Lakhs of ‘villagers’ living in Lal Dora areas were facing the threat of municipal demolition squads as the government failed to put a “correct picture of this 1963 notification” before the High Court, he alleged. The MCD Standing Committee too had passed a resolution in support of the notification, he said. “If the 1963 notification is kept in mind, then the present phase of demolitions in the Lal Dora areas is illegal”.

The government should immediately file a petition in the High Court informing it about the 1963 notification so that lakhs of villagers get relief, he said, adding that the government should also compensate the people whose houses had already been demolished in these areas. Meanwhile, local traders have demanded inclusion of their representative in the high-powered committee to be set up by the Central Government to study unauthorised constructions in the national Capital.

“As there are about five lakh traders operating their businesses in residential areas in the city their point of view must be considered,” Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement here on Wednesday.

They said a representative from the trading community must be included in the committee to ensure that the traders’ interests are addressed.

The confederation also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider inclusion in the committee of what they called “persons who are associated with Delhi and those having a thorough knowledge about the problems faced by the city. Such a step would ensure that the body does not remain as a mere cosmetic committee,” they said.

It also appealed the MCD to request the Delhi High Court to take a “lenient view” on the demolition issue and halt the drive till the committee submitted its report.

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Uphaar trial: Accused using
‘delaying tactics’, says CBI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
CBI has charged one of the main accused in the Uphaar Cinema Fire tragedy in open court with “deliberately delaying” defence evidence and slackening the speedy conclusion of the almost nine-year-old trial.

Taking serious note of the CBI’s submission, Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal asked accused A K Gera, then an Inspector with the Delhi Vidyut Board, whether he was “simply buying time as he had till now not taken any steps to produce his witness”.

“At this point when the long trial is drawing to a close, this accused has been applying delaying tactics by not producing a single witness even after stating to do so way back in October, 2005. If this continues, the court may close the defence evidence,” CBI Special Public Prosecutor Y K Saxena submitted in court.

The Judge brushed aside Gera’s plea that he was unable to produce his witness, R C Upadhay, a former Executive Engineer with DVB, due to the lawyers’ strike and said the strike does not “prevent your witness from appearing in court”.

There are other accused like R K Sharma, Nirmal Singh Chopra, Ajit Choudhary and gatekeeper Manmohan Unniyal who have changed their lawyers at this last stage and the new advocates keep asking for adjournments to ‘study the case’.

“This is very frustrating,” said Neelam Krishnamurthi, mother of two victims.

Meanwhile, the court dismissed accused Gopal Ansal’s application for renewal of his passport for 10 years and restricted permission to a year.

Fifty-nine persons, including 29 children, lost their lives and 104 injured in the fire.

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Council for Rs 1000-cr corpus for handicrafts
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 9
The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, responsible for the promotion of export of handicrafts, in a memorandum to the Prime Minister submitted on January 30, has urged the creation of a corpus fund of Rs 1000 crore for the export promotion of handicrafts to increase the share of India in the world market.

The export of handicrafts has been growing consistently at an annual rate of 20 per cent over the past decade. Still, in the world market India’s share is around 2 per cent against China’s share of 30 per cent. The world market is estimated to be of the order of $235 billion. India’s main competitors are China, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and some Latin American countries.

The recently elected Chairman of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Mr Sudhir Tyagi, said India had to make aggressive efforts for stealing a march over its competitors by improving the quality, designs, packaging, presentation and marketing techniques so that India’s share in the world market could be increased substantially.

The handicrafts sector directly employees more than 60 lakh craftspersons and artisans mainly belonging to backward and economically weaker sections of society. Besides, lakhs of additional hands are indirectly employed for design, packaging, transport, publicity and exports by the sector.

According to Mr Tyagi, the ECPH has submitted a memo to the Prime Minister for creating a corpus fund of Rs 1000 crore for special export promotion drive and creating additional employment opportunities. Mr Tyagi feels such a corpus fund will help increase export threefold in the next five years and India’s share may grow up to 4 per cent in the world market. The fund will also help in developing handicrafts from unexplored/underexplored regions like Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal, Chattisgarh, J&K and the North-East.

The increase in export of handicrafts will generate employment at least four to five times, resulting in improvement in the livelihood of backward and economically weaker sections of India.

