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Train flagged off

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. The Railway Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off the maiden run of the 2650/2649 Hazarat Nizamuddin-Yeshwantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Karnataka Samprak Kranti Express at a simple ceremony held at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. It has been scheduled to run every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 6.40 a.m to reach Yashwantpur at 10.20 p.m the next day of its departure.

On its return journey, it has been scheduled to run every Thursday,Friday and Saturday at 11.45p.m to reach Hazrat Nizzamuddin at 3p.m on Saturday,Sunday and Monday respectively.

Hockey team congratulated

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. The Union Minister of State, Vijay Goel, has congratulated the Indian Women's Hockey team for their victory over Japan on Sunday. "Every Indian is proud of the team for its excellent performance and clinching Asian Woman Hockey Cup," he said.

IGNOU directive

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. The Distance Education Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has warned the Distance Education Institutions and Directorates of India to apply before May 14 for the recognition of their Degree or Diploma certificate. "Any degree or diploma certificate offered through the distance mode and not recognized by the Distance Education Council (DEC) shall not be accepted for employment in Government Services and the institution offering such programmes would face de-recognition" stated the Chairman of Distance Education Council H.P.Dikshit.

New chief of BSNL

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. Mr. V. P. Sinha has been appointed the chairman-cum-managing director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited recently. With around 35 years experience in the telecommunications sector, he has established a reputation as an expert on rural communications and the development of network infrastructure.

Cong. to hold public rally

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. Protesting against the anti-people policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance Government, the All India Congress Committee secretary, Jai Kishan, today announced to hold a public rally in Delhi in the first week of March.

A decision in this regard was taken at a "Mahapanchayat'' of the representatives of socio-culture institutions and labour organisations belonging to Dalit and backward sections of the society at a meeting here today. The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Prem Singh, and the senior Congress leaders Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes addressed the meeting.

`Banjaras should be given ST status'

NEW DELHI FEB. 8. Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, today said she will recommend the Central government to amend the constitution to give Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to all the banjara communities (nomadic people) in the country.

Addressing Akhil Bharat Banjara Seva Sangh (ABBSS) conference here, she said the nomadic people in the country deserved the status of ST for their rapid development.

ABBSS president and Karnataka Minister Baburao Chauhan urged the government to give parity status to all the nomadic communities.

``In some states they are recognised as Other Backward Caste (OBC), in some they are Scheduled Caste (SC) and in some ST. There should be a parity in their status,'' he said.

Ms Dikshit said the Congress has been always sought the development of the banjara community.

She urged the nomadic people to vote for Congress en mass to make Congress President Sonia Gandhi the Prime Minister of the country.

Once Congress came to power at the Centre, the government would work for their development, she said.

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