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Bharti Yadav meets lawyer
Discusses details of Katara murder case ahead of her crucial deposition in court
New Delhi, November 27
Bharti Yadav, the prime prosecution witness in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, met her lawyer here, two days ahead of her crucial deposition in a local court.

‘Nitish, Bharti were madly in love’
New Delhi, November 27
Nitin Katara, brother of Nitish Katara, today told a Delhi court that his brother and Bharti Yadav, sister of the prime accused Vikas Yadav in the murder case, were “madly in love”.

Traffic jam at ITO on the last day of India International Trade Fair 2006 in the Capital on Monday.Trade fair comes to a close peacefully
New Delhi, November 27
The India International Trade Fair (IITF) concluded today with no incident of any violence, eve-teasing or pick-pocketing reported during the fortnight long event at Pragati Maidan this year.


INCHING FORWARD: Traffic jam at ITO on the last day of India International Trade Fair 2006 in the Capital on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Delhi, UP officials to end bus row: Yusuf
New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Minister of Transport and Power, Mr Haroon Yusuf, today said that a team of senior officials of the transport department, including the CMD of Delhi Transport Corporation, would meet the CMD of UPSRTC to solve the dispute over inter-state bus services.

‘Buses to be released after getting copy of court orders’
Noida, November 27
Twenty-three DTC buses seized in Noida will be released only when a copy of the High Court orders is brought by the Delhi officials to Noida, said Noida, RTO Jai Shanker Tiwari.


Gond tribals rally for their rights at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday.
Gond tribals rally for their rights at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

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Activists of Manav Samaj Sewa Sabha demanding a ban on ‘gutkha’ during
Activists of Manav Samaj Sewa Sabha demanding a ban on ‘gutkha’ during their "Gutkha Chodo Andolan" at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

high court
HC stay on disclosure of marks
New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi High Court today stayed an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) to disclose the individual scores of the candidates who appeared in the Civil Services examinations this year on a petition filed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Parole powers to jail officials notified
New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Government has issued a notification delegating the authority to grant custody parole to convicts in emergencies to jail superintendents on a PIL filed by a lawyer before the Delhi High Court.

Traders urge MPs to bring constitutional amendment
New Delhi, November 27
As many as 50 delegations of traders went to the residences of MPs in South Avenue, North Avenue, and Meena Bagh today to persuade them for bringing a Constitutional Amendment to protect their shops operating in residential areas from the court-ordered sealing drive.

The damaged van which was carrying the schoolchildren of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Keshavpuram.Student killed in road mishap
New Delhi, November 27
A 13-year-old student of Kendriya Vidyalaya was killed and four other children injured when the van in which they were traveling collided head-on with a jeep in a North-West Delhi locality early today.

The damaged van which was carrying the schoolchildren of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Keshavpuram. — A Tribune photograph

Third special court to try power theft cases inaugurated
New Delhi, November 27
The third of the special courts dedicated for trying power theft cases was inaugurated on November 25 at Malviya Nagar by Mr Justice Vijender Jain, Acting Chief Justice, Delhi High Court.

Awareness about RTI Act needed to avoid chaos: Haryana CIC
Faridabad, November 27
The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Haryana, Mr G. Madhavan, has called on government officials to disseminate proper and required information regarding use of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

Cabinet nod to Naraina flyover
New Delhi, November 27
Delhi Cabinet has given its nod to the construction of a special featured flyover at Naraina T-junction on Ring Road.

Exhibition on theatre, lighting from Dec 1
New Delhi, November 27
An exhibition to showcase audio and acoustics technology aimed at enhancing the ‘cinema viewing’ experience is to be held in the Capital from December 1.

Second CRPF school opens in Dwarka
New Delhi, November 27
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has opened its second school at Dwarka to cater to the growing needs of its jawans for quality education for their wards.

Chilly weather intensifies
New Delhi, November 27
Chilly weather continued to freeze Delhiites for the third consecutive day today, as mercury dipped to the lowest of the season at 7.6 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees below normal. In fact, Monday morning happened to be the coldest day of the season so far.

