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Retail Democracy Day
Traders protest against big business

New Delhi, August 9
To register their protest against the entry of big industrial houses and multinational companies into the vast retail trade being handled by more than five crore traders across the country, a coalition of traders, hawkers, farmers, trade unions and several social organisations observed the Retail Democracy Day today.v They pledged to launch a national movement for retail democracy from the historical Ghantaghar in Chandni Chowk.
Traders shout slogans as they burn an effigy of Walmart outside Town Hall in the Capital Traders shout slogans as they burn an effigy of Walmart outside Town Hall in the Capital on Thursday. A Tribune photograph





Security vigil has been intensified at Red Fort ahead of the 60th Independence Day celebrations in the Capital.
Security vigil has been intensified at Red Fort ahead of the 60th Independence Day celebrations in the Capital. Tribune photo by Manas Ranjan Bhui

New bus service from Gzb
to Noida

Noida, August 9
A new bus service from Ghaziabad railway station to Noida will be started from Independence Day. This will be an hourly service starting from 7 am till 10 pm. It has been ensured that the last bus will take the passenger from Shatabdi train, the Noida chief executive officer Balvinder Kumar said.

Monsoon distress
Check breeding of mosquitoes, councillors told 

New Delhi, August 9
Dr Vinod Kumar Monga, chairman, Medical Relief and Public Health Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), today urged the municipal councillors across the party line to take preventive measures to combat breeding of mosquitoes, especially Aedes.

T.C. Rao is  DPCC body chief 
New Delhi, August 9
Maj Dr T.C. Rao is appointed as the chairperson of the Ex-Serviceman Cell of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee for five years.

Implement Sachar report, demands NCP
New Delhi, August 9
Hundreds of party workers and activists of the Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party today held a demonstration at Raj Ghat demanding implementation of the recommendations of Sachar Committee report by the Delhi government.
Activists of Delhi Pradesh Nationallist Congress
Party stage a dharna to demand the implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations for minorities
at Rajghat in the Capital on Thursday.
A Tribune photograph
Activists of Delhi Pradesh Nationallist Congress Party stage a dharna to demand the implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations for minorities at Rajghat in the Capital

Blueline claims another life
New Delhi, August 9
The notorious blueline bus claimed one more life in the city today. A blueline bus collided with a motorcycle and a rickshaw in Seema Puri. The motorcycle rider succumbed to his injuries while, one person is injured in the mishap. The SHO of Seema Puri Ishwar Singh said, "We have impounded the bus, the driver however, is still absconding."

  • Gang of Bangladeshis nabbed

Charas seized
New Delhi, August 9
Delhi police has arrested two persons Kanhaiya Lal and Vijay Lakshmi Verma and recovered 500 gram of charas worth around Rs 30 lakh from their possession.

  • Save girl child in rural areas: Prez

Man sells wife in Bagpat
Ghaziabad, August 9
A man in Pakhar village in Bagpat sold his wife for Rs 40,000 and performed her 'kanyadaan' as his sister.

Kanwariya succumbs to injuries
Ghaziabad, August 9
A kanwariya injured in a road accident on the Bijnore-Meerapur road on Tuesday succumbed to his injuries last night.

Power theft at two kanwariya relief camps
New Delhi, August 9
The BSES enforcement teams have caught two camps installed to provide relief to kanwariyas stealing 20-kilowatt power.

Quit India Movement Day celebrated
New Delhi, August 9
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ram Babu Sharma exhorted the party workers to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, sense of purpose, equality and fighting for freedom fighters, who had sacrificed their lives for attaining the freedom of India. Addressing a gathering of freedom fighters, who had come to attend the commemorative function of the Quit India Movement, Sharma said the present India needs to learn a lot from the experience of freedom fighters.


Congress Seva Dal activists at a function to mark the Quit India Movement Day, organised by DPCC in the Capital on Thursday. Tribune photo by  Manas Ranjan Bhui
Congress Seva Dal activists at a function to mark the Quit India Movement Day, organised by DPCC in the Capital

Environment experts for upgradation of UNEP 
New Delhi, August 9
Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, JNU, organised a brain-storming panel discussion on Global Environmental Entity, Legal and Institutional Issues, at India Habitat Centre here on Tuesday evening. Dr Karan Singh, former Union Minister and JNU chancellor as well as president of ICCR inaugurated the workshop.

Centre for Freedom Struggle studies at IGNOU
New Delhi, August 9
The Indira Gandhi Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies was inaugurated today by the HRD minister Arjun Singh.

