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118 commercial units sealed in Najafgarh
New Delhi, December 6
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi continued its drive against commercial establishments in residential areas, sealing 118 shops in West Delhi today.

Woman thrashed, disrobed in Noida village
Noida, December 6
A woman in Chhalera village under Sector 39 police station was disrobed, thrashed and paraded around naked in the village yesterday by some musclemen. Her fault? She had tried to save her husband from being assaulted by the culprits.

It’s curtains for illegal markets in Faridabad
Around 233 shops in sector 7, 10, 22 and 23 go out of business
Faridabad, December 6
The markets thriving in Housing Board colonies in Sector, 7, 10, 22 and 23 were finally closed down here today.

Mata Sundri College celebrates annual cultural fest
New Delhi, December 6
Mata Sundri College for Women here celebrated its three-day annual cultural festival, Sarang 2006, last week. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by DSGMC president Harinder Singh Sarna, DSGMC secretary Rajinder Singh Techno, college governing body Chairman Balbir Singh, college governing body treasurer Harinder Pal Singh and other dignitaries.

Sheila rues multiplicity of authorities in Delhi
New Delhi, December 6
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today said that Delhi was a growing city with multiplicity of authorities and related bottlenecks that resulted in delay in implementation of development schemes.

JNUTA demands UGC pay revision panel
New Delhi, December 6
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) Executive Committee, at a meeting held yesterday, took many important decisions, including passing of a resolution demanding the setting up of a UGC pay committee for pay revision of university and college teachers.


A Dalit child with his mother during a dharna at Jantar Mantar on the occasion of 50th death anniversary of B. R. Ambedkar on Wednesday.
A Dalit child with his mother during a dharna at Jantar Mantar on the occasion of 50th death anniversary of B. R. Ambedkar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

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A road near Asian Games Village in South Delhi caved in on Wednesday.
A road near Asian Games Village in South Delhi caved in on Wednesday. Two vehicles, Maruti car and TATA Innova, fell into it, though the passengers escaped with minor injuries. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Notification for DGMC polls on December 13
New Delhi, December 6
Delhi Government will issue a notification on December 13 for conducting elections of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee (DGMC).

Gang of truck robbers busted, 4 held
New Delhi, December 6
With the arrest of four persons – Asgar, Arshad, Haleem and Alam, the South district police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers allegedly involved in five cases of truck robberies.

Employers of child labourers fined
Noida, December 6
Some 67 children employed in various places have been identified under the child labour law. Thirty-four of these minor children were found to have been employed in hazardous units.

Robbers barge into Noida flat, loot at will
Noida, December 6
The robbers barged into the house of an architect in Nar Vihar Apartments and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 2.50 lakh and Rs 80,000 in cash. Besides, a laptop and a cell phone were stolen from another house in Sector 27.

HC sets aside age limit for JHU pre-medical course
New Delhi, December 6
The Delhi High Court has quashed the prescribed age limit for admission to a one-year pre-medical course of Unani medicine in Jamia Hamdard University.

100 huts gutted
New Delhi, December 6
Nearly 100 huts were gutted in a fire which broke out this afternoon in a slum cluster in North-East Delhi but there was no report of any casualty.

Temp remains above normal, visibility improves
New Delhi, December 6
Visibility improved considerably today in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the temperature continued to rise because of the western disturbances.

One held for running factory to melt coins
New Delhi, December 6
The police today claimed to have arrested one Ramesh Chabra (42), a resident of Rohini, in connection with illegally melting a large number of coins for commercial purpose.

 

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118 commercial units sealed in Najafgarh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi continued its drive against commercial establishments in residential areas, sealing 118 shops in West Delhi today.

The action was taken against 118 properties on Rohtak Road from Peera Garhi Chowk and Tikri Border road falling under the Najafgarh Zone of the civic body, officials said.

