SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI

 

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
D E L H I   A N D   N E I G H B O U R H O O D

HC declines to stay sealing of newspaper office
New Delhi, November 16
Delhi High Court today granted two months time to Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and a consultancy firm to vacate their premises in the national Capital’s Qutub Institutional area where commercial activities are not allowed.

Sheila, MLAs seek PM’s intervention in halting drive
Demand early implementation of Delhi Master Plan 2021
New Delhi, November 16
Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, and Congress MLAs met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh this evening to seek his intervention to put a halt to the drive to seal illegal commercial establishments in residential areas.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit speaking to mediapersons after leading a delegation of Congress MLAs to a meeting with the Prime Minister. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit speaking to mediapersons after leading a delegation of Congress MLAs to a meeting with the Prime Minister. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


 




HC directs Delhi govt to prepare land record within six months 
New Delhi, November 16
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government to prepare centralised land record equipped with computerised system within six months.

Activists of NCP, Jan Morcha join protest
New Delhi, November 16
Activists of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Jan Morcha protested against the ongoing MCD sealing drive in the Capital today. Hundreds of activists from both the parties demonstrated against the court-ordered action against unauthorised commercial establishments, demanding an immediate stop to it.


NCP activists demonstrating against the sealing drive. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi
NCP activists demonstrating against the sealing drive

BJP leaders demand amnesty scheme for traders 
New Delhi, November 16
A delegation of BJP activists, led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mr L.K. Advani, urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh this evening to do ‘something’ in connection with the Supreme Court mandated sealing drive in the Capital.

Residents demand formation of Gurgaon Development Authority 
Gurgaon, November 16
A delegation of Joint Action Forum of Residents’ Association (JAFRA) would meet Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tomorrow and demand the formation of a special body or Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) for better administration in the district.

Govt orders on solar heating system ignored
Faridabad, November 16
Though the Haryana Government has made it mandatory to install solar water heating systems at various buildings, including residential plots of 500 sq yard or above falling within the limits of the municipal committees, corporations and sectors of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the implementation of the directions seems to be slow despite the order being issued one and a half years ago.

No safety for women using public transport 
Women commuting on buses continue to face  sexual harassment 
New Delhi, November 16
Though the police department and organisations such as National Commission for Women (NCW) claim to be committed to ensure the safety of women in the ‘rape capital of the country’, using public transport is still a nightmarish experience for most of them due to lack of adequate security measures and general social insensitivity.

Land for IT sector to cost less in UP
Noida, November 16
The UP Government has ordered that land to IT sector in Noida, Greater Noida, Avas Vikas Parishad and Industrial Development Authorities will be allotted at 25 per cent cheaper rates. This has been done to develop IT sector at a faster rate in the state, a senior official informed.

CM confident about bid for Asian Games 2014
New Delhi, November 16
The British Sports Minister, Mr Richard Caborn, called on Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, in her office at Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday.

DDA to organise camp at Rohini
New Delhi, November 16
For the convenience of allottees under Rohini Residential Scheme 1981, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will organise a ‘Lok Shivir’ for conversion of leasehold properties to freehold.

‘Time to look at Moral Quotient’
New Delhi, November 16
Wisdom implies judicious use of knowledge, skills and a positive attitude to achieve success.”

Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday celebrated 
New Delhi, November 16
A religious function was organised by S Waryam Singh Matharu, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (Youth Wing), at a gurdwara of South Anarkali in trans-Yamuna area last night to celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Seven impounded buses released
New Delhi, November 16
The row arising out of impounding of some buses of Uttar Pradesh Transport Department by Delhi Transport Department on Tuesday is nearing resolution with the release of most of the buses.

Retired BSF officer succumbs to burn injuries
New Delhi, November 16
A retired Assistant Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF), who had set himself on fire outside the Police Headquarters on Tuesday in protest against ‘police inaction’ in a case, succumbed to his burn injuries in a city hospital today.

Paramour arrested for killing woman 
New Delhi, November 16
The West district police today claimed to have arrested Umesh, the paramour of Suman, who succumbed to burn injuries after he poured acid on her in a park in East Punjabi Bagh area yesterday.

Triple murder case: Station officer sent on leave
Greater Noida, November 16
The SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar has sent the SO of Kakode police station on long leave for his ‘negligence’ in a triple murder case in Harnoti village last week.

