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Protest Day

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions observed Protest Day on Tuesday against the Centre's decision to decrease the Employees' Provident Fund rate from 9.5 per cent to 8.5 per cent and demanded that it be restored to 12 per cent.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, they held demonstrations behind Kalkaji Depot in Okhla Industrial Area Phase II. They also burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In Wazirpur Industrial Area, the protesters pasted a large number of posters while in Mayapuri Phase II, they held a lunch-hour meeting.

Udyog Rattan Award

NEW DELHI: The Institute of Economic Studies has conferred the Udyog Rattan Award on the Chairman and Managing Director of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, S.K.Garg, for attaining all-round growth of the organisation in finance and human resource development.

A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. Garg was presented the award by the Union Minister of State for Planning, M. V. Rajasekharan, during a seminar on Economic Development here on Monday.

Seminar on minorities

NEW DELHI: A seminar on "Legal Provisions and Welfare Programmes for Minorities in India'' was organised by the Delhi Minorities Commission on Monday, observed as UN Minorities Rights Day.

Inaugurating the seminar, the Chairman of the Commission, Abu Baker, underlined the need to take positive and practical measures for safeguarding the interests of minorities in keeping with the spirit of the UN Charter.

Javed Akhtar moves High Court

NEW DELHI: Noted Hindi film lyricist, script writer and poet Javed Akhtar on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain movie production house 'Magic Mantra Visions' and music company `Sa Re Ga Ma India' from using the lyrics of his latest film ``Pyar Ki Dhun'' through CDs, casettes or downloading it in any other form.

The matter came up for hearing before Justice A K Sikri who refused to grant any ex-parte injunction in Akhtar's favour.

The court, however, issued notices to the defendants asking them to file their replies in four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on February 7, 2006.

Strike by hospitals' staff

NEW DELHI: Over 70,000 Group C and D employees of various hospitals and medical institutions in Delhi will be participating in a 24-hour strike from 6 a.m. this Wednesday.

Coming together under the banner of Joint Council of Health Employees' Organisations, they have decided to protest against the privatisation of health services and introduction of a contract system.

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