With today’s action, the total number of shops sealed so far since the resumption of the court-ordered action on November 8 has risen to 2,583.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief, Mr Ram Babu Sharma, constituted a seven-member committee under the chairmanship of former Union Minister, Mr Jagdish Tytler, to conduct a detailed study about the problems arising out of the sealing and demolition drives, the steep conversion charges for commercial areas imposed on traders, conversion charges for unauthorised constructions in flats and regularisation of around 1,500 unauthorised colonies.

The committee, after studying all the aspects of these issues, would suggest measures for finding a lasting solution to the problems being faced by traders.

The committee members include Mr Sajjan Kumar, MP from Outer Delhi, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, MP from East Delhi, Mr Krishna Tirath, MP from Karol Bagh, Mr R. K. Anand, former MP, Mr Pervez Hashmi, MLA, and Mr Jai Kishan Sharma, councillor.

The Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party president, Mr Rambir Singh Bidhuri, demanded withdrawal of conversion charges announced by the Urban Development Ministry, high compounding charges for plotted development and extra floor area ratio in residential areas and non-inclusion of rural roads for being notified under the mixed land and commercial use in the Capital.

To press for their demands, the party activists today took out a rally at Raj Ghat.

He said that the government forgot the rural roads to notify for mixed land and commercial use. “This is discriminatory attitude of the government with rural areas, which will not be tolerated,” Mr Bidhuri said.

The national secretary of the party, Mr Tariq Anwar, said that conversion charges were very high and the common man and traders would not be able to afford them. He demanded that all the conversion rates be withdrawn with immediate effect.

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Woman thrashed, disrobed in Noida village
Parmindar Singh

Noida, December 6
A woman in Chhalera village under Sector 39 police station was disrobed, thrashed and paraded around naked in the village yesterday by some musclemen. Her fault? She had tried to save her husband from being assaulted by the culprits.

The incident has created a panic in the area.

Earlier, rowdies had badly beaten up the woman’s husband and left him half-dead. The badly traumatised woman has been admitted to a hospital. The police seem to be trying to keep the incident under wraps and have not registered a case so far.

After learning about the incident, the SP City has asked the CO-II to probe the matter.

The accused had lent Rs 3,000 to the woman’s husband. When the couple begged for a little more time to return the money, both of them were severely beaten up by the money lenders.

Anil, a tailor, lives along with his wife Rama Devi in Gate No 2 in Chhalera village. Sometime ago, he had borrowed Rs 3,000 from one Ravi of Sarfabad. Ravi descended on Monday to ask for his money. Anil begged for some more time. Ravi first abused Anil and later with the help of two friends dragged Ravi out of his house and beat him up black and blue. Rama Devi had tried to save her husband.

Anil alleged that Ravi and his friend then pounced upon Rama Devi and beat her up. Tearing away her dress, they completely disrobed her and later paraded her naked around the village. Later, they dumped her on the road and fled away. The police eventually reached the spot, but no case was registered.

The SP, on learning about the incident, said that suitable action would be taken after an enquiry and that the concerned police personnel would be punished if found guilty of negligence in the shocking incident.

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It’s curtains for illegal markets in Faridabad
Around 233 shops in sector 7, 10, 22 and 23 go out of business

Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 6
The markets thriving in Housing Board colonies in Sector, 7, 10, 22 and 23 were finally closed down here today.

Around 233 shops functioning in these areas were either sealed by officials of Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) as per a Punjab and Haryana High Court order last month in response to a petition filed this year against commercial activities in the residential areas, or closed by the owners themselves by getting a brick wall erected in front of the shutters.

The MCF had issued notices to the shopkeepers earlier and warned them about sealing for non-compliance of the directions by this morning.

Though the local authorities had attempted to carry out sealing operations on a couple of occasions earlier, the move would get stumped after the intervention of political activists and certain bureaucrats.

It is claimed that the markets of Sectors 7 and 10 located on 100-foot-wide road are very old and cater to the needs of a large population for many decades. Though some of the shopkeepers and their representatives are confident that the market would be reopened soon, the Commissioner, MCF, warned that anyone violating the court order or tried to reopen the shop would be dealt with strictly as per the law.

