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No unsafe building in Laxmi Nagar: MCD survey
New Delhi, November 22
Not even a single A view of the buildings around the one that collapsed in building has been found unsafe in Laxmi Nagar, according to the survey done by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in the 300-m area of the Yamuna bank.

A view of the buildings around the one that collapsed in  Lalita Park last Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Clearance of 6 DDA projects put on hold
Zonal development plan for Narela subcity sought
New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) has put on hold clearance for at least six DDA proposals, including a residential complex in Narela, in the absence of a zonal development plan for the mega-sub city. 


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People buy woollen clothes at Palika Bazar, Connaught Place, New Delhi, as temperature came down
People buy woollen clothes at Palika Bazar, Connaught Place, New Delhi, as temperature came down on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Session begins today; noisy scenes likely
Bungling in CWG, building collapse to dominate House
New Delhi, November 22
The winter session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly that is to be started from tomorrow is likely to be full of sound and fury as issues of financial bungling in CWG, building collapse in Lalita Park and unauthorized construction may be raised by the opposition parties.

Smooth traffic flow soon from Noida to Delhi
Greater Noida, November 22
The connectivity between Delhi and Noida will get better in a month's time. After a survey on vehicular pressure, the work has started to expand three points at Sector-8, Jhundpura and Kondli in Noida, to facilitate smooth traffic flow.

Most trade fair visitors using Metro
New Delhi, November 22
Beautician Shahnaz Hussain obliges fans with autographs at India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi With the ongoing India International Trade Fair, Delhi Metro recorded the highest-ever ridership at Pragati Maidan Metro station during the fair yesterday with the footfall figures touching 1.56 lakh.



Beautician Shahnaz Hussain obliges fans with autographs at India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo

Schools say no to anti-measles drive
Gurgaon, November 22
The Anti-Measles Campaign launched by the union government in five districts of Haryana suffered a setback on the opening day itself with several local schools shutting their doors to the team of health workers.

Govt gets notice on nursery admission rules
New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi government was today served with a notice by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), asking it to release guidelines for nursery admissions at the earliest, without any further hiccups.

Tehsil complex in disrepair
Noida, November 22
Dadri Tehsil complex which houses offices of SDM, tehsildar, civil supplies and land consolidation is in a sorry state.

State-level school sports prize money hiked
Kids made to wait for hours at prize distribution event
Gurgaon, November 22
The prize money for the state-level school sports competitions has been enhanced by five times. An announcement to this effect was made by the Haryana minister for education, health and social welfare Geeta Bhukal here today.

INLD MLA denies making casteist remark
Palwal, November 22
Faced with the possibility of arrest in a criminal case, the Palwal MLA of the INLD, Subash Chaudhary, has convened a 'panchayat' here on December 6 to stress the point that he is being framed in a charge at the instance of a senior local leader of the ruling Congress.

Trains delayed due to broken track
Ghaziabad, Novemober 22
A breach in the rail track near Etawah railway station almost caused a serious accident to the Swaran Shatabdi train on Sunday morning.

BJP rally to seek CMís ouster
New Delhi, November 22
Demanding resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi BJP will stage a protest march from the Red Fort to the Legislative Assembly on November 25.

Bride robbed of gold jewellery
Ghaziabad, November 22
A bride was robbed of cash and gold ornaments worth over Rs 2.80 lakh while she was going to her new home with the groom in Ramprastha Colony of Ghaziabad early today.

Techie shot, robbed of car
New Delhi, November 22
A 25-year-old software engineer was shot dead and robbed of his Honda City car by some unknown bike-borne assailants barely 500 meters away from his house in Saraswati Vihar, north-west district, last night.

The truck involved in the mishap in New Delhi 4 hurt as truck rams shop
New Delhi, November 22
Five persons were injured in two separate accidents in the national Capital since last night. In the first incident, four persons received injuries after a speeding truck rammed into a juice shop in the Pahargang area of central district in the wee hours of today.



The truck involved in the mishap in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo

Vehicle thievesí gang busted 
New Delhi, November 22
The crime branch of the Delhi police has arrested five persons, including a woman, allegedly involved in looting vehicles after drugging the driver. According to Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), with the arrest of the accused, four cases of vehicle loot-- three in Uttaranchal and one in Haryana-- have been worked out while three stolen vehicles have been recovered.

2 more held for Rs 1-cr theft
New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi police has arrested two more persons in connection with the Rs 1-crore theft from the house of a south Delhi-based businessman, cops said today.





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No unsafe building in Laxmi Nagar: MCD survey
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
Not even a single building has been found unsafe in Laxmi Nagar, according to the survey done by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in the 300-m area of the Yamuna bank.

As per the survey of 8,800 buildings done by the civic body, no immediate eviction is required as the properties have passed the structural safety test according to the parameters set by the MCD.

"We have not found any dangerous property in the report of the survey submitted by our zonal staff. The survey is being done in the 300 m area of the Yamuna bank," said Subhash Arya, leader of the House in the MCD.

Though, he added that the survey is incomplete as only 50 per cent of the properties have been checked. "We have so far surveyed half of the buildings. Some 8,000 more structures are yet to be examined," said Arya.

The MCD had ordered the survey in the areas adjoining the Yamuna bank after a building collapsed in Lalita Park that killed 69 people and injured 86.

The civic agency had also sent notices to 38 building in vicinity of the collapsed structure, though only three of them have been evacuated and the evacuation of the remaining 35 has been put on hold till the report from Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) is received.

