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Delhiites getting into Games spirit
Venues see more spectators

New Delhi, October 7
Spectators celebrate as the India medals tally rises in New Delhi A bagful of gold medals won by Indian athletes and improved ticketing facilities are turning things around at the Commonwealth Games venues which are witnessing a surge in the number of spectators.

Spectators celebrate as the India medals tally rises in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Delhi plans wing to maintain Games infrastructure
New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi government is planning to create a separate wing in the public works department (PWD) to maintain the expansive infrastructures built across the city for the Commonwealth Games.


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The Commonwealth Games lane curbs continue to cause traffic jams
The Commonwealth Games lane curbs continue to cause traffic jams 
in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Injured Uganda athletes, coach fine
New Delhi, October 7
Two Uganda athletes and a Uganda coach who got injured in a car mishap at the Commonwealth Games Village on Tuesday night are now fine and back to work. The incident took place when a tyre-killer at the Village malfunctioned, said Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.Though the car was damaged considerably, the athletes and the coach received only minor injuries. 

Shera toys out of stock
New Delhi, October 7
People are returning disappointed from merchandising outlets as Shera soft toys have already run out of stock. Shera, the Games mascot that has a big fan following among children, has vanished even before the event is over.

Monuments adorned to present Delhiís heritage 
New Delhi, October 7
A number of monuments have been conserved and protected, apart from being illuminated.

Gold girl Aneesa is Faridabad bahu
Faridabad, October 7
If the Western Railways' authorities had the right vision, it would have been proud of their employee Aneesa Sayyed, who bagged a gold medal in 25-metre range pistol shooting event in the Commonwealth Games.

An artistís tribute to labourers of CWG sites
New Delhi, October 7
File photo of labourers working at a Games site "The face of Delhi is glowing with the cosmetic colours of the Commonwealth Games which are apparently the symbol of national pride. My exhibited work 'Migratory Birds' is an attempt to look beyond 'what is on' and 'what is inside' the glamorous and glorious face of the Games in order to unravel what is behind it," says artist Anupam Roy who exhibited his paintings on October 5 and 6 at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

File photo of labourers working at a Games site Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

GB Nagar bans plastic bags
People will not be allowed to bring plastic bags fromeven Delhi and NCR
Noida, October 7
Use of polythene bags with thickness of less than 20 microns has been banned in Gautam Budh Nagar.

Excise dept told to be more vigilant
New Delhi, October 7
Delhi finance and excise minister A.K. Walia has instructed the excise department to remain more vigilant and act swiftly on receiving any information about illicit liquor or liquor mafia.

Held for rape on marriage promise
Accused lived in the servants' quarters of Cong MP
New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police has arrested a man for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman after promising marriage.

Rs 3 lakh stolen from Noida house in 15 mins
Greater Noida, October 7
Some unidentified men allegedly decamped with valuables over Rs 3 lakh from the house of an official of the ministry of home affairs in sector-36 in just a few minutes.

2 robbers arrested in Delhi
New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police yesterday arrested two persons for being allegedly involved in several cases of robbery and car jacking.

Games bus crushes cop
New Delhi, October 7
An air-conditioned low floor bus crushed a 28-year-old Delhi police constable near the Millennium Park depot late night on Wednesday, the police said.

Wales athlete harassed
New Delhi, October 7
An athlete from Wales has filed a complaint at the Games Village police station, claiming that she has been harassed by unknown people inside the Village. Some persons took her photographs with a mobile phone. ó TNS





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Delhiites getting into Games spirit
Venues see more spectators
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
A bagful of gold medals won by Indian athletes and improved ticketing facilities are turning things around at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues which are witnessing a surge in the number of spectators.

A couple of days ago, concerns were raised over almost vacant venues for many sports. Less than full, stands are still a sight at many stadiums, especially those hosting sports not very familiar with Indians. But it is visible that the number of spectators has been increasing consistently.

One could see serpentine queues outside the ticket counters at National Stadium, Siri Fort, Indira Gandhi Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range among other venues today. These venues are hosting a total of 17 sports.

A number of people expressed happiness over India performing well in the Games and wanted to be a part of it.

Officials at the counters said weekend tickets had much more takers. "It is like watching a movie. We see many people booking three or four tickets as per the size of their families, for weekends," an official said.

Improved facilities and sorting out the glitches have also helped.

"Earlier we had to book tickets online and collect them, especially from the Parliament Street branch of the Central Bank of India. But, today, we straightway walked into the Siri Fort Auditorium to watch Saina Nehwal play. Tickets were available and we had a great time. It has become easier for families to go and watch the Games," said Shashank Vohra, who lives near the Siri Fort Complex at Green Park.