The export of handicrafts, which was worth over Rs 3,159 crore during 1994-95, has increased at an annual growth rate of 18 per cent to Rs 13,033 crore during 2004-05. The export of handicrafts has shown an increase of Rs 2,557.56 crore from Rs 10,465.14 crore to Rs 13,032.70 crore during 2004-05 in comparison with 2003-04 showing an increase of 24.53 per cent in rupee terms and 29.07 per cent in terms of the US dollar.

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Plea to defer deadline for registering societies
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, February 9
With a big rush for registration of group housing societies in Gurgaon, the deadline for which is February 14, there is a demand from wide-ranging quarters to extend the date.

The office of HUDA, Gurgaon Circle, is understood to have approached the government to extend the deadline.

The demand is more so in view of the fact that the last date for applying to the local head office of HUDA here for plots by the registered group housing societies is also February 14. It has been a mad rush outside the office of the Sub-Registrar, Cooperative Society, opposite the camp office of the Deputy Commissioner here for the past fortnight. With the Haryana Government liberalising the rules, people from outside are also queueing up to get their societies registered. Rather, a majority of the people angling to get their societies registered in Gurgaon are from outside Haryana.

With all lanes near the office of the Sub-Registrar, Cooperative Society, remaining chock-a-block, the district police finds its hand full in maintaining law and order. Residences of the top district officers are at a handshake distance from the area.

With the ever increasing rush and the deadline for registration of the societies and the date for applying to HUDA fast coming to a close, the forms for the two processes appear to have run short. The forms are not available in the government offices but are nonetheless available with the offices of the realtors.

There are in all 30 plots earmarked group housing societies. While one of the plot measures one acre, the other 29 are of half acre each. While 40 members are needed for registration of societies for applying for the plot measuring one acre, for the others 20 members are required to float a group housing society.

Out of the 30 plots, 18 have been placed in the general category, three of them have been reserved for the economically weaker sections (EWS). Two of them have been reserved for Defence and two for MPs and MLAs. While four plots have been reserved for Haryana and Central government employees under the group housing society scheme, one has been reserved for a welfare society (which is to be registered under the Society for Registration Act, 1860).

According to reports reaching here, the rush for registration of societies is maximum in Gurgaon compared to other cities, namely Faridabad, Panchkula, Sonepat, Panipat, Rewari and Palwal where plots would also be provided. However, according to reports reaching here, in Faridabad and Panchkula a good amount of people from outside Haryana origin are angling to get their societies registered to apply for plots.

According to official statistics, while 139 plots are in the general category, 31 are in the EWS. As many as 16 of them have been reserved for MPs and MLAs and 17 for military and para-military. While 48 of them have been reserved for employees of Haryana and Central Government organisations, 16 of them have been reserved for welfare societies pertaining to Haryana and Central Government.

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Noida to have ‘Transport Nagar’
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 9
The Noida Authority has assured the city transporters that Transport Nagar will be set up in Noida within six months to a year’s time. Irked by the seizure of a number of vehicles, a large number of transporters had marched to the Noida Authority office and organised a successful “jam the wheel” rally yesterday.

The absence of Transport Nagar in this industrial town is among the glaring lapses in planning that has caused inconvenience to the transporters as well as residents as commercial vehicles are parked inside residential sectors. These cause great inconvenience to common citizens, particularly children and women, who cannot move in the presence of drivers and conductors etc.

The drivers, meanwhile, have to stay put along with their vehicles for want of proper arrangements for the night’s stay for eating, washing etc

The transport system in Noida had gone haywire yesterday in view of the strike by the Noida Transporters Association and protest against the seizure of a large number of vehicles by the authorities.

The procession taken out by the transporters’ association along with hundreds of vehicles that had “gheraoed” the Noida Authority office complex in Sector 6 seems to have had a salutary effect on the authorities. Certain protesters had dislodged the barricades put up to stop them from entering the complex. After minor scuffles with cops, most of the agitationists had barged into the office complex.

After a meeting with the Noida officers, most of the demands of the transporters association were accepted by the authorities. A memorandum was also presented by the transporters’ association to the Noida Authority and district police officers.

