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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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‘Power privatization biggest ever scam in north India’
New Delhi, December 16
Reacting to the Congress-led Delhi Government’s claim of significant achievements in development work during its tenure, the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Prof Jagdish Mukhi today said that its foremost ‘achievement’ was a severe rise in the prices of food grains, rice, flour, building material, metals, petrol, diesel, house tax, road tax, parking charges, land, shops and housing.

Armyman killed in yet another road mishap
New Delhi, December 16
In yet another case of drunken driving in the city, an armyman was critically injured when a speeding car hit him in a South-West Delhi locality.

Traders to hold demonstration today
New Delhi, December 16
Thousands of Delhi traders are joining hands tomorrow at a massive Sangharsh Sankalp Rally to be held at Ajmal Khan Park, Karol Bagh, in protest against the continued sealing drive, high conversion charges, sealing in DDA flats etc.

Tribune Impact
Ten girls in revised awards list
Faridabad had failed to recommend any names originally
Faridabad, December 16
The district administration which had reportedly not prepared the list of talented girls to be honoured at the state-level function in New Delhi on December 22, has reversed its decision of sending a ‘nil’ report.

 



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Two schoolgirls raped
New Delhi, December 16
Two schoolgirls, aged seven and nine, were allegedly raped in separate incidents in East and South Delhi, the police said today.

DDA meets developers for Games Village
New Delhi, December 16
As a precursor to developing the Commonwealth Games Village in East Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials today held an interaction with all prospective developers of the project.

This trio of pelicans was captured on film flying over the zoo on a cold winter afternoon on Saturday. Freeze Frame: This trio of pelicans was captured on film flying over the zoo on a cold winter afternoon on Saturday. —  Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

204 shopkeepers booked for violating sealing orders
Faridabad, December 16
Several shopkeepers and traders whose shops had been sealed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the market of Sector 7-10 a couple of weeks ago are in for more trouble. As many as 204 shopkeepers have been booked for threatening and manhandling the officials of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) and violating the sealing orders.

Land dispute leads to farmer’s murder
Noida, December 16
A farmer working in his field was killed by five assailants who had rained bullets on him in Bada Gaon under Urinya police station in Khurja on Friday night. An old dispute over land is said to be the reason behind the killing.

Wanted criminal shot dead in encounter
Noida, December 16
A criminal fleeing with a looted car was shot dead in an encounter with the Noida police and SOG near Sector 14 drain, the police here claimed today.

NCERT compiles school education data
New Delhi, December 16
A massive data collection drive on the part of the NCERT concluded with a key 2-day meeting in the Capital held to share the findings of the 7th All India School Education Survey.

Cow slaughter, an organized racket in western UP
Ghaziabad, December 16
The transportation of cows for slaughter appears to be a well-organized trade in the western Uttar Pradesh. Two days after a container was seized at Kulesra trade tax checkpost with 61 cows, and later torched, another truck containing 46 cows has been confiscated as it had overturned on the highway.

Gujjars to hold rally today
New Delhi, December 16
In a show of strength ahead of the assembly poll in four states, Congress MP Avtar Singh Bhadana is organising a massive rally in Delhi on December 17 to highlight the demands of the Gujjar community .

Sunny day for Delhiites
New Delhi, December 16
A bright and sunny morning greeted Delhiites today as the minimum temperature in the Capital continued to remain above normal.

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‘Power privatization biggest ever scam in north India’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 16
Reacting to the Congress-led Delhi Government’s claim of significant achievements in development work during its tenure, the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Prof Jagdish Mukhi today said that its foremost ‘achievement’ was a severe rise in the prices of food grains, rice, flour, building material, metals, petrol, diesel, house tax, road tax, parking charges, land, shops and housing.

“The government’s main failure is in privatisation of electricity board. Since the privatisation of power supply, people are getting inflated electricity bills. It is the biggest-ever scam in the history of north India,” he added.

Giving details of the govt’s alleged failure, Prof Mukhi claimed that half the citizens of Delhi did not get sufficient potable water, leading to a hue and cry every summer season, with residents of various localities, especially South and East districts, agitating for water supply.

“The govt claimed that once the Sonia Vihar water Project was commissioned, water shortage in the Capital would be over. It has started but there is still no improvement in water supply,” Prof Mukhi said.

He also criticized the liberalization of liquor policy in the Capital. “With liberalization of liquor policy, culture of the National capital has changed a lot. People are seen lying on roads in inebriated condition. Women are being exploited,” he contended.

