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Noida Authority Order
Allotment of 347 plots cancelled

Noida, August 4
Noida Authority has cancelled the allotment of 347 plots, accusing all the allottees of having violated the terms of allotment. In most of the plots, commercial activities were being carried on in the residential sectors, the sources said.

14 hotel sites cancelled
Noida, August 4
The state government is understand to have cancelled the allotment of land for 14 hotels in Noida of 3, 4, and 5 star categories which were to be built to cope with the rush of visitors to see the Commonwealth Games.

DPCC chief, CM asked to sink differences
New Delhi, August 4
Taking the issue of land scam and VIP registration numbers for luxury vehicles seriously, the Congress high command today directed Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to sink differences and instead attack the BJP on the issue.



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Another polio campaign today
New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched another round of pulse polio campaign in Delhi by administering anti-polio drops to a number of children in a simple function organized at Delhi Secretariat.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit administers anti-polio drops at Delhi Secretariat on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit administers anti-polio drops at Delhi Secretariat

CM for people's participation to clean city
New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has emphasised that efforts in making Delhi a clean and green city had many dimensions and any government could not deal with all the issues on its own.

Five cabins for community centres in Gole Market
New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated five porta cabins for community centres in DIZ area, Gole Market, in the second phase today in the presence of Parimal Rai, chairman, NDMC.

CM greets Prez
New Delhi, August 4
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with her Cabinet colleagues and all Congress Legislature Party MLAs met President Pratibha Patil and congratulated her for the historic victory.

Non-bailable warrant issued for scamster
New Delhi, August 4
A CBI court today issued a non-bailable warrant returnable by August 14 for land scam accused Ashok Malhotra. Additional sessions judge S K Malhotra issued the warrant for Malhotra, who has been evading arrest.

Land grab cover-up
MCD orders Probe
New Delhi, August 4
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has ordered a vigilance probe into reports that its officials were involved in a cover-up operation in connection with the multi-crore land scam involving contractor Ashok Malhotra, sources said.

Legislation on hospital waste demanded
New Delhi, August 4
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India has urged the Delhi government to take a lead in bringing a legislation to segregate hospital waste into infectious and non-infectious categories.

Workshop on water harvesting
New Delhi, August 4
Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development started a three-day training workshop for forestry personnel on 'Management of Water Resources and Water Harvesting' from August 2 to 4 at the Amity University campus.

Mushaira Jashne-Bahar held
New Delhi, August 4
The Capital yesterday played host to 20 Urdu poets from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan at Mushaira Jashne-Bahar in the Siri Fort Auditorium. The event can be termed as a landmark occasion as this was the first time Afghanistan was represented at an Indian mushaira.

20 Urdu poets from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan regale audience (below) at Mushaira Jashne-Bahar in the Siri Fort Auditorium.
20 Urdu poets from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan regale audience (below) at Mushaira Jashne-Bahar in the Siri Fort Auditorium

Car jackers arrested
New Delhi, August 4
With the arrest of two persons, Manish Dixit and Guddo, the Delhi police has claimed to have busted a gang of car jackers and solved a case of murder, as well. On May 30, Rakesh Kumar reported that his brother Sanjay, who drives a Tata Sumo on hire, went on a hired trip to Gwalior. 

One held for murder
New Delhi, August 4
The east district Delhi police has claimed to have solved one blind murder, with the arrest of one Mahesh Chander. On July 17, a person was found injured, with his throat slit across. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.

Kidnapped boy found
New Delhi, August 4
A 12-year-old boy has been found by the Delhi Police in the Brahampuri area. The boy, Mohd. Sajid, was kidnapped from Bihar in February this year and a complaint was registered with the police over there.

Tibetan activists wave flags and shout slogans as they attempt to leave Majnu Ka Tilla on Saturday to attend the flagging-off of a marathon race and a football match between a Tibetan national team and a Delhi XI organised by The Friends of Tibet Tibetan activists wave flags and shout slogans as they attempt to leave Majnu Ka Tilla on Saturday to attend the flagging-off of a marathon race and a football match between a Tibetan national team and a Delhi XI organised by The Friends of Tibet. Thousands of Tibetans have gathered in the Capital to take part in the large-scale protests against the forthcoming Olympics due to be held in Beijing in August 2008. Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal





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Noida Authority Order
Allotment of 347 plots cancelled
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 4
Noida Authority has cancelled the allotment of 347 plots, accusing all the allottees of having violated the terms of allotment. In most of the plots, commercial activities were being carried on in the residential sectors, the sources said.

