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HIGH COURT
Contempt notices to lawyers in BMW case

New Delhi, August 7
Senior advocate R K Anand, defence lawyer in the BMW hit and run case, pertaining to alleged crushing to death of six persons, including three cops, was today issued contempt notice by the Delhi High Court along with special prosecutor I U Khan for "collusion" in the case to provide benefit to the accused persons.

Blueline certificate date extended
New Delhi, August 7
Transport department of the Delhi government has extended the date of applying for body fitness certificates for the Blueline buses till August 12, as still a large number of buses are left without fitness certificates. Earlier, the last date for getting the fitness certificate was August 5.

Former Team India cricket captain and chairperson of Khushi NGO Kapil Dev with children during a function in the Capital.










Former Team India cricket captain and chairperson of Khushi NGO Kapil Dev with children during a function in the Capital.A Tribune photograph






Myanmar pro-democracy activists stage a march to mark the 19th anniversary of '8888' uprising near Parliament in the Capital on Tuesday.
Myanmar pro-democracy activists stage a march to mark the 19th anniversary of '8888' uprising near Parliament in the Capital on Tuesday.A Tribune photograph

Trans-Yamuna area to have two foot
over bridges

New Delhi, August 7
Delhi Urban Development and PWD Minister A.K. Walia today announced that two foot over bridges (FOBs) would be constructed in trans-Yamuna area to overcome difficulties faced by the pedestrians in crossing roads and to curb accidents in various congested colonies.

BJP to help JJ dwellers in getting
justice: Vardhan

New Delhi, August 7
BJP Delhi Pradesh president Harsh Vardhan has asked all the jhuggi dwellers who have been victims of any bungling in the allotment of plots, to contact the party headquarters here with the necessary documents so that the party can help them in getting justice.

Two gangs of robbers smashed
New Delhi, August 7
The south-west district police has claimed to have arrested seven interstate Bangladeshi robbers. In a dacoity that took place yesterday, in a farmhouse in Vasant Kunj, several masked robbers got into the house and gagged the residents after threatening the guards. The farmhouse was robbed of cash, jewellery and electronic items.

Implement Sachar panel report: NCP
New Delhi, August 7
Demanding immediate steps to implement the recommendations of Sachar committee report on minorities, Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party president and MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri today announced that the party would stage a dharna on the issue outside the office of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on August 9.
Schoolchildren have ice-cream at Appu Ghar in the Capital on Tuesday.
Schoolchildren have ice-cream at Appu Ghar in the Capital on Tuesday.A Tribune photograph

Artists salute Independence
New Delhi, August 7
A group of 26 artists has put their work together to salute the nation on the 60th year of Independence.

80 MBA students awarded certificates
New Delhi, August 7
Some 80 students of the three-year MBA (part-time) and MBA (health care administration) were awarded their graduation certificates recently at Delhi's premier management school, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS). The chief guest at the function was Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, the VC of IGNOU.

Black deer trial: Witness turns hostile
Faridabad, August 7
The trial in the killing of a black deer in a special environment court here took a critical turn with a witness, an inspector of Wildlife Department, turning hostile in the case against Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and others.

DPCC secy nominated
New Delhi, August 7
Abhey Singh Yadav, a social worker, has been nominated as the secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee by its president Ram Babu Sharma.
An Army jawan with a Bakarwal child from Jammu and Kashmir at Appu Ghar in the Capital on Tuesday. As many as 25 Bakarwal children are on their maiden visit to the Capital under the Army's goodwill programme.
An Army jawan with a Bakarwal child from Jammu and Kashmir at Appu Ghar in the Capital on Tuesday. As many as 25 Bakarwal children are on their maiden visit to the Capital under the Army's goodwill programme. A Tribune photograph

RBI panel on coop banks
New Delhi, August 7
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a Delhi-level task force for identifying potentially viable urban co-operative banks and drawing up a time-bound action plan for their revival, including identifying specific monitorable milestones.

Stone laid for Ayurvedic centre
New Delhi, August 7
Laying the foundation stone of Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Delhi Rajkiya Charak Ayurvedic Sansthan at Khera Dabar near Najafgarh, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit talked about the system of Ayurvedic medicine's prominence in many countries.

 

 

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High Court
Contempt notices to lawyers in BMW case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Senior advocate R K Anand, defence lawyer in the BMW hit and run case, pertaining to alleged crushing to death of six persons, including three cops, was today issued contempt notice by the Delhi High Court along with special prosecutor I U Khan for "collusion" in the case to provide benefit to the accused persons.