Cosmetic surgery to cut away part of stomach
New Delhi, November 27
Obesity has become a serious problem among a growing number of people, who are not only vulnerable to distress but also suffer from a lower self-esteem. Nowadays, it has spawned a new segment in healthcare worth a fortune. The latest technique involves cosmetic surgery to physically cut away a part of the stomach.

‘India-South Africa Series Cricket Pack’ launched in NCR
Noida, November 27
Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunication services, consisting of 28.61 million mobile customers has launched ‘India-South Africa Series Cricket Pack’ for its postpaid and prepaid customers in Delhi and NCR.

Two held in kidnapping-cum-murder case
New Delhi, November 27
Police today claimed to have worked out a kidnapping-cum-murder case of an accountant in Punjabi Bagh area, with the arrest of two criminals – Neeraj Bansal (24) and Arvind Rana (24).

Three held for robbing bikes, cellphones
Noida, November 27
By arresting three criminals, Noida police have busted a gang who used to rob people of motorcycles and cell phones in a filmy style.

 

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Bharti Yadav meets lawyer
Discusses details of Katara murder case ahead of her crucial deposition in court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Bharti Yadav, the prime prosecution witness in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, met her lawyer here, two days ahead of her crucial deposition in a local court.

Amid speculation about her whereabouts, she met lawyer S. C. Bhuttan and is understood to have discussed details of the case in which her brother Vikas Yadav and cousin Vishal Yadav are the main accused.

Bharti, daughter of UP politician D. P. Yadav, had arrived in India on November 23 from London. Her arrival preceded a protracted legal wrangle.

She had arrived in Mumbai on a Jet Airways flight and was handed over to the immigration authorities, who completed the necessary formalities, as she was travelling on an emergency landing certificate, the sources said.

Mr Bhuttan, however, refused to divulge what transpired between the two. “It is between a client and a lawyer. I cannot say anything on that,” he said.

Bharti is scheduled to depose in a court here on Wednesday.

According to the prosecution, Nitish was killed, allegedly by Vikas and Vishal, who were said to have been against her friendship with him, on February 17, 2002.

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‘Nitish, Bharti were madly in love’
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 27
Nitin Katara, brother of Nitish Katara, today told a Delhi court that his brother and Bharti Yadav, sister of the prime accused Vikas Yadav in the murder case, were “madly in love”.

Deposing before the court of the Additional Sessions Judge here, Nitin said he was in Pune on February 17, 2002 when he received a call from Bharti saying that her brothers had taken Nitish away and she was worried they would harm him.

He told the court that on February 19 he received another call from Bharti saying that henceforth she would communicate through e-mail only as it would be difficult to make phone calls. He had identified Nitish’s body by his wrist watch.

Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish, said in her statement that Bharti, a key witness in the case, her deceased son, Bharat Diwakar, Shivani Gaur and Gaurav Gupta were friends, while they were studying in a management institute in Ghaziabad. The friendship continued after they passed out of the institute and took up jobs except Bharti who remained unemployed, she added.

Neelam told the court that the friendship between Bharti and Nitish later turned into a love affair and they intended to marry. Neelam said she was not in favour of the marriage, but did not oppose it either as they were in love.

Statements of Nitin and Neelam Katara were recorded by the court as per its November 23 order after one of the accused Sukhdev had objected to the presence of Neelam, another witness, in the court during Bharti Yadav’s deposition. 

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Trade fair comes to a close peacefully
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 27
The India International Trade Fair (IITF) concluded today with no incident of any violence, eve-teasing or pick-pocketing reported during the fortnight long event at Pragati Maidan this year.

“Dedicated spotters, plain-clothed police personnel, trained anti-eve teasing squads of Delhi Police and some NGOs ensured the conclave clean and calm.

The ‘Missing Persons Squad’ reunited 297 missing persons to their anxious families as compared to 127 last year,” the DCP (IITF) said.

