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500 jhuggis gutted, one killed
New Delhi, July 20
One person was killed and at least 500 jhuggis were destroyed in a major fire which broke out today in a slum cluster in Geeta colony area of East Delhi.

A woman flees with her children from Geeta Colony Jhuggi Basti A woman flees with her children from Geeta Colony Jhuggi Basti in the Capital on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Youth shot dead at Ghaziabad bus stand, six held
Ghaziabad, July 20
Six persons, including the nephew of a former MP D.P. Yadav, have been arrested by police for gunning down one youth and seriously injuring two others in a hail of bullets near a police post at Old Bus Stand in Ghaziabad yesterday.

Extortion bid foiled, dreaded criminals held
New Delhi, July 20
Jai Prakash and Jafar, members of Dubai-based underworld don Fazl-ur-Rehman, arrested by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Tuesday.
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have arrested two gang members of the dreaded underworld don Fazl-ur-Rehman while they were trying to extort Rs 25 lakh from a school owner in Rohini area of North-West Delhi.

Jai Prakash and Jafar, members of Dubai-based underworld don Fazl-ur-Rehman, arrested by the Delhi Police in the Capital on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


All India United Muslim Morcha demonstrate against the reservation to the Muslims on the basis of religion at Jantar Mantar
All India United Muslim Morcha demonstrate against the reservation to the Muslims on the basis of religion at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

EARLIER STORIES

  Trans-Yamuna to boast a rare tourist destination
New Delhi, July 20
On the lines of the famous Jal Mahal of Udaipur, Rajasthan, the Trans-Yamuna Development Board here is all set to develop a unique tourist destination in the famous lake located in the Welcome Colony area of East Delhi.
  • ‘Save Water’ campaign by children

  • BMIT ties up with Microsoft

Ch Prem Singh, new Speaker of Delhi Vidhan Sabha, being welcomed by the Congress supporters at his office in the Capital Prem Singh elected as Speaker second time
New Delhi, July 20
The monsoon session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly began this afternoon with the House electing a new Speaker. Although the result was a foregone conclusion as the INC enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 70-member House with 47 members, the Opposition registered its protest by insisting on a contest. Mr Prem Singh of the INC was elected Speaker for the second time.


Ch Prem Singh, new Speaker of Delhi Vidhan Sabha, being welcomed by the Congress supporters at his office in the Capital on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Hospital deaths: HC summons Health Secy
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court has asked the Union Health Secretary to appear before it tomorrow in connection with the death of at least 142 children in the paediatric ward of Safdarjung Hospital here during the last one month.

Lawyer gets RI for rape in ’93
New Delhi, July 20
A city court today sentenced a lawyer to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a girl in 1993 when she was 18 years old. Additional Sessions Judge N K Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on convict Sameer.

Ragging hits below the belt, leaves an indelible mark
New Delhi, July 20
Psychiatrists claim that ragging, which borders on harassment, leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of the victim. Vouching for this is a senior member of the Delhi University, who having experienced the worst, still shudders at the thought.

Students want ‘missing’ U specials
New Delhi, July 20
While the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) claims to have lined up a number of buses for being used as U specials, the students’ organisations claim that they are facing immense difficulty in commuting.

Mahila Sangathan protests gang rape of Manipuri woman
New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi State Committee of All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS) organised a protest march and dharna against the gang rape and murder of a Manipuri woman by security personnel on July 10.

Selling cola above MRP costs retailer Rs 5,500
New Delhi, July 20
A retailer, who sold a bottle of cola for Rs 8 instead of its sale price of Rs 7, has been ordered by a Delhi consumer court to pay the customer Rs 5,500 besides the excess amount of Re 1.

Dangerous liaison: Woman kills husband
Greater Noida, July 20
A woman, carrying a liaison with her brother-in-law, has killed her husband with the help of her lover and buried the body in a trench dug up in the field. Three persons have been arrested for the murder.

Three workers of gas agencies killed
Greater Noida, July 20
Three employees of gas agencies were killed in Kondli village on Sunday night and while the criminals were loading the looted 1,200 gas cylinders from the agencies, the Kasna police was allegedly extorting money from a land mafia on the Yamuna bank.

Green light to decongest Sikanderpur Chowk
Gurgaon, July 20
The long-pending plan to ease the traffic at the Sikanderpur Chowk has been approved. After the completion of the road, the commuters in the national Capital, who intend to travel to Sohna or Jaipur, will not have to pass through this congested lane.

