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Govt reverses decision on loadshedding
New Delhi, May 6
Bowing to pressure from traders and industrialists, Delhi Government today withdrew its decision to resort to loadshedding in commercial places, which would have forced industries to close by 6:30 pm and markets by 7:30 pm.

Lease of houses sans garages can be cancelled: HC
Noida, May 6
In a landmark judgment, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the allotment of plots for a house built under any housing scheme, a development authority or housing development council in UP without having the provision for car parking, entry point and a proper level for the physically challenged to come into the house and an outlet for water drainage can be cancelled.

VAT panel seeks feedback from industry
Gurgaon, May 6
The high-powered committee constituted by the Haryana Government on value added tax (VAT) has sought details from the industry here about the industrial inputs which need to be included in Schedule C of the VAT Act.


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Anti-quota students protest against police action
New Delhi, May 6
Denied the right to gather inside Shankar Lal Hall in Delhi University’s North Campus here this morning, students opposing the proposed increase in OBC quota in higher educational institutions held a peaceful demonstration outside the venue and criticised the police for “violating their rights”.

Child gets new lease of life from cochlear implant
New Delhi, May 6
Life would change completely for 13-months-old Sonali (name changed) in four weeks from now when the Nucleaus Freedom Cochlear implant placed in her ear by the team of doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday is switched on.

Most wanted gangster, 4 others shot in encounter
New Delhi, May 6
Delhi Police shot dead five gangsters, including Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted criminal Ayub Khan, in a late night encounter in Sonia Vihar area of North East Delhi.

Man jailed for attempt to rape daughter
New Delhi, May 6
Refusing to believe the victim who turned hostile to save her father, a Delhi court today awarded three-and-half years rigorous imprisonment to him for attempting to rape her.

Special treatment to ‘VIP examinees’
Faridabad, May 6
Two examinees appearing in the annual examination of the Open School of the Haryana Education Board, who have been identified as a kin of a Union Minister from Bihar, were provided ‘VIP treatment’, setting aside all rules and regulations normally applicable for other candidates.

Seven held for illegal sand mining
Noida, May 6
In an effort to check illegal land mining in Yamuna and Hindon banks, the district administration nabbed seven persons in a swift operation. Four vehicles used for transportation of sand were also seized.

Plying of trucks in old city banned
New Delhi, May 6
In order to ensure safety of road users and prevent congestion, the police has banned plying of heavy and medium goods vehicles on all roads leading to the walled city.

Earn and learn scheme
New Delhi, May 6
Two of the biggest government colleges in Scotland — Adam Smith College and James Watt College — have come up with a scheme offering one year full time paid work to 10+2 students after studying only for an year.


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Govt reverses decision on loadshedding
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Bowing to pressure from traders and industrialists, Delhi Government today withdrew its decision to resort to loadshedding in commercial places, which would have forced industries to close by 6:30 pm and markets by 7:30 pm.

Describing the decisions as only ‘recommendatory’ so far, Delhi Power Minister Mr Haroon Yusuf said a high-level meeting of the NCT government reviewed the proposed steps and decided not to go ahead with some of the directives. The meeting was chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit.

The revoking of the decision to carry out loadshedding in markets and industrial areas came fewer than 24 hours after the government announced the new guidelines in the face of stiff opposition to the proposed move by traders and industrialists. The directive asking the markets to compulsorily close for a day in a week has also been withdrawn.

However, Mr Yusuf claimed the withdrawal of the decision did not come due to pressure from traders and industrialists but because of the inflow of extra power.

“The situation has improved in Delhi and we don’t need to resort to loadshedding in markets and industrial areas,” he said adding the Capital has started getting 109 MW from Himachal Pradesh from today.

He said Himachal will supply 41 MW additional power from Monday. The Dadri power plant, closed for maintenance, will also start giving power to Delhi before its scheduled date of May 15, Mr Yusuf said.

The government has appealed to the citizens to make use of power judicially and avoid using neon and decorative lights from 7.30 pm to 11 pm. They have also been advised to switch on the airconditioners at their residences only after 9 pm.

A spokesman of the department said that these instructions were only advisory in nature and all these measures were absolutely temporary which might continue till power situation improved in Delhi. There is no proposal to alter the timings of the shops or industrial units.

Due to unprecedented rise in mercury, the load demand in Delhi has increased by around 10 per cent as compared to last year. The unrestricted demand has already touched about 3,600 MW against the anticipated demand of 3,300 MW, he said.

He added that BSES Yamuna Power Limited and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited will provide a list of timing of loadshedding to RWAs for the month of May.