Both Anand and Khan, also facing inquiry by the Delhi Bar Council on the issue, after their alleged "collusion" came to light in a sting operation carried by a TV channel, were directed by the court to submit their reply on the issue.

A bench of Justices Manmohan Sarin and S K Mishra, while issuing notices to the two lawyers, considered biddies in the legal circles as they started their practice together decades ago, was "prima faice" satisfied that a cause for issuing them notices contempt of court was made out. They were given time to submit their responses in the form of affidavit by September 24. Notice was also issued Anand's associate Bhagwan Sharma, who allegedly had acted as a middleman.

The court was of the view that an "attempt" was made by them to influence the witnesses in the ongoing proceedings before the trial court, which amounted to interfere in the administration of justice. The court has taken suo motu notice in the case on May 31 after the telecast of the sting operation by the TV channel, allegedly showing Anand offering money to key eyewitness Sunil Kulkarni to depose in favour of main accused Sanjeev Nanda, son of an arms dealer and grandson of former Naval chief S M Nanda.

Sanjeev is facing trial for allegedly running down six persons, including three cops belonging to Home Guards near Lodhi Colony, in wee hours on January 10, 1999 while driving his BMW car in a high speed in a drunken condition. Besides, Sanjeev Nanda, his two friends who were in the car with him while returning from a night out party, were also made accused in the case.

They had fled from the scene leaving the severely injured persons behind who succumbed to their injuries while being moved to hospital.

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Blueline certificate date extended
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Transport department of the Delhi government has extended the date of applying for body fitness certificates for the Blueline buses till August 12, as still a large number of buses are left without fitness certificates. Earlier, the last date for getting the fitness certificate was August 5.

A circular has been circulated to all the transport authority offices informing the officials concerned for the extension of the date. The decision was taken at a meeting of senior officials held today.

The officers also discussed the issue of displaying the names of drivers and owner on both sides of the buses. So far, it had been written only on one side of the vehicles, sources said.

Sources said that as per section 84 of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Act, the names of drivers and owners should be written on both sides of the buses.

Of the total 3,800 Blueline buses, as many as 3,200 have been issued fitness certificates.

The transport department's drive for fitness certificate has been on for the last three weeks when Blueline buses were reportedly found involved in many accidents. Thereafter, the bus operators were asked to install speed governors in the buses to check the speed of vehicle.

"Once the date of fitness certificate is over, officials of the enforcement section will be deployed to make a random check of the buses and if any bus is found violating the transport rule, its owner will be punished severely," the sources said. 

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Trans-Yamuna area to have two foot over bridges
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Delhi Urban Development and PWD Minister A.K. Walia today announced that two foot over bridges (FOBs) would be constructed in trans-Yamuna area to overcome difficulties faced by the pedestrians in crossing roads and to curb accidents in various congested colonies.

Walia made this announcement while inspecting area around Seelampur Metro Station. He was accompanied by Education Minister Arvinder Singh and senior officers of Delhi Metro, MCD and PWD.

The new FOBs would come up at Gandhi Nagar Market and Ajit Nagar near Welcome Metro Station. The FOBs would provide safe and secure passage to pedestrians, especially to the elders and physically challenged persons, he said. 

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BJP to help JJ dwellers in getting justice: Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
BJP Delhi Pradesh president Harsh Vardhan has asked all the jhuggi dwellers who have been victims of any bungling in the allotment of plots, to contact the party headquarters here with the necessary documents so that the party can help them in getting justice.

Harsh Vardhan announced that a committee would be constituted in the Pradesh headquarters which would collect facts regarding the problems of JJ dwellers and bungling in the allotment of plots or flats to them and forward the same to the concerned officers.

He said the Congress government had displaced lakhs of JJ dwellers of the Capital from time to time. "At the time of displacing them assurance was given that all of them shall be given plots or multi-storeyed flats. The Congress had also announced in its election manifesto during the Assembly elections that the JJ dwellers would be allotted plot or flat for living an honourable life," he said.

Harsh Vardhan said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had not taken concrete steps in this direction during the last nine years. "What to talk of allotting plot or flat to the people, a big bungling in the allotment of plots was committed and the Congress leaders and their touts earned crores of rupees in this bungling," he alleged.

The Delhi BJP president alleged that efforts were being made to cover up the Ashok Malhotra case and it was precisely for this reason that his party had demanded an independent probe.

