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Trekking expedition flagged off

NEW DELHI AUG. 24. The general secretary of the Northern Railway Trekking and Mountaineering Association (NRTMA), Vinay K. Singh, flagged off the last of the seven groups of 41 railway staff -- consisting of railway employees and their families -- on a high altitude trekking expedition to Amarnath today.

According to a NRTMA press release, the present expedition will not only help the railway personnel realise their aspirations of visiting the holy site of Amarnath but also give them a chance to experience the pristine environment of the hills. The expedition would also create enthusiasm among railway persons for adventure tourism.

Delegation visits school

NEW DELHI AUG. 24. To foster friendly relations between students of India and Japan and to understand the educational system of India, a Japanese delegation -- that included university students -- visited Bluebells School this past week.

The Japanese delegates, who were shown round the school, were happy to see the students make apt use of the libraries, computers and science laboratories. They not only had an interactive session with the students of junior classes, but also played some games with them.

New office-bearers

NEW DELHI AUG. 24. The Unit Area Method for assessing property tax was put in place for group housing societies located in I.P. Extension by the Association of Cooperative Housing Societies Limited (ACHSL) this past Sunday.

At its general body meeting and elections to the Governing Council 2004-2205 at Dhruva Apartments, the ACHSL's members reviewed last year's performance and appreciated the progress made in areas like segregating waste, placing the I.P. Extension under category F for the Unit Area Method.

The elected new office-bearers include H.R. Tyagi as chairman, C.L. Sharma as vice-chairman, K. Srinivasan as secretary, S.K. Agarwal as joint secretary-cum-treasurer.

Painting exhibition opened

NEW DELHI AUG. 24. In memory of the eminent Russian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky, a week-long exhibition of his works was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on Monday.

Several prominent people participated in the function and lauded the significant contribution of the celebrated painter in the field of fine arts and culture.

The head of the Information & Culture Section of the Russian Centre, Sergey Cherkas, was also present on the occasion. "Such exhibitions would help strengthening the cultural ties between India and Russia," said S.S. Mohapatra, prominent freedom-fighter and veteran political leader, who was the guest of honour on the occasion. .

Woman, daughter get lifer

New Delhi Aug. 24. Two years after a woman killed her unwed pregnant daughter with the help of another daughter, a Delhi court today sentenced both the accused to life imprisonment.

The Additional Sessions Judge, R.K. Yadav, also imposed a fine of Rs. 2000 each on Darsana and her daughter Rajni for brutally killing 21-year-old Raj Kumari for having conceived illegitimately.

According to prosecution, Rajni along with her mother caused the death of her elder sister by beating her ruthlessly in their house in Uttam Nagar area on the night of April 16, 2002, when she was 19 weeks pregnant. The post mortem revealed as many as 50 injuries on the body.

The mother committed the crime along with her daughter when her husband Roop Lal was away in Punjab attending a marriage.

Initially, Rajni lodged a report of the murder of her elder sister but she broke down during investigations. The court relied on the deposition of the tenant in the house while convicting the duo.

Probe demanded

NEW DELHI AUG. 24. A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha presented a memorandum to the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Justice A.S. Anand, under the leadership of its national president, Dharmendra Pradhan, demanding an enquiry into the alleged assault by the Kerala police on protesters at Kovalam on August 2.

The demonstrators were protesting against what they called illegal possession of an archaeological heritage site.

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