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Lease of houses sans garages can be cancelled: HC
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 6
In a landmark judgment, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the allotment of plots for a house built under any housing scheme, a development authority or housing development council in UP without having the provision for car parking, entry point and a proper level for the physically challenged to come into the house and an outlet for water drainage can be cancelled.

The high court has said that even the layout, drawings and architectural design should not be passed by the authority concerned unless these facilities have been provided for in the proposed residential buildings.

The high court order also stressed that waste disposal arrangements have also to be provided.

In New Delhi, a debate is on for levying parking fee on vehicles parked outside houses on public land in view of a large number of cars, buses, trucks being parked on public land or roads.

The Allahabad High Court also ordered that garages provided or built for houses should be used only for parking of vehicles and not for commercial purposes.

This order was passed by the Bench of Mr Justice Jatinder Singh and Mr Justice Shishir Kumar of the Allahabad High Court on a petition by Gp Capitan Sukhdev Singh Sidhu and others of Noida.

The high court has ordered the Chief Secretary of UP to issue necessary instructions to all departments, housing boards, local bodies, development authorities, industrial development authorities and departments concerned conveying the high court orders within three months.

The high court has ordered Noida Authority to comply with these orders and issue notices to all lease holders who have built garages but are not using them properly or are misusing them for commercial purposes to cancel their allotments. The court told the Chief Public Prosecutor, UP, to immediately make available a copy of the judgment to the Chief Secretary for compliance.

Those people who park their vehicles in public space instead of a garage provided for the purpose create hurdles in public transport. The court said such a situation should not arise.

The Noida Authority had allotted land for flats and garages to the Air Force Naval Board in Sectors 21 and 25 here. The petitioner had rented out his garage. When a showcause notice was issued and the lease was cancelled, the petitioner filed this petition in the high court.

The court said garages should not be used for commercial purposes. They can be used for parking vehicles or as a storeroom by allottees only.

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VAT panel seeks feedback from industry
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 6
The high-powered committee constituted by the Haryana Government on value added tax (VAT) has sought details from the industry here about the industrial inputs which need to be included in Schedule C of the VAT Act.

The committee, headed by Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Haryana, recently had its first meeting with captains of industry here at the office of the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA).

The committee feels that the feedback with comprehensive details of the remaining industrial inputs would certainly help in their recommendations for enhancing the scope of Schedule C of the VAT Act.

While lauding the government’s positive attitude on the issue of including more items in Schedule C, the president of the GIA, Mr V. P. Bajaj said the redressal of the problem would go a long way in boosting the manufacturing prowess, especially of small scale units in the region. The government included a number of items in the schedule vide a Cabinet decision a few days back. This showed the positive attitude of the government and inspired further hope from it in the industrial circles, he added.

Mr Bajaj said there were several items which were predominantly used as industrial inputs in the manufacturing process but they did not form part of Schedule C of Haryana Value Added Tax Act, 2003. The VAT Act specified certain industrial raw material which attracted only 4 per cent VAT whereas there were several other important industrial inputs on which 12.5 per cent VAT had to be paid as these items had not been mentioned in the Schedule.

Consequently, he added, a number of manufacturers of Gurgaon in particular and Haryana in general were required to deposit 12.5 per cent with the state government and apply for the refund of the excess amount of 8.5 per cent (the difference between 12.5 per cent and 4 per cent). This exercise, besides being tedious and time-consuming, blocked huge sums of money of many small and medium-scale industrialists who could otherwise invest this money for improving and enhancing their production and revenue levels.

According to Mr Bajaj, the GIA had been raising the issue with the governmental authorities concerned and urging for redressal of the problem.

He said the committee had assured to hold another meeting with captains of industry on the issue soon.

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Anti-quota students protest against police action
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Denied the right to gather inside Shankar Lal Hall in Delhi University’s North Campus here this morning, students opposing the proposed increase in OBC quota in higher educational institutions held a peaceful demonstration outside the venue and criticised the police for “violating their rights”.

These students from various institutions including the IITs and Central universities had gathered to decide their future course of action.

Adityaraj Kaul of United Students, a group that has been in the forefront of protests against the reservation policy, said the conference had been called to chalk out the future strategy of the students demanding rollback of the proposal to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in Central government educational institutions.

“The agenda for the convention was how to take the agitation forward and coordination among various organisations,” he added.

“The hall was sealed and we were not allowed inside, so we had a peaceful demonstration outside,”

The police had sealed Shankar Lal Hall even before the representatives of United Students, Bharat Uday Mission and Youth for Equality arrived for the meeting. Police personnel were also deployed outside the auditorium in large numbers.