PF scheme for daily wagers
Noida, July 20
In a significant development, the Noida administration has decided to deduct provident fund in respect of daily wage earners (contractual employees).

Kids’ paintings to be on show at Russian Centre
New Delhi, July 20
They are the expression in colour of about 120 children and these are all set to hog some attention as they a find a wall in Russian Cultural Centre here next week.

CA practises honesty
Noida, July 20
A chartered accountant, who was paid Rs 50,000 extra by the Punjab National Bank branch in Sector 2, returned the cash when he was informed of the mistake by the cashier, saving the bank staff from a big loss and embarrassment.
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500 jhuggis gutted, one killed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
One person was killed and at least 500 jhuggis were destroyed in a major fire which broke out today in a slum cluster in Geeta colony area of East Delhi.

According to information, the fire which broke out at around 11 am was brought under control at around 12.40 pm. The fire, which initially occurred in one jhuggi soon engulfed a large number of jhuggis at the Shamshan Ghat slum cluster.

Many people sustained minor burn injuries and were rushed to the local hospital for treatment.

The department has described the fire to be of ‘medium’ nature. Senior officials of the fire department reached the spot to supervise the rescue and relief operation. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
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Youth shot dead at Ghaziabad bus stand, six held
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 20
Six persons, including the nephew of a former MP D.P. Yadav, have been arrested by police for gunning down one youth and seriously injuring two others in a hail of bullets near a police post at Old Bus Stand in Ghaziabad yesterday.

The bloody feud was the result of a wordy duel between the owners of two buses as to who would seat the passengers first.

After the sleek operation which lasted barely seven minutes, the assailants sped away in two cars. The Sihani Gate police station cops chased and managed to nab two of the accused.

Two drivers-cum-owners had an argument on the UP border at 7 am as to who could seat the passengers first in his bus. While Ram Kishan had seated some passengers from the UP border in his bus for the old bus stand Ghaziabad; Rajinder, driver of another bus, blocked Ram Kishan’s bus and forcibly started taking the passengers into his bus. Both Ram Kishan and Rajinder had an argument on this, but things cooled down a little when some passengers suggested them to sort out the matter at Old Bus Stand.

Ram Kishan informed his brother-in-law Sanjay Yadav on phone about the dispute. Sanjay Yadav, a property dealer-cum-wrestler along with his uncle Sunil and one Yograj rushed to Old Bus Stand.

When Sanjay tried to enter the bus in which Ram Kishan was discussing the matter with other persons, some persons in the bus fired a hail of bullets on him. Sanjay, his uncle Sunil and accountant Rajinder were seriously injured and rushed to Yashoda Hospital where Sanjay, 24, was declared brought dead.

While the assailants were trying to flee in two cars, a Sihani Gate police Chetak chased them and arrested two of them.

Satish, son of Bishamber and Satish, son of Satveer were arrested with a licensed pistol.

A large crowd of Sanjay’s sympathisers had collected in front of Sihani Gate police station who demanded that the assailants be handed over to them. Apart from two arrested assailants, uncle of Sanjay, in a report filed with the police has named Jatinder Yadav nephew of the former MP D.P. Yadav, Sant Ram, Gajinder and Bider as the accused. 
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Extortion bid foiled, dreaded criminals held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have arrested two gang members of the dreaded underworld don Fazl-ur-Rehman while they were trying to extort Rs 25 lakh from a school owner in Rohini area of North-West Delhi.

The sleuths recovered two country-made pistols along with some cartridges and a mobile phone. The accused were identified as Jai Prakash (26), and Mohd Zafar (27). They were residents of Shadara and arrested from the District Park in Rohini on July 18.

The sleuths said that the duo were arrested after a trap was laid following a complaint by the school owner that he was being threatened by Fazl-ur-Rehman to give Rs 25 lakh failing which he would be eliminated.

The arrests were made when the gangsters were on their way to threaten the school owner on the instructions of the West Asia-settled don Fazl-ur-Rehman.

During interrogation, Jai Prakash, alias JP, told the police that he had been associated with Fazl-ur-Rehman since April 2002 while he was in Dubai. Fazl-ur-Rehman had told JP to stay in Delhi for providing details of rich businessmen. JP was also told that he used to be compensated suitably for the work.

JP told the sleuths that he got the information from a maid who was employed in the house of the school owner.
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Trans-Yamuna to boast a rare tourist destination
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 20
On the lines of the famous Jal Mahal of Udaipur, Rajasthan, the Trans-Yamuna Development Board here is all set to develop a unique tourist destination in the famous lake located in the Welcome Colony area of East Delhi.