But there are hurdles that still need to be taken care of. Many who came at the ticketing counters to buy tickets told this correspondent that the staff at the counters was not very helpful with queries. Also, information about purchasing tickets was not even up on the CWG website.

"My friend kept standing in a queue for more than one and half hours at the Central Bank of India outlet at Khan market only to be told that he cannot pick the tickets without an identity card. There are no help desks, no signages or event schedules to assist people. A security guard handed over purchased forms outside the counter. A scribbled paper stuck on the wall stated that tickets for boxing matches from October 9 to 13 and for badminton from October 12 to 14 were not available," said Mikhil Guha, at Khan Market.

"An Australian couple behind us who were also in the queue for long left disappointed, after they were told they could not pay through credit card. But such was their enthusiasm that they soon returned with cash and purchased the tickets for squash on the weekend," he added. 

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Delhi plans wing to maintain Games infrastructure
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi government is planning to create a separate wing in the public works department (PWD) to maintain the expansive infrastructures built across the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Delhi public works minister Rajkumar Chauhan said forming a new wing was imperative to ensure that the constructions remained in shape even after the Games.

He said the maintenance of the Games' infrastructure would be a challenging task and demanded considerable expenditure, but would help Delhi arrive on the world map.

"Some Games projects like the elevated road, Ring Road bypass and Salimgarh flyover have created history as they were constructed in a record span of time. At least more than three years were required to construct the elevated road, but Delhi did it in just 20 months," Chauhan said.

Sources said once the Games are over, a proposal would be tabled before the Cabinet to approve a budget for creating a maintenance wing in the PWD. The horticulture department will also be directed to maintain the street beautification. As far as DTC buses are concerned, they are being maintained by the manufacturer.

The minister claimed that even foreign countries were keen to take a lesson or two from the state government for developing infrastructure.

A delegation of Scotland consisting of 35 members visited India to the see the preparations as it is scheduled to host the CWG in 2014, the minister said.

As far as transport is concerned, Scotland has decided to copy the Delhi Transport Corporation which has changed the face of public transport in Delhi by running low-floor buses, including the air-conditioned ones, Chauhan added. 

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Injured Uganda athletes, coach fine
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
Two Uganda athletes and a Uganda coach who got injured in a car mishap at the Commonwealth Games Village on Tuesday night are now fine and back to work.

The incident took place when a tyre-killer at the Village malfunctioned, said Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.Though the car was damaged considerably, the athletes and the coach received only minor injuries. They were taken to a polyclinic at the Village and were discharged in a few hours.

Uganda coach Wilson Tumwine (43) along with players -- Juliet Achom and Irene Matovu were returning to the Village in a Tata Sumo around 12:30 aqm when the incident took place.

No police case has been registered, but senior officers at the Village say that the matter is being probed.

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Shera toys out of stock
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
People are returning disappointed from merchandising outlets as Shera soft toys have already run out of stock.

Shera, the Games mascot that has a big fan following among children, has vanished even before the event is over.

Contrary to the claims of the organisers and Premier Brand, the company handling merchandising, there are no merchandising products to be found anywhere inside most of the stadiums.

Even on the opening ceremony day, the stalls for merchandising products have not been placed by the company officials. Spectators going to watch the Games are missing the fun without elements like -- vuvuzela, caps, t-shirts, etc, that make any sporting event a celebration.

"We were looking for vuvuzelas, but the volunteers told us that it is not available," said Goel family from Pitampura who had come to see a swimming event.

However, others said their products were confiscated by security officials at the checking point. "They did not allow me to take the noise-maker inside," said Gaurav, a student at Talkatora Stadium.

The merchanding company officials have claimed that about 10,000 vuvuzela horns that cost rs 250 each have been sold through merchandising outlets. The company officials said they had imported 50,000 vuvuzelas for the Games.

"Both Indians and foreigners have been showing a lot of interest and the sales are good," Jitendra Dang, who runs a shop at the athletes' village.

As far as Shera is concerned, it is made in china and the consignment has been delayed. "The stock will be updated in one or two days," said another official at the shop.

Shera was also nowhere to be spotted at the opening ceremony function at JN Stadium.

"Shera has already become a public figure with his picture on hoardings and other products. We wanted to showcase all that is fresh," said Bharat Bala. 

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Monuments adorned to present Delhiís heritage 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
A number of monuments have been conserved and protected, apart from being illuminated.

The work was taken up under the department of archaeology, Delhi government, to present an aesthetic view of the rich heritage of Delhi during the Commonwealth Games (CWG), said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Dikshit had visited a few monuments along with a media team last evening.