Additional CEO K. Ravindran Naik had quickly constituted a core committee comprising the SP City, the ARTO and the Noida Inspector and Planning Department’s representative. This committee will ensure that transporters don’t have to face any problem in future. It will put up its recommendations after surveying the whole town.

Earlier, all transporters assembled at the Noida stadium in the morning with their vehicles and then went in a procession to the Noida Authority complex in their vehicles.

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HC orders probe into student’s
report card ‘manipulation’

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
Expressing strong displeasure at the manner in which the local police had conducted investigations, the Delhi High Court has directed the Anti-Forgery Section of Delhi Police Crime Branch to conduct a fresh probe into the alleged manipulation of a student’s report card by the school authorities.

Justice R C Jain, while ordering the re-probe, asked the Crime Branch sleuths to pinpoint the persons responsible for manipulating the report card of the student Vishal Singh Rathore and submit a report within six weeks.

A 11th standard student of Little Flowers Public Senior Secondary School, Shivaji Park, Shahdara, Vishal was declared ‘failed’ in 2004 by the school authorities.

However, the boy’s father M P Singh Rathore, an advocate, challenged the same and complained to the police and the education department that Vishal was deliberately declared failed by the school authorities.

He alleged that initially the school gave a report stating that Vishal had passed the exam in ‘compartment’.

However, it was claimed that when the parents approached the school authorities, the latter insisted on being paid Rs 25,000 for declaring Vishal as ‘passed’. On his refusal, he alleged that the school officials tampered with the report card and declared Vishal ‘failed’.

Singh subsequently approached the education department and local police officials seeking action against the school management.

But upon finding no response from the two, he filed a complaint with the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, who directed the Shahdara police to register a case and conduct investigations. Singh later moved the High Court complaining that despite the directive of the magistrate, the Shahdara police were not showing any interest in pursuing the case and bring the culprits to book.

On being issued notices, the Shadhara police filed a status report in the High Court along with the findings of the FSL which, while stating that there was no evidence of fabrication/alteration, observed that one sheet of the report card was missing and an extra staple pin was fixed to the card.

Justice Jain said the very fact that one page was found missing from the report card lent credence to the complaint that it was manipulated by someone at some stage with an ulterior motive.

The court pointed out that it was the duty of the investigating officer to have probed this aspect, but regretted that it was not taken up in the right earnest and in an impartial manner.

The High Court felt that there was an imperative need for further investigations by an independent investigating agency, and accordingly, directed the Anti-Forgery Section, Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch to conduct a fresh probe for arriving at the truth.

Justice Jain also took exception to the decision of the Shahadara police to file a cancellation report in the magistrate’s court for closing the case even while the matter was being monitored by the High Court.

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17 housing co-ops owe crores to Noida Authority
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 9
The Noida Authority has sent notices to seventeen cooperative housing societies for having defaulted on payments to the tune of Rs 18 crore. In a scrutiny of various cooperative housing societies, the Accounts Department of the Noida Authority detected 40 cooperative housing societies that had defaulted on payment of dues.

It may be pointed out that accounts and other aspects of 145 cooperative housing societies are being scrutinised by the Noida Authority.

By Wednesday, the Accounts Department had given a list of 40 defaulting cooperative housing societies to the residential plots department in which 17 societies were listed as defaulters, including those associated with some of the well-known builders.

According to R. S. Yadav, OSD, plot No. 9-B of Pooranchand in Sector-93 alone owes Rs 6.65 crore to the Noida Authority. Similarly, cooperative housing society of the employees of a public sector undertaking on plot No. F-9 in Sector-50 owes Rs 2.13 crore. Another Government of India undertaking on Plot No. F-8, Sector-50, owes Rs. 3.35 crore to the Noida Authority. Gulmohar Cooperative Housing Society on plot No. D-8, Sector-44, owes Rs 3.3 crore.

Mr Yadav said that among other defaulters included Eldeco, Air Force Naval Housing Board and ATS Group.

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Row over restructured science course in DU
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
The restructured B.Sc course, hailed as a major step to introduce inter-disciplinary courses in the University of Delhi, have left the teachers over burdened and students in a quandary.

With most colleges still struggling to put together the necessary infrastructure, students and faculty members are apprehensive that they might not be able to conduct practical examinations, which are less than a month away.