Edexcel ties up with SQTL
New Delhi, August 9
In a major step ahead for the vocational training movement in the country, the international awarding body, Edexcel, concluded a partnership with SQTL Integrated Solutions in India to provide globally recognised BTEC HNC (Higher National Certificate) qualifications.

Hooda favours dialogue for industrial ties
New Delhi, August 9
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that the transparency and dialogue have to be part of industrial relations.

MP reviews development projects
Faridabad, August 9
The local Congress MP Avatar Singh Bhadana today held a meeting with administrative officials to review the progress of development works being carried out in his parliamentary constituency.

Award for Sharad book
New Delhi,August 9
Wellknown TV personality Sharad Dutt has won Swarn Kamal for his insightful book "Kundan",based on the life and art of the legendary singer-actor K.LSaigal. The 53rdNational Film awards' citation for the book describes it as refrence material for students and cineastes of Indian cinema.

 

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Retail Democracy Day
Traders protest against big business
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
To register their protest against the entry of big industrial houses and multinational companies into the vast retail trade being handled by more than five crore traders across the country, a coalition of traders, hawkers, farmers, trade unions and several social organisations observed the Retail Democracy Day today.

They pledged to launch a national movement for retail democracy from the historical Ghantaghar in Chandni Chowk. The protestors burnt a ten faced effigy depicting Walmart, Bharti, Reliance, Tesco, Careffour and other corporate retailers and sloganeered against them demanding a ban on the entry of big industrial houses into retail trade.

Activists of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), Bharat Udyog Vyapar Mandal, Rashtriya Vyapri Andolan, Navdanya, National Federation of Hawkers, Azadi Bachao Andolan, India FDI Watch and other organisations participated in protest rally.

Calling for a public debate, Praveen Khandelwal CAIT secretary general demanded the enactment of the law to ban all corporations in retail and cancellation of Wholesale Cash and Carry permission granted to foreign corporations and stoppage of back door entry of global giants like Walmart. He also demanded the formulation of a national policy on retail trade and Small Manufacturing Industries and the implementation of the National Policy on urban street vendors.

Khandelwal further demanded that the government constitute an independent special task force comprising representatives of stakeholders to study the socio-economic-environmental and cultural impact of the entry of corporate retailers into retail trade.

The CAIT secretary general called for the enactment of the law against predatory pricing and anti-competitive actions and repealing the changes made in the APMC Act through the APMC Model Act to charge corporate houses for adopting monopolistic tactics. Addressing the rally, CAIT Delhi state president Ramesh Khanna demanded a white paper from the government stating benefits that are considered to be accrued to economy and revenue as also to retail trade with the entry of corporate retailers. The white paper should also contain the state of employment 

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New bus service from Gzb to Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 9
A new bus service from Ghaziabad railway station to Noida will be started from Independence Day. This will be an hourly service starting from 7 am till 10 pm. It has been ensured that the last bus will take the passenger from Shatabdi train, the Noida chief executive officer Balvinder Kumar said.

At present six buses ply from old bus stand Ghaziabad to Noida but they do not go via Ghaziabad railway station. This is the first time that buses will cater to those going to the station.

Meanwhile, UP Roadways has increased the number of buses on four Noida-Delhi routes. Till now only 48 roadways buses plied between Noida and Delhi.Now this number has been almost doubled to 80 per day.

According to Sanjay Rai, asstt zonal manager, UP Roadways has permission to ply its buses on four routes to Delhi-Noida-Anand Vihar, Noida-ISBT (Kashmeri Gate) ,Noida-Sarai Kale Khan and Noida-New Delhi. UP Roadways buses touch important places like Connaught Place, Old Delhi, Delhi Railway Station, Red Fort, Darya Ganj, etc.

But since the number of passengers from Noida to these important routes in Delhi has increased considerably now, buses are available from Noida at an interval of 5 minutes, Rai said.

UP Roadways has not altered its routes due to Kanwariya's pilgrimage this year, he said.

UP Roadways is planning to start a service from Noida to other important cities of NCR like Faridabad and Gurgaon in Haryana. A UP-Haryana agreement is likely to be clinched soon in this regard, he added.

The UP Roadways has completed all arrangements and 19 buses are ready for starting a bus service to Faridabad and Gurgaon, says regional manager P. Balvaryar. These services will benefit over 15,000 daily commuters from Noida for Faridabad and Gurgaon.

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Monsoon distress
Check breeding of mosquitoes, councillors told 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Dr Vinod Kumar Monga, chairman, Medical Relief and Public Health Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), today urged the municipal councillors across the party line to take preventive measures to combat breeding of mosquitoes, especially Aedes.