The teams also visited the other sealed and vacated buildings constructed by the same builder in the area. "The CBRI experts are examining the matter and going into various technical aspects.

The team feels that it needs a few more days to study the structural aspects of the collapsed, sealed and vacated buildings as well as the 36 buildings that have been sent notices at Lalita Park," said Arya.

The CBRI has taken the samples of the buildings and is expected to submit their report to the MCD in next two to three days. It is also likely to inspect buildings in other east Delhi areas.

The civic body had requested a team of experts from the Roorkee-based institute who carried out a joint extensive survey of the collapsed building at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar along with officials of the civic body.

They also collected samples of the material used.

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Clearance of 6 DDA projects put on hold
Zonal development plan for Narela subcity sought
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) has put on hold clearance for at least six DDA proposals, including a residential complex in Narela, in the absence of a zonal development plan for the mega-sub city.

It has asked the housing agency to prepare a zonal development plan (ZDP) for the suburb before seeking clearance for any proposal in the area.

During a recent meeting, the SEAC noted that the DDA had proposed various developmental projects in Narela subcity though it was yet to prepare its developmental plan and get cleared by it as per mandatory requirement for any zone.

"The project proponent should first get environment clearance for zonal development plan and then apply for green nod for section-wise projects in the sub-city," said the SEAC members.

The DDA plan in Narela sub-city, rapid environmental impact assessment for development plan of Sector G2 and G6, plan of G-7 and G-8, at NDZ (Narela developmental zone)-XII, integrated freight complex at NDZ-XII and proposed area development project at Sector G-3 and G-4 are lying pending with the panel.

The city has been divided in 15 zones (divisions) and as per Master Plan 2021, every zone should have a zonal developmental plan detailing out land use plan of the sub-cities in the capital. Narela is the third mega sub-city project of DDA in the urban extension, Dwarka and Rohini being the other two.

The issue came up for discussion when DDA was seeking clearance for proposed prefab dwelling units for economically weaker sections at Pocket III, Sector- G8 in Narela.

The housing agency plans to construct 4,260 houses that would provide shelter to 21,300 people. The number of building blocks proposed is 72 in Sector G8 in Narela.

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Session begins today; noisy scenes likely
Bungling in CWG, building collapse to dominate House
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
The winter session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly that is to be started from tomorrow is likely to be full of sound and fury as issues of financial bungling in CWG, building collapse in Lalita Park and unauthorized construction may be raised by the opposition parties.

The BJP has already raised the CWG issue at various forums, organized demonstrations at Jantar Mantar and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister.

Though the collapse of five-storeyed building in the Lalita Park area of East Delhi is not on the agenda, there is a possibility that this issue will be raised by the BJP. The Delhi government has planned to approve more than one thousand unauthorized colonies.

When asked what arrangement has been made to control the noisy scenes in the Assembly, the Speaker admitted that no arrangement has been made so far.

Addressing a conference, the Speaker said that the session would be from November 23 to December 1 and on the first day, the Commonwealth Games issue would be discussed by the leader of opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra, and BJP MLAs Harsh Vardhan and Subhash Chopra.

Traffic is another issue that will be discussed on November 25 by senior Congress MLAs Mukesh Sharma, Hari Shankar Gupta and Naseeb Singh.

BJP members Dharam Deo Solanki, Anil Jha and Mohan Singh Bisht will participate in the discussion on development works in the unauthorized colonies.

During the Divali festival, adulterated milk products were seized. This issue is also listed on the agenda. BJP MLAs Sat Prakash Rana, Mohan Singh Bisht and Krishan Tyagi will participate in the discussion on December 1. Besides, three resolutions of private members will be moved. 

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Smooth traffic flow soon from Noida to Delhi
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, November 22
The connectivity between Delhi and Noida will get better in a month's time. After a survey on vehicular pressure, the work has started to expand three points at Sector-8, Jhundpura and Kondli in Noida, to facilitate smooth traffic flow.

The three narrow points - connecting Noida to East Delhi - have a daily pressure of 70,000 vehicles. Their expansion will ease snarls on the four existing links - NH-24, Mayur Vihar, Kalindi Kunj and DND Flyway.

Despite the Metro service, connectivity between the two cities has been a problem.

The Sector-8 point is burdened by vehicular pressure from Vasundhara Enclave and Mayur Vihar (both in Delhi). Jhundpura receives traffic from Delhi via Ghazipur.

Vehicles coming from Mayur Vihar Phase-III also enter Noida via Kondli. The last two points lead to Sector - 11 in Noida, causing traffic snarls during peak hours.

Currently DND Flyway takes Noida traffic to Ring Road in minutes and has a daily pressure of 2.5 lakh vehicles. Kalindi Kunj bridge connects Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi and Faridabad with a daily pressure of 1.25 lakh vehicles.

Once the three links are expanded, traffic will ease considerably on the four existing links, especially NH-24 and DND Flyway, besides reducing jams in the city.

The Noida authority has plans to provide an alternative to DND Flyway. "There are some legal hurdles. We have our surveys done. Hopefully, work on a six-lane parallel to Kalindi Kunj Yamuna Bridge will start within a year," said N.P. Singh, deputy CEO of Noida Authority.

"More coordination is required between the governments of Delhi and UP. There have been several rounds of talks on providing taxi services across Delhi and NCR and I am hopeful," he added.

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Most trade fair visitors using Metro
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
With the ongoing India International Trade Fair, Delhi Metro recorded the highest-ever ridership at Pragati Maidan Metro station during the fair