The lease deed of 20 has been cancelled while the notices have been issued to another 717 plot holders.

In all, the allotments of 347 plots have been cancelled for carrying on commercial activities. Those who had not got their registration done after getting the allotted plots have been told to complete it within a month

All such allottees have been included in the red list of the authority. CEO Balvinder Kumar said among 347 plots cancelled, 136 were residential. The allotment of 68 plots was cancelled because these allottees had failed to get them registered after allotment by Noida Authority. Another 717 persons who are carrying on commercial activities have been issued with notices.

There are 330 residential plots and 387 residential flat allottees.

Authority has decided that in case these allottees again start their commercial activities, not only their allotments will be cancelled, but FIRs will also be registered to file cases.

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14 hotel sites cancelled
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 4
The state government is understand to have cancelled the allotment of land for 14 hotels in Noida of 3, 4, and 5 star categories which were to be built to cope with the rush of visitors to see the Commonwealth Games.

The loss of Rs 1,700 crore has been given as the main reason for this cancellation of hotel plots. These were commercial plots which had been allotted on industrial rates. Industrial plots are normally allotted at Rs 7,400 per sq mt. while commercial plots are allotted at minimum rate of Rs 70,000 per sq mt. The orders for cancellation of the hotel plots have been received from the state government, Noida chairman Lalit Srivastava said.

The cancellation had been recommended by the Noida Authority officials, the chairman said. Out of 14 hotels, four were to be in Sector-96, three in Sector-98, two each in Sectors 97, 105 and 124 while one was in Sector-62. The hotel plots were allotted to M/s Mastraft, Mariads Holdings, Royal Orchid, Matrabino Management, Starlight Investments and others.

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DPCC chief, CM asked to sink differences
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Taking the issue of land scam and VIP registration numbers for luxury vehicles seriously, the Congress high command today directed Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to sink differences and instead attack the BJP on the issue. This direction was given in a meeting called by Ashok Gehlot, in-charge, Delhi affairs at AICC, which was attended by all the Delhi government ministers and DPCC president.

Union urban development minister Ajay Maken also attended the meeting. Dikshit's absence was conspicuous at the meeting.

After the meeting, Gehlot said that this was basically a land scam issue. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case and investigating it. The agency raided the premises of prime suspect Ashok Malhotra after getting complete information of his involvement in the land scam. He assured that the guilty would be punished as the plots were for resettlement colony dwellers. But in connivance with the officers of the DDA and the MCD, the plots had been allotted to fictitious persons.

The Congress leader said that land scam was done when NDA government was at Centre. Now the BJP is highlighting this scam considering that it will get mileage in the assembly elections in Delhi to be held next year. Ajay Maken said that the FIR registered by the CBI had clearly exposed the NDA government by stating that the land scam happened during the period between 2000-2002 when the BJP-led government was at the Centre.

The FIR has no mention of the allotment of VIP registration numbers of costly cars recovered from Ashok Malhotra's house in Mukherjee Nagar, he said.

When asked the DDA and the MCD's failure to get knowledge of land scam, Maken said, "We have come to power only three years ago. It is during our regime that the CBI has conducted the raid and unearthed the multi-crore scam. Local MP Jagdish Tytler said that all the media reports of toppling the government were baseless. There is no division or conspiracy in the party. The BJP as well media was diverting attention from the land scam to VIP registration numbers.

In fact, the CBI should probe how Malhotra managed to purchase so many luxury cars, Tytler said.

The DPCC chief rejected the view that the issue had exposed fissures within the party and said the rank and file was wise enough not to become victims of this political conspiracy. However, sources said that another meeting was held at the residence of Jagdish Tytler which was attended by anti-Dikshit MLAs. They discussed ways to change the Chief Minister.