According to the Chairman of the Board, Dr Narendra Nath, the first phase of beautification drive for this lake has already been started and a sum of Rs 20 lakh spent so far in carrying out this ambitious drive like cleaning of the lake, maintaining clean and fresh water sources, installation of musical fountains, water falls installing fencing around the lake and construction of pathways
leading to the lake for the visitors.

“In the second phase, we are planning to construct a unique eating joint on the big island like construction in the lake. There are two big and small islands in the 13-acre lake. Tourists will have to ride the boat to reach the proposed eating joint. And doubtlessly, it will be the first of its kind tourist destination in Delhi. Initially, we are going to spend Rs 40 lakhs on the project. The whole construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Tourist Place will be completed by the end of this year. The Welcome metro station is very near to this spot so visitors will also enjoy seeing the trains from here,” said Dr Nath.

When contacted, the president of the local Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Mr Dharamvir Gupta, said, “The proposed tourist destination is not more than a utopia. Dr Nath has spent lakhs of rupees on the beautification drive for this lake but nothing has taken shape so far. The main water source of this lake is sewer water coming from the New Shahadara, Subhash Park, Welcome Colony, Seelampur areas. Apart from this, the water level of this lake is not suitable for boating or other water sports.”

The residents of the area, however, are happy that at last some attention is being paid to beautify the areas, which had been neglected over the years. While the Capital has seen a lot of development, these areas have been overlooked, a few residents alleged.

‘Save Water’ campaign by children

Children’s Valley School, Preet Vihar today organised a ‘Save Water’ camp on the school premises wherein the students from nursery and kg performed plays on the importance of water.

The children of nursery class performed a play, ‘Water is life’, where they highlighted issues like wastage of water, water-borne diseases and ill effects of drinking contaminated water. The school Chairman, Mr Pradeep Jain, and Principal Mrs Seema Bhandari, were also present on the occasion. The camp saw an informal interaction between the teachers and students on the importance of water in our life and brought out several other topics like preservation of water, importance of plants and water bodies to have a balanced ecology.

BMIT ties up with Microsoft

Baldev Ram Mirdha Institute of Technology (BMIT) has entered into an academic collaboration with software major Microsoft Corporation, USA.

Mr Ravindra Chaudhary, the director of the institute, informed that the institute was also planning to introduce electrical engineering and MBA from this session.
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Prem Singh elected as Speaker second time
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The monsoon session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly began this afternoon with the House electing a new Speaker. Although the result was a foregone conclusion as the INC enjoys a two-thirds majority in the 70-member House with 47 members, the Opposition registered its protest by insisting on a contest.

Mr Prem Singh of the INC was elected Speaker for the second time. He defeated his rival, Mr SP Ratawal of the BJP, by a voice vote. Earlier, the House elected a Pro Tem Speaker for conducting the election for the post of Speaker. Ms Tajdar Babar, who was accordingly elected Pro Tem Speaker, announced the result of the election.

The motion for the election of Mr SP Ratawal was moved by the leader of opposition, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, and Mr Sahib Singh Chauhan. The motions for the election of Mr Prem Singh were moved by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, the finance minister, Mr AK Walia, and eight other INC legislators.

Ms Dikshit said the prestige of the Assembly has risen with the election of Mr Prem Singh as Speaker. The Opposition, however, sounded a discordant note. “We never wanted a contest … but we were forced to field a candidate because the Congress did not consult us for a consensus candidate as per conventions,” said Mr Mukhi.

Mr Prem Singh had stepped down from the post of president of the DPCC and Pro Tem Speaker of Assembly on Sunday night to pave the way for his nomination as Speaker. He was functioning as Pro Tem Speaker after Mr Ajay Maken resigned. Mr Maken stepped down after he became a member of the Lok Sabha.

Mr Singh had filed his nomination for the post of Speaker yesterday. He had filed 10 sets of nomination papers for the post while Mr Ratawal submitted two sets. It is Mr Singh’s second stint as Speaker; he had resigned from the post of Speaker after he was appointed president of the DPCC in June last year.

Mr Prem Singh was earlier Speaker of the Assembly from December 14, 1998 to June 17, 2003. He is featured in the record books for not losing an election since 1958. He twice served as president of the DPCC. Besides INC members, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (NCP), Shoaib Iqbal (JD-S) and an Independent voted for Mr Prem Singh.

