Two-day meeting on desertificationNEW DELHI: Non-government organisation Caritas India and Action for Food Production in collaboration with the Planning Commission will observe "International Year of Deserts and Desertification -- 2006'' by organising a two-day International Conference on Mitigating Drought and Desertification at India International Centre here beginning Friday.

The conference will attempt to create public awareness about the impact of droughts and desertification and the need to protect the biological diversity of deserts as well as the traditional knowledge of those communities affected by desertification. The conference will also assess domestic policies and strategies of countries affected by desertification.

Mukhi takes a dig at GovernmentNEW DELHI: The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Jagdish Mukhi, has criticised the Delhi Government's decision to reduce prices of petrol and diesel by 67 paise and 21 paise per litre, respectively. "Delhiites know the techniques of the Congress Government well. They first increase prices heavily and then reduce it by a minuscule amount to take false credit. Within one week of the hike in fuel prices, rates of vegetables have gone up by 100 per cent. As a result, the life of the common citizen has become miserable. The Congress Government is playing politics and fooling the public,'' he charged, demanding a complete rollback of the hike in fuel prices.

Foundation stone laid for dispensaryNEW DELHI: The Member of Parliament from Outer Delhi, Sajjan Kumar, laid the foundation stone of a dispensary-cum-polyclinic at Shakurpur Resettlement Colony here on Wednesday. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will construct the building within six months at a cost of Rs. 4 crores. The polyclinic will be equipped with ultra-modern diagnostic and treatment facilities including a bio-chemical laboratory. Electro-cardiograph, ultrasound and X-ray facilities will also be made available to the people.

Work on tubewells inauguratedNEW DELHI: Delhi Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh inaugurated re-boring work for tube-wells in E-1 and D-1 Blocks of Madangir here on Wednesday. A sum of Rs. 5.9 lakhs has been spent on this scheme, which aims to provide drinking water to residents of the area.

Earlier, Mr. Singh inaugurated work for laying of ready-mix cement concrete roads in Khanpur at a cost of Rs. 10 lakhs. He said all roads and streets in Khanpur village, Duggal Complex and LIG Flats colonies would be converted into reinforced concrete through an allocation of Rs. 1 crore from his MLA Fund.