Criticising the Sheila Dikshit-ed Congress Government, Mr Mukhi said that the Congress Party in its manifesto during the last elections claimed that all unauthorised colonies would be regularised. “But so far, nothing has happened. People are living in most pathetic condition in unauthorised areas. There is no civic amenities in these localities,” he said while addressing a press conference today.

“In Delhi, rich people are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer,” he said.

He attacked the Transport Department in Delhi as ‘most corrupt’, claiming that the proposals to start high capacity buses, mono rail and sky buses existed only on paper. The government has also failed to start the Metro feeder bus service, he pointed out.

During the last 8 years, the government could open even a single new college and university, whereas during the BJP regime, six colleges were opened and IP University was conceived, he said.

Commenting upon the working of Social Welfare Department, Prof. Mukhi said that during the financial year 2006-2007, not even a single Old Age Person got pension. 

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Armyman killed in yet another road mishap
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 16
In yet another case of drunken driving in the city, an armyman was critically injured when a speeding car hit him in a South-West Delhi locality.

He was hit by a Toyota Corolla car occupied by four inebriated teenagers who also sustained injuries in the process.

Lance Nayak T Mathew was admitted to army hospital in a serious condition while the occupants of the car re recuperating in separate private nursing homes.

A medical examination of Harneet Singh (19), son of a businessman residing in Kirti Nagar, who was driving the vehicle, and his friends Avishek, Varun and Upendra confirmed that all four were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

This is the third car accident in the last two days. A 24-year-old former call centre employee was killed and his friend critically injured when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a wall in Kapashera locality of South-West locality on Wednesday night.

Police had found empty liquor bottles from the car.

In another incident, a 22-year-old student of Delhi University was killed and five others were injured when two cars collided head-on in the wee hours of the day in a South-West Delhi locality on Thursday night.

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Traders to hold demonstration today

New Delhi, December 16
Thousands of Delhi traders are joining hands tomorrow at a massive Sangharsh Sankalp Rally to be held at Ajmal Khan Park, Karol Bagh, in protest against the continued sealing drive, high conversion charges, sealing in DDA flats etc.

The rally will be held under the umbrella of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), It will be attended by lakhs of traders.

In the wake of sealing drive extended to other states including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, etc, the prominent trade leaders of several states will also be attending the rally. The elections to Municipal Corporation in Delhi and Assemblies of UP, Uttranchal and Punjab in near future, have prompted the traders of the country to convert themselves into a vote bank and such a decision will be officially announced at the rally tomorrow.

The upcountry trade leaders besides attending the rally will also hold extensive discussions at a conference tomorrow on several other important issues concerning trade, including FDI in retail trade, rationalisation and simplification of VAT and other tax laws etc. The trade leaders will also chalk out future strategy on these issues. —TNS

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Tribune Impact
Ten girls in revised awards list
Faridabad had failed to recommend any names originally
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 16
The district administration which had reportedly not prepared the list of talented girls to be honoured at the state-level function in New Delhi on December 22, has reversed its decision of sending a ‘nil’ report. It has now entered the names of over 10 girls for the special award constituted by the state government for talented women in the ‘Year of Girl Child’, this year.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will be the Chief Guest at the function to be held at his residence 9, Pant Marg, New Delhi on Friday.

The action comes after ‘The Tribune’ reported a few days back that the report submitted by the authorities concerned to the government stated that there was no girl achiever from the district who could be honoured at the function.

According to the district administration sources, the news report made the officials review the order. They subsequently decided to prepare the list of the girl achievers to be included in the award function. Not only the names of some talented girls in different fields have been included in the list, the authorities asked various institutions to give more such names and it is learnt that the list has crossed 10 names now.

The administration has started preparations for the lodging and transportation of several girls in the region, who have been asked to report here a day earlier. While their stay has been arranged at a private building in Sector 10 here, arrangements to ferry them to Delhi and back have been made.

It may be recalled that the function was earlier scheduled to be held in Faridabad, but the venue was shifted to Delhi a few days ago.

The authorities have also been asked to make arrangements for holding a cultural programme on the occasion.

“The district has a population of over 21 lakhs and the earlier response of the authorities concerned had shocked many,” commented an employee.

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Two schoolgirls raped

New Delhi, December 16
Two schoolgirls, aged seven and nine, were allegedly raped in separate incidents in East and South Delhi, the police said today.

