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JNU students hold demo
Rusticated students asked to vacate hostels
New Delhi, June 29
Hundreds of JNU students held a demonstration outside the administration block in the university in protest against the disciplinary action taken against 11 students.

BJP councillors held, let off
New Delhi, June 29
BJP councillors today marched from Town Hall to Nirman Bhavan under the leadership of BJP Delhi Pradesh president Harsh Vardhan and Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya.
Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan with his party councillors leads a protest march from Town Hall to Nirman Bhavan against the hike in conversion charges and parking fee in the Capital on Friday.
Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan with his party councillors
leads a protest march from Town Hall to Nirman Bhavan against
the hike in conversion charges and parking fee in the Capital on Friday. A Tribune photograph

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People gather outside a factory at Sector 1 in Noida. The factory was gutted on Friday morning.
People gather outside a factory at Sector 1 in Noida. The factory was gutted on Friday morning. A Tribune photograph

BJP made false promises on monsoon plan: Sharma
New Delhi, June 29
Mr Jai Kishan Sharma, leader of opposition in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), today alleged that the promises made by the BJP proved false with the first rain of monsoon.

BJP yatra to villages
Gurgaon, June 29
The Haryana unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today launched a state-wide campaign 'March to the villages' from Gurgaon.

International airport project picks up speed
Greater Noida, June 29
After a lapse of four years, the work on construction of the proposed international airport at Javer seems to have started.

CFL light for Faridabad
Faridabad, June 29
In its campaign to cut down power consumption and reduce wastage of electricity, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has planned to light up every house in villages of the district with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) by December this year.

PHDCCI to be involved in Vision Group projects
New Delhi, June 29
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) will be actively involved in the planning and execution of the projects by the proposed Delhi Vision Group to be set up by the Delhi administration.

Unauthorised colonies to have amenities
New Delhi, June 29
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today reiterated commitment of her government to provide all civic amenities including sewerage in all those 1,520 unauthorised colonies which were likely to be authorized soon.

Kalam for religious bodies cleaning Yamuna
New Delhi, June 29
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam today advised members of the Delhi Minorities Commission to work towards cleaning the Yamuna as it was the lifeline of Delhi.

Man jumps to death
New Delhi, June 29
Saurabh Khurana (27), a mechanic, allegedly committed suicide today by jumping down from Ansal Chambers at Bhikaiji Cama Place.

Special vehicle for walled city
New Delhi, June 29
In order to make the national Capital's walled city area an attractive tourist destination, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is being envisaged for the region.

DU teachers demand pay commission
New Delhi, June 29
As the UGC pay commission meeting scheduled to be held on July 2, tension has started building up among the teaching faculty in Delhi University.

DJB told to maintain proper water supply
New Delhi, June 29
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a meeting held here today directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and power distribution companies to maintain proper power and water supply in the NDMC area, including Gole Market assembly segment.

Walia stresses improvement in statistical system
New Delhi, June 29
Delhi Finance and Planning Minister A.K. Walia has stated that improvement in statistical system would go a long way in making Delhi a prosperous global city.

Two held with Rs 2-cr Rama idol
New Delhi, June 29
Two persons were arrested here yesterday while attempting to sell a 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama, which is valued at Rs 2 crore. The suspects were identified as Aman Gupta (30) and Ramakant Shukla (45). They were arrested after a tip-off from
someone at a temple near Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg where the suspects had come to sell the idol, the police revealed.



An antique ashtadhatu idol, valued at Rs 2 crore,
was recovered by the Delhi Police on Friday.
A Tribune photograph
An antique ashtadhatu idol, valued at Rs 2 crore, was recovered by the Delhi Police on Friday.

Amity team qualifies for ISSDC
New Delhi, June 29
Some kids go beyond mere imagination and aspire to discover the truth behind UFOs (Unidentified Foreign Objects).

Sudha Gupta honoured
New Delhi, June 29
Sudha Gupta, the brain behind Mother's Pride, a premium pre-school chain, has won the prestigious CNBC TV-18's Emerging India Award.

Blood donation camp
New Delhi, June 29
The New Delhi Municipal Council, in collaboration with the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (RBTC), Government of NCT of Delhi, and Parivartan, an NGO, organised a blood donation camp here this morning.