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Two gangs of robbers smashed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
The south-west district police has claimed to have arrested seven interstate Bangladeshi robbers. In a dacoity that took place yesterday, in a farmhouse in Vasant Kunj, several masked robbers got into the house and gagged the residents after threatening the guards. The farmhouse was robbed of cash, jewellery and electronic items.

The police started following the case and investigations revealed that the people involved in the dacoity would get together in the Rajokari forests. The same people were allegedly getting there to sort out the plan for yet another robbery.

The police team reached the spot and nabbed the alleged robbers. The persons have been identified as Rafiqul Islam, Mohd. Nezaan, Mohd. Jafar, Mohd. Badal Khan, Mohd. Akash and Mohd. Dalim. One juvenile gang member has also been arrested. All the accused are residents of Bangladesh.

According to the police, after committing a crime the gangsters used to go back to Bangladesh to obtain weapons.

The police have recovered three pistols, several cartridges, four knives, khukris, iron rods and many house-breaking instruments. Stolen expensive items have also been recovered in huge quantity, with substantial amount of foreign currency.

New Delhi, August 7
The north-west district police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who operated in buses. Police have arrested six alleged criminals Satish, Gulab Singh, Vikas, Banni, Vinod and Mohan, while they were allegedly planning another robbery. On August 4, the police team received an information that Vijay along with his accomplices will get together in park behind the Mangol Puri bus stand. Acting on the clue, police raided the park and arrested six gang members while one escaped.

The police have recovered two knives, two kirpans, one dagger and one mobile phone from the gangsters.

In yet another case in the city, the Kashmere Gate police have arrested one Kewal Kumar while he was fleeing after stealing a laptop from a passenger in a Haryana Roadways bus. 

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Implement Sachar panel report: NCP
Tribune News service

New Delhi, August 7
Demanding immediate steps to implement the recommendations of Sachar committee report on minorities, Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party president and MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri today announced that the party would stage a dharna on the issue outside the office of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on August 9.

He added any further delay in taking action in this regard would send a wrong signal to the community.

Bidhuri pointed out that legislative or executive measures should be taken to provide 15 per cent reservation to minorities in government jobs and those in public sector undertakings of the Delhi government with immediate effect.

He said banks and financial institutions should also be instructed without any further delay to implement the decision of the UPA government to provide priority lending to minorities at a low rate of interest. He demanded the government should ensure that loans are given to minorities at low rates of interest so as to enable them to establish themselves and set up their businesses.

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Artists salute Independence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
A group of 26 artists has put their work together to salute the nation on the 60th year of Independence.

An exhibition titled 'Independent India--an art show of the new era artists', has been conceptualised and organised by the Ati Art Gallery.

"The artists are young in age but established names in their chosen mediums of art," said Aarti Sarin Jain of Ati Art Gallery.

"They have portrayed their interpretation of modern independent India."

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80 MBA students awarded certificates
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Some 80 students of the three-year MBA (part-time) and MBA (health care administration) were awarded their graduation certificates recently at Delhi's premier management school, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS). The chief guest at the function was Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, the VC of IGNOU.

Graduating students were from diverse fields which included 12 students from the defence services, over 15 from PSUs and government organizations, 20 from banking and finance sector and the rest from private/corporate establishments. Interestingly, the topper of this batch is a woman though men vastly outnumber women in both the courses.

"But, it is an unenviable task for a woman to do this course balancing between work, studies and family," says Jhanvi Sharma who is a working mother and has successfully completed the course. Another student, 47-year-old naval officer, Capt. Chalapati is probably the oldest in the course and says, "It seemed impossible to get back to books when I started the course in July 04. But as the course progressed, I found so much to learn from my classmates from the civvy street that learning was both challenge and interesting experience. This is probably the best thing that could happen to me."

The three-year MBA part-time course is not only a very demanding programme but happens to be a rather sought-after course among the aspirants of management education. The curriculum is designed to provide the formal academic inputs to the vast working experience held by the students of the part-time courses. The gruelling three-year course has become a sort of template for the executive learning programmes across the country in the field of management education. The part-time alumni like Manoj Kohli, CEO of Bharati Airtel Ltd, have been regularly associating themselves with FMS. Entry to the programme is through a written test and successful candidates are screened through an interview. The three-year programme arranged in six semesters covers 26 subjects and comprises a very comprehensive project study work. The programme runs five days a week in the evenings. 

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Black deer trial: Witness turns hostile
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 7
The trial in the killing of a black deer in a special environment court here took a critical turn with a witness, an inspector of Wildlife Department, turning hostile in the case against Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and others.