Imposter held at IITF 
New Delhi, November 16
Police today claimed to have arrested an imposter Hardeep Haria at Gate Number 3 of Pragati Maidan when he was trying to enter into the India International Trade Fair (IITF) premises showing a fake identity card of a sub-inspector.


The accused in police custody. Tribune photograph

The accused in police custody.

Gangster shot dead by police
Ghaziabad, November 16
Vijay, alias Munshi, 30, carrying a reward of Rs 2,500 on his head, was allegedly shot dead by the police while fleeing after robbing a vegetable merchant near Kanawani canal.

Gang of thieves busted, 5 held 
New Delhi, November 16
Police today claimed to have arrested five members of a ‘Dhoom’ style biker-gang who had allegedly robbed lakhs of rupees from several persons in the Capital in the last seven months.

 

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HC declines to stay sealing of newspaper office

New Delhi, November 16
Delhi High Court today granted two months time to Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and a consultancy firm to vacate their premises in the national Capital’s Qutub Institutional area where commercial activities are not allowed.

The Bench passed the order of de-sealing the premises after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for IIPM, gave an undertaking that they would shift their premise within two months.

However, Indian Express, whose office is located in the institutional area, which is also facing the brunt of sealing drive carried out by the MCD as per the High Court directive, failed to get any immediate relief.

Senior advocate Arun Jaitley, appearing for the newspaper, submitted before the Bench that they should be given relief at least till tomorrow when the court would hear the matter again but the court declined to pass any order in this regard.

Jaitley contended that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) did not have the power to direct MCD to seal any premises straightaway as per law. Even if they want to seal, they must give notice, he said.

On this, the Bench remarked “A person prima facie flouting law cannot invoke the aid of law. Your case is worse than others. Landlord is not before us and you are here.” —PTI 

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Sheila, MLAs seek PM’s intervention in halting drive
Demand early implementation of Delhi Master Plan 2021 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, and Congress MLAs met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh this evening to seek his intervention to put a halt to the drive to seal illegal commercial establishments in residential areas.

Ms Dikshit, along with her party MLAs, pleaded before the Prime Minister for an early implementation of the ‘Delhi Master Plan 2021’ so that some relief could be given to the affected traders, sources said.

The CM appealed to the Prime Minister to hand over more land owned by
the Centre to Delhi, claiming that the prevailing situation had arisen as it did not own adequate land. Currently, all public land in the Capital is managed by the Central government.

The Delhi Development Authority, a department of the Urban Development Ministry, should also be handed over to Delhi Government to work out land-related problems, Ms Dikshit demanded.

The DPCC Chief, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, who also accompanied the CM in the meeting, meanwhile, appealed for grant of full statehood to Delhi and an amnesty scheme to provide relief to traders.

The DPCC chief also demanded that the 1,700-odd unauthorised colonies in Delhi should be regularised under the old scheme formulated during the regime of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

This was the third meeting between the CM and PM regarding the issue.

Meanwhile, the MCD undertook a drive against illegal shops at Keshav Marg in West Delhi and Gautam Nagar in South Delhi. It is also expected to seal some premises in Qutub Institutional Area where some properties have been misused.

A total of 33 units were sealed today. Of these, 10 units were located on Ring Road in front of Lajpat Nagar-IV, Nehru Nagar and Ashram falling under Central zone.

In South Zone, 18 units located at Keshavpur Marg, Raja Garden and PWD Road number 237 Hastsal in West Zone were also sealed.

The traders’ relay hunger strike at Raj Ghat against the sealing drive also entered the second day today.

Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders (CIAT), said the traders would also seek the Prime Minister’s intervention for evolving a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of the affected traders.

BJP activists led by former Union Minister, Mr Vijay Goel, are also scheduled to hold a march tomorrow from Shakur Basti to Punjabi Bagh to pressurise the government to provide relief to the traders.

“We will be back to square one when the extended deadline of January 31 expires. We want the Centre to come out with some concrete package before we are uprooted from our places,” he said.

Traders of South India have also declared their support for Delhi traders protesting against the sealing drive. Over 1,000 traders belonging to Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram observed a fast today. The fast was organised by the Federation of Tamil Nadu Traders’ Association.

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HC directs Delhi govt to prepare land record within six months 

New Delhi, November 16
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government to prepare centralised land record equipped with computerised system within six months.