“The few lakhs that were given by the university to set up labs is nothing. Only the consumables cost more than half of it. Colleges, which did not have provisions for teaching Chemistry or Biology are striving hard to get things organised and the university’s suggestion to have integrated labs is easier said than done,” complained a faculty member of Maharaja Agrasen College.

Teachers are peeved that the university, acting in haste, did not give colleges enough time to set up labs and hire staff. “Everything was done in an unplanned way. Teachers were not given refresher courses, labs were not set up before the implementation of new courses and the financial and other needs of the colleges too were not taken into account,” a faculty member from Shivaji College complained.

“Absence of labs or inadequate material is not the only problem. Some practical work that has been prescribed for the B.Sc students is tougher and more elaborate than that of the Honours courses. And given the situation most college labs are in, the work has become more strenuous,” said the faculty member from Maharaja Agrasen College.

While colleges that did not have the provision for teaching all branches of Science are more affected, those with the basic infrastructure are complaining as well. “We have the labs and are pulling along, but since we have more students in the first year, it is becoming difficult to conduct practical work. If one or two students were allotted a unit for carrying out experiments earlier, now we have to do the same with three or four,” said a faculty member at Acharya Naredra Dev College.

“Another problem that we are facing is that some of the experiments that used to be covered in the third year are now conducted in the first year itself. The theory part of these experiments are taught in the later stages and students carry out these without any knowledge,” he also pointed out. Taking note of these complaints, the DUTA has agreed to take up the issue in their forthcoming General Body Meeting.

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Institute ordered to refund tuition fee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
Coming down heavily on the private educational institutions’ policy of “fees once received not refundable”, a city consumer court has asked the Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMT) to cough up Rs 44,000 as refund and compensation to a student.

“Merely because the seat could not be filled up does not mean that the BIMT had a right to forfeit the amount of tuition fee. Any such term which is against the public policy and good conscience is not valid and cannot be allowed to operate,” observed the Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission bench presided over by Justice J D Kapoor and Member Ruminita Mittal.

Taking a strong view of refusal to refund the tuition fee to one Dheeraj Sachdeva, who could not pursue studies in BIMT after taking admission, the Commission said, “Any provider of service can claim consideration if it provides the service. But in the instant case, the service was not provided at all,” said the Commission, rejecting BIMT’s appeal.

“The educational institutions cannot forfeit the amount for which services were not provided to consumers,” it said.

Earlier, a District Forum, in its January 18, 2003 order, had allowed Sachdeva’s complaint wherein he alleged that the BIMT did not pay back the fee on the ground that its seat remained vacant as the admission was already closed and, as per the rule, it was non-refundable.

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JNU committee to study reactions
to GSCASH amendments

Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
A committee will be set up in the Jawaharlal Nehru University to study the responses that have been submitted by various schools in reply to the amendments, which were made to the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) by the Alok Mehta Committee last year.

The amendments, which were disclosed in September 2005, had led to wide spread protests within the university. Following the objections raised by the teachers as well as students, the authorities has called a special meeting and later it was proposed that responses will be solicited from various schools and bodies including the JNUTA to iron out the differences.

The JNUTA along with several other schools has proposed some amendments to the version of the Rules and Procedures ratified by the JNU Executive Council on June 2, 2005.

Sources in the university said that following the submission of these responses, the administration will organise a dialogue when the Vice Chancellor constitutes a review committee to look at all the responses/criticisms of the Rules.

The amendments that drew flak included one that called for reporting any “sexually deviant” behaviour on the campus. A majority has proposed that the paragraph should be deleted, as it is discriminatory and irrelevant.

Another amendment that the JNU community wants scrapped is the one that seeks to categorise offences as serious and minor. This categorisation too has been described as undefined and unnecessary. The provisions, which states that the Vice Chancellor and the Rector should be kept informed of each important stage in any ongoing case of harassment and one that allows mediation between the complainant and accused too have been criticised.

Student bodies has also asked for alteration in the provision wherein an accused teacher or an employee of the university cannot be cross questioned by the students. These provisions are part of the modifications, which were incorporated after being approved by the Executive Council earlier this year.

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New methods to detect gastrointestinal cancer
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
Early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer, the second most common malignancy in men in India, has now been made easy by technological advances.

