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5 die in road mishaps
New Delhi, September 4
Five persons, including a woman and a minor boy, were killed while five injured in six accidents across the Capital since late last night and the police blamed drunken driving behind two cases.
The mangled Indica car that ran over a man in New Delhi. The mangled Indica car that ran over a man in New Delhi. Tribune photo

DUSU Poll
ABVP rules the roost
Its candidates bag 3 of 4 posts
New Delhi, September 4
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the opposition BJP, virtually swept the Delhi University Students' Union election, results of which were announced today, and bagged three of the four seats, including those of president and secretary.


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Itís 2002 for ABVP, again
New Delhi, September 4
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has made an impressive comeback after eight years and repeated its performance of 2002 when it had won three seats, barring the post of joint secretary, the same as this year.

Delhi Diary
Time to sing the same song on Games!
Policemen along with the bomb disposal squad carry out a mock drill at Rajiv Chowk Metro station in New Delhi on Saturday. CWG's Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit might be sharing good vibes these days with both of them appearing together in public functions, but their camps continue to nurse grudges.

Policemen along with the bomb disposal squad carry out a mock drill at Rajiv Chowk Metro station in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Games ceremonies to showcase heritage
New Delhi, September 4
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will have ample reference to India's rich heritage, including the Islamic influence on it. The earlier omission of it from the plans for the ceremony had invited criticism from many quarters, including the Group of Ministers.

Rally promotes Games
New Delhi, September 4
With just a month left for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the 10th Family Fun Car Rally was held today. One hundred families participated in the rally.

Vehicles on a waterlogged parking area in Connaught Place in New Delhi on Saturday.
Vehicles on a waterlogged parking area in Connaught Place in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Delhi gets its first 5-star public toilet
New Delhi, September 4
A five-star public convenience centre, 'Rainbow', in the Kailash Colony market was today thrown open to public after its inauguration by the mayor in the presence of other personalities like Nafisa Ali, a social activist, and MCD leader Subhash Arya.

Tribune staffer bags award
New Delhi, September 4
Syed Ali Ahmed, a staff reporter with The Tribune, was given the best journalist (print media) award at a function organised by the Journalists Association of India.

Rickshaw pullers protest against assault in Noida
Noida, September 4
The Rickshaw Chalak Vikas Samiti organised a demonstration at sector 15 against the alleged assault on a rickshaw puller by a home guard here. The protest ended only after senior police officials assured that they would not be harassed.

Man nabbed for live-in partnerís murder
New Delhi, September 4
The Delhi police has arrested a 28-year-old property dealer for the alleged murder of a 25-year-old woman who was found shot dead on August 14 near a pump house in Sector 9, Narela.

Father who killed molester held
New Delhi, September 4
The Delhi police crime branch has arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly killing a man after he caught him red-handed trying to molest his daughter in his house.





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5 die in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
Five persons, including a woman and a minor boy, were killed while five injured in six accidents across the Capital since late last night and the police blamed drunken driving behind two cases.

Drunk driving

In the first case of drunken driving on August Kranti Marg in south Delhi, an Alto car ran over a pedestrian, who died a few hours later in AIIMS Trauma Centre.

The police said the accident occurred around 10.15 pm near Bhikaji Cama Place when victim Sohan Singh, who was returning home after meeting his ailing brother in a hospital, was hit by the car while he was crossing the road.

Sohan's leg was trapped in the rear wheels and the driver, Mukesh, dragged him for over 50m before stopping.

He was arrested from the spot and his medical examination has confirmed that he was drunk, the police said.

Sohan was resident of Uttranchal and employed as a chef with a restaurant in Greater Kailash-I.

In another fatality caused by drunken driving, an Indica car hit and killed a biker in Saraswati Vihar midnight.

Ram Bahadur (35), who worked with a private firm, was on his bike when hit by a speeding Indica car driven by Kamal Saini.

Saini, who was inebriated, hit another car soon after and sustained injuries. "He was too drunk to run away," said a police official.

Victims impaled

In the Pritampura area of outer Delhi this morning, a 55-year-old woman was killed while her husband is battling with life in a city hospital after the car they were travelling in hit a stationary truck loaded with iron rods.