Pro-Dikshit MLAs also had a separate meeting at the residence of the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, demanding dismissal of the Delhi Chief Minister on the issue of bungling in plot allotment and timebound inquiry into the case by a retired judge of Supreme Court, the BJP has decided to stage a march from Pandit Marg to the union home minister's residence tomorrow.

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Another polio campaign today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched another round of pulse polio campaign in Delhi by administering anti-polio drops to a number of children in a simple function organized at Delhi Secretariat. Delhi is all set to make success of Pulse Polio Immunization Programme (PPIP) slated for tomorrow.

Speaking on this occasion, Dikshit said that it would be ensured that no virus of polio could enter the National Capital territory. "For making a strong nation, we must have strong children, which would only be possible with the success of pulse polio programme. Our state has shown better results in this field. Being pioneer in the pulse polio programme, Delhi is regarded as a role model and it would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate the disease.

Dikshit complimented officials of health department on their efforts in overcoming the threat of polio in Delhi.

On this occasion, Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri also administered polio drops to a few children. He conveyed his gratitude towards Rotary Club and other NGOs for making pulse polio campaign a grand success in Delhi.

The minister also informed that 7500 polio booths would be established tomorrow to administer polio vaccine to lakhs of children of 0-5 age group. Around 30,000 workers and employees of the health department would be deployed to ensure maximum reach from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. The stalls would be stationed at railway stations, ISBTs, public places including Appu Ghar, major temples, Metro stations, Millennium Park, zoo and outlets of McDonalds.

Besides, a door-to-door weeklong survey would also be conducted under search and immunization pulse polio campaign. Around 17,000 workers in 8600 teams would visit different colonies including slum and JJ clusters to search for leftover cases and administer polio drops to those children.

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CM for people's participation to clean city
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has emphasised that efforts in making Delhi a clean and green city had many dimensions and any government could not deal with all the issues on its own. The involvement of people was important in solving issues like pollution caused by vehicular emission, plastic bags, effluent discharge in rivers and disposal of garbage generated from homes.

She said this at the interactive session of the NDMC on door-to-door garbage collection at Jor Bagh community centre in the Capital recently.

Categorizing scientific disposal and management of garbage as one of the most important components of the government's vision of making Delhi a world-class city, the Chief Minister called upon the citizens of the Capital to proactively participate in the government's clean city campaign. Any progress in the field of successful garbage management and disposal was only possible if proper segregation took place at the source where garbage was generated, Dikshit stressed.

The Chief Minister identified households, markets and industrial estates as primary sources where garbage was generated and appealed to the residents welfare association, market trader associations and industrial associations to seriously start the process of separating bio-degradable and non-degradable waste before they were picked up by municipal agencies. Emphasizing that a clean city lay at the base of making Delhi a global city, the Chief Minister said that efforts in the direction of civic infrastructure enhancement and sectors like power, water, health and education could all be over-shadowed if the city was not clean.

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Five cabins for community centres in Gole Market
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated five porta cabins for community centres in DIZ area, Gole Market, in the second phase today in the presence of Parimal Rai, chairman, NDMC. Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit expressed hope that RWAs would make proper use of cabins for their office and other community welfare activities.

She added that Gole Market area would very soon become a locality of all active RWAs which are involved in making their area clean and green. She also gave a patient hearing to the problems of residents and also gave on-the-spot instructions for their redressal.

All 15 porta cabins have been constructed in DIZ area under MLA Local Area Fund of CM's constituency. Each porta cabin is of 180 square feet size with the facility of a toilet block of 24 square feet. The development work of all these community centres has been completed at an approximate cost of Rs 33.75 lakh. The objective of construction of such cabins is to provide common place to RWAs to think about the welfare of their colonies' residents and to deliberate their views so that they can be executed.

Out of 15 porta cabins, five of which have been inaugurated today in the second phase are at Sector-II, 58-70 Block, Kalibari Marg, Sector-II, 49-55 Block, Old R. K.Ashram Marg, Sector-II, 18-42 Block, Peshwa Road, Sector-II, AB Block, MS Flats, Peshwa Road and Sector-II, Block 1-13, Mandir Marg.