He said that in a survey carried out by the National Institute of Malaria Research in Delhi, it had been observed that the breeding status of Aedes was much more as compared to previous years. It is an alarming situation since increase in larval breeding will lead to Aedes density and there will be more dengue cases. It is, therefore, imperative that citizens through group meetings of RWAs and NGOs should be sensitized to curb breeding of mosquito.

Dr Monga requested all councillors to inspect the attendance and activities of anti-malaria staff working in their wards. The malaria inspectors should be asked to give them full list of staff with their time of duty schedule. Surprise checking should be made by the councillors. The malaria inspector should give two days' advance notice to the residents of the areas from where breeding is reported during checking so that the president of the RWAs concerned and society can be alerted to take corrective measures so as to avoid prosecution.

After two days' notice of the checking team of

malaria department detects larval breeding, the prosecution action be launched against defaulters who failed to take necessary measures.

Dr Monga has also requested municipal councillors to nominate five NGOs or RWAs who will interact with malaria inspector and at least arrange for 10 group meetings with minimum attendance of 50 household owners. Public awareness to initiate necessary measures for containment of mosquito breeding should be created in these meetings with the help of malaria inspectors.

He also directed deputy health officers of all the 12 zones to co-ordinate in this public awareness programme. 

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T.C. Rao is  DPCC body chief 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Maj Dr T.C. Rao is appointed as the chairperson of the Ex-Serviceman Cell of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee for five years.

Maj Rao participated in the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and various combat operations launched by the army in the insurgency areas of Jammu Kashmir and North East border areas. He was awarded with the Foreign Service Medals, J and K Sainya Sewa Medal, Counter Insurgency Medals and various other Medals for his services to India.

Maj Rao has a doctorate degree in Defence Studies. Besides, he has degrees in four post graduation courses and other professional qualifications.

He is a visiting Professor in Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu and M.D. University Rohtak. He is also associated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, Meerut University and Devi Ahilyabai

University of Indore. He is the president of Rezangla Shurya Samiti and founder secretary of Gramin Uthan (NGO).

Maj Rao belongs to a freedom fighter's family of Haryana. The family participated in movements launched by the Indian National Congress. Maj Rao falls in the fourth generation to serve the party under the leadership of Nehru Gandhi family. 

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Implement Sachar report, demands NCP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Hundreds of party workers and activists of the Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party today held a demonstration at Raj Ghat demanding implementation of the recommendations of
Sachar Committee report by the Delhi government. The report suggests measures to help the minority community.

Later, the workers had a peaceful dharna in the

leadership of its president Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and submitted a memorandum to the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, demanding immediate steps to provide 15 per cent reservation for Muslims in government jobs, including those in the public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies.

He also urged to get the unauthorised occupation of Wakf Board land removed without delay.

Urging Dikshit to fulfill the promise made to the minorities by the Congress Party, Bidhuri said that immediate steps should also be taken to set up a minorities welfare financial and development corporation so that financial assistance is provided to them at a low rate of interest.

A provision of Rs 200 crore should be made for working of the corporation that should be set up without delay.

Condemning the attitude of the BJP and its allies on the issue, Bidhuri said that report had made it clear that a majority of the Muslim community faced poverty and unemployment which needed to be removed in the interest of the country. The Nationalist Congress Party general secretary Tariq Anwar said that it was high time that government took action on the Sachar Committee report that had clearly pointed out that the Muslim community was way behind in education and economic welfare.

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Blueline claims another life
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The notorious blueline bus claimed one more life in the city today. A blueline bus collided with a motorcycle and a rickshaw in Seema Puri. The motorcycle rider succumbed to his injuries while, one person is injured in the mishap. The SHO of Seema Puri Ishwar Singh said, "We have impounded the bus, the driver however, is still absconding."

Gang of Bangladeshis nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Police has claimed to have busted yet another gang of Bangladeshi robbers. Considering the frequent spade of criminal activities in South Delhi and Gurgaon, special teams have been constituted recently.

Lots of stolen goods have been recovered from the accused. According to police, all the arrested accused were involved in the recent thefts in and around South Delhi.

The special staff of south district received an information yesterday that some associates of Khokhan Gang would gather near Madanpur Khadar. Acting on a tip off, three Bangladeshis namely Bareeq, Mohd Kabir and Mohd Sagir were arrested. They were allegedly planning to abscond from the area.

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Charas seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Delhi police has arrested two persons Kanhaiya Lal and Vijay Lakshmi Verma and recovered 500 gram of charas worth around Rs 30 lakh from their possession.

