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Create inter-faith group for peace in society: Sikh Forum
New Delhi, June 1
Left to right: Dr AS Narang , Col Nirmal Singh, president of the Sikh Forum, Gen MS Chadha, S Tarlochan Singh, senior advocate HS Phoolka and historian S Ajmer Singh in a meeting to pay homage to those killed in the Operation Blue Star, in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal The Sikh Forum today called for constituting an 'inter-faith group' with members of all the religions in order to spread peace and harmony and avoid killing of innocent people in the name of religion.

Left to right: Dr AS Narang , Col Nirmal Singh, president of the Sikh Forum, Gen MS Chadha, S Tarlochan Singh, senior advocate HS Phoolka and historian S Ajmer Singh in a meeting to pay homage to those killed in the Operation Blue Star, in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

After GPS installation, autos still untraceable
New Delhi, June 1

Even though the Delhi government introduced the compulsory installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in autorickshaws last year, there are still thousands of autos running without the system in the city.


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FYUP: Stephen's starts online registration
New Delhi, June 1
Amidst internal differences over the seat re-appropriation, St Stephen's College (SC) of Delhi University (DU) today began its online registration for admissions to its eight honours courses under the new Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) unlike last year when the paper forms were also available.

CM launches road corridor project
New Delhi, June 1
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched a Rs 422-crore road corridor project in the Mukarba Chowk area of northwest Delhi.

Students protest Manipur girl's death
New Delhi, June 1
A number of progressive and democratic organizations, including North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, Manipur Students Association Delhi, held a demonstration outside the Malviya Nagar police station, demanding that an FIR be lodged following the death of a northeastern girl Reingamphi Awungshi.






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Create inter-faith group for peace in society: Sikh Forum
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
The Sikh Forum today called for constituting an 'inter-faith group' with members of all the religions in order to spread peace and harmony and avoid killing of innocent people in the name of religion.

It also suggested making a report on Operation Blue Star to provide all information about the incident.

Taking part in an annual discussion organized by the Sikh Forum to introspect on the Operation Blue Star, held on June 5, 1984, an eminent advocate, HS Phoolka, said that a middle path needs to be adopted where the like-minded people should guide society to help it shun the path of violence.

"Humanism should be adopted as the highest religion and this can be done through an inter-faith group. This group should comprise members from all the religions. Keeping aside its vested interests, the group should monitor and guide the religious groups," said Phoolka.

The Operation Blue Star was an Indian government-led operation for the seizure of militants hiding inside the Golden Temple.

"We have reached a situation where it has become Sikhs versus government. The government says something whereas we claim something else. They have more means to convey their messages while we have limited resources. This has been continuing for decades," he added.

The members recognized the need to create a document on the Operation Blue Star to record the facts and figures of the incident.

"We do not have a single genuine proof of documents or data to analyse what had actually happened. A holistic report should be created by way of research," said Col. Nirmal Singh (Retd).

"The government must not forget that India can never achieve the pursuit of national glory unless its minorities feel safe and secure," said Dr AS Narang, a professor.

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After GPS installation, autos still untraceable
4,000 drivers get notices, may lose permits
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
Even though the Delhi government introduced the compulsory installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in autorickshaws last year, there are still thousands of autos running without the system in the city.

The government has sent notices to over 4,000 auto drivers, warning them of cancelling their permits due to inactive GPS in their vehicles, which according to the government officials have been intentionally done. Around 20,000 autos were installed with GPS after loads of complaints were received by the Delhi Transport Department about increasing misbehaviour of the autorickshaw drivers.

The department had given the task of implementation and monitoring of the system to the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), which had created a control room at its head office to control the system. The autos with GPS installation were linked to the control room, however, DIMTS has not been able to trace 4,000 autos.

"The drivers have deliberately made their GPS inactive to avoid being checked and monitored and to be able to ply on their conditions," said a senior official of the department.

The department has charged Rs 18,000 per auto for setting up GPS through DIMTS.

The department had asked for the list of all such autos to shot them off with notices threatening them to cancel their permits.