On the second day of the session, the Lieutenant Governor will address the House tomorrow. The Finance Minister, Mr AK Walia, will present the Budget for the year 2004-05 the day after. 
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Hospital deaths: HC summons Health Secy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi High Court has asked the Union Health Secretary to appear before it tomorrow in connection with the death of at least 142 children in the paediatric ward of Safdarjung Hospital here during the last one month.

The order came from a Division Bench of Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed, which had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports in this regard and issued notices to the Centre and Safdarjung Hospital.

The court also asked the Centre’s counsel Siddharth Mridul to inform the hospital authorities so that they are present tomorrow during the hearing. The court was surprised to know from amicus curiae Sanjiv Khanna that Rs 5.8 crore were returned by the hospital to the government “unutilised”.

Investigations into the children’s death in the hospitals have reported that nearly 80 per cent of the kids died in the first 48 hours of admission, indicating the victims were already in a critical state, official sources said.

A total of 1,175 children were admitted in June this year out of whom 142 died, 114 in the first 48 hours itself. In June 2003, 116 had died out of the admitted children, they said.

A report on the issue was submitted to the Health Ministry on July 8.

Union Health Minister A Ramadoss earlier said he had gone through the report and “there should not be even a single death due to neglect of medical care.”

However, after visiting the hospital, he had remarked that conditions, specially sanitation, needed improvement. Opposition BJP had also raised the issue in Parliament. 
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Lawyer gets RI for rape in ’93
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
A city court today sentenced a lawyer to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a girl in 1993 when she was 18 years old.

Additional Sessions Judge N K Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on convict Sameer.

On September 16, 1993, the victim along with two others, Shiv and Sonu, while returning to her Paschim Vihar residence from tuition classes, were accosted by Sameer and Bhupinder.

The trio were forced at knifepoint to sit in a car and taken to a house in Krishan Vihar.

After beating up Sonu and Shiv, the accused raped the girl. Later, Sonu and Shiv accompanied the victim to her house, prosecution counsel R K Jain said.

Sameer and Bhupinder were arrested, but later released on bail by a local court. While Bhupinder absconded and has since been declared a proclaimed offender, Sameer went on to complete his studies to become a lawyer.

While the defence said that Sameer had fully co-operated with the investigation and after the commission of the offence has been a law-abiding citizen, the court rejected the contention.

The court said one cannot be oblivious of the fact that rape is a condemnable offence and is not only an offence against society, but also ruins the life of the victim who has to bear the agony of rape and the attendant circumstances throughout her life.

The judge while pronouncing the decision said that he found no adequate and special circumstances ...not to impose the sentence other than the minimum prescribed.
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Ragging hits below the belt, leaves an indelible mark
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
Psychiatrists claim that ragging, which borders on harassment, leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of the victim. Vouching for this is a senior member of the Delhi University, who having experienced the worst, still shudders at the thought.

“When I joined the Kirori Mal College, my elder brother, who was a pass out from the same college, introduced me to some of his juniors in the hostel who were to be my seniors. They assured my brother that they would take good care of me, but post dinner they took me to the hostel roof where they ragged me,” the official recounted.

“I still remember that night vividly and till this day it makes me sad. The seniors were miffed that I had got my elder brother to put in a word for me. They began the ragging session with all kinds of abuses and then, one of them said, chalo tumhe paramata se milan karvaye (let’s facilitate your meeting with God). Then they asked me to strip and pray to God to save me,” he told The Tribune.

The trauma lasted for days. “I could not rid myself of the memories of the humiliation for a long time. My brother, who initially could not believe that I had been subjected to such an ordeal, later accompanied me to the warden’s office.”

While no action was taken against the erring seniors, the brothers were assured that the incident would not be repeated. “Today, when I see the ragging sessions in colleges, I am happy to note that students are realising that ragging should be fun not frightening,” the official said.

Incidentally, the official now plays a key role in organising anti-ragging squads in the university. “We have made it clear that all members of the squad, apart from visiting the colleges in the day, will visit the hostels as well and especially so during the night.”

The official, who often “offers ragging tips to seniors on the sly”, is happy “that they turn down the offer. Sometimes, I tell students what they are doing is mild and should try something else. They insist they are happy with introductions and interactions and do not wish to rag”.

“The teachers I feel have a major role to play in curbing ragging. They should take rounds in the college while the interaction sessions are on. This will make the freshmen feel secure,” he adds. 
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Students want ‘missing’ U specials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
While the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) claims to have lined up a number of buses for being used as U specials, the students’ organisations claim that they are facing immense difficulty in commuting.

