SCOPE Chairman re-elected

NEW DELHI: Indian Oil Corporation chairman Sarthak Behuria has been re-elected chairman of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) for the second time in succession. He will have a two-year tenure up to April 2009.

Mr. Behuria is also the head of the Petroleum Federation of India and represents Asia on the board of the World LPG Association. He recently received from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the SCOPE Award for outstanding contribution in heading the organisation.

Veteran journalist

passes away

NEW DELHI: Veteran Hindi journalist Sharad Dwivedi, formerly associated with Press Trust of India's Hindi service Bhasha, died here on Thursday night after a prolonged illness. He was 67.

Mr. Dwivedi was not keeping well for some time. The end came at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, family sources said on Friday.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

He was also earlier associated with news agencies UNI Varta, Samachar Bharati and Hindustan Samachar.

IMT convocation

on March 24

NEW DELHI: The Institute of Management Technology is organising its convocation for the 2007 batch students of the Ghaziabad and Nagpur campuses on March 24.

Arcelor Mittal president and CEO Lakshmi N. Mittal will be the chief guest at the convocation in Ghaziabad and Union Industry and Commerce Minister Kamal Nath will preside.

Power thieves jailed

NEW DELHI: A special court for electricity cases at Rohini in the Capital has sent two power thieves to jail for 18 months each. A civil liability of Rs. 20 lakhs has also been determined in favour of power distribution company NDPL by the court. This is the maximum punishment awarded by the special court so far.

Earlier seven persons were convicted by the court for stealing electricity in the NDPL area and the maximum sentence awarded was six months, according to an NDPL release.