ABSK volunteers meet Lt- Governor
New Delhi, June 29
Ten children volunteers of Akshardham Bal Satsang Kendra (ABSK) shared with Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna their experiences of a mass awareness campaign on de-addiction organised by the ABSK from May 25 to June 3. During this drive, 60 children in the age group of 11-14 years belonging to the national Capital reached out to 12,000 people at 14 locations of Delhi and Gurgaon. TNS

 

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JNU students hold demo
Rusticated students asked to vacate hostels
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Hundreds of JNU students held a demonstration outside the administration block in the university in protest against the disciplinary action taken against 11 students.

Jyotsna, joint secretary, JNUSU, claimed, "The demonstration was very successful. The vice-chancellor finally had a meeting with us out there. However, the administration refused to budge from its stance and this is rather disappointing."

She said, "Though the students have been sitting on a relay hunger strike for the last five days, the administration has refused to relent from its position. The authorities have gone ahead and issued the eviction notice against students who have been rusticated. However, we are determined to oppose this."

Jyotsna added that, "The union viewed that the eviction notice will not be tolerated. We will not let out of bounds take place. There will be no physical eviction and no dragging of students out of the hostel."

The students have been sloganeering outside the hostels to prevent the eviction notice from coming into force.

The union is determined to intensify its agitation to get its demands fulfilled on the student eviction notice and the karamchari agitation. The union held a meeting late Friday evening to decide its future course of agitation and for intensification of the agitation. More action can be expected at JNU campus over the next few days.

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BJP councillors held, let off
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
BJP councillors today marched from Town Hall to Nirman Bhavan under the leadership of BJP Delhi Pradesh president Harsh Vardhan and Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya.

They were demanding complete abolition of conversion charge and parking fee. They were arrested at Kamla Market. All of them were released later.

Local traders and professionals welcomed the BJP councillors by garlanding them.

Terming the arrest as murder of the right to protest, Vardhan and Arya claimed under a planned conspiracy the Congress governments in the Centre and in Delhi were imposing taxes arbitrarily.

He said these taxes were beyond the capacity of professionals like doctors, advocates, architects, CAs, company secretaries, cost and works accountants, engineers, town planners, media professionals, documentary film-makers, retail shopkeepers and other service providers.

The Delhi BJP leaders warned Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy that he should abolish conversion charges and parking fee, otherwise the BJP would be compelled to take "stern steps".

The local leaders who were arrested today included Vardhan, Leader of the House Subhash Arya, Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta, Vice-Chairman Yogender Chandoliya, Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa, Ved Gupta, Chairman of Various Zones, Anil Sharma, Jaikishan Gupta, Kanwar Sen, Ramesh Chauhan, Harbans Lal Uppal, Rohtash Singh, Avtar Singh Hit, Vijay andit, Suman Kumar Gupta, Braham Prakash, Purnima Vidyarthi and BJP councillors.

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BJP made false promises on monsoon plan: Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Mr Jai Kishan Sharma, leader of opposition in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), today alleged that the promises made by the BJP proved false with the first rain of monsoon.

In spite of short rainfall, waterlogging and traffic jam were visible everywhere. It clearly reflected inefficient administration of the BJP.

Mr Sharma further said that when the BJP came into power, it had promised that the work of desilting of 'nallahs' would be completed well before monsoon, but all the work had been done on paper only.

As per statistics of the department, only 219 nallahs have been desilted out of 1,265 and the work on 901 nallahs is going on at a slow pace. The remaining 149 nallahs are yet to be desilted and no work has started so far.

Mr Sharma said that owing to waterlogging in several places, there is danger of breeding of mosquitoes. The silt taken out of nallahs is spread at many places mixed with the rainy water.

Mr Sharma asked the BJP to take immediate steps to accelerate the work of desilting of nallahs.

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BJP yatra to villages
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 29
The Haryana unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today launched a state-wide campaign 'March to the villages' from Gurgaon.

The national BJP leader and former union minister Vijay Goel, who is in charge of party affairs in Haryana, led the march and announced that the 'padyatra' would culminate in a state-level rally on October 27 in Rohtak, the home district of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The 'padyatra' by BJP leaders started from Mahavir Chowk, passed through the main Saddar Bazar to Sohana Adda and halted for a public meeting at Khadsa village. The party state president Manchanda also took part in the march.

Vijay Goel demanded that the Haryana government should issue a 'white paper' on the position of power and water supply in the state.

He added that the residents, not only of Gurgaon but also of all parts of the state, were reeling under acute shortage of power and water.

He said that the march was part of the party's nation-wide campaign to fan out in the villages.