The accident occurred around 4 am and the couple, Harjit Singh and Sudeep Kaur, were on their way to a gurudwara. The iron rods pierced through them and they could be pulled out of the car only after the police cut through the vehicle with gas-cutters.

Boy crushed

A tractor-trolley crushed a minor boy in the Karawal Nagar area of east Delhi today.

Akash, son of Manoj, was running errand for his mother when he came under the wheels of the trolley. The police has impounded the tractor trolley while the driver fled the spot.

Cyclist mowed

A cyclist, Babu, was mowed down by a DTC bus in the Aman Vihar police station area of Outer Delhi last night. The driver fled the spot.

Car turns turtle

In another accident, a Honda City car turned turtle after hitting a divider this afternoon in the Peeragarhi area of Paschim Vihar. Four persons were injured in the mishap. 

2 run over by train

Two persons, including a minor boy, were run over by a train while they were crossing the tracks near Chandan Vihar railway station in the Mandawali area of east Delhia round 9 am. It involved the train coming from Ghaziabad.

"The victims have been identified as Inderjeet (32) and Vikas. It seems they were crossing the road and came under the impact of moving train," said the police, adding that Inderjeet was a hawker and sold eatables in trains.

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DUSU Poll
ABVP rules the roost
Its candidates bag 3 of 4 posts
Tribune News Service

ABVPís Jitender Choudhary (centre), Priya Dabas (right) and Neetu Dabas (left) won the posts of president, vice-president and secretary, respectively, in DUSU elections, after the results were announced on Saturday.
ABVPís Jitender Choudhary (centre), Priya Dabas (right) and Neetu Dabas (left) won the posts of president, vice-president and secretary, respectively, in DUSU elections, after the results were announced on Saturday. Tribune photo

New Delhi, September 4
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the opposition BJP, virtually swept the Delhi University Students' Union election, results of which were announced today, and bagged three of the four seats, including those of president and secretary.

Its main rival National Students' Union of India, which is affiliated with the Congress, could win only one seat with its joint secretary candidate Akshay Kumar winning over his rivals.

Jitender Choudhary, an MA student in Buddhist Studies, won the post of DUSU president.

These elections also saw woman candidates doing as good as their male counterparts and bagged two seats. Priya Dabas and Neetu Dabas, both of ABVP, won the posts of vice-president and secretary respectively.

Jitender defeated NSUI's Harish Choudhary, a student of SGBT Khalsa College, by a margin of 1,943 votes. Jitender got 9,259 votes. AISF's Aparajitha, daughter of veteran CPI leader D Raja, could garner only 2,999 votes.

ABVP's Priya Dabas polled 8,679 votes and beat NSUI's AA Vardhan by a margin of 1,518 votes while Neetu Dabas won by the highest margin among all the winners and thrashed Deepika Derhwal of NSUI by 4,495 votes.

Akshay Kumar spared NSUI the embarrassment of a whitewash and won the post of joint secretary with a margin of 581 votes. He received 6,831 votes.

A total of 11 candidates contested for the post of DUSU president in the election, while 30 others were vying for the three posts of vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.

As many as 41 contenders were in fray this year for the four posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.

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Itís 2002 for ABVP, again
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has made an impressive comeback after eight years and repeated its performance of 2002 when it had won three seats, barring the post of joint secretary, the same as this year.

Its aggressive campaign against the semester system, demand for exclusive coaches for girls in Metro trains and better hostel facilities for students have helped the party, opined leaders of different parties.

The NSUI had been the most successful party for the last seven years and had got better of the ABVP more often than not.

Shahnawaz Choudhary, state secretary, NSUI, refused to speak about the reasons of the defeat and said it was early to draw conclusions. "We accept the students' verdict. We will sit and analyse what went wrong," he told The Tribune.

The mood in the ABVP camp was of course triumphant.

"It was in 2007 that the Lyngdoh commission guidelines were brought to Delhi University. We had a very good chance to win then as well, but we lost candidates due to the guidelines. However, no one can question the credibility of election process this time," gushed Ashutosh, ABVP state secretary.

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Delhi Diary
Time to sing the same song on Games!