A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vijendra Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma passed the order in a case pertaining to sealing and demolition issue ordered by the High Court.

The court also directed the Central government and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to provide information within eight weeks for providing information for compiling land records.

The Bench came down heavily on the Central government for not taking over the possession of 61 acres of prime land in Karol Bagh area of the national Capital after getting it cleared from illegal encroachment in a demolition drive way back in 1989.

“It is your (Center’s) job to protect your own property…You are not in a position to take possession of the land, which is demolished in 1989. You just throw up your hand,” the Bench observed.

The court also directed the Director General of CPWD, which has already cleared the 50 percent land in Karol Bagh, which has become the dumping ground, to clear the remaining portion.—PTI

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Activists of NCP, Jan Morcha join protest

New Delhi, November 16
Activists of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Jan Morcha protested against the ongoing MCD sealing drive in the Capital today.

Hundreds of activists from both the parties demonstrated against the court-ordered action against unauthorised commercial establishments, demanding an immediate stop to it.

The leaders, including NCP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, charged the Congress government in Delhi with not being able to develop necessary Constitutional measures to save the displaced traders.

“Delhi government is about to complete eight years in office, but still they aren’t able to meet people’s demands and has failed to waive off House Tax and extend the Lal Dora of villages in Delhi. We also demand regularisation of the 1,500 odd unauthorised colonies in the city as promised in the poll manifesto,” Mr Bidhuri said.

Demand for a vendor and hawker rehabilitation policy and those displaced from the JJ clusters was also made by the protestors.

“We will take to the streets if the issues are not addressed immediately,” Manjit Singh, Jan Morcha Delhi Unit Chairman, said.—PTI 

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BJP leaders demand amnesty scheme for traders 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
A delegation of BJP activists, led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mr L.K. Advani, urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh this evening to do ‘something’ in connection with the Supreme Court mandated sealing drive in the Capital.

The other members of the delegation included BJP General Secretary Mr Arun Jaitley, Delhi BJP President Dr Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in the MCD Mr Subhash Arya and the Secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders, Mr Parveen Khandelwal.

Sources said that Mr Advani impressed upon the Prime Minister to do ‘something’ to save more than four lakh traders from being affected by the sealing. The notification issued by the government and the Delhi Special Laws have not been able to provide relief to traders because they had legal loopholes, the leaders claimed.

The delegation urged the PM to bring out an amnesty scheme to regularise the shops in residential areas. It also demanded an ordinance be brought on the line of Ullahs Nagar in Maharashtra and Bangalore where traders and other affected people got relief. It impressed upon Dr Singh that the party had been suggesting from the very beginning that the only way to resolve the situation was that the government bring an ordinance or a Bill providing for one-time amnesty to the traders. 

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Residents demand formation of Gurgaon Development Authority 
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, November 16
A delegation of Joint Action Forum of Residents’ Association (JAFRA) would meet Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tomorrow and demand the formation of a special body or Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) for better administration in the district.

Mr Bhawani Singh Tripathy, general secretary of JAFRA, a leading NGO representing more than 150 resident welfare associations (RWAs) said that Gurgaon needed a high-powered authority which can monitor different activities of the city as there are a number of areas where there is no proper supervision at the district level.

Col Ratan Singh, chairman of JAFRA, lamented that more than 5 lakh people reside in various colonies such as DLF City, Palam Vihar, Sushant Lak, South City, which were floated and developed by private developers in the city. But there is no proper government authority in the city to look after their problems.

There is no direct government authority in the city which can supervise the basic amenities in these areas. Private developers exploit the residents by charging exorbitant rates for the services, alleged Mr Tripathy.

Whenever there is a problem in their services, the developers blame the state or central governmental agencies, added the general secretary of JAFRA.

Col Singh said that JAFRA would meet the Chief Minister when he comes here tomorrow and demand the formation of Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA).

If there is some technical problem in forming the GDA at present, the government must delegate power to streamline the works, opined D K Sharma, newly elected president of Sector 21 RWA.

It may be called that local Member of Parliament and Union Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjeet also express surprise over delaying the formation of Gurgaon Development Authority.

While addressing the mediapersons recently, the Union Minister said as the Chief Minister, local MP and MLA and senior bureaucratic officers at Chandigarh and Gurgaon wanted the formation of GDA, it should not be delayed.