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CM greets Prez
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with her Cabinet colleagues and all Congress Legislature Party MLAs met President Pratibha Patil and congratulated her for the historic victory.

Dikshit told Patil that this victory was not only of Indian women but also of all the women in the world. Despite a campaign of calumny, Pratibha Patil had won with a two-thirds majority.

The Chief Minister said that Indian women known for their strength, affection and tolerance would be ruling the country in 21st Century.

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Non-bailable warrant issued for scamster

New Delhi, August 4
A CBI court today issued a non-bailable warrant returnable by August 14 for land scam accused Ashok Malhotra.

Additional sessions judge S K Malhotra issued the warrant for Malhotra, who has been evading arrest.

Malhotra had failed to turn up at the CBI office, for a second consecutive day yesterday, for interrogation in connection with the over 5,000 plot land allotment scandal said to involve several political bigwigs.

The CBI had summoned Malhotra after inspection of thousands of documents seized from his residence indicating his involvement in other scams, besides the Dhirpur land case.

According to the CBI officials, Malhotra's 'non-appearance' is a snub for the investigative agency.

More than 50 luxury cars were seized, along with papers pertaining to DDA land allotment to the poorer sections of society, from the premises of the accused in raids by the CBI on Wednesday and Thursday. UNI

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Land grab cover-up
MCD orders Probe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has ordered a vigilance probe into reports that its officials were involved in a cover-up operation in connection with the multi-crore land scam involving contractor Ashok Malhotra, sources said.

Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam has asked the chief vigilance officer (CVO) to conduct a probe into the matter and submit the report within one week.

He has also asked that all relevant records pertaining to the case be sealed, the sources said. Malhotra had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with five DDA officials to fraudulently acquire the plots in Dhirpur area that were meant for resettlement of slum dwellers during 2000-02.

The CBI was in the process of classifying thousands of documents recovered during raids on July 27 and August 2 at Malhotra's residential premises in Mukherjee Nagar and other places. Sources said this would take three to four days after which the investigators would be able to ascertain the exact extent of the scam involving fraudulent sale of plots meant for rehabilitation of slum dwellers. Searches at the residential premises of Malhotra have revealed that he was in possession of a number of luxury cars having VIP number plates.

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Legislation on hospital waste demanded
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has urged the Delhi government to take a lead in bringing a legislation to segregate hospital waste into infectious and non-infectious categories.

The Chamber has expressed confidence that the legislation would empower authorities to separate infectious and non-infectious waste from hundreds of healthcare facilities in the government and non-government sector.

ASSOCHAM has proposed creation of different treatment facilities to recycle such waste to minimise the threat of epidemic and ensure its optimum re-utilisation in metropolitan cities like Delhi.

According to ASSOCHAM, non-treated hospital waste poses grave risk to public health. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, ASS-OCHAM secretary general D.S. Rawat said that of the total waste generated in health care facilities in metros, 85% is non-infectious, about 10% infectious but non-hazardous and remaining five per cent hazardous.

Rawat said that over 15 lakh tonnes waste is generated from healthcare centres in different metros. If this waste is treated or recycled, it can produce power, plastic materials and bio-gas provided it does not get mixed with municipal waste which is manifold hazardous and infectious. The suggested legislation should specifically provide for stipulations for setting up separate treatment plants.

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Workshop on water harvesting
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development started a three-day training workshop for forestry personnel on 'Management of Water Resources and Water Harvesting' from August 2 to 4 at the Amity University campus. The workshop was sponsored by the Uttarakhand Forest Department, Government of Uttarakhand. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr B. S. Burfal - IFS, PCCF Uttaranchal who expressed his concern on the scarcity of water and said that "water is a natural resource that is finite and cannot be created. It is needed not only for the survival of human beings but also for a healthy ecosystem. Due to population explosion, increasing demands for a better style of living, spatial rainfall, there is a considerable skewness in the availability of water from region to region in our country.

The management of forests in the catchments of rivers and along their banks are of special importance because it is from here that all the major river system originates."

Dr Ashok Kumar Chauhan, founder president, Amity University, remarked that efficient use of water is very essential for the survival of human beings. "The task of building a national economy to a large extent depends on the development and conservation of its water resources. The need of the hour is judicious exploitation of the ground water and of course its timely replenishment."