“The DTC claims that they have provided 87 buses for the Delhi University to be used as Specials, most students in the North as well as the South Campus are unaware of the routes of these buses,” alleged the INSO spokesperson, Mr A Kapoor Chaudhary.

The INSO has decided to take up the matter of “missing U specials” with the Transport Minister, Mr Haroon Yusuf. “We have sought an appointment with him so that we can inform him of the situation,” said Mr Chaudhary.

He added, “There are as many as two to three thousand students travelling to the Delhi University from the neighbouring areas, including Faridabad, Noida, Sonepat and Narela. For these students, there are no U specials. Earlier, there were three Narela-bound U specials, now there is only one. For the students who have to go to places like Bahadurgarh, the Special drops them till Mundka, which is three stops ahead of Bahadurgarh.”

The students are also upset that the U specials are being scrapped owing to the Metro in some areas. “They are scrapping U specials on some routes as they expect the students to use the Metro. The concessional pass of Rs 12.50 enables the students to travel for a month in the DTC, whereas they will have to spend the same amount for a day’s travel in the Metro. This will become a financial burden on the students,” said Mr Chaudhary.
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Mahila Sangathan protests gang rape of Manipuri woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
The Delhi State Committee of All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS) organised a protest march and dharna against the gang rape and murder of a Manipuri woman by security personnel on July 10.

Speaking at the protest march the secretary of the AIMSS, Kusum Singh, said, “When women here in the Capital remain unsafe with several instances of security personnel assaulting them in broad daylight, you can imagine the plight of women in a place like Manipur.”

The rally was organised to protest the custodial death of 32-year-old T H Manorama, alias Henthoi, who was found dead after 17 Assam Rifles picked her up from her house in Bamol Kampu under Irilbung police station of Imphal East district on July 11.

Several AIMSS women activists forced down the police blockade, which had declared Section 144 as parliament was in session and marched towards the Parliament Street police station.

Addressing the gathering, leader of the AIMSS Ms Pushpa Chamoli said, “The government goes on increasing defence budget allocations but how these personnel behave with women is atrocious. Only if stringent punishments are given and an example set will they understand anything. This is not the first instance of atrocities committed by the Assam Rifles personnel and yet nothing has been done so far. Infact peaceful protests are not being allowed in the state.”

All India Nurses Union general secretary Ms Khurana who also spoke at the rally said, “Women’s issues need to be raised at every forum so that their grievances can be addressed. Even the nurses’ profession being mostly a woman’s job requires a lot more support from society. I have come here to support the cause of women.”

Listing out their demands, Ms Chamoli said the guilty security personnel should be punished and adequate compensation should be paid to the next of kin of the victim. The AIMSS also called for effective measures to be taken by the central government to check the alleged growing atrocities by the police and armed forces.

Ms Chamoli said a memorandum will also be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today to bring to his notice the dismal state of affairs in Manipur where even the right to protest is being denied with shots being fired at innocent protestors.
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Selling cola above MRP costs retailer Rs 5,500
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
A retailer, who sold a bottle of cola for Rs 8 instead of its sale price of Rs 7, has been ordered by a Delhi consumer court to pay the customer Rs 5,500 besides the excess amount of Re 1.

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (North) President K K Chopra, Members Neeru Mittal and S C Jain, pointed out that the opposite party, Panditji Stall, instead of refunding the excess charge of Re 1, misbehaved with the complainant Kapil Mitra, which is a clear case of deficiency in service.

The court noted that the Panditji stall not only over-charged, but also insisted on not refunding the amount. He is also said to have claimed that at both his outlets, he charged Rs 8 for 300 ml of cola and that they are continuing the practice of charging over and above the maximum retail price.

The forum ordered Anil Dubey, the proprietor of Panditji Stall, to pay Mitra compensation of Rs 5,000 “on account of overcharging, deficiency in service and for mental agony and harassment caused to the complainant”

The consumer court also asked Dubey to pay Mitra litigation cost of Rs 500. On October 17 last year, Mitra, a resident of Hamilton Road in the city, had purchased 300 ml cola from Panditji Stall situated outside Karkardooma Courts Complex here.

The consumer court said it had issued notice to the stall, but nobody appeared on its behalf.
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Dangerous liaison: Woman kills husband
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 20
A woman, carrying a liaison with her brother-in-law, has killed her husband with the help of her lover and buried the body in a trench dug up in the field. Three persons have been arrested for the murder.

The police have recovered the body and sent it for a postmortem. The woman, her brother-in-law and another person have been arrested and sent to jail while one of the accused is absconding.