The DCP added that no breach of peace was reported during the fair this time. Preventive arrests of 113 persons (compared to 10 last year) and preventive detention of 175 persons (compared to 62 last year) revealed the best display of security arrangement, he asserted.

The DCP claimed that over 36 lakh people visited the fair and ensuring 
their safety was not an easy task. “Keeping this in mind, 2.5 times more policemen were deployed this time.

Paramilitary forces were also deployed to provide round the clock vigil of the campus,” said the officer. 

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Delhi, UP officials to end bus row: Yusuf
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Minister of Transport and Power, Mr Haroon Yusuf, today said that a team of senior officials of the transport department, including the CMD of Delhi Transport Corporation, would meet the CMD of UPSRTC to solve the dispute over inter-state bus services.

He said, “We want to sort out the matter amicably. We have already written a letter to the authorities concerned. But they are not coming to discuss the issue.”

The team members will speak to their counterparts in UP to resolve the issue.

The row erupted when the Delhi Government impounded the UP Roadways buses after they crossed into the territorial area of the Capital to fill their tanks with CNG without having the ‘permit’. In retaliation, the UP government also impounded the DTC buses plying in their region.

The Minister said that the UPSRTC would release the impounded buses of the DTC today or tomorrow. When asked if any penalty was being deposited for the release of the vehicles, Mr Yusuf said no penalty would be paid, as it was the court’s direction to release the buses.

Commuters, especially the children from the Capital who were enrolled in the schools of Noida and Ghaziabad, had been facing a lot of inconveniences due to disruption of the interstate bus services.

Most of schools have hired DTC buses to transport the students and since the beginning of the row, parents have been dropping and picking up their wards from the schools.

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‘Buses to be released after getting copy of court orders’
Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 27
Twenty-three DTC buses seized in Noida will be released only when a copy of the High Court orders is brought by the Delhi officials to Noida, said Noida, RTO Jai Shanker Tiwari.

He said the 2004 agreement between Delhi and UP covered only the Roadways buses. The taxation act of 1935 had become null and void in 2004. “We normally do not harass three-wheelers bringing passengers from Delhi into Noida. There is a tax component of Rs 40 per seat per day for the buses, taxies and three-wheelers,” Mr Tiwari said.

But normally we do not detain the three-wheelers from Delhi which are allowed in the interest of general public.

Even the autos have to obtain a permit under the rules. A national permit can be endorsed here for entry into UP.

But Delhi has been stopping even UP CNG vehicles buses, three-wheelers when they go to Delhi for re-fuelling.

There are 429 buses, 135 mini buses, 295 taxis, 2,247 three-wheelers, 2,516 mopeds, 76,727 motorcycles and scooters, 40,578 cars, 1,067 jeeps and 155 tractors registered with Noida RTO besides 3,427 trucks, 2,851 three-wheelers (goods tempos) registered with Noida RTO.

As against a target of Rs 1826.29 lakh, the RTO has achieved a revenue of Rs 2119.74 lakh from April to October. 

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HC stay on disclosure of marks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi High Court today stayed an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) to disclose the individual scores of the candidates who appeared in the Civil Services examinations this year on a petition filed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Mr Justice Anil Kumar granted the stay till January 16 on the ground the disclosure of such information would entail the violation of provisions of the Official Secrets Act and harm the integrity of the UPSC.

The UPSC has filed a petition in the court, challenging the CIC’s November 13 order to disclose within two weeks the marks secured by candidates in the Civil Services (preliminary) examination this year.

The UPSC has filed the writ petition seeking directions to the CIC for an ex parte interim stay of its order on the ground the disclosure of information would undermine the entire examination procedure and cause irreparable loss to it.

A Full Bench of the CIC, headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, had passed the order on separate applications filed by more than 100 unsuccessful candidates seeking disclosure of marks obtained by them in the prelims.

