Tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi

NEW DELHI: To mark Mahatma Gandhi's 137th birth anniversary, the Delhi Legislative Assembly organised a function at Old Secretariat on Monday.

Leaders who paid homage to the Father of the Nation included Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

They paid floral tributes at the "Dandi March" statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Health and Social Welfare Minister Yoganand Shastri and Chief Secretary R. Narayanaswami were among those present on the occasion. The Mahatma's favourite bhajans were sung by a team of artistes from Gandharv Mahavidyalaya.

Padyatra held

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to spread the message of peace, co-existence and brotherhood preached by Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Youth Congress on Monday organised a "satyagraha padyatra" here from Rajghat to Balmiki Temple on Panchkuian Road, where the Mahatma spent one full year spreading the message of peace and non-violence.

Hundreds of youth workers led by Indian Youth Congress president Ashok Tanwar and Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress president Amit Malik assembled at Rajghat in the morning and then proceeded in a procession to the Balmiki Temple passing through the streets of the Capital. An all-religion prayer was also organised to mark the occasion.

Emulate Gandhi's

ideals: Mayor

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Mayor, Farhad Suri, garlanded a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Azad Park opposite Town Hall in Chandni Chowk here on Monday.

Paying rich tributes to Gandhiji, Mr. Suri said: "The sole purpose of celebrating the birth anniversary of the great son of India is that we should emulate his ideals and analyse how we can change our way of life to be on the path shown by him. We need to follow the principles of truth and non-violence."

Recreation centre

for senior citizens

NEW DELHI: The Mayor of Delhi, Farhad Suri, has said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is committed to the welfare of senior citizens.

"In the threshold of life, senior citizens need utmost care. At this age, a majority of senior citizens feel lonely and hapless and they need means for recreation and interaction," Mr. Suri said, after inaugurating a senior citizens' recreation centre in A-Block of Janakpuri in West Delhi.

The centre has been built by the Municipal Corporation at a cost of Rs.30lakh.