Blasts inside Jama Masjid condemnedNEW DELHI: India Islamic Cultural Centre president Sirajuddin Qureshi has condemned the bomb blasts inside the historic Jama Masjid here on Friday.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr. Qureshi said such acts committed at different religious premises and civilian areas were aimed at creating instability and insecurity and whipping up communal passions. He said the terrorists would not succeed in their designs given the long history of communal amity and deep-rooted brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims.

He appealed to the people to maintain the peace and expressed confidence that the law enforcement agencies would bring the culprits to book.

Water supply to be hitNEW DELHI: Due to urgent repair work on a water pipeline, the supply will be affected in several South Delhi areas for two days from this coming Tuesday.

The major areas that will be hit include Kailash Colony, Greater Kailash-I, Chiragh Dilli, Adchini, Savitri Vihar, Shivalik, Begumpur, Sarvapriya Vihar, Geetanjali, Malviya Nagar, Navjeevan Vihar, Saket and Sarvodaya Enclave. Residents have been advised to store enough water and in case of an emergency ask for water tankers on telephone (Nos. 29234746 and 29238543).

Good Friday prayersNEW DELHI: A large number of Christians assembled at St. Jude Church at Ashok Vihar in North West Delhi and observed Good Friday. The worshippers sang hymns and songs in praise of Jesus. A procession -- The Cross of Way -- was also taken out in the area. It started from Jeevan Jyoti Hospital and ended at Mount Fort School. Led by Father Antony Paravara, it was joined by a large number of devotees.

Girls' hostel inauguratedNEW DELHI: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday lauded the role played by the Ayra Samaj in the country's freedom movement as well as in spreading education and fighting social evils.

He was speaking after inaugurating the newly constructed girls' hostel Ramchander Mittal Residential Block at Desraj Complex in East of Kailash. Mr. Hooda recalled the social work done by leaders of the movement including Swami Dayanand, Lala Lajpat Rai and Swami Shradhanand.

World Haemophilia Day NEW DELHI: The Haemophilia Federation of India in collaboration with Baxter India is observing World Haemophilia Day this coming Monday. And to mark the occasion, a `gathering' is being organised at the Boat Club here to sensitise the masses towards a haemophiliac's life.

According to a release issued by the Federation, haemophilia affects children from birth and if not treated leads to disability and possible death. Such children are also at high risk of life-threatening infections as they are required to take frequent blood transfusions.