Agitated students said they were not even given an explanation for being denied entry into the hall. “The police just refused to answer our queries. They gave no reason for their action. This is a violation of our fundamental rights,” said Kaul.

The students have now decided to file an application under the RTI to seek an explanation for the police action. “We are seeking legal advice in the matter and will probably have to resort to the RTI,” said Kaul.

Meanwhile, medical students of all five Delhi Colleges along with those from Delhi University, IP University, several schools, IIT and JNU will hold a candlelight march from AIIMS to Safdarjung hospital tonight.

“We will be joined by resident doctors and students in the march,” said Anand, a student from AIIMS.

The medical students, who are on an indefinite strike since April 27, are also meeting this evening to decide their future strategy.

On May 4, a five-member delegation of the United Students, which represents students from the Delhi University, the IP University and several schools, submitted a 21-point memorandum to President A P J Abdul Kalam against the quota proposal.

On May 2, the students held peaceful demonstrations against the proposal. They raised anti-government, anti-Arjun Singh slogans and marched to Jantar Mantar after gathering at Maulana Azad Medical College near ITO here.

Student under the ‘Youth for Equality’ banner said on May 12, medical students from all over India would gather in Delhi for a ‘mass rally’ to highlight the issue. The students of Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, University College of Medical Sciences and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College have boycotted lectures and stayed away from OPD services.

Students opposing reservation for OBCs in educational institutions today said the government was concentrating only on providing quota for students while ignoring other Mandal Commission recommendations like initiating land reforms and economic initiatives.

“The government is concentrating on the educational quota only because it is an easy way to garner votes. Why attempts are not being made to implement the other recommendations of the report?” Devahuti Choudhary, a Delhi University student said.

“Moreover, the Mandal Commission report has been manipulated by the leaders to suit their interests to such an extent that it has almost lost its relevance,” she said.

“The condition of the backward classes has not improved in the rural areas. Only the rich and the influential among the backward classes are taking advantage of these reservations,” she said.

The students also demanded a clarification from student organisations such as NSUI and ABVP on this issue.

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Child gets new lease of life from cochlear implant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Life would change completely for 13-months-old Sonali (name changed) in four weeks from now when the Nucleaus Freedom Cochlear implant placed in her ear by the team of doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday is switched on.

The youngest patient in northern India to receive this cochlear implant was born with over 90 per cent deafness and would not have been able to also speak once grown up due to her impairment.

A team of doctors led by Dr A.K. Lahiri, Head of Department, ENT at Gangaram Hospital and Dr Shalabh Sharma carried out the implant in four hours of operation. After completing the surgery successfully, Dr Shalabh Sharma said, “The switch-on of the implant will take place three weeks from now and professional rehabilitation services for the child and her family would be provided at Asha Speech and Hearing Clinic.”

With over 40 innovations, including the revolutionary Smart Sound, the implant brings a new ease and clarity to everyday hearing. The simple two-in one design allows the user to wear the speech processor discreetly behind the ear or on the body for active situations.

Moreover, the world’s first splash proof design protects the speech processor in humid environments and allows for the unpredictability of every day living.

Cochlear implants have been successfully used around the world to help children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss. More than 68,000 people in over 120 countries have benefited from a Nucleus cochlear implant. Although still relatively new to India, more than 870 individuals have received cochlear implants with excellent outcome.

The implants are especially useful for children since they have been able to join the mainstream life after receiving the implant. They can go to school, be a musician, play any sport and lead a life which is as normal as any other.

One of the key factors impacting the success of a cochlear implant is the early identification of hearing loss and assessment for implant suitability.

According to Dr Shalabh Sharma, “Cochlear implant systems are designed to last a lifetime. The efficacy of these implants is at its best when conducted at the time of diagnosis itself, which basically confirms that the earlier a child is implanted, the better their listening and talking skills will be”.

A cochlear implant is designed for those people who have severe to profound bilateral senserineural hearing loss. The technology behind Nucleus Freedom, which consists of a new implant and speech processor, is the latest in Cochlear’s long series of world first. The daily hearing environment is exceedingly challenging. Distinguishing one voice out of many in a crowded restaurant is a different challenge. As is the fine hearing required to pick up faint noises such as the breathing of a sleeping child.

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Most wanted gangster, 4 others shot in encounter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Delhi Police shot dead five gangsters, including Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted criminal Ayub Khan, in a late night encounter in Sonia Vihar area of North East Delhi.

Acting on a tip off, a team of Special Cell was waiting for the gangster near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border last night. At about 11.00 pm, he was spotted in a Tata Sumo along with five others, said the police.

