Action sought against defaulters

NEW DELHI: Non-government organisations, residents' welfare associations and other groups have asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to adopt "zero tolerance strategy" against those found guilty of breeding mosquitoes and creating unhealthy environment. Taking part at a workshop organised by the MCD on "Prevention and control of vector borne diseases" over the weekend, participants said such a hard step was necessary to prevent and control dangerous diseases like dengue and malaria. Apart from launching awareness drives and holding meetings, it was necessary that the civic body also take pro-active steps that include penalising defaulters indulging in insanitation and creating mosquitogenic conditions, they added.

RWAs flay hiring of sub-contractors

NEW DELHI: Residents' Welfare Associations across the Capital have demanded withdrawal of the business practice of private power distribution companies, BSES and NDPL, of hiring sub-contractors to execute jobs.

"Hiring contractors instead of regular employees by the discoms is a convenient methodology of evading responsibility of the conduct of such contractors who are mainly groups of musclemen or hired toughs form various localities," said V.N. Bali, president of Ram Vihar RWA in East Delhi.

RWAs have been frequently complaining about excesses committed by hired goons under the contractor label.

Award for NIIT

NEW DELHI: NIIT has been conferred "Indian Franchisor of the Year" award by Franchising Association of India. The award was given to NIIT National Head-Channel Development Rajini Dasgupta in the Capital recently. FAI, a non-profit organisation, has been at the forefront of promoting the concept of franchising in India.

IGNOU admissions

NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced admissions for "Appreciation Course on Environment" for the July 2007 cycle.

The prospectus and application forms will be available at all regional and sub-regional centres of IGNOU. It can be downloaded from The last date for submission of applications for admission is May 31.

The course taught through a multimedia approach has been developed in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Two killed in grenade blast

DEHRA DUN: Two youths were killed and another injured on Sunday in an accidental grenade explosion near a Seema Sashastra Bal firing range in Srinagar town of Garhwal.

Sandip Singh (17), Deva Maithani (18) and Babu Negi (15) apparently picked up the grenade, lying on the roadside in Dhobighat close to the SSB's artillery and weapons training area, and it exploded, police said.

Singh and Maithani died on the way to hospital while Negi was referred to a private hospital near Dehradun where his condition was serious, they said.

They said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, which comes a month after an IMA cadet was killed and a Non-Commissioned Officer seriously injured in an accidental grenade blast during a live training exercise here on March 9.

Tigress dies at Kota zoo

JAIPUR: A 10-year-old tigress has died in Kota zoo and wildlife experts sent there to determine the cause of death. Geeta was found dead in her cage at the zoological gardens in Kota district when the keepers went to feed her last night, forest officials said her on Sunday.

They said the cause of her death was not clear and the district forest officer and zoo authorities had rushed to the cage for taking the weight and measurements of the big cat before sending the carcass for a post-mortem. Geeta was born nine years and nine months ago in the zoo, which is now left with three tigers left and seven lions.

Two shot dead

LUCKNOW: A contractor and his servant were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Aishbagh area here, police said on Sunday. Chhotu Singh and his servant Jitendra Tripathi were shot last night when they were closing down their shop, they said. Police was suspecting rivalry over grabbing contracts as the motive behind the murders.

Judicial remand

RANCHI: A CBI court has remanded three persons arrested in connection with the killing of JMM MP Sunil Mahato to judicial custody. The court of special CBI judicial magistrate P K Choudhury on Saturdya sent Rajan Mahto, Nirmal Mahto alias Vikash and Krishna Singh Sardar to judicial remand till April 11.