She had visited the Mutiny Memorial or Fateh Garh at Northern Ridge, Turkman Gate, Asaf Ali Road, Gole Gumbad near Lodi Road Flyover, Tomb of Bijri Khan, R.K. Puram, Sector-3; Bara Lao Ka Gumbad and Baradari, Vasant Vihar; Tomb near M.B. Road crossing, Lado Sarai. Other monuments illuminated by the department are - Mosque of Darwesh Shah, Gulmohar Park, Tomb of Muhammad Quli Khan, Mehrauli Archaeological Park near Qutab Minar, the tomb behind National Stadium, Phuta Gumbad, adjoining Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Maqbara Paik, GTK bypass, Turret near Gate number.3, Lodi Garden, Mosque near Butterfly Park in Lodi Garden, the mosque and four walls of an enclosed garden with its entrance gateway near Rose Garden in Lodi Garden and Munda Gumbad, inside Deer Park, Hauz Khas.

The conservation of monuments involve material like -- lime, surkhi, badarpur, brick-zeera, gur, belgiri and curd among other things. These were used in a traditional way like -- preparing lime mortar and special surface finish given by providing lime punning which involves specific preparation of materials. The chemical preservation has also been carried out by applying specific chemicals to remove the soot, dirt, moss and lichen deposit that have collected on the surface of monuments.

Some monuments have been beautified by landscaping.

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Gold girl Aneesa is Faridabad bahu
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 7
If the Western Railways' authorities had the right vision, it would have been proud of their employee Aneesa Sayyed, who bagged a gold medal in 25-metre range pistol shooting event in the Commonwealth Games.

While residents of Faridabad raised a toast for Aneesa and celebrated her success, the residence of her family in sector-46 here was humming with crowd and congratulatory messages kept pouring in. Aneesa Sayyed is married to Mubarak Hussain Khan of Chaisa village here.

Aneesa was paired with Sarnobot Rahi for the 25-metre pistol which won her the gold on Tuesday.

Khan, employed as an engineer with the Tulip Telecom, said Aneesa was employed with the Western Railways, but resigned out of frustration and the "insensitive" behaviour of the authorities. Besides, she was denied salary for the past 15 months, including the entire 2009. The reason being that the authorities concerned would intervene with her practice sessions.

The family, however, has had very good experience. Her family said Aneesa received support from the chairman of Philip Tulip Telecom H.S. Bedi.

Khan said Aneesa was very promising in her field.

The deputy commissioner of Faridabad Praveen Kumar said Aneesa's success was all the more special as she hailed from a village in the Mewat area, one of the economically and socially backward areas of the state. He said Aneesa had done Haryana, especially Faridabad proud, and hoped that her success would inspire women. 

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An artistís tribute to labourers of CWG sites
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
"The face of Delhi is glowing with the cosmetic colours of the Commonwealth Games which are apparently the symbol of national pride. My exhibited work 'Migratory Birds' is an attempt to look beyond 'what is on' and 'what is inside' the glamorous and glorious face of the Games in order to unravel what is behind it," says artist Anupam Roy who exhibited his paintings on October 5 and 6 at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Roy's work strikes home as in his many canvases, he has depicted the plight of migrant labourers who worked to raise the infrastructure for the Ggames. The artist has compared the workers to a flock of migrant birds.

Roy informs, "My work draws inspiration from the struggle, sacrifice and back-breaking work of the thousands of workers which is overshadowed in the pomp and show of the Commonwealth Games. Through my art, I want to pay tributes to the unnoticed physical and emotional investment of these workers, who have sealed each brick with their sweat to raise the magnificence of the CWG."

The artist further adds, "Although the face of the CWG is marred by ugly patches of corruption and scandals, what saved its face is the tireless effort of labourers who have migrated from all over India. To me, the migrant labourers in their orange vests and yellow helmets are like migratory birds, who fly from one place to another in search of food and water. I also identify my personal journey from my hometown in West Bengal to a metropolitan city in search of opportunities with theirs."

Roy's canvases are bold and evocatively reflect the strong theme that runs through them. He uses colours like black, red, yellow and earth shades. There is a boldness in his art as though the artist bears his inner thoughts and emotions freely on canvas and his technique is very lucid.

Most of his paintings are in oil or acrylic, though there are a few water colours and some rather strong pen and ink sketches too.

The depth of his social and political sensibilities is clearly reflected in his colourful but graphic art. 

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GB Nagar bans plastic bags
People will not be allowed to bring plastic bags fromeven Delhi and NCR
Parmindar Singh

Noida, October 7
Use of polythene bags with thickness of less than 20 microns has been banned in Gautam Budh Nagar.