Mr Sharma further revealed that there is no government official in Gurgaon who can monitor the change of land use (CLU). If one wants to apply for the CLU, one has to submit one’s file with the Director, Town and Country Planning department.

It is very surprising that local HUDA office does not have the power to approve the demarcation plan and zoning plan for its sectors. All related files have to be sent to Punchkula for approval which delays the whole process, causing harassment to the local residents.

Expressing satisfaction at the recent announcement of the government sanctioning Rs 770 crore for development of infrastructure in Gurgaon, JAFRA suggested that the HUDA administrator must ensure that all projects are properly planned before they are executed.

Gurgaon has grown unexpectedly fast but the pace of development of infrastructure has not been able to match the growth in population. Somewhere the planning has gone wrong, added Col. Singh. 

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Govt orders on solar heating system ignored
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 16
Though the Haryana Government has made it mandatory to install solar water heating systems at various buildings, including residential plots of 500 sq yard or above falling within the limits of the municipal committees, corporations and sectors of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the implementation of the directions seems to be slow despite the order being issued one and a half years ago.

Various departments, like Town and Country Planning, Urban Development, Public Works Department (building and roads), Housing Board, Public Health and Architecture, had been directed to amend their rules and bylaws accordingly to make the decision effective from the first week of October 2005.

According to the provisions, any resident or owner of the buildings notified in the gazette issued by the government will not be issued the completion certificate unless the above provisions are complied with.

According to the gazette notification issued in July last year by the Renewable Energy Department of the state, industries, hospitals, nursing homes, government hospitals, hotels, motels, banquet halls, jail barracks, canteens, housing complexes set up by the group housing societies/housing boards, all government buildings, residential schools, hostels, technical/vocational educational institutes, tourism complexes, training centres and all residential buildings built on a plot size of 500 sq yard and above located in the areas falling in the limits of the civic bodies and the HUDA sectors would be in the purview of the directions.

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HREDA) will act as an approved source of supply and installation of the solar water heating systems in the state to ensure the installation of the optimally designed quality system as per specifications. Various departments like the municipal corporation/ committees, HUDA, Town and Country Planning, Architecture, Housing Board and Public Health will designate a district and state-level nodal officer to monitor and report the progress of the enforcement of the directions.

While there has been no appointment of such officials, there is hardly anyone who can say anything about the success rate so far and the action taken against the defaulters.

The state has been facing a power crisis since the past several years. Perhaps, the government had issued the orders about solar water heating system keeping this in mind. According to reports, a majority of government buildings and all other spots indicated by the authorities for installing solar heating system have failed to comply with the directive so far.

Though one of the main reasons for private buildings and institutions not going by the rule may be the high cost, the government does provide a good subsidy on the solar equipment purchased and installed by any state government office or department. The cost of the equipment is around Rs 40,000. It is economical where the number of residents in one unit is between six and eight persons.

According to reports, a majority of the water heating system in the residential units located on 500 sq yard or above in the city had been using electricity instead of solar power. The order to make it mandatory to use fluorescent lamp (CFL) in all government buildings was still be implemented fully.

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No safety for women using public transport 
in Capital
Women commuting on buses continue to face 
sexual harassment
 
Sweta Jha

New Delhi, November 16
Though the police department and organisations such as National Commission for Women (NCW) claim to be committed to ensure the safety of women in the ‘rape capital of the country’, using public transport is still a nightmarish experience for most of them due to lack of adequate security measures and general social insensitivity.

There is a full-fledged wing in Delhi Police, Crime Against Women (CAW) cell headed by a Joint Commissioner to look after the interests of the fairer sex, and the department spends significant funds on advertisement campaigns to create awareness on the issue of sexual harassment of women commuters like a series depicting a woman facing eve-teasing at a bus-stop, with several men standing around nonchalantly, which reads, “There are no men in this picture”.

A new SMS helpline (6070) was also launched recently for the benefit of women commuters in distress, especially those traveling in call centre taxies, who may be reluctant to call for help in the presence of companions.

But the ground reality staring thousands of women using public transport day in and day out remains much the same: sexual harassment by men who seem to consider women as objects.

A small survey carried out by ‘The Tribune’ reveals that it is traumatic for women to travel by buses in the national Capital, especially during night. Despite the advent of mobile phones, women continue to bear harassment, humiliation and molestation in both government-owned DTC and private buses.