He said the sealing operation got over peacefully and all the shops located in the listed markets were closed down as per the schedule and there was no resistance of any type.

It is, however, learnt that the shopkeepers did not submit the affidavit demanded by the officials in connection with the move. Some of the shops sealed today belong to influential persons, including a follower of a former Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

“Certain activists of the ruling Congress had also tried to influence the government machinery to ensure the survival of these markets, but they only delayed the government action by a few weeks,” claimed a party worker.

The sealing down of the markets in these areas has, however, led to a sharp rise in the prices of commercial properties of the authorized markets in the nearby sectors. Meanwhile, a representative of the HUDA market association asked the government to ensure the closure of all shops and commercial activities being run on 100-foot-wide roads of all other sectors, including Sectors 10 and 11.

He alleged that several shops and banquet halls were still functioning on the dividing roads of Sectors 9-10, and 10-11.

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Mata Sundri College celebrates annual cultural fest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Mata Sundri College for Women here celebrated its three-day annual cultural festival, Sarang 2006, last week. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by DSGMC president Harinder Singh Sarna, DSGMC secretary Rajinder Singh Techno, college governing body Chairman Balbir Singh, college governing body treasurer Harinder Pal Singh and other dignitaries.

Following tradition, it started auspiciously with Guru Nanak Paper Reading Contest. The first day of the cultural Festival also witnessed a debate competition, judo and aerobics, poetry, Sanskrit shlokas recital interspersed with showcasing the creativity of youth through rangoli, poster making and ad-mad competition. One-act play, classical and light music competition and Antakshri were the highlights of the second day where participants from various colleges of University of Delhi showed their excellence in acting, music and singing.

Rap Singer Anirudh, who is also an RJ with ETC and World Space, was the anchor of Antakshri. His melodious voice and style made the event more lively.

Gray matter was put to test in the general quiz contest. Youngsters danced to traditional folk tunes in Thirak – a solo and group dance competition—on November 30, the last day of the festival.

Miranda House was the winner in Sanskrit Bhashan Pratiyogita and Hindi Kavita (poetry).

Kirori Mal College bagged the first prize in debate. The group dance trophy went to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, while JMC was declared first in solo dance. Zakir Hussain College was the winner in both ghazal and ad-mad show. An aerobics championship was organised for the first time. LSR bagged the second prize while Gargi College won the third prize. Host Mata Sundri College was the winner in mehndi, group dance, aerobics and judo championships.

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Sheila rues multiplicity of authorities in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today said that Delhi was a growing city with multiplicity of authorities and related bottlenecks that resulted in delay in implementation of development schemes.

Releasing a book ‘Local Governance in Developing Countries’ by Dr Anwar Shah, the Chief Minister said that the voice of people had been proved to be a force in Delhi, which gained prominence due to the ‘Bhagidari’ programme initiated by the Delhi Government. This programme had earned laurels at international level, she claimed.

She further made reference of Stree Shakti programme, which has earned recognition and had been awarded the second CAPAM award. The programme provides minimal health services and awareness in slum and JJ colonies.

The CM said that Delhi was the first city to bring out a Human Development Report and a Social Audit Report, which would go a long way in overcoming difficulties. She said that the local self government in the country was part of centuries old democratic system, which was being adopted by a number of foreign countries.

She said that the book had put emphasis on the importance of strong local governments to improve economic and social outcomes for their citizens. The book argues, “Economic success in the current information age requires local governments to be free of the shackles of top down mandates, but instead should redefine their roles based upon bottom-up compacts and home rule.”

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JNUTA demands UGC pay revision panel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) Executive Committee, at a meeting held yesterday, took many important decisions, including passing of a resolution demanding the setting up of a UGC pay committee for pay revision of university and college teachers.

The meeting, presided over by Prof Chaman Lal, JNUTA president, resolved the UGC pay committee should have been set up immediately after the Union Government set up a pay commission for central government employees.