The court listed November 5 for the next hearing in the case. The official was from the prosecution side and first to depose before the court after charges against the accused were framed.

The official is technically a 'formal' witness in the case. In the court, he failed to recollect whether he had got the documents or the contents therein, which he had prepared against the accused. He also failed to recollect whether he had got them signed by the accused.

There are altogether 28 witnesses, both from the prosecution and defendant sides. According to experts, the stand of the witness from the prosecution side should not have much impact on the case as the main witnesses, who had allegedly identified the accused, are yet to depose. The alleged shooting of the black buck and two rabbits had taken place in Jhajhar in 2005. Subsequently, a case was registered. The case was transferred to Faridabad on a direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court following a plea from the complainant in the case.

The accused have been booked under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1872.

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DPCC secy nominated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Abhey Singh Yadav, a social worker, has been nominated as the secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee by its president Ram Babu Sharma.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharma expressed confidence that Yadav will prove to be an asset for the party.

A large number of local Congress workers attended the function. Yadav promised to do his best work honestly for the benefit of the party.

The nomination of Yadav has come at a time when the state unit of the party is riddled by factionalism particularly after the Ashok Malhotra episode.

According to DPCC sources, the nomination of Yadav marks the beginning of an elaborate process to revitalize the cadre before the next assembly elections.

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RBI panel on coop banks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a Delhi-level task force for identifying potentially viable urban co-operative banks and drawing up a time-bound action plan for their revival, including identifying specific monitorable milestones.

This is pursuant to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on August 6, with regard to urban co-operative banks in Delhi. The MoU was signed between the government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and the RBI.

As part of its developmental role, the RBI would also be assessing the training and computerisation needs of these banks in the Capital. The objective is to upgrade their human development skills and technological infrastructure so that they improve their operational efficiency and quality of management information systems.

H.R. Khan, regional director for Delhi, RBI, is the chairman of the task force, and U. K. Worah, registrar of co-operatives societies, is its co- chairman.

The other members of the task force are: K. D. Vora, representing the national federation of urban co-operative banks, P. R. Mehra, representing the state federation of urban co-operative banks, joint secretary, finance, national co-operative territory of Delhi, and a representative of urban banks department, RBI, central office, Mumbai.

The first meeting of the task force will be held shortly.

The MoUs have also been signed with the governments of the states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttranchal, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Maharashtra and Haryana. 

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Stone laid for Ayurvedic centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7
Laying the foundation stone of Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Delhi Rajkiya Charak Ayurvedic Sansthan at Khera Dabar near Najafgarh, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit talked about the system of Ayurvedic medicine's prominence in many countries.

Dikshit said that new institute of Indian medicine system, which is named in memory of the first Chief Minister of Delhi, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash would be developed on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). She added that this would give a new recognition to the city and accelerate the pace of development in rural Delhi.

Sheila Dikshit further pointed out the aim behind setting up this institute was to promote the use of Ayurveda as an alternative to modern medicine and develop the use of modern techniques for the teaching of Ayurveda. The institute also aims at promoting the research and development of Ayurveda, evolve pharmaceutical standards and bring Ayurvedic formulation to internationally accepted standards. It also strives to provide the best possible medical facilities for the treatment of patients, local residents' emergency services, and treatment facilities to the neighbouring areas of Haryana and make laboratory facilities of reliable standards available.

The Sansthaan would be developed as a premier institution for the teaching of Ayurveda with attached facilities on a 95-acre campus. It would have an annual intake capacity of 80 and 30 students at the undergraduate post-graduate level. The institute would also contain a provision for the state-of-art diagnostic facilities, modern tools of study such as video conferencing, panch karma, kaya kalp and naturopathy unit, four types of herbal gardens, treatment through campus grown herbs and residential facilities for students, doctors and nursing staff. The Ayurvedic Medical College would be functional from the next academic session.

Dikshit added that eminent vaidyas including Devendra Triguna would be consulted to develop the Sansthaan as an institution of eminence in rural Delhi. She expressed her government's commitment to establish higher educational institutions including engineering and specialised training to enable the youth of rural Delhi to be competent enough to acquire useful employment.

Highlighting the importance of Ayurvedic Medicine System, Delhi health minister Dr Yoganand Shastri assured the residents of the village that construction would be taken up on fast-track basis by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation. Dr Shastri added that the new Ayurvedic College would also become a premier institute of learning where, students from other countries would throng to acquire knowledge in the field of Indian System of Medicine. 

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