Even the most basic courtesies are denied to them. A certain number of seats are earmarked for women in every bus, but these are inevitably occupied by men who refuse to vacate them.

It is considered ‘normal’ if a young man refuses to vacate a seat reserved for women in buses, when requested. Moreover, they turn hostile and use offensive language against their female counterparts, when the latter request them to vacate the seat reserved for them.

Divya, a college student, says that usually, requests to vacate the seats are met with a ‘aage chali jaa’ (just beat it)) comment. “Young boys often pass obnoxious comments which one has to ignore or take offense at one’s own peril. We live in a patriarchal society, where women are always expected to be silent spectators - they are not supposed to even request their rights. The scene is no different in the national Capital,” she laments.

Even elderly and infirm women are obliged to hang on to dear life standing in overcrowded aisles. Rajni Bharti, a nurse, says that she face almost daily harassment travelling from Badarpur to Escorts Hospital. She points out that the worst part is when bus conductors too join the bandwagon.

Another woman, requesting anonymity, concedes that it is not feasible for the government to ensure the safety of each and every female passenger all the time. “However, it may be a good idea to deploy at least one constable, if not a pair of policeman and policewoman, in buses and busstops, especially after dark, to act as a deterrent against sexual harassment of hapless women who have no choice but to use public transport to commute and, in the process, suffer anguish, anxiety and humiliation,” she suggests, pointing out that Delhi Police has a manpower of over 50,000 personnel.

A cross-section of educated office-going women feel that a special law on ‘sexual harassment in public transport’ along the lines of the Supreme Court guidelines on ‘sexual harassment at workplace’, laid down as part of a judgment in the famous Visakha case in 1997, might be one way of addressing the issue.

However, there is a need to build safeguards so that unscrupulous women do not misuse the law by taking undue advantage of their gender to victimise a man, as is known to happen in the case of section 498A of IPC which deals with dowry harassment, or ‘sexual harassment at workplace’, to settle scores.

Misuse of such laws is not only defamatory but also makes a mockery of the rule of law. The ‘cry wolf’ syndrome also erodes the credibility of the laws in the long term.

When contacted, Joint Commissioner, CAW cell, Ms Vimla Mehra declined to make any comments, while the DCP was unavailable.

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Land for IT sector to cost less in UP
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 16
The UP Government has ordered that land to IT sector in Noida, Greater Noida, Avas Vikas Parishad and Industrial Development Authorities will be allotted at 25 per cent cheaper rates. This has been done to develop IT sector at a faster rate in the state, a senior official informed.

Besides, the state government has also approved a scheme of Rs 2,300 crore to revive the sick co-operative institutes and banks in the state. This scheme has been approved with the support of NABARD. The scheme is being implemented with strict terms and conditions, the source said.

The government has identified Noida, Greater Noida and Awas Vikas Parishads and industrial development authorities and ordered them to charge 12 to 25 per cent cheaper rate than the prevalent circle rate from the IT sector units. This step has been taken to promote IT sector and this sector will be given preference in allotment of land, the authoritative sources said.

A highly placed source said the total liability of sick banks or closed cooperative institutions was Rs 2,392 crore. Over 500 banks and cooperative organizations have either closed down or are sick in the state which need Rs 2,392 crore to bring them on proper keel.

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CM confident about bid for Asian Games 2014
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The British Sports Minister, Mr Richard Caborn, called on Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, in her office at Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday.

Mr Caborn disclosed that India was one of the six countries in the world with whom Britain had signed MoUs on the development of community sports and school sports.

He also apprised Ms Dikshit about ongoing sports activities in schools in his country where every child was being involved in sports for at least four hours a week.

The visiting minister also took keen interest in preparations of Commonwealth Games 2010 to be hosted in New Delhi.

Welcoming Mr Caborn, the Chief Minister said all preparations for Commonwealth Games 2010 had been put on the fast track. It had been decided to develop a dedicated corridor connecting Games Village and important venues of the events apart from ensuring adequate supply of power and water during the Games.

She added her government would provide quality public transport system. Upgradation of the existing sports infrastructure had also been started. While referring to her visit to Melbourne, Ms Dikshit said, “We have learnt a lot in Melbourne and would like to utilise the experiences towards foolproof management of international sports events.”

She expressed confidence that New Delhi would be successful in its bid for hosting Asiad in Delhi in 2014. 