Following a tip-off, the police laid a trap near Vasundhara Nagar and apprehended a man and a woman, carrying two plastic bags. The accused allegedly started running when the police signaled them to stop. The duo was overpowered. The plastic bags they were carrying were checked and 500 grams of charas valuing around Rs 30 lakh in the international market was seized, the police claimed.

Save girl child in rural areas: Prez
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
"The need of the hour is to spread the message of saving the girl child not just in urban areas but also in rural areas," said President Pratibha Patil while interacting with a group of children from Shalom Hills International School here at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Responding to the schoolchildren who presented a programme on 'Save the girl child' and 'Protect the environment', the President expressed happiness over the concern shown by the children on burning issues that need attention from all sections of society, a press release said. 

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Man sells wife in Bagpat
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, August 9
A man in Pakhar village in Bagpat sold his wife for Rs 40,000 and performed her 'kanyadaan' as his sister.

This came to light when the woman refused to live with her new husband and threatened to commit suicide, if forced to live with him. The father of her second husband gave a written statement about the matter in Bagpat.

Three years ago the victim, Rehana was married to Isran of Islamabad in Meerut. One Sudhir, son of a retired police official, was unmarried and was promised by one Saraj and his brother-in-law, Nepal that they would get him married for a price. Thus, she got married to Sudhir and her name changed to Rekha. Her first husband Isran acted as her brother, Sanjay. But, after the wedding when Rehana reached Makhar village, she refused to live with her new husband Sudhir.

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Kanwariya succumbs to injuries
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 9
A kanwariya injured in a road accident on the Bijnore-Meerapur road on Tuesday succumbed to his injuries last night.

Four Kanwariyas had died on the spot when a car and a bus going from Bijnore to Meerapur had collided at a culvert near a barrage while two were seriously injured. Gaurav Sharma, one of the injured, breathed his last in the hospital last night. He was living in Nand Nagari in Delhi, though originally he belonged to Duliyana, Hapur.

The relatives of the deceased Kanwariyas have identified their kin. Apart from Gaurav, four deceased were Satish, 23, Jatinder, 22, Promode Pal, 22 and Girish Joshi 24. The police have sent the bodies for postmortem.

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Power theft at two kanwariya relief camps
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The BSES enforcement teams have caught two camps installed to provide relief to kanwariyas stealing 20-kilowatt power.

During the last two days, the BSES enforcement teams have checked 14 such camps. More checks will be carried out in the days to come, sources said. The first camp where the power was allegedly stolen was Shiv Parvati Kanvar Seva Samiti Shiver Sthan at main GT road while, the second was Rajender Dutt Shiver Sthan, both was located at Jhilmil in North East Delhi. Rajendra Dutt camp was allegedly caught stealing only seven-kilowatt power.

According to sources, penalties will be levied on the organisers of the camps as per the applicable guidelines of the Indian Electricity Act 2003.

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Quit India Movement Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ram Babu Sharma exhorted the party workers to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, sense of purpose, equality and fighting for freedom fighters, who had sacrificed their lives for attaining the freedom of India.

Addressing a gathering of freedom fighters, who had come to attend the commemorative function of the Quit India Movement, Sharma said the present India needs to learn a lot from the experience of freedom fighters. The movement was started at the exhortation of Mahatma Gandhi on August 9, 1942. Sharma said that 123-year-old history of the Congress is full of sacrifice and self-denial by the party soldiers that forced Britishers to quit India.

Two freedom fighters- Mohan Singh Bhammi and Inderjit Singh Bhatia were honoured on the occasion. Vijay Mohan moderated the function. 

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Environment experts for upgradation of UNEP 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, JNU, organised a brain-storming panel discussion on Global Environmental Entity, Legal and Institutional Issues, at India Habitat Centre here on Tuesday evening. Dr Karan Singh, former Union Minister and JNU chancellor as well as president of ICCR inaugurated the workshop.

His presence was significant since he was a part of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's delegation to the 1972 Stockholm Conference on Human Environment. He was privy to the deliberations on the institutional set up in that historic first UN effort to diagnose global environmental problems.

The workshop deliberated upon various facets of the proposed entity for the global environment including possible models, mandate, membership, funding and voting.

The prominent personalities who participated in the deliberations included Prof Pushpesh Pant, dean, SIS, JNU, Prof B.S. Chimni, CILS chairman, Prof Bharat H. Desai, JNU, Marc Fonbaustier, Acting French Ambassador, Alexander Spachis, Acting Head of the European Union Delegation, Zhang Diao, counsellor, Chinese Embassy, Mathew Sandelands, Second Secretary, United States Embassy, Prof. C.S.R. Murthy, Professor of International Organisation, JNU, besides other eminent academics, students, senior government officials, UN officials and members of the Civil Society among others.