Goel asserted that the BJP would not make alliance with any political party during elections in the state.

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International airport project picks up speed
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 29
After a lapse of four years, the work on construction of the proposed international airport at Javer seems to have started.

The proposed airport will be part of the special economic zone being set up at Javer on 2,500 acres of land. The international airport will cover 1500 acres of land.

The proposal for the SEZ and the international airport was brought by the state government during 2002-03. But after the change of power at the state government, the projects were put on the shelf.

Now, these have been revised by the Chief Minister Mayawati who recently took up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a meeting.

A nod in principle was obtained by the Chief Minister from Manmohan Singh.

M/s. Ram Bill Consultants are understood have taken in hand the preparation of a project report in this connection which is expected to be ready by the first week of July.

The project report is likely to be submitted to the Centre by the state government in the second week of next month. With this, the process for land acquisition for the project will be taken in hand by the administration.

According to chairman of Noida and Greater Noida authorities Lalit Srivastava, the rules and framework for special economic zone were developed even five years ago, but now many changes have taken place. Thus, the DPR will be prepared keeping all the changes in view.

Srivastava said that airport would be located in Javer and would not be shifted to any other location like Mathura as Noida and Greater Noida had emerged as important industrial and commercial areas.

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CFL light for Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 29
In its campaign to cut down power consumption and reduce wastage of electricity, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has planned to light up every house in villages of the district with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) by December this year.

The nigam has already started facilitating the sale of such lamps at a subsidised price. Mavai, a village in the Old Faridabad zone here, which has about 155 households, has become the first village in the district to be provided with 100 per cent CFL bulbs instead of traditional bulbs.

A spokesperson for the nigam said all 360 villages in the district would be made CFL villages by December-end. This would result in massive saving of power as a CFL bulb consumes less power in comparison to the traditional bulb.

Admitting that the cost of a CFL may be higher than that of the traditional incandescent one, he claimed power bills, which had been an issue of concern for many, could be brought down drastically if a household used CFL bulbs as the consumption was reduced through its use.

Revealing that the cost of a CFL bulb could range between Rs 60 and Rs 120, depending upon the wattage capacity, the nigam spokesperson claimed the durability and lower bills could be economical for the consumer in the long run, besides being helpful to the department due to reduction in overall power demand in a region.

Regarding Mavai village, he said all 148 consumers in the village had replaced the incandescent bulbs with CFL ones. This was made possible due to the awareness campaign and the help provided by the village panchayat.

It is reported that while as many as 627 CFL bulbs were purchased by the villagers from the nigam's sale outlet about 200 such bulbs had already been used. About 361 old bulbs were handed over by the villagers to the team of the nigam.

The village has two transformers of 100 KV each and due to the CFL replacement move the overall load on these transformers had been reduced to 67 and 42 amperes from 142 and 11 amperes earlier. The total power consumption in this village had thus got halved, stated a nigam official.

The nigam authorities believe the power supply situation in rural parts of the district was likely to undergo a drastic change within the next six months due to the CFL campaign. Besides this, it is claimed the bifurcation of the rural and urban feeders, which had been on, would also provide much needed relief.

This would ensure at least 12 to 16 hours of power daily in rural areas.

Vijayendra Kumar, MD of the DHBVN, said the problem of power shortage and theft could be a thing of the past soon if the campaign went the right way with cooperation from all fronts, mainly consumers.

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PHDCCI to be involved in Vision Group projects
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) will be actively involved in the planning and execution of the projects by the proposed Delhi Vision Group to be set up by the Delhi administration.

The proposed group will act as a think tank for generating ideas and schemes for the planned development for the growing metropolis for 30 years from now.

The invitation to participate in the proposed group was extended to the PHDCCI when its senior members, led by president Sanjay Bhatia called on Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna earlier this month.

"The discussion was focussed around a host of issues including forthcoming Commonwealth Games, traffic management, Delhi Master Plan, setting up of a state-of-the-art Convention and Exhibition Centre of Dwarka," Bhatia said.

The PHDCCI has taken up the issues relating to the use of residential premises by professionals, redefinition of household industries and enforcement of the Apartment Ownership Act in Delhi.

The Lt Governor referred to the proposed setting up of a Delhi urban regulatory authority with experts as its members to continuously monitor the implementation of the Master Plan.