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DDA to organise camp at Rohini
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
For the convenience of allottees under Rohini Residential Scheme 1981, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will organise a ‘Lok Shivir’ for conversion of leasehold properties to freehold.

The Lok Shivir will be held on November 18 from 11 am to 5 pm at DDA office Deepali Chowk, Sector 3, Rohini. Application forms for conversion of leasehold property to freehold will also be available at the site.

Besides, issuance of conveyance deed papers, execution of the conveyance deed, conveying of deficiencies as well as receipt of compliance of deficiencies as per individual case will be taken up in respect of properties under Rohini Residential Scheme. The interested residents are requested to avail this facility and attend the Lok Shivir, DDA spokesman said. 

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‘Time to look at Moral Quotient’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
Wisdom implies judicious use of knowledge, skills and a positive attitude to achieve success.”

This observation was made by Mr A R Kohli, former Governor of Mizoram, at Indraprastha colloquium organised by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University on ‘Challenges for Higher Education in the 21st century to make India a developed nation by 2020’.

Mr Kohli stressed that after the intelligence quotient (IQ), performance quotient (PQ) and emotional quotient (EQ), it was now time to look at moral quotient (MQ), which involved honesty and trustworthiness besides other attributes.

He highlighted the importance of learning from one’s mistakes and utilising core competency in both the professional arena as well as in real life situations. “It is admitted that a significant number of private institutions at the initial stage were teaching shops. But today, many institutions have come up with good infrastructure and quality faculty. In fact, some of them are paying the faculty so well that it is acting as an attraction to them,” Mr Kohli pointed out.

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Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday celebrated 

New Delhi, November 16
A religious function was organised by S Waryam Singh Matharu, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (Youth Wing), at a gurdwara of South Anarkali in trans-Yamuna area last night to celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Addressing the Sangat, the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Sardar Paramjit Singh Sarna said, “Our party is renovating the Historical Sikh Shrines left in Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947 and we have succeeded in reopening some locked gurudwaras in the neighbouring country for the first time.”

The President of Shiromani Gurudwara Sewadar Committee, S Raja Singh Sethi, congratulated the people on the occasion and appealed to the people to follow the path of universal brotherhood and harmony shown by Guru Nanak.

Sikh Sangat called upon the Shiromani Gurudwara Committee, Amritsar to utilise the funds with it to hold camps at school and gurdwaras to teach the young ones the preaching of great gurus.—TNS

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Seven impounded buses released
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 16
The row arising out of impounding of some buses of Uttar Pradesh Transport Department by Delhi Transport Department on Tuesday is nearing resolution with the release of most of the buses.

Sources in the Delhi Transport department said that seven of the 11 buses of the UP transport department impounded by the authorities in the Capital a few days ago had already been released.

“The remaining buses will be released by this evening,” they said.

The sources said the impounding of the UP transport buses, which had precipitated the crisis, was part of a routine exercise by the authorities in Delhi as under a Supreme Court ruling, buses of outside states cannot run as city buses in the Capital of a state.

“As per the apex court guidelines, interstate buses from, say, UP or Haryana, can enter Delhi but are allowed to run only up to the Inter State Bus terminal and not as city buses. It is under this guideline that the 11 new buses being run by the UP transport department were impounded,” they said.

They said that the commissioners of the transport departments of the two states would hold discussion sometime next week on the matter.

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Retired BSF officer succumbs to burn injuries
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 16
A retired Assistant Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF), who had set himself on fire outside the Police Headquarters on Tuesday in protest against ‘police inaction’ in a case, succumbed to his burn injuries in a city hospital today.

Shashi Kumar Shukla, a resident of Uttam Nagar, had suffered 90 per cent burn injuries and was admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital in a critical condition.

Forty five-year-old Shukla had taken voluntary retirement from the force, the police said.

The deceased had last month lodged a police complaint against his neighbour K R Puri accusing him of harassing him and not allowing him to carry out construction at his Uttam Nagar apartment which he wanted to use for commercial purposes.

According to the police, he filed another complaint against Puri on October 5. However, the police allegedly did not take any action as the dispute was of ‘civil nature’.

On Sunday, he went to the police station and abused the personnel there for “inaction” in his case following which he was arrested and produced before a local court which imposed a fine of Rs 100 and let him off a day later.

Police said an investigation would be conducted into the claims made by Shukla. 