The appeal to the CIC under the RTI Act followed a UPSC decision in September this year that information sought by at least 2,500 IAS aspirants, like cut-off marks, individual scores, scaling criteria and model answers, was top secret and the disclosure of such “crucial” documents would lead to violation of intellectual property.

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Parole powers to jail officials notified
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Government has issued a notification delegating the authority to grant custody parole to convicts in emergencies to jail superintendents on a PIL filed by a lawyer before the Delhi High Court.

The petition, filed before a Division Bench of Mr Justice Mukundakam Sharma and Ms Justice Hima Kohli in May this year, pointed out how the national Capital was lagging behind in delegating the power even as a majority of other states in the country had already implemented it.

The notification, filed last week before the high court, clarifies the insertion of a rule dealing with custody parole in the Delhi Prisons Rules, 1988.

The new law shall immediately come into force.

The provision confers power on jail superintendents to permit a convict to leave prison premises for six hours in “emergent circumstances”, including the death, marriage or serious illness of a family member.

Before granting parole, the superintendent shall verify the circumstance via the local police officer of the area and take steps to ensure an escort of the convict to and from the place of the visit, the rule asserts.

The prisoner thus taken out on such circumstances will be “deemed to be in prison and be subject to the same incidents as if he was actually in prison”.

The notification comes after a high court order on May 29 this year favouring such a delegation of powers raised by the Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Ashok Agarwal.

“The question of grant of parole in urgent matters could be delegated by the state government to the jail authorities,” the Bench had said.

Subsequently, in a hearing in August 2006, the court sought clarification on why Delhi had not yet delegated powers to jail authorities to release prisoners on parole despite neighbouring states having already done so.

Following this, on September 28 this year, the court directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to direct the competent authority to issue a circular “as expeditiously as possible” delegating the power to jail authorities.

The public interest litigation was motivated by a “mahapanchayat” of jail inmates held in Central Jail here in which various issues like poor sanitation and overcrowding were raised by them seeking immediate action. 

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Traders urge MPs to bring constitutional amendment
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
As many as 50 delegations of traders went to the residences of MPs in South Avenue, North Avenue, and Meena Bagh today to persuade them for bringing a Constitutional Amendment to protect their shops operating in residential areas from the court-ordered sealing drive.

The traders, including the Confederation of All India Traders secretary general, Mr Praveen Khandelwal, appealed to the MPs to rise above party lines and stand with the shopkeepers in the hour of crisis.

Mr Khandelwal alleged that the Center’s claim that the Supreme Court had provided relief to 95 per cent of traders was ‘baseless’ and that the ‘interim’ relief given by the apex court was limited to only one lakh traders.

“More than five lakh business establishments are directly under the threat of being sealed and no relief was granted to them by either the Supreme Court or the Centre,” he said, adding that they were apprehensive about “what will happen after January 31, 2007 when the deadline ends.”

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Student killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

The Tata Sumo that collided with the van killing one student and injuring four other schoolchildren.
The Tata Sumo that collided with the van killing one student and injuring four other schoolchildren. — A Tribune photograph

New Delhi, November 27
A 13-year-old student of Kendriya Vidyalaya was killed and four other children injured when the van in which they were traveling collided head-on with a jeep in a North-West Delhi locality early today.

The mishap occurred in the morning when the van was ferrying the students to the school located in Keshavpuram locality, police said.

Five children, aged between nine and 13, were injured in the accident and rushed to a private hospital in Pitampura.

One of them identified as Sunny succumbed to his injuries later, while the rest were admitted to the hospital.

The driver of the Tata Sumo, identified as Rakesh, fled away after the incident. The police said a hunt was on to nab him.

The vehicle, belonging to a call centre, has been impounded.

A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered at Keshavpuram police station. 

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Third special court to try power theft cases inaugurated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The third of the special courts dedicated for trying power theft cases was inaugurated on November 25 at Malviya Nagar by Mr Justice Vijender Jain, Acting Chief Justice, Delhi High Court.