He lauded the efforts of ASNRSD to have been regularly conducting workshops for better management of natural resources through conservation, sustainable utilisation and application of science and technology.

Professor B K P Sinha, director, Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development dwelled on the aims and objectives of the training workshop.

Talking about the relevance of the training workshop in the present context, he said that the workshop would highlight the various dimensions on which foresters have to think and prepare a strategy and action plan for the better management of available water resources.

The participants of the workshop include senior Indian forest service officers from Uttarakhand at the level of PCCF, Additional PCCF, CCFs, CFs and DFOs.

The training workshop will cover policies and schemes for water harvesting and conservation practices, water scenario in India and the Uttarakhand, International issues related to fresh water management, application of remote sensing and GIS in water harvesting and glaciology.

Some of the eminent speakers on the occasion were D.C. Das, Soil and Water Conservation, New Delhi; Dr Sharad K. Jain, Head, Water Resources, NIH, Roorkee.

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Mushaira Jashne-Bahar held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The Capital yesterday played host to 20 Urdu poets from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan at Mushaira Jashne-Bahar in the Siri Fort Auditorium. The event can be termed as a landmark occasion as this was the first time Afghanistan was represented at an Indian mushaira.

Some of the eminent Urdu poets from the sub-continent, including Nida Fazli, Munawwar Rana, Shahryar and Mehdi Jafari from India and Ahmad Faraz and Rukhsana Nazi from Pakistan, shared the stage with two very unusual practitioners of the art of Urdu-Omar Salem Al-Aidroos from Saudi Arabia and M.A. Rahbeen from Afghanistan.

Other names representing the Indian side included Sagar Khayyami, Malika Naseem, Johnny Foster, Shiv Kumar Nizam, Noori, Parveen, Shayar Jamali, Shikha Shrivastava, Sunder Malegaonvi and Uqbal Ashahar. From Pakistan, there was Farrukh Zahra Gilani from Lahore and Gulnar Afreen and Azm Behzad from Karachi.

An eight x 10 foot M.F. Hussain creation, with his classic bold strokes with elements of calligraphy and poetry that are representative of the reach, sweep and openness of Urdu as a language, formed the backdrop of the mushaira. The eminent artist has also designed the logo of the Jashne-e-Bahar Trust, the organiser of the mushaira.

A book on the collection of verses of famous Urdu poet Meer Taqui "meer" in Devnagri-Meer Darya Hai-was released on the occasion by ICCR director-general Pawan K. Verma.

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Car jackers arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
With the arrest of two persons, Manish Dixit and Guddo, the Delhi police has claimed to have busted a gang of car jackers and solved a case of murder, as well.

On May 30, Rakesh Kumar reported that his brother Sanjay, who drives a Tata Sumo on hire, went on a hired trip to Gwalior. Sanjay neither returned nor took cell calls. The police obtained the call details of Sanjay's phone. This revealed that the mobile phone was being used with a new sim of Airtel, UP. Further investigation revealed that Manish Dixit had allegedly abducted Sanjay. However, the whereabouts of the alleged accused could not be established. On inputs from an informer, the alleged accused was arrested from a railway station in UP. According to the police, Manoj with his accomplice Pushpender killed Sanjay by strangulation and looted his belongings.

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One held for murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
The east district Delhi police has claimed to have solved one blind murder, with the arrest of one Mahesh Chander.

On July 17, a person was found injured, with his throat slit across. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. Some people were contacted after a telephone dairy was found from the deceased. He was identified as Inderpal who had gone out in his car in the evening on the same day.

A secret information was received by the police on the whereabouts of the alleged accused. Mahesh was arrested after a raid was conducted in Timarpur.

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Kidnapped boy found
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4
A 12-year-old boy has been found by the Delhi Police in the Brahampuri area. The boy, Mohd. Sajid, was kidnapped from Bihar in February this year and a complaint was registered with the police over there. According to the police sources, the family had doubts on a person, Mohd. Gulab, who they got to know, was residing in Delhi. The family came down to Delhi in search of their son. Finally, the alleged accused was arrested in Brahampuri and the boy recovered.

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