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Paramour arrested for killing woman 

New Delhi, November 16
The West district police today claimed to have arrested Umesh, the paramour of Suman, who succumbed to burn injuries after he poured acid on her in a park in East Punjabi Bagh area yesterday.

In her ‘dying declaration’ at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Suman had accused Umesh of pouring acid on her.

Following a tip-off, he was apprehended from a rented house in Kartar Puri village in Gurgaon where he had been hiding for the past several days, the police said.—OC

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Triple murder case: Station officer sent on leave
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, November 16
The SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar has sent the SO of Kakode police station on long leave for his ‘negligence’ in a triple murder case in Harnoti village last week.

During the SSP’s visit to the village, he was told by the villagers that the incident took place in the village due to the SO’s negligence.

On November 11, the old enmity between Maan Singh and Megh Raj had resulted in bloodshed in Harnoti village. The persons from both the groups had been shot dead. A few months earlier also, there was exchange of fire between the two sides in which both the groups had suffered losses.

On November 11, one group lost Maan Singh and the other group two real brothers, Mukesh and Malua who were shot dead in retaliation.

Megh Raj, Sanjay Singh, Har Veer Singh, Devi Singh, Promode, Bishen Pal, Sansar Singh, Devi Charan and Amar Singh had been named in the FIRs.

When the SSP visited Harnoti village on the day of the incident, villagers blamed the SO Sangram Singh for the bloody clash and three deaths.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested six more accused in connection with the triple murder.

The police have recovered the revolver and cartridges on the bidding of the arrested persons. The police have already sent two accused to jail after arresting them. It is only after five days of the exchange of fire and murders that the village appeared to be limping back to normalcy. However, the police are still seen patrolling the village.

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Imposter held at IITF 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 16
Police today claimed to have arrested an imposter Hardeep Haria at Gate Number 3 of Pragati Maidan when he was trying to enter into the India International Trade Fair (IITF) premises showing a fake identity card of a sub-inspector.

Seeing his short height and tender age, a sub-inspector deployed at the same gate Gyaneshwar Singh stopped him from entering into the premises. The fake sub-inspector tried to escape but soon overpowered by the police personnel. 

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Gangster shot dead by police
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 16
Vijay, alias Munshi, 30, carrying a reward of Rs 2,500 on his head, was allegedly shot dead by the police while fleeing after robbing a vegetable merchant near Kanawani canal.

Vijay was a sharp shooter of dreaded Jatan Sirohi gang and belonged to Jani Khurd in Meerut, police said. Vijay was wanted in 18 cases of murder and loot by the Meerut and Bulandshahr police.

The SP City of Ghaziabad said Raju Chaudhary is a fruit and vegetable commission agent in Sahibabad vegetable market. While Chaudhary, his accountant, and brother-in-law were sitting at the shop at 5 am on Wednesday, two young men came on a bike. The pillion rider had wrapped himself in a blanket.

As the pillion rider fired two gunshots, which hit a table and an almirah in the shop, Raju Chaudhary and others ran out of the shop for cover leaving the bag full of cash in the shop. The robbers took the bag and fled away.

Raju Chaudhary immediately informed the police. At that time, SO Indirapuram who was on a patrol duty saw two men going on a bike. The police soon chased and encircled them. The robbers allegedly opened fire at the cops. In retaliatory fire, one criminal was hit. He fell from the bike while the other sped away. Raju Chaudhary told police that he had an old enmity with Vijay’s family. Even on Divali day, the two groups had clashed in Janikhurd. Raju’s brother and a friend had been murdered in the clash, he said.

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Gang of thieves busted, 5 held 

New Delhi, November 16
Police today claimed to have arrested five members of a ‘Dhoom’ style biker-gang who had allegedly robbed lakhs of rupees from several persons in the Capital in the last seven months.

The gang had allegedly committed 24 robberies involving around Rs 53 lakh, most of them outside banks, in various parts of the Capital, police said. The arrested persons, aged between 24 and 35, hail from Kanpur and Jalpaiguri.

According to police, they received information about the gang after the arrest of one Rakesh Kumar, who was riding a ‘stolen’ motor cycle, at a security picket in Saraswati Vihar locality of North-West Delhi on Monday. Sintoo, Jogeshwar, Dinesh Chand and Manoj Kumar were also arrested later. Four motor-cycles, one car and Rs 3.3 lakh were allegedly recovered from their possession.—OC

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