Those present on the occasion included Dr Justice M. K. Sharma, Mr Justice V. B. Gupta, the District Judge, Mr Rakesh Tiwari, Mr S. C. Rajan, special court judges, senior government and BSES officials.

A total of three special courts – two for BRPL and one for BYPL – dedicated for trying power theft cases are all set to give the required impetus to BSES’ enforcement activities. The two other courts, one each for BRPL and BYPL, were earlier inaugurated in September at Vikaspuri and Patparganj, respectively.

Mr Lalit Jalan, CEO, BRPL, said, “The setting up of these special courts will act as a major deterrent to people who steal power. It is our constant endeavour to educate the public on the evil of indulging in power theft. We have been aggressively informing and educating our customers through Synergy (BSES’ bilingual and bimonthly newsletter that accompanies the bills), newspaper inserts, pamphlets and posters about the menace and penalties of power theft.”

He said, “The initial five special courts were not exclusively for power theft cases. They took up cases other than those related to power theft and they heard power theft cases only a few days in a week. But these new special courts would only deal with power theft cases on all working days and thereby ensure their quick resolution.”

According to a BSES spokesperson, “The setting up of special courts, exclusively for trying power theft cases, is an important landmark in the process of power privatisation in Delhi. The inauguration of the special court at Malviya Nagar completes the process of setting up exclusive and dedicated courts for handling power theft cases in BSES’ distribution area. Since January 2005, when the non-exclusive special courts (BRPL-2 and BYPL-1) came into existence, BYPL and BRPL have filed over 1600 and 1050 cases, respectively, in the special courts.” 

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Awareness about RTI Act needed to avoid chaos: Haryana CIC
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 27
The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Haryana, Mr G. Madhavan, has called on government officials to disseminate proper and required information regarding use of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

He said not creating awareness about the Act could go against the interests of the government machinery and result in chaos. He was addressing district officials at a meeting organised at the Magpie tourist complex here today.

Mr Madhavan said there was an urgent need to create awareness about the Act so it could prove to be a handy tool for those who needed it.

Regarding tax problems faced by the ‘non-existence’ of independent infrastructure to tackle with information sought on daily basis, he said it was not under his purview to create the infrastructure.

He could only forward suggestions to the state government for efficient and smooth functioning of the system.

Admitting that his office had been receiving complaints regarding hurdles at the district level, he opined some of the complaints were the result of poor awareness among the residents, though officials also required proper training and handling techniques.

So far, the authorities in the state had been penalised for improper handling in only one case.

Mr Madhavan was apprised of certain individual complaints though, he said, his visit was not aimed at discussing these. One such complaint was by Sachin Arora, who owns a photostat kiosk at the mini secretariat building complex in Sector 12 here.

He said the district authorities had failed to provide relevant information to him even after 75 days had passed since his application was submitted. He alleged he was

threatened and felt ‘terrorised’ and ‘victimised’ by the district administration after he had sought information under the RTI Act regarding several kiosks being set up at the behest of district officials.

His contention was the persons operating these kiosks were not giving any rent, thus robbing the state exchequer of revenue.

He claimed this was done to ensure the closure of his kiosk, which was functioning in keeping with the rules. He was also paying rent to the administration.

Earlier, giving a power point presentation regarding the RTI Act and its functioning, the District Public Information officer (DPIO), Mr Devinder Singh Surjewala, said 127 applications had been received by his office so far in one year. Replies had been sent for 124 applications.

The other applications were being processed.

During the 30-minute presentation, he dwelled on nearly all aspects of the Act, which included functioning of the DPIO and public information officers of various departments.

He said there was need to create awareness that every department or office had its own PIO and appellate body.

Anyone desirous of seeking information ought to approach the department concerned to avoid delay in getting the same.

He said a fee of Rs 50 was required to be submitted with each application.

He said there were provisions for filing an appeal with the appellate body of the department concerned if the information was not provided within 30 days of the application being given.

The applicants could also inspect files of any case on the spot in case of urgency. 