The JNUTA also demanded enhancement in the superannuation age of university teachers up to 65 years, which has been recommended by the Veerappa Moily committee also.

It also passed a resolution demanding cancellation of a notification regarding the nomination of three faculty members to the JNU Executive Council. As the ministry has notified elected representation of the faculty in the council, one each for professor, associate professor and assistant professor, the elections must be held to these posts. The nomination of the present three faculty members to the Executive Council was flawed on technical grounds as well as two associate professors had been nominated in place of one and no assistant professor was nominated. The JNUTA Executive Committee has appealed to the nominated members to resign on their own.

The association has also demanded elected representation in the Academic Council as well, which has been allowed in case of students.

At the meeting, the JNUTA also co-opted the vacant positions in the Executive Council. Dr Vivek Kumar is joint secretary, Dr Sanghmitra is treasurer, Dr Janshruti is representative from the School of Languages, Dr Vikas Rawal and Dr Vidhu Verma from the School of Social Sciences, Prof B. C. Tripathi from the School of Life Sciences, Dr Krishan Kumar from the School of Environment Sciences, Dr Sushil Kumar from the School of Computer Sciences and Dr H. S. Shiv Prakash from the combined group.

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Notification for DGMC polls on December 13
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Delhi Government will issue a notification on December 13 for conducting elections of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee (DGMC).

The Directorate of Gurdwara Management Elections has already completed the process of summary revision of electoral rolls.

The government has appointed 16 electoral registration officers, 46 assistant electoral registration officers and election staff. The total number of voters is approximately 3.92 lakh, who would cast their votes manually through ballot papers, showing an increase of over 83,000 in number of Sikh electors from the last election held in June 2002.

The nomination will be filed with the zonal returning officers concerned from December 13 to 20. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be taken up on December 21. The withdrawal of candidature from elections will be made up to 3 pm on December 23 with the respective returning officers.

The counting of ballot papers will be held on January 16, 2007 at the reception-cum-counting centres set up at various polytechnics or ITIs of Delhi.

The model code of conduct for elections will be applicable for all candidates from the date of publication of election programmes for conduct of elections for members of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee in the national Capital, the official said.

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Gang of truck robbers busted, 4 held
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 6
With the arrest of four persons – Asgar, Arshad, Haleem and Alam, the South district police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers allegedly involved in five cases of truck robberies.

A pistol with cartridges, two knives and cell phones have allegedly been recovered from their possession.

Following a tip-off, the accused were apprehended near Badarpur. On interrogation, Asgar allegedly confessed to having been involved in the criminal activities and that he had taken more than 50 stolen trucks to various states in North-East and Bihar.

According to the police, the gang had more than 25 members most of them hailing from Mewat area of Haryana. They came to Delhi in trucks in groups of about 10 with arms and ammunition in the evening and camp around dhabas. They would then intercept any truck on highway at gun-point.

As per their modus operandi, two of them would approach the truck driver on some pretext and get the driver to open the door of the vehicle, after which the other members of the gang would overpower them. After dumping the bodies of driver and helper at some isolated place, the accused used to escape with the stolen truck, said a police officer.

In another incident, the police claimed to have arrested two auto-lifters Aswani Kumar and Deepak near Malviya Nagar. Six stolen motorcycles have allegedly been recovered at their instance. During a routine checking, the duo was apprehended. In yet another case, three snatchers Sanjay, Sanjay and Sonu were arrested in the same district. A stolen mobile phone and a digital camera were recovered from their possession.

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Employers of child labourers fined
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 6
Some 67 children employed in various places have been identified under the child labour law. Thirty-four of these minor children were found to have been employed in hazardous units.

The labour department has issued notices to employers of these 34 children. All of them have been asked to deposit Rs 20,000 each with the department as fine within 15 days.