Principal secretary, environment, has issued instructions to the district magistrate, SSP and pollution control board to take strict actions against the violators.

With the order, now people will not be allowed to bring household goods in plastic bags even from Delhi and NCR. People will be thoroughly checked at Metro stations, bus stands and all entry point of GB Nagar for plastic bags.

The pollution control board has issued strict instructions to the regional pollution control officer Paras Nath to not tolerate any carelessness in this matter.

The state administration is of the view that the state and especially Gautam Budh Nagar is blatantly violating the environment protection ordinance, 1986 and the UP plastic and garbage ordinance, 2000.

Since the enforcing authorities have also taken the matter lightly, there is no fear among shopkeepers, resulting in open use of the prohibited plastic bags, feels the state.

Drains in the city have been fully choked and if quick remedial steps are not taken, this will lead to serious consequences.

The district magistrate and regional officer of the pollution control board have been asked to ensure that plastic bags are not brought to Noida from Delhi and other NCR areas.

The instructions say hoardings and wall paintings should be used for creating awareness on the issue.

The regional officer of the pollution control board Paras Nath said effective steps would be taken to stop use of plastic bags. People are advised to use paper and jute bags, Nath said.

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Excise dept told to be more vigilant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
Delhi finance and excise minister A.K. Walia has instructed the excise department to remain more vigilant and act swiftly on receiving any information about illicit liquor or liquor mafia.

Two persons were caught when the intelligence bureau of the department raided a house Shastri Nagar yesterday. The raid was conducted following information about the manufacture of fake caps that would be used to seal foreign liquor.

The accused Ranjit Sharma and Hanny have been handed over to the police.

The excise team along with the local police seized 20,000 fake caps of Johnnie Walker's Black Label, Red Label, Double Black and Vat 69. Other equipment used to manufacture these caps have also been seized. 

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Held for rape on marriage promise
Accused lived in the servants' quarters of Cong MP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police has arrested a man for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman after promising marriage.

The accused, Kimod Kumar Raju, works as a peon at Nirman Bhavan and lived in the servants' quarters of Congress MP G. Venkataswamy's bungalow (no.7B) on Janpath. The victim, Smita (name changed), lived in the servants' quarters of the bungalow (no.7A) of another MP in the neighbourhood. The two knew each other for quite a long time and were in a relationship.

A few days ago, Smita discovered that she was four months pregnant. She told this to her family. When her family asked Raju to marry Smita, he refused.

Now, Smita has lodged a complaint at the Chanakyapuri police station.

In the complaint, she has stated that she had been repeatedly raped by Raju.

"Raju made physical relationship with me on the promise that he would marry me soon. But when I told him about my pregnancy, he refused to accept me," said Smita.

The accused has been arrested and is in judicial custody. 

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Rs 3 lakh stolen from Noida house in 15 mins
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, October 7
Some unidentified men allegedly decamped with valuables over Rs 3 lakh from the house of an official of the ministry of home affairs in sector-36 in just a few minutes.

The victim M.K. Sinha has filed a report at the Kasna police station.

Sinha had left for office as usual on Tuesday, while his wife Sonali was alone at home. Sonali had gone to pick their son from Urs Line Public School which is about 100 metres from their house. After 15 minutes when she returned, she saw the lock on the door of her house broken and household things scattered.

Sinha said the bandits had decamped with Rs 40,000 and jewellery over Rs 2.60 lakh. A number of other valuables and costly items were also missing.

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2 robbers arrested in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police yesterday arrested two persons for being allegedly involved in several cases of robbery and car jacking.

The accused have been identified as Mahabir Singh (27) and Harish (22). They were arrested from Narela.

With their arrest, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of inter-state robbers.

On interrogation, the accused disclosed that they took to crime because they suffered huge losses in property business and were being pressurised by financers to return their money.

The police has recovered two country-made pistols with two cartridges, one revolver, an English pistol with four cartridges and a motor cycle from their possession. 

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Games bus crushes cop
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
An air-conditioned low floor bus crushed a 28-year-old Delhi police constable near the Millennium Park depot late night on Wednesday, the police said.

The incident took place around 12:30 am when the driver of the bus while reversing it failed to see Ram Prakash and crushed him under its wheels.

The bus was empty.

The injured constable who was bleeding profusely when the incident took place was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where his condition was said to be critical.

According to the police, the driver did not notice Ram who was standing behind the bus.

Hit by the bus, the victim fell down and was run over by the vehicle.

Ram has been severely injured on both his legs apart from injuries on his body and hands, said a police officer.

The bus was deployed at the Commonwealth Games Village and was being parked at the Millennium Park, a 60-acre plot along the bank of the Yamuna that can accommodate around 1000 buses.

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