However, terming its harassment at the hands of the transport Department, president of the Delhi Auto Association Rajender Soni said that these notices should be sent to GPS manufacturing companies and DIMTS itself. "The government first forced us to install GPS at a cost of Rs 18,000 per auto, which is a reasonably high amount for an autorickshaw driver and now if they develop some technical snag, they are blaming us again," said Soni.

He said the driver will take to the streets, if the government did not take back the notices. "We will protest against the government action, if they did not roll it back," he added.

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FYUP: Stephen's starts online registration
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
Amidst internal differences over the seat re-appropriation, St Stephen's College (SC) of Delhi University (DU) today began its online registration for admissions to its eight honours courses under the new Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) unlike last year when the paper forms were also available.

This time even the applicants with disabilities, for whom the application fee stands waived in line with the DU decision, are supposed to fill in their applications online and to assist them in the task were the help desks. For 410 seats on offer apart from 20 other supernumerary seats (sports), a total of 2,300 candidates had registered and of which 800 forms had been filled in till late in the evening today.

All those aspiring to get entry into the college have a reason to cheer as this year the number of seats in Economics (Hons) course has doubled to 100 seats as compared to 50 seats in last year while the intake of English (Hons) has gone up to 60 from earlier 30 students.

Similarly, those who wish to apply for Physics and Chemistry (Hons) can be more hopeful as the seats in each of them under the FYUP now stand at 60 each instead of previous 50.

There would be two batches each for English and Economics which have bagged the highest share during re-appropriation and this is what has not gone down well among teachers of some honours courses of the college, such as Mathematics and History whose number of seats remains unaltered.

They reject the argument that Economics has the highest cut-off in the college, so the highest allocation.

The HoD of Mathematics department, Nandita Narain said, "Giving a huge chunk to Economics is beyond comprehension and even such a huge share was not a part of the General Body meeting held on May 16. The correct formula depending on the students opting for BA and BSc programmes should have been evolved."

She said, "As BSc students study Physics and Maths compulsorily, 20 seats each should have been allotted to them and 10 to Chemistry as half of the students studied under BSc. Already we do not have enough rooms, so it is important to have an optimal use of the rooms."

Tutor for admissions at St Stephen's College, Prof KM Mathew said, "Depending on the infrastructure, logistics and requirements, we have redistributed the seats. The annual intake remains intact with nearly 400 students admitted each year for the graduation courses."

Earlier, St Stephen's was pulled up by the administration for announcing a cut in students' intake for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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CM launches road corridor project

New Delhi, June 1
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today launched a Rs 422-crore road corridor project in the Mukarba Chowk area of northwest Delhi.

To be constructed on Outer Ring Road, the corridor will link the crowded Madhuban Chowk with Mukarba Chowk area.

The project is part of a 20 km-long signal-free corridor from Vikaspuri in West Delhi to Wazirabad in North Delhi, the total cost of which has been estimated at Rs 2,200 crore.

The total length of the corridor, for which foundation stone was laid today, is 3.80 km, out of which 2.60 km will be elevated.

"We are committed to making Delhi a world-class city," Dikshit said, speaking at the event which was also attended by Union Minister Kapil Sibal.

Complimenting PWD's functioning, The Chief Minister said the agency has been working hard to substantially enhance road infrastructure in the city.

The Chief Minister also presented a motorcycle to the topper of that area in the class XII exam of the CBSE.

"The development we carried out is very much visible in Delhi. The pace of development would be accelerated further and there would be no dearth of funds for it," she said.

The Chief Minister said government will focus more on strengthening infrastructure in villages across the city. PTI

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Students protest Manipur girl's death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 1
A number of progressive and democratic organizations, including North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, Manipur Students Association Delhi, held a demonstration outside the Malviya Nagar police station, demanding that an FIR be lodged following the death of a northeastern girl Reingamphi Awungshi.

"Only after a daylong protest did the police agree to start the standard procedures and also agreed to transfer this case to the Crime Branch. NEFIS finds it extremely contemptible that it requires a demonstration for starting standard procedures," said Chinglen Khumukcham, a member of NEFIS.

The members said it reflects the careless and insensitive attitude of Delhi Police. "We resolve to follow the proceedings of this case closely," he said.

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