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Cabinet nod to Naraina flyover
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Delhi Cabinet has given its nod to the construction of a special featured flyover at Naraina T-junction on Ring Road.

The Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, said that the flyover would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore. It would be operational by 2008.

She said that the special features of the flyover included a five metre wide pedestrian subway between Ring Road and Loha Mandi, a 7.5 metre under-pass towards Mayapuri side, foot over bridge with escalators, bus bays, overhead signages, water harvesting, provision of horticulture and landscaping for proper beautification and adequate illumination by providing high mast area lighting system.

The flyover would facilitate a smooth flow of traffic through Naraina village, she said.

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Exhibition on theatre, lighting from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
An exhibition to showcase audio and acoustics technology aimed at enhancing the ‘cinema viewing’ experience is to be held in the Capital from December 1.

Cine-mall builders, multiplex owners, performance space owners across India and abroad, design professionals and leaders of entertainment industry from across the world will congregate at Taal 2006, the international event on theatre, audio-visual, acoustics and lighting, to be held at Pragati Maidan in the Capital.

Being organised by Sandy Media, publishers of two specialist magazines, Theatre World and Sound Solutions – Asia’s first and only resource magazines on motion pictures exhibition and audio technology, respectively, the event is part of an endeavour to address segments that accentuate the experience of every performance space, be it a cinema halls, a theatre, a multiplex or a conference hall.

Speaking at a press meet to announce the event, Mr Kimi Alexander of the Sandy Media said, “The basic aim of Taal is to enhance the experience in the performance space in the categories of Theatre, Acoustics, audio-visual and lighting.”

The holding of the exhibition is pertinent considering that the increasing multiplexisation of cinema halls in India has created awareness of the need for an “enhanced movie watching experience” through the use of latest sound, acoustic and lighting equipment,” he said.

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Second CRPF school opens in Dwarka

New Delhi, November 27
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has opened its second school at Dwarka to cater to the growing needs of its jawans for quality education for their wards.

The school will be an extension of the CRPF school at Rohini, and will be of immediate help to over one thousand families of the jawans who have been recently allotted accommodation at Dwarka. Inaugurating the school today, the CRPF Director General, Mr J K Sinha, said, ‘Our earlier experiment of school at Rohini has encouraged us to expand our facilities to cover more families.” — TNS

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Chilly weather intensifies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Chilly weather continued to freeze Delhiites for the third consecutive day today, as mercury dipped to the lowest of the season at 7.6 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees below normal. In fact, Monday morning happened to be the coldest day of the season so far.

Weathermen say chilly days are likely to continue for a few more days, forecasting a further dip in the minimum temperature. They say that the chill is likely to continue for the next few days and the minimum temperature is likely to drop to 7 degrees Celsius by tomorrow, although the sky will remain largely clear.

Today is the third day in a row that mercury has fallen below 9 degrees Celsius, indicating that the winter has indeed arrived in the Capital.

The sudden chill in the weather is due to fresh snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, induced by a fresh Western disturbance. But a drop in mercury has been long overdue as unusually warm weather had been prevailing with the night temperatures hovering at around 15 degrees C, nearly 5 degrees above the normal.

Coming weeks were likely to witness a slight rise in the night temperature, said the weathermen, assuring that though Delhi would not witness a thick blanket of fog, yet the sky was likely to see mist in the morning this week.

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Cosmetic surgery to cut away part of stomach
Sweta Jha

New Delhi, November 27
Obesity has become a serious problem among a growing number of people, who are not only vulnerable to distress but also suffer from a lower self-esteem. Nowadays, it has spawned a new segment in healthcare worth a fortune. The latest technique involves cosmetic surgery to physically cut away a part of the stomach.

Obesity has emerged as an epidemic. Nearly, 1.2 billion of the total world population suffers from obesity. In India, around 25 million people are said to be obese. As the ‘Anti-Obesity day’ fell on November 26, a weeklong global laparoscopic conference was organised by Bhatia Global Hospital here. On the first two days medical practitioners focussed on obesity.

