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Mega Fest X-Pression 2004

NEW DELHI JAN. 13. The Gurgaon Progressive School Council in collaboration with Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association today threw open the Mega Fest X-Pression 2004 at Salwan Public School in Gurgaon.

The function began with address by the Principal of Salwan Public School, Indu Khetarpal, who said the event would provide a platform to the children to exhibit their talent through a chain of competitions.

She added that the reason behind organising this event was to create a culture of reading and provide access to good reading material to the community around. The event will have visitors from all walks of life. Nearly 20,000 students and an equal number of parents are expected to witness the proceedings. Among others who attended the conference were principals of Gurgaon Progressive Schools and members of the Book Sellers Association.

`Fast food not bad'

NEW DELHI JAN. 13. The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Heart Care Foundation of India and President of Indian Medical Associations, New Delhi, K.K. Agarwal, today said that fast food was good for health. Addressing the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar School assembly, Dr. Agarwal said it was junk food which was bad and not the fast food. Every school child should prefer fruits for lunch than any type of junk food. The lecture was organised to commemorate 2004 as the Year of Scientific Awareness.

Road signages

NEW DELHI JAN. 13. To make Delhi roads commuter-friendly, the Public Works Department will provide and fix retro-reflective road signages on Inner and Outer Ring Roads. Announcing this today, the Public Works Department and State Finance Minister, Ashok Kumar Walia, said the exercise would cost the exchequer Rs. 1.86 crores.

The project, claim officials, is to be completed within nine months. According to a survey, the signages at present on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road are inadequate. The Minister added that in order to provide a sense of comfort and confidence to road users it was essential to have proper signages placed strategically on the roads.

Sewage treatment plant

NEW DELHI JAN. 13. To check the flow of effluents into the Yamuna, the Delhi Jal Board will construct a 45- MGD sewage treatment plant at Kondli and an 80- MGD pumping station at Chilla Regulator in the trans-Yamuna area. The Delhi Government has sanctioned Rs.111.11 crore and Rs. 43.57 crore respectively for the purpose.

This amount of Rs. 154.68 crore was sanctioned at a meeting of the Expenditure Finance Committee held under the Chairmanship of Delhi Finance and Planning Minister, A.K. Walia. The Minister said that at present the effluents passing through the Gazipur drain as well as Shahdara link drain converging at Chilla Regulator on the border of Noida with Delhi was flowing into the Yamuna totally untreated and polluting it.

Dr. Walia said that it was expected that no sewerage would flow into the river from the day the project of pumping station, rising main and treatment plant at Chilla Regulator are completed and commissioned.

Bank calendar

NEW DELHI JAN. 13. The Executive Director of Punjab and Sind Bank, Parkash Singh, today called on the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Prahalad Singh Chandhiok, and other executive committee members to present them the Bank's calendar for the year 2004 dedicated to the 400th year of installation of Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

On the occasion, the DSGMC president presented a "saropa'' to Parkash Singh.

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