In the first incident, a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her landlord, identified as Shyam Veer in Okhla in South Delhi.

The victim was raped on Tuesday when her parents were not at home and the accused threatened her not to tell anyone about the incident, the police said.

She was later admitted to Safdarjung Hospital. Her medical examination confirmed she had been sexually assaulted.

In the second incident, a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her maternal uncle in the Mandawali area of East Delhi.— OC

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DDA meets developers for Games Village
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 16
As a precursor to developing the Commonwealth Games Village in East Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials today held an interaction with all prospective developers of the project.

The discussions were in connection with pre-qualification bids invited by the DDA. Almost all reputed developers from different parts of the country participated.

A financial model for private-public participation was discussed in detail. The apprehensions of the developers regarding environmental and flood clearances were also allayed by senior DDA officials.

The DDA had floated an advertisement a fortnight ago, seeking qualification applications from developers for selecting a list of eligible bidders for the Commonwealth Games Village.

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204 shopkeepers booked for violating sealing orders
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 16
Several shopkeepers and traders whose shops had been sealed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the market of Sector 7-10 a couple of weeks ago are in for more trouble. As many as 204 shopkeepers have been booked for threatening and manhandling the officials of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) and violating the sealing orders.

The MCF has also moved the court alleging contempt of court by the accused, who reportedly opened the shops in violation of the orders of the court last night. Many of the shopkeepers not only misbehaved with the senior officials, including the Joint Commissioner, MCF, but also removed the walls erected about 10 days ago. A total of 174 shops and commercial establishments in this market, which had been operating from the residential houses of the Housing Board colonies of Sector 7 and 10, had been closed down recently in the wake of the court directions.

The court in the hearing yesterday had again directed the Haryana government and the civic authorities to ensure closure or sealing of all the shops functioning in the residential areas of the area till February 9, the next date of hearing. While the MCF officials went to the spot last evening to convey to the shopkeepers about the court directions, some shopkeepers who were led by a political activist and kin of an INLD leader started arguing with the Joint Commissioner and raised slogans against him and the government.

They also started removing the walls and when the authorities warned them of a legal action, the mob started misbehaving and even threatened them with dire consequences, says the compliant lodged with the police. The police today registered the case under various Sections of the IPC, including Sections 188 and 506 against 204 persons.

It is alleged that the accused opened as many as 148 premises where shops had been sealed. Only 26 shops had still been closed out of the total 174 sealed recently.

The authorities have been told that several shops on 30 and 60-feet-wide roads have also been opened illegally in the past couple of days.

The authorities have been directed by the court to take strict action against such a violation and told to disconnect water, power and sewer line to such premises.

The Commissioner, MCF, said it was a serious issue and said the violations would be dealt with strictly.

He said no one would be allowed to take the law in one’s hand and it would be enforced.

The district administration had imposed Section 144 here recently. “This incident required a probe to know who had been misguiding and inciting the shopkeepers with an action against such persons also,” said a resident.

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Land dispute leads to farmer’s murder
Our Correspondent

Noida, December 16
A farmer working in his field was killed by five assailants who had rained bullets on him in Bada Gaon under Urinya police station in Khurja on Friday night. An old dispute over land is said to be the reason behind the killing.

There is great panic in the village after this murder.

His nephew had fled and saved his life somehow. A man of the same village and his four sons have been named for the murder by the victim’s family.

Ashok, 45, along with his nephew Harinder, was working in his field on Friday evening. An assailant from the same village along with his four sons descended there on a tractor. All five fired from their guns on Ashok, killing him on the spot. The assailants then fled away waving their weapons in the air. While fleeing, they had reportedly warmed one and all in the village that anybody giving a statement against them will meet the some fate.

Somehow Harinder had escaped from the scene. He informed the family of the murder of his uncle.

The victim’s family and CO Kamlesh Dixit, Urinya SO and other police officials reached the spot soon.

Though police had raided a number of places, the accused could not be traced. Victim’s nephew had lodged a case of murder by naming the accused and his four sons.

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Wanted criminal shot dead in encounter
Parmindar Singh

Noida, December 16
A criminal fleeing with a looted car was shot dead in an encounter with the Noida police and SOG near Sector 14 drain, the police here claimed today.

The encounter allegedly lasted over half an hour last night.

The criminal was wanted in a number of cases of murder, loot and dacoity in Bulandshahr and many other towns, the police said.

The police claimed to have recovered a revolver, a car and some cash from the site of encounter.