In simple words, obesity is a condition where large quantity of unused fat is stored in the body. Medical practitioners point out a person to be obese when he/she has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. BMI is calculated as weight divided by height (in meters) of a person. If the BMI of a person is above 35 then, he/she is suffering from morbid obesity.

The latest techniques of curing obesity are bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. In bariatric surgery, a large cut is made on the stomach to remove extra mass of the patient’s body, while in laparoscopic surgery, a small cut is made on stomach and laser treatment is carried out.

According to medical practitioners, the key to healthy life is a healthy liver. Dr Subhash Gupta of Apollo Hospital said fatty liver leads to obesity. Liver carries out the process of metabolism. The accumulation of fat in liver leads to fatty liver.

Liver metabolises fat. It is still not known as to what causes fat to build up in the liver. Fatty liver alone does not cause much problem, said Dr Subhash Gupta. He added that the problem is not known to the sufferer during the initial stage, he/she comes to know about it only when they undergo some tests.

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‘India-South Africa Series Cricket Pack’ launched
in NCR

Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 27
Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunication services, consisting of 28.61 million mobile customers has launched ‘India-South Africa Series Cricket Pack’ for its postpaid and prepaid customers in Delhi and NCR.

Customers who subscribe to this Pack can listen to ball-by-ball score updates for the entire series–5 One-Day Internationals and 3-Test Matches.

Customers will also get free SMS Alerts after every 6 overs in each match of the series.

Announcing the latest service offering, Mr Christopher Tobit, CEO-Bharti Airtel Limited, said, Airtel customers will now have the advantage of following the India-South Africa series while on the move.

To subscribe to the service, a customer just needs to call a toll-free number 646601.

The one-time cost of the Airtel India-South Africa Series Cricket Pack is Rs 99 and is valid up to January 6, 2007 i.e. the duration of the entire series.

To listen to the ball-by-ball score updates, a customer needs to call the same toll-free number and the maximum duration per call is 5 minutes.

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Two held in kidnapping-cum-murder case
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 27
Police today claimed to have worked out a kidnapping-cum-murder case of an accountant in Punjabi Bagh area, with the arrest of two criminals – Neeraj Bansal (24) and Arvind Rana (24).

Pankaj Aggarwal, an accountant in a Rohini-based interior decoration firm, had allegedly gone to Punjabi Bagh branch of the ICICI Bank for withdrawing Rs 3 lakh but did not return. Suspecting a foul play, the family members of Aggarwal registered a case of abduction with the Punjabi Bagh police station.

Three days later, his body was recovered near a hospital in Narela.

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Three held for robbing bikes, cellphones
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 27
By arresting three criminals, Noida police have busted a gang who used to rob people of motorcycles and cell phones in a filmy style.

The police have recovered four bikes lifted from Delhi, four mobile phones, Rs 4,000 and a revolver, from the criminals, but the kingpin of the gang, Guddu, had escaped the police dragnet.

The robbers have confessed to half a dozen loots in and around Noida. This was the same gang who had taken away Rs 80,000 and a cell phone from the motorcycle dickey of a Delhi resident near Saumitra hospital some two months ago, police said.

This gang was apprehended by Sector-58 police who had been keeping a watch on the activities of such gangs.

The police had learnt that such a gang was active in their area. An informer had told the police that three robbers were coming from Khora Colony towards Labour Chowk.

All the three were nabbed in a raid. The thieves identified themselves as Karmash Birju of HP, Harinder of Dankore and Vishal Rastogi of Muradabad.

Birju had snatched the mobile phone near water tank in Sector-58 on November 18.

Harinder had taken away a cell phone and Rs 80,000 from the dickey of a bike of a Delhi resident.

A cell phone and a dagger were recovered from Vishal Rastogi. Police have recovered three bikes stolen from Delhi. All the three bandits are residents of Khora Colony.

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