He also informed that the Delhi assembly is proposing to bring out a Bill on the Enforcement of Apartment Ownership Act which underscored the need for speedy setting up a Delhi real estate commission, which among other things, should take up digitisation of land records.

Regarding the Master Plan, the chamber representatives pointed out that there were number of policy issues that had to be settled, particularly the work on zonal plans, which had yet to commence.

The zonal plans, the Lt Governor pointed out, would be in place in one year's time. A tribunal was also being formed to consider various issues and handle public grievances.

Regarding the organisation of the Commonwealth Games, the PHDCCI pointed out that there was need for utmost coordination amongst the different departments of the government viz the Delhi government, MCD and the DDA.

It was informed that a committee for monitoring the progress of the work had been constituted under the chairmanship of Lt Governor, which would meet every morning. Representatives of the PHDCCI would also be invited to the committee.

Bhatia pointed out that need for reassessing the role of the DDA and limiting it to an infrastructure provider from the present primary responsibility as a house provider, scientific handling of the management, developing Delhi as a knowledge and cultural central application of IT in traffic management, introducing feeder services to the Metro for improving the efficiency of the MRTS.

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Unauthorised colonies to have amenities
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today reiterated commitment of her government to provide all civic amenities including sewerage in all those 1,520 unauthorised colonies which were likely to be authorized soon.

While chairing the first meeting of the Board for Development of Unauthorized Colonies, Mrs Dikshit made it clear that her government would definitely find ways and means to expedite development works and remove bottlenecks simultaneously giving due regard to various observations of courts.

MLAs present in the meeting as special invitees, cutting across party lines, forcefully demanded implementation of 1977 policy of regularization, which had given relief to the residents.

The meeting was attended by vice-chairman of the Board and urban development minister A.K. Walia, chief secretary Ramesh Narayanswami, principal secretaries, other official members and 15 MLAs, including leader of opposition Jagdish Mukhi.

The Chief Minister called upon MLAs to present their suggestions and priorities relating to execution of developmental works in these colonies.

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Kalam for religious bodies cleaning Yamuna
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam today advised members of the Delhi Minorities Commission to work towards cleaning the Yamuna as it was the lifeline of Delhi.

He said this when DMC members Pushpinder Singh and Arnold James met him today to apprise the President of "nurturing the minorities' concerns at their doorstep" campaign launched by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Kalam said " religious fervour was required for serving society." He said, "The Yamuna is the lifeline of Delhi and is severely threatened not just by pollution but also the indiscriminate encroachments on its riverbed."

He said, "If the commission motivates religious organisations to take up this noble cause of cleaning the river it will be a great service to the people of the city."

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Man jumps to death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Saurabh Khurana (27), a mechanic, allegedly committed suicide today by jumping down from Ansal Chambers at Bhikaiji Cama Place.

Saurabh, who was a resident of Rajouri Garden, jumped from the rear of the building where a Hero Honda motor cycle was parked. He fell on the motor cycle and died on the spot. The incident happened around 2.30 pm.

Bystanders informed the police. The man was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead, the police said.

The cause of the suicide could not be ascertained. A paper found in a pocket of the deceased's clothes gave his address.

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Special vehicle for walled city
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
In order to make the national Capital's walled city area an attractive tourist destination, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is being envisaged for the region.

At a meeting held yesterday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit agreed in principle to set up the SPV under the guidance of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), which would ensure speedy development of the project.

Modalities about the composition and powers of the body would be worked out shortly, an official said.

Besides Dikshit, union minister of science and technology Kapil Sibal, state urban development minister A.K. Walia, DUAC chairman Charles Correa and senior MCD and DDA officials were present at the meeting.

Apart from making the walled city attractive to visitors, the SPV, to be funded by the state government, would also make the area worth living for locals.

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DU teachers demand pay commission
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
As the UGC pay commission meeting scheduled to be held on July 2, tension has started building up among the teaching faculty in Delhi University.

In a letter addressed to the UGC chairman Prof Sukhdev Singh Thorat, Aditya Narayan Misra, secretary of the Academics for Action and Development (AAD), has demanded that the commission in the meeting should finalise and announce the pay commission for the university teachers.

The general opinion among the teaching fraternity at DU is that with the pay commission planning to submit its recommendations within a year, it's time for the setting up of a pay commission for teachers.

Aditya stresses that, "The pay commission for the university teachers should really be set up now. If this whole process is delayed, then the pay commission will not come on time. This is very dis-heartening for the teaching community.