A timber merchant and property dealer, Mukesh Sharma, was going home in Greater Noida from Ghaziabad. Three youths on a Pulsar motorcycle had stopped his car at 9-30 pm on Friday in Sector 18 Noida. One of them was supporting a thick beard, Mukesh said. He pulled out a pistol and asked him to hand over the cash. Mukesh resisted and there was a scuffle between the two.

The criminal then fired two shots in the air at which Mukesh got scared and handed over his purse containing Rs 11,000 to him. The criminal snatched his gold ring, Santro car too and sped away in it. His other two accomplices fled away on the bike.

The victim immediately informed the police and by 9.45 pm, a joint police team from Sector 20 and SOG found the criminal near Sector 14 drain.

Seeing the police chasing him, the criminal fired on the cops. In a retaliatory fire, he was badly wounded. He was rushed to District hospital where he was declared brought dead.

He has been identified as Feroze of Bulandshahar. He was wanted in a case under Section 396. The police have not been able to identify his two accomplices as yet.

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NCERT compiles school education data
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 16
A massive data collection drive on the part of the NCERT concluded with a key 2-day meeting in the Capital held to share the findings of the 7th All India School Education Survey.

Experts in the field, state survey officers, members of the advisory committee and others participated at this meeting. The inaugural address was read out by Prof. G. Ravindra, the joint director, NCERT, who laid emphasis on the importance of school education data for planning educational policies.

In this census survey, data of all recognised schools of 28 states and 7 Union Territories has been compiled till September 30, 2002. Further, the availability of schooling facilities distance-wise at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels has been included for 5,86,986 villages and 12,09,521 habitations in India. Data has also been collected from more than 10 lakh schools and 55 lakh teachers imparting education to some 20 crore children in the country.

The scope of the 7th survey has been enlarged by including additional features like enrolment and teachers in alternative schools and alternative innovative education centres, enrolment and teachers in oriental schools like Maktabs, Madrassas and Pathshalas, enrolment of educationally backward in minority schools, para-teachers and their qualification in recognised schools etc. Further, the national data has been compiled into 9 reports covering all aspects of school education. 

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Cow slaughter, an organized racket in western UP
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, December 16
The transportation of cows for slaughter appears to be a well-organized trade in the western Uttar Pradesh. Two days after a container was seized at Kulesra trade tax checkpost with 61 cows, and later torched, another truck containing 46 cows has been confiscated as it had overturned on the highway.

Twenty-three cows died on the spot when the truck carrying 46 cows had turned turtle on G.T. Road near Saroorpur village on Friday night.

The remaining 23 cows had been sent to a ‘Goshalla’ near Brijghat. The villagers informed the police of the accident. The transporter fled after the accident leaving the truck and the cows on the highway. The police have sent the dead cows for postmortem and seized the truck.

Police said truck carrying the cows had turned turtle near Saroorpur village on Delhi-Lucknow National Highway at 3 am on Friday. The cows were being transported across the Ganga for slaughter, it is learnt. The 23 cows which survived the accident had also sustained serious injurious.

Meanwhile, the kingpin of gang engaged in cow trade has been arrested by the Greater Noida police on Friday night.

The SSP said the brain behind the trade is Shaukin Haji of J.P. Nagar district.

It may be recalled that a container transporting 61 cows from Hissar Mandi to Moradabad had been seized at Kulesra trade tax checkpost. Later, the container was torched by livid people.

Three persons had escaped while three were nabbed by the police. Police are interrogating the kingpin now, the SSP added.

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Gujjars to hold rally today

New Delhi, December 16
In a show of strength ahead of the assembly poll in four states, Congress MP Avtar Singh Bhadana is organising a massive rally in Delhi on December 17 to highlight the demands of the Gujjar community .

More than 200,000 people from the Gujjar community would take part in the rally which would congregate at Akshardham Temple, Patparganj ground, on December 17, Mr Bhadana, who represents Faridabad in Lok Sabha, said here today.

The rally is aimed at highlighting a five-point agenda of the community, which includes demand for representation at the Centre, commissioning of Gujjar Regiment, inclusion of the Gujjar community in the most backward classes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and pursuance of policies for the welfare and development of the community with a special focus on education.—TNS

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Sunny day for Delhiites
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 16
A bright and sunny morning greeted Delhiites today as the minimum temperature in the Capital continued to remain above normal.

The weather was clear and flights operated on schedule for the second straight day after being disrupted for two days due to dense fog.

 

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