New techniques like Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) and Fuji Intelligent Chromo Endoscopy (FICE) can detect in early stages the cancer which accounts for significant rate of morbidity and mortality in India.

“Gastrointestinal cancer is detected too late leaving no scope for curative treatment.... With the new technique we are aiming at curing the disease rather then palliation,” Ganga Ram Hospital’s Gastroenterology Department Sr Consultant Dr Ranbir Sud told reporters here.

The new techniques will be launched at the annual two-day international ENDOCON-2006 conference ‘GI Cancer: Prevention to Palliation’, beginning tomorrow, he said.

Dr Sud said NBI and FICE techniques, which examine magnified live pictures of the tissue, were being introduced for the first time in the Indian subcontinent. He said the procedures were safe, cost effective and would enhance the quality of life after treatment.

Explaining the benefits of the new techniques, he said relief to the patients who have a major complaint of inability to swallow is immediately addressed.

Similar techniques are also available for cancer of pancreas, gall bladder and colon, he added. Live demonstrations of the advanced procedures will be performed at the conference which will be attended by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radio oncologists and endoscopist.

The conference is being organised by the society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India (SEGI), a national body of gastroenterologists and endoscopists.

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SI held in corruption case
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, February 9
The Vigilance Department arrested a Sub Inspector, Radhey Sham of Cooperative Societies, Gurgaon, in a corruption case. The police seized Rs 2.31 lakh along with some files from his residence today.

According to the SP, Sanjay Chutani, a local resident, had complained that the Radhey Sham had demanded and accepted money from him for the registration of his ‘Hans Priyajan Cooperative Group Housing Society’.

He alleged that Sub Inspector Radhey Sham demanded Rs 25,000 for its registration. However, even after paying him Rs 25000 on February 6, he failed to receive all the necessary papers, he alleged.

Based on his complaint, the Vigilance team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Om Prakesh and Duty Magistrate Ajay Malik (City Magistrate) raided the residence of Radhey Sham and seized seven files, 12 registers and some official papers of societies.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Ram Singh Bishnoi, further said that Radhey Sham’s wife even tried to throw a bag containing Rs 1.51 lakh outside her house when the raid was on.

It may be recalled that the Vigilance Department had earlier arrested a Sub Inspector, Suresh Chand Sharma, of Cooperative Society while taking a bribe on January 25.

Meanwhile, the Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Gurgaon, Mr S P Gupta, informed the Tribune that he had written to the Chief Administrator, HUDA, regarding the extension of the registration date for Cooperative Societies.

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Woman held for kidnapping nephew
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
With the arrest of four persons including a woman, Delhi Police have rescued a schoolboy who was kidnapped on February 7. Suhail, the rescued boy, is the son of a trader in the Gokulpuri area.

The accused have been identified as Reena (‘mausi’ of the kidnapped boy), Salim (19), Ibrahim (20) and Shokin (26). Police said that two days back, the child was kidnapped from Navjeevan Adarsh Public School during the school hours.

When he did not reach home in the afternoon, his parents lodged a complaint in the Gokulpuri police station.

Police investigations revealed that the aunt of the boy took him from the school and that she was missing since then.

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One arrested with fake currency

Greater Noida, February 9
The Greater Noida police have arrested a criminal with fake currency of Rs 100 denomination. The arrested man, Amit (son of Dhiraj of village Kheri Bhanota) had earlier been in jail for trying to sell fake currency under police station Bisarakh, Jarcha, Surajpur, Kavi Nagar police stations and Ghaziabad, the police said.

The police nabbed Amit after receiving a tip-off that he was likely to visit village Jarpura, said SO, Greater Noida, Ms Rita Yadav. According to the Superintendent of Police (Rural), the accused confessed that he was part of a gang engaged in printing and selling fake currency. Amit had been released from jail about six months ago. The police are trying to nab the other members of the gang, SP said. — OC

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Ignou signs MoU for computer literacy

New Delhi, February 9
Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Ministry of Information Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration in educational programmes, including computer literacy in the North East region, through community information centres.

The agreement was signed by Dr J S Sehra, Director and HoD, Community Information Centres and Mr D K Tetri, Registrar, IGNOU. The MoU seeks to raise awareness of the people of North Eastern region and create trained human capital in IT. — TNS

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