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DJB told to maintain proper water supply
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a meeting held here today directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and power distribution companies to maintain proper power and water supply in the NDMC area, including Gole Market assembly segment.

The issues relating to maintenance of government flats and upgradation of civic amenities were also discussed in the meeting.

The NDMC, CPWD and DJB have been instructed to work in tandem to ensure equitable distribution of drinking water. It has been decided to construct more underground reservoirs.

A plan of action is being prepared to replace old water pipelines which were laid when the entire area had single-storeyed quarters.

It has also been decided to replace damaged pipelines. The storage level of Talkatora Water Tank would be raised to maintain proper water supply in the area.

As far as electricity supply is concerned, it was reported that load consumption would go up by five times in 6,724 flats in Gole Market area.

It is expected to reach 22 MW as every flat would be requiring load of 3 KW as against 0.6 KW presently. It was decided to upgrade the entire system by 2008.

The disruption in electric supply was reported in the evening in residential areas whereas in commercial areas, it was reported during daytime.

Ms Dikshit stressed the need of proper coordination between the NDMC and the CPWD in providing uninterrupted power supply in the area.

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Walia stresses improvement in statistical system
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Delhi Finance and Planning Minister A.K. Walia has stated that improvement in statistical system would go a long way in making Delhi a prosperous global city.

He added that Delhi government would continue to use statistics in making planning more purposeful for the common man.

The government has been making use of various statistical inputs in the form of state domestic product, per capita income, fiscal and other financial parameter, social and civic indicators while finalizing its budget and other important projects.

Dr Walia disclosed that Delhi government was taking initiative to restructure its statistical cadre. Delivering his inaugural address during the celebrations of the Statistics Day, Dr Walia paid tributes to Prof. P.C. Mahanolobis on his birthday.

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Two held with Rs 2-cr Rama idol
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Two persons were arrested here yesterday while attempting to sell a 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama, which is valued at Rs 2 crore.

The suspects were identified as Aman Gupta (30) and Ramakant Shukla (45).

They were arrested after a tip-off from someone at a temple near Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg where the suspects had come to sell the idol, the police revealed.

The police said a decoy customer was sent and a deal was fixed for Rs 50 lakh.

While Gupta hailed from Ghaziabad, his accomplice was a resident of Delhi.

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Amity team qualifies for ISSDC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Some kids go beyond mere imagination and aspire to discover the truth behind UFOs (Unidentified Foreign Objects).

The SpaceSet team from the Amity School, Saket, has qualified for the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC).

This is the first time in the history of the competition that an Indian team has reached up to the finals.

The final competition is to be held at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas ,in July this year.

"Our students have been participating in this competition since past three years and this time they made it. We are very proud of the team and the faculty," said Amita Chauhan, chairperson, Amity International Schools.

The school has launched an aeronautics and space centre to further the space research. Eminent scientist Prof. Yashpal was present on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the space centre.

"It is always a pleasure to see kids who take so much interest in space science," he said. "We should talk about humanitarian science. Space centers should be established for peaceful purposes."

The twelve-member team including a mentor has been working hard for the competition. "It is going to be tough. We would be working like real industries set in the future which would develop settlements in space," said Gaurav Mishra, team leader.

"We should take up more scientific initiatives with India. Indians and Americans have a history of working together on space projects," said Satish Kulkarni, science counselor, American embassy.

The institute has been counting on the team to perform well in the final round. "We are geared up to face the challenge," said Gaurav Mishra.

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Sudha Gupta honoured
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
Sudha Gupta, the brain behind Mother's Pride, a premium pre-school chain, has won the prestigious CNBC TV-18's Emerging India Award.

With a modest beginning on the campuses of NCERT, Sudha Gupta has started a teacher training academy, The Knowledge Tree.

She has nurtured Sparsh Special School, an NGO dedicated to empower the underprivileged section of the society.

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Blood donation camp
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 29
The New Delhi Municipal Council, in collaboration with the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (RBTC), Government of NCT of Delhi, and Parivartan, an NGO, organised a blood donation camp at its headquarters at Palika Kendra, Sansad Marg, here this morning.

Parimal Rai, Chairman, NDMC, after inaugurating the Camp, donated blood. In all, 95 volunteers came forward to donate blood.

Each donor donated one unit. Rai exhorted the gathering to come forward for this "mahadan" generously.

Donating blood did not have any adverse effect. It was better to donate blood once a year as it balanced our health.

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