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Hunger strike called off

NEW DELHI JULY 24 . Members of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) Employees Joint Forum ended their relay hunger strike on Friday. The AAI Chairman, K. Ramalingam, along with the Member (Finance), AAI, V.D.V.Prasad Rao, and the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Nasim Zadi, offered juice to the members to end their strike.

The decision to call off the strike comes in the wake of an agreement between representatives of the Employees Joint Forum, AAI Board and the Ministry, to hold frequent discussions and apprise the employees of the developments taking place on issues relating to restructuring of Delhi and Mumbai airports.

Painting competition

NEW DELHI JULY 24. Leap Years, an after-school multi-activity centre for children aged between four and 14, will be organising an on-the-spot painting competition in association with Camlin at their campus in Vasant Kunj tomorrow (Sunday). Nearly 1,500 children from Delhi schools are expected to participate in the competition.

The director of the Centre, Sohail Hashmi, said the contest aimed at encouraging healthy competition and the joy of participation. He also informed that there would be five prizes in each group and all the participants would receive certificates.

Delhi students at U.S. Summit

NEW DELHI JULY 24 . Three teenagers from the Intel Computer Clubhouse at Govindpuri recently joined nearly 200 participants from 15 countries at Boston in the United States for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network's 2004 Teen Summit.

The Director, Public Affairs, Intel Technology India, Anjan Ghosh, said the goal of the Teen Summit was to inspire and excite Computer Clubhouse youth from underserved communities to develop fluency in technology and become self-motivated and confident leaders through hands-on, participatory experiences that make learning fun.

The Govindpuri teens -- Kamaal, Khemkant and Pushpa -- were selected by their local Clubhouse coordinators based on leadership skills, technical and creative ability and contributions to community.

Harmony through magic

NEW DELHI JULY 24 . Magic can be used not only to enthral the audience, but also to bring about national integration. In an innovative experiment, well-known magician B. Kamesh used his unique art of magic to spread the message of social and national importance at a show here on Friday.

Blending his magical tricks with the theme "national integration", Prof. Kamesh tried to promote oneness among people and harmony in society. He began by turning burning flames into a silk -- with a sign of namaskar on it -- signifying unity of souls.

Five get RI for dowry death

New Delhi July 24. In a dowry death case about four years ago, a Delhi court has sentenced five members of a family, including the husband, to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years for killing a pregnant woman two years after her marriage in the family.

Additional Sessions Judge R K Yadav further imposed a fine of Rs 7,000 each on the victim's husband Dinesh Kumar, father-in-law Suraj Prakash, mother-in-law Premwati and brother-in-law Ashok Kumar and his wife Sunita. Police said the body of Madhu, who was married to Dinesh in April 1998, was found hanging from an iron rod in the kitchen of their house in Sarai Basti in Sarai Rohilla area on September 1, 2000. Madhu's father Sri Ram reported the matter to the SDM and alleged that his daughter was being harassed by the family for dowry since her marriage. About five months before her death, the family had dropped her back and took her to their house only after he promised to pay Rs 2 lakhs in instalments for construction of their house.

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