CWG's Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit might be sharing good vibes these days with both of them appearing together in public functions, but their camps continue to nurse grudges.

The CWG's theme song launched by A.R. Rahman in a glittering ceremony has been a damp squib so far. Now the Delhi government has launched its own theme song sung by indipop singer Palash Sen.

A minister when asked for his take on Sen's number, said it would definitely be more heard and praised than Rahman's, taking a dig at the CWG organisers.

Both, the organising committee and state government, continue to sing different tunes.

Conspiracy theorists have a field day

CWG organisers have faced a barrage of negative reports, from charges of rampant corruption to nepotism and what not. The buzz among many officials is that a prominent media house has gone after the organisers with all the ferocity it could manage, more out of rivalry than anything else since it was denied a major sponsorship deal.

Though such insinuations have so far been mostly in-house gossips, recent surveys carried out by two leading dailies, including the one in question, have given these claims further boost.

The daily in the forefront of raking up organisers' corrupt practices published a survey of Delhiites, which claimed that a majority of them believed that CWG work had made their lives difficult apart from incurring wasteful expenses.

A rival daily, which had bagged the deal, soon came out with a survey whose findings claimed most Delhi residents were happy over hosting the event and carried a host of favourable verdicts. For once, conspiracy theorists in the CWG headquarters are a happy lot.

VIP iftars distressing

'Iftar' get-togethers hosted by leading politicians are becoming a pain for those who observe fast in this holy month of Ramazan.

The one hosted by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday was one such example when the guests jostled with one another to have fruit and other eatables on their plates. Some of them on fast had to satisfy themselves with sweet water as they avoided the scrum for food.

One journalist left the venue in anger with the vow of never attending a politician's 'Iftar' party if he was fasting. For a majority of invitees, 'iftars' are nothing more than just another occasion to rub shoulders with the high and mighty and eat sumptuous delicacies.

Many, though, also praised the Chief Minister for making special arrangements at the venue.

(Contributed by Himani Chandel, Sandeep Yadav, and Syed Ali Ahmed)

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Games ceremonies to showcase heritage
Kumar Rakesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will have ample reference to India's rich heritage, including the Islamic influence on it. The earlier omission of it from the plans for the ceremony had invited criticism from many quarters, including the Group of Ministers.

Sources told The Tribune that they have made appropriate amendments and thrust would on the country's mosaic cultural heritage. "The legacy and influence of minority religions like Islam and Buddhism would be duly acknowledged," an official said.

The Group of Ministers had expressed its displeasure over the absence of any reference to India's Islamic history and riches in the organisers' plans for both ceremonies. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal and lyricist Javed Akhtar have played an important role in shaping the contents of the events for which international consultants and professionals have been roped in.

Yoga and various dance forms would find a mention in the events.

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Rally promotes Games
Tribune News Service

A car that took part in the rally at OC headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.
A car that took part in the rally at OC headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, September 4
With just a month left for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the 10th Family Fun Car Rally was held today. One hundred families participated in the rally.

'My Delhi My Games' was the theme for this year's rally. CWG organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi flagged off the rally from the OC headquarters opposite Jantar Mantar.

The rallyists left the OC headquarters and traversed through landmarks like-- Talkatora Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Ambedkar Stadium, Raj Ghat, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Siri Fort Sports Complex and ITO in south and central Delhi.

The rally was jointly organised by the Central Bank of India, CWG's official banker and Rashi Entertainment.

The OC awarded the winners with free tickets for athletics and weightlifting events.

The best decorated car prize went to Kanchan, while the best dressed family prize was given to Anurag's family.

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Delhi gets its first 5-star public toilet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
A five-star public convenience centre, 'Rainbow', in the Kailash Colony market was today thrown open to public after its inauguration by the mayor in the presence of other personalities like Nafisa Ali, a social activist, and MCD leader Subhash Arya.

The five-star public convenience has been built by the MCD in partnership with Kalilash Colony Market Association at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The toilet complex is the first five-star convenience built by the civic body.

The pilot model of the high-end public conveniences was also visited by the other.

The toilet complex has an interactive LED screen and touch sensor water taps and Braille work signages for the blind.