In his inaugural address, Dr Karan Singh expressed deep concern over disturbing environmental trends like global warming and its consequences referring to recent floods in UP and Bihar. Dr Singh spelled out the need for a strong UN environmental entity like UNEP. However, he added that there was a view way back in 1972 also that location of such an important UN entity could have been in a country like India.

Raising concern about the question of "visibility" of UNEP, he felt that the entity needs to be strong and seen where action is needed. He opined that upgradation of UNEP from a mere UN programme to the level of a 'specialised agency' could take shape provided there was enough political support.

Prof. Bharat H. Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, made a detailed power point presentation on the genesis of the global debate concerning global environmental governance. 

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Centre for Freedom Struggle studies at IGNOU
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
The Indira Gandhi Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies was inaugurated today by the HRD minister Arjun Singh.

The new centre for freedom struggle studies at the IGNOU campus is to prepare an encyclopaedia on India's freedom movement. It will include all revolts, satyagraha movements, campaigns, agitation, the role of revolutionaries, sacrifices of martyrs both in British India and the erstwhile Indian states.

Vice Chancellor of IGNOU Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai announced today that IGNOU and the Institute for Socialist Education are to sign an MoU so as to implement the activities to be undertaken by this centre. Governor of Haryana Dr A.R. Kidwai and the ex-MP and freedom fighter Shashi Bhushan also graced the occasion.

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Edexcel ties up with SQTL
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9
In a major step ahead for the vocational training movement in the country, the international awarding body, Edexcel, concluded a partnership with SQTL Integrated Solutions in India to provide globally recognised BTEC HNC (Higher National Certificate) qualifications.

SQTL-recognised courses are offered across 13 locations in India, with students and professionals undertaking courses to pursue a career in IT or to build skills in their current profession. More than 4,000 students and professionals study at SQTL centres each year.

The Chairman of SQTL, Shashikant Mohite, said that, "with so many international organisations outsourcing their IT requirements to India, SQTL responded to the need for graduates who can enter the workforce by offering BTEC qualifications."

He added, "The need for graduates who are able to slip straight into the workforce is vital for the IT sector in India."

Edexcel's Higher National Certificates (HNC) and the Diplomas (HND) are designed taking employers' consideration into mind and provide students with skills relevant for an occupation that is transferable. Many students use their BTEC HNC and HND qualifications to progress onto degree courses around the world.

BTEC qualifications provide learners with proven application of skills applicable in the workplace, as opposed to academic qualifications which demand an understanding of knowledge, and not a proven application of learning. A vocational qualification with a history of nearly 25 years, BTEC offers a tried and tested balance of education and vocational application in work-related arenas. India's developing economy and booming IT industry requires a skill-based education system to reflect its growing employment needs. The choice of BTEC qualifications by large training bodies like SQTL shows a determination to ensure that its local workforce has access to training which is recognised by an international qualification. 

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Hooda favours dialogue for industrial ties
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, August 9
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that the transparency and dialogue have to be part of industrial relations.

Speaking at a seminar on 'Building Industry Competitiveness Through Improved Labour Practices', organised by the Faridabad Small Industries

Association here today, he said that harmonious industrial relations were possible by having mutual trust and striving towards common goals.

He said, "Short-sighted approach to improve competitiveness by limiting wages, workers' benefits or downsizing reduces motivation".

He said that the need was to put the right man on the right job. Hooda said that workers should be paid good wages and compensated properly, not only for the work they do but for their mental and physical contribution to the profits and growth of the organisation.

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MP reviews development projects
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 9
The local Congress MP Avatar Singh Bhadana today held a meeting with administrative officials to review the progress of development works being carried out in his parliamentary constituency.

Presiding over the monthly Monitoring Committee meeting, Bhadana cautioned the officials that they could be transferred if found guilty of delaying the development of the area.

Expressing concern over shortage of water, he said some people were boring tubewells in unauthorised way and supplying water to Delhi on commercial basis.

Referring to a project in his native village Anangpur, he criticised the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad for laxity.

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Award for Sharad book
Tribune News Service

New Delhi,August 9
Wellknown TV personality Sharad Dutt has won Swarn Kamal for his insightful book "Kundan",based on the life and art of the legendary singer-actor K.LSaigal. The 53rdNational Film awards' citation for the book describes it as refrence material for students and cineastes of Indian cinema.

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