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Five Congress nominees for standing body posts

NEW DELHI APRIL 8. Indicating its indecisiveness, the Congress today fielded five candidates for three vacancies in the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, one of which is traditionally reserved for the Opposition.

Besides, the Leader of House in the civic body, Satbir Singh, and the outgoing Standing Committee Chairman, Mukesh Goel, the other Councillor's of the ruling party who filed their nomination papers were the Deputy Leader of the House, Jagdish Pradhan, the City Zone Chairman, Ramesh Datta, who has also been fielded for the post of Deputy Mayor, and the Horticulture Committee Chairman, Ajit Singh.

The BJP, which has to depend on the mercy of the Congress to send its representation to the Standing Committee, asked its Rohini Councillor, Vijender Kumar Gupta, to file the nomination papers. Mr. Gupta was the only Councillor from the BJP in the last Standing Committee.

Advertisement awards presented

NEW DELHI APRIL 8. The 9th Delhi Advertising Club Awards were presented at Ashok Hotel this Wednesday. Hosted by the popular anchor Tanvi Gogia along with Manish Paul, the awards were an attempt to encourage young talent.

The advertising agency JWT came out the winner with 18 awards in all categories including the best English campaign for consumer products in print, as well in television, video and radio. Mudra Communication came second with nine awards including the award for outstanding media usage with their advertisement for Dainik Jagran.

Slum demolition continues

NEW DELHI APRIL 8. The Delhi Development Authority today continued with the demolition of structures in the Tejpal ki Bagichi near Vijay Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna in keeping with the High Court directive to remove all the clusters from the Pushta.

The civic agency, which had pulled down nearly 500 slum tenements on Wednesday, today intensified its operations and demolished another 1,000. The Commissioner (Land Disposal), Dharmendra, said the demolition drive went on peacefully and though a strong police contingent accompanied the demolition squad as a measure of precaution, there was no untoward incident.

Noting that the demolition was being carried out between Vijay Ghat and Salim Garh Fort on a "voluntary" basis and people were being encouraged to opt for relocation, he said the civic agency is avoiding forcible eviction. Given the task of demolishing about 12,000 tenements, the official said, DDA would take about a fortnight to complete the operation, which would primarily take place during the working hours.

Demo by AIR, DD staff

NEW DELHI APRIL 8. Protesting the move by Prasar Bharati to outsource engineers and technicians through other agencies, the subordinate engineering staff of All India Radio and Doordarshan held a demonstration here today. Similar meetings were held at Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwhati, according to a release issued here today.

Addressing the meeting, leaders of the Sanjukt Sangharsh Samiti asked the members to prepare themselves for a long struggle ahead and be vigilant against the anti-employee policies of the Government and the corruption in Prasar Bharati.

Special railway drive

New Delhi APRIL 8. Seven persons have been booked under the Railways Act for attempting to block reservations in trains during the summer rush, under the Railways `special drive' in Delhi.

The drive against unauthorised travel agents, agencies and touts has been initiated in order to prevent people from facing inconvenience during the summer holiday season, according to the Railways.

It will prevent the patronising of touts by those who travel under fictitious names after buying tickets from them on a premium. In its appeal to the public, the Northern Railways (N R) asked them not to undertake any journey without an authorised ticket in their name, which could otherwise entail legal action.

Meanwhile, in order to clear the rush of passengers to Hardwar for the `Ardh Kumbh' fair, the NR will run two trips of a special train from Jammu Tavi to Hardwar on April 11 and 17.

Train No 0494 will leave Jammu Tavi at 8 p.m. and reach Hardwar the following day at 9-45 a.m.

PM visits ailing former editor

New Delhi APRIL 8. The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today paid an unscheduled visit to All India Institute of Medical Sciences where noted Hindi scholar and former editor of `Navbharat Times' Vidya Niwas Mishra is under going treatment.

Mr. Mishra is recuperating at the Neuro and Cardio Centre of the Institute where he was admitted following some neurological problems, hospital sources said here.

His condition was "not serious", the sources said.

Teacher passes away

NEW DELHI APRIL 8. G.C. Mukherjee, a retired teacher from the English Department of Delhi University and a regular visitor to the Kamla Nagar coffee house, died this past week. He is survived by his adopted son, Umesh Prasad Dass, daughter-in-law Veena Bharti and grandson, Swate Kamal.

A condolence meeting will be held at Durgabari Mandir near Satyawati College in Ashok Vihar on April 11 to pay homage to his memory, a member of the Kamla Nagar Coffee House Association, Subhash Sharma, announced here today.

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