The toilet complex has features friendly to women, children infants and the physically challenged, airconditioner, water recycling plant, solar panels, energy saving (LED lights), five-star maintenance, equipped with hi-tech fittings and gadgets.

The project has been on an Build, Operate and Transfer basis, granting the company rights to earn revenue from advertising.

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Tribune staffer bags award
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
Syed Ali Ahmed, a staff reporter with The Tribune, was given the best journalist (print media) award at a function organised by the Journalists Association of India.

The awards given in 50 categories aim to felicitate professionals from different walks of life. The awards included best doctor, best social activist, best banker and journalists. Punya Prasoon Bajpai of Zee News bagged the award for best journalist in the electronic media category.

Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes was the chief guest at the event.

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Rickshaw pullers protest against assault in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 4
The Rickshaw Chalak Vikas Samiti organised a demonstration at sector 15 against the alleged assault on a rickshaw puller by a home guard here. The protest ended only after senior police officials assured that they would not be harassed.

Samiti president Rama Kant told The Tribune today, "In October 2009, the authority had banned cycle rickshaws on six major roads and sector 18. On May 27, 2010, the Allahabad High Court Bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Virendra Singh directed the authority not to create any hindrance for rickshaw pullers and allow them to ply their rickshaws in any part of Noida."

"The samiti had pleaded that rickshaw pullers had no other source of livelihood and restrictions would adversely affect them. It further pleaded that the authority's action violated Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution," said Kant.

"We had also submitted that restrictions would cause inconvenience to passengers. Moreover, cycle rickshaws do not cause any pollution and are the most environment-friendly mode of transport. Restrictions imposed were unreasonable," said Kant.

"In spite of the court's order, rickshaw pullers were subjected to beating by traffic policemen. Hari Om, Shiv Pal and some other rickshaw pullers had informed the samiti that they were beaten by home guards," said Kant.

"The authority had imposed certain restrictions in view of the Commonwealth Games. Though the court has restrained us to restrict cycle rickshaw movement, we are allowed to impose reasonable restrictions in the interest of general public. We restrict or divert them where there are traffic jams," said Ajay Sahdev, superintendent of police (traffic).

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Man nabbed for live-in partnerís murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
The Delhi police has arrested a 28-year-old property dealer for the alleged murder of a 25-year-old woman who was found shot dead on August 14 near a pump house in Sector 9, Narela.

The victim was later identified as Arti and according to the police, she was having a live-in relationship with the arrested accused Lalit Makhan, a resident of Alipur village. According to Chhaya Sharma, DCP (outer), Lalit shot dead Arti as he suspected her to be having a relationship with some other persons as well. The blood-stained clothes and vehicle used in the commission of crime have been recovered.

After the incident, Lalit Makhan was absconding and his whereabouts were not known to any of his family members. "After the police learnt that Arti was having relationship with Lalit, a search was made for him at various places and on Thursday, he was arrested from near Singhu border while he was waiting for a bus to Delhi," said Sharma.

During interrogation, Lalit confessed to have committing the murder of his live-in-partner Arti at the rear side of his parent's house, where he used to live alone.

"Lalit suspected Arti of having relations with other persons also. He brought her to his house and on this issue, a quarrel took place between them. In the heat of the moment, he fired upon Arti, killing her," revealed Sharma.

Lalit then borrowed a Maruti van from his neighbor on the pretext that he had to take his seriously ill sister to hospital and he transported the dead body from his house to the place where it was found dumped.

The said van as well as his blood-stained clothes have also been taken into police possession at the instance of accused. 

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Father who killed molester held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
The Delhi police crime branch has arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly killing a man after he caught him red-handed trying to molest his daughter in his house.

According to the police, the incident took place on July 18 when the accused Dinesh, a resident of Sultanpuri, killed Ashok (25) who was trying to molest his minor daughter.

"Dinesh had caught Ashok while he was trying to molest his minor daughter in his house. Enraged by this, Dinesh tied Ashok and continued beating him with an iron rod till he died. Ashok's body was dumped on the fields in the Shahabad Dairy area. Ashok worked as Dinesh's employee," said Neeraj Thakur, ACP (crime).

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