According to labour department officials, in a campaign from October 17 to November 30, some 24 child labourers under 14 were detected. Another 34 children were found employed in hazardous units while nine were employed in non-hazardous jobs.

Under the Child Labour Act, all employers who were using minor children in hazardous works were fined Rs 20,000 which they have been asked to deposit within 15 days—by December 20..

Assistant Labour Commissioner M.K. Joshi said those who did not deposit the fine of Rs 20,000 by December 20 would be hauled up in CJ Magistrate’s Court where a case would be registered against the accused. A list of children with their names and addresses will be sent to CDO office.

The labour officer has requested the District Magistrate’s office to offer a job to the father or mother of these children under the Child Labour Act and also to issue RC against those employees who fail to deposit the fine. A list will also be sent to the District Basic Education office to arrange for the education of these children, Mr Joshi added.

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Robbers barge into Noida flat, loot at will
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 6
The robbers barged into the house of an architect in Nar Vihar Apartments and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 2.50 lakh and Rs 80,000 in cash. Besides, a laptop and a cell phone were stolen from another house in Sector 27.

In Nar Vihar Apartment No. 36 in Sector 34, Harish Tripathi lives with his family. He and his wife are both architects. While they had gone to their office on Tuesday and children had been to school, the robbers struck during the day yesterday.

When the Tripathis came home in the evening, they were in for a rude shock. The locks on flat had been broken open, the steel almirah lockers in bedroom were also open and the belongings strewn around.

On being informed, the Sector 24 police came and inspected the house.

Harish Tripathi said thieves had taken away jewellery and cash worth Rs 3.50 lakh.

The second theft occurred in E-35-B in Sector 27 in the house where Daya Shankar, a Logix Park software engineer, was living on rent in the house of one S.N. Srivastava. Two youths had come to his house and said that the landlord had asked them to have a look on the set that they wanted to take on rent. While Daya Shankar was talking to one of them, the other stranger picked up his cell phone and laptop. Daya Shankar realized his loss after the duo had left the premises. He tried to trace them, but in vain. The Sector 20 police have been informed.

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HC sets aside age limit for JHU pre-medical course
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
The Delhi High Court has quashed the prescribed age limit for admission to a one-year pre-medical course of Unani medicine in Jamia Hamdard University.

Setting aside a university order cancelling the admission of two students to the ‘Pre-Tib’ because they were “overaged”, Mr Justice Anil Kumar observed a decision on the eligibility conditions for admission into professional courses was purely the work of academicians but when there was an anomaly in the procedure the court was bound to intervene.

“Where the condition of eligibility prescribed on judicial review is found to be wholly irrational, discriminatory and contrary to the rational given by the academic body itself, the court would be justified and obliged to interfere and set aside such an anomaly,” the judge said yesterday.

The court set aside an order passed by the university in August this year cancelling the admission of the two petitioners, Javed Akhtar and Afzal Hussain, both born in August 1984, to the Pre-Tib course because they had crossed the prescribed age limit of 22 years.

It said the Central Council of Indian Medicines had agreed to increase the upper age limit of the Bachelor in Unani System of Medicines (BUMS) to 26 years in place of 23 years.

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100 huts gutted
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 6
Nearly 100 huts were gutted in a fire which broke out this afternoon in a slum cluster in North-East Delhi but there was no report of any casualty.

Twelve fire engines were rushed to E-Block in Bawana after the fire department received a call in the afternoon, fire brigade officials said.

Fire-fighters took more than an hour to put out the blaze, they said.

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Temp remains above normal, visibility improves
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Visibility improved considerably today in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the temperature continued to rise because of the western disturbances.

Delhiites woke up to a much clearer sky with visibility rising above the 1000-metre mark.

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One held for running factory to melt coins
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 6
The police today claimed to have arrested one Ramesh Chabra (42), a resident of Rohini, in connection with illegally melting a large number of coins for commercial purpose.

Melted coins worth Rs 2 lakh have allegedly been recovered from his car and factory situated in Kavi Nagar in Ghaziabad.

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