SP police Anant Dev Tripathi said that one Kailash had reported on July 10 that his brother Lakshmi was missing.

A police team entrusted to investigate the case, learnt that Lakshmi’s wife Manju was not of a strong character. She had no issue even eight years after the marriage. She had an affair with her brother-in-law Raju and wanted to marry Raju’s cousin Mintu.

On July 8, Raju, Mintu and Manju had planned to kill Laxmi. Manju took her husband Lakshmi along for getting some medicines from Dadri where they were met by Raju and Mintu at a bus stand. They took him to a liquor vend.

Later, they went to a field and made Lakshmi drink a large quantity of liquor. As he became unconscious, the three stabbed him to death and buried the body in a trench in the field.
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Three workers of gas agencies killed
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, July 20
Three employees of gas agencies were killed in Kondli village on Sunday night and while the criminals were loading the looted 1,200 gas cylinders from the agencies, the Kasna police was allegedly extorting money from a land mafia on the Yamuna bank.

Only two policemen were present at the police station when the gang was at it. According to sources, the police did not conduct even the night patrolling. The DIG Meerut Range, Dr Chandrika Rai, has viewed this lapse seriously and said an inquiry would be conducted.
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Green light to decongest Sikanderpur Chowk
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, July 20
The long-pending plan to ease the traffic at the Sikanderpur Chowk has been approved. After the completion of the road, the commuters in the national Capital, who intend to travel to Sohna or Jaipur, will not have to pass through this congested lane.

According to the officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, (HUDA) a new road from the Delhi-Gurgaon boarder (Mehrauli Road) would bisect the Gurgaon-Faridabad road and lead up to the DLF Golf Course.

In this way, the vehicles bound for Sohna Road or Jaipur need not use the already congested mall stretch. The district administration has already approved 10 shopping malls and eight corporate offices on the 2-km stretch from IFFCO Chowk to the Delhi-Gurgaon border.

The traffic on this stretch of the road is heavy, particularly on Saturday and Sunday. Brig Baljeet Singh, the General Manager of MGF Metropolitan Mall and Plaza Mall, said that the plan would definitely ease the traffic on this stretch and give a boost to mall culture in the city. It is a good plan by the administration, added Brig Singh. The new road would touch sector 26, 26 A and 42.

The land for the construction of the road has already been acquired and the construction work would be started soon, said a HUDA official.

Meanwhile, the property rates on the proposed road have already shot up after the plan for the construction of the new road became known.
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PF scheme for daily wagers
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 20
In a significant development, the Noida administration has decided to deduct provident fund in respect of daily wage earners (contractual employees). The Nodal Officer for Provident Fund and ESI, Mr P. H Sadiqqui, informed the union of daily wagers of Noida Authority that necessary proposals covering the daily wagers under the provident fund and ESI have been submitted for approval to the competent authority.

This was in response to the request made by the workers union to the Noida Chairman to allow daily wagers to fill up the provident fund and ESI forms. The Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Mr Uditya Chaudhary, gave this information about covering the daily wagers under the provisions of Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance Scheme.

The Provident Fund Commissioner said that camps for this purpose would be held at different places. The forms for the ESI scheme will be filled up on the pattern of the provident fund.
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Kids’ paintings to be on show at Russian Centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20
They are the expression in colour of about 120 children and these are all set to hog some attention as they a find a wall in Russian Cultural Centre here next week.

The paintings are the creations of the winners of a painting competition organised by the Nehru Bal Samiti and the Indo-Russian Council for Child Development.

The 120 selected works of art have been chosen from among more than 500 entries from 35 educational institutions of Delhi and neighbouring areas who participated in the competition. The exhibition of these paintings will continue till August 20.
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CA practises honesty
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 20
A chartered accountant, who was paid Rs 50,000 extra by the Punjab National Bank branch in Sector 2, returned the cash when he was informed of the mistake by the cashier, saving the bank staff from a big loss and embarrassment.

The costly goof came to light when the cash and the documents were reconciled in the bank in the evening. It created panic in the bank.

The chartered accountant, Mr Manoj Aggarwal, was paid Rs 2.35 lakh, instead of Rs 1.85 lakh demanded by him. The chartered accountant was in a hurry and did not notice the mistake by the cashier. He later transferred the entire amount as part of a payment to one of his clients in Delhi.

When the bank officials discovered the mistake, they contacted Manoj Aggarwal, who asked his client to return the extra cash to the bank.
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