The vehicle occupants were told to stop but they did not and instead fired at the police, who returned the fire injuring five of the gangsters while one managed to escape into the woods along the Yamuna.

The injured were taken to hospital but were declared ‘Dead on Arrival’.

The infamous Ayub-Aslam gang was active in parts of Delhi, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh and had created havoc in the north-east district of the capital, where they had committed 15 dacoities and robberies in 2004.

Ayub, Aslam and their 21 associates were arrested in 2004 but were released on bail after about an year. The duo used to hire a taxi and target houses in remote areas. The gang members would enter the houses posing as police officials and when allowed in, rob the house threatening the family members at gun point.

“The gang members used to stay at the spot for at least three to four hours and make a thorough search of the house,” Joint Commissioner of Police (special cell) told reporters here.

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Man jailed for attempt to rape daughter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Refusing to believe the victim who turned hostile to save her father, a Delhi court today awarded three-and-half years rigorous imprisonment to him for attempting to rape her.

In a conviction based on corroborative evidence as all the key witnesses did not support the prosecution case, Additional Sessions Judge V B Gupta convicted Govind Mukhiya for attempting to sexually assault his 11-year-old daughter.

“So after scanning through the entire evidence on record, I have no hesitation in holding that victim has told half truth due to the fear of her accused father,” he said and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the convict.

To support his verdict, the judge held that the police have no enmity whatsoever with the accused and it did not reach at the spot of the offence on its own.

As per the prosecution, the victim, a resident of Khazoori Khas locality of north-east Delhi, used to live with her father and three other siblings.

On the night of June 28, 2003, the victim’s father returned from his workplace and asked her to massage him. Later, he bolted the door from inside and tried to assault her.

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Special treatment to ‘VIP examinees’
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 6
Two examinees appearing in the annual examination of the Open School of the Haryana Education Board, who have been identified as a kin of a Union Minister from Bihar, were provided ‘VIP treatment’, setting aside all rules and regulations normally applicable for other candidates.

Board sources said that the ‘VIP candidates’ reached here in a luxurious car bearing a red beacon light and security personnel. Interestingly, one of these candidates was also booked for UMC, but the officials provided a fresh answer sheet to the candidate.

Reports reveal that these ‘VIP examinees’ were provided special chairs and desks, while the other candidates at this centre in the NIT here had been asked to sit on the floor without even a mat.

It is reported that special instructions were issued to the authorities to take care of these two ‘VIP examinees’, who are close relatives of the Union Minister. However, officials said that these ‘VIP candidates’ were provided chairs and desks on medical ground based on certificates issued by doctors of a CGHS dispensary. Reports of use of unfair means in board exams have been common, despite the efforts by the state education board over the years. According to sources, special treatment to ‘VIP candidates’ was common here.

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Seven held for illegal sand mining
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 6
In an effort to check illegal land mining in Yamuna and Hindon banks, the district administration nabbed seven persons in a swift operation. Four vehicles used for transportation of sand were also seized.

The operation was led by the Deputy District Magistrate. A huge contingent of police force from Noida along with PAC Jawans took part in the special campaign.

However, a number of people involved in illegal sand mining are learnt to have escaped the police dragnet.

The campaign, started from Dadri Tehsil, created commotion in the entire Khadar belt. The district magistrate had ordered an intensive operation in Yamuna and Hindon river bed areas as reports of illegal sand mining were being received for a long time, causing lakhs of rupees of revenue loss to the exchequer.

It may be pointed out that illegal sand mining is in progress in Chharasi, Behlolpur, Sorkha villages on a large scale in Hindon river areas.

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Plying of trucks in old city banned
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
In order to ensure safety of road users and prevent congestion, the police has banned plying of heavy and medium goods vehicles on all roads leading to the walled city.

An order issued by the traffic police prohibited plying and parking of heavy and medium goods vehicles on all eight roads leading to Old Delhi from last night, a statement said today.

The order would replace an earlier order allowing such vehicles in the area except during morning and evening peak traffic hours. All police stations in the area had been intimated about the order.

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Earn and learn scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 6
Two of the biggest government colleges in Scotland — Adam Smith College and James Watt College — have come up with a scheme offering one year full time paid work to 10+2 students after studying only for an year.

Thereafter, after only one more year’s study, they would get a Higher National Diploma entitling students to a 2 year full time paid work visa.

Graduates can get a 2 year work visa after one year’s Master’s study in Scotland.

In Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology arranges full time paid work in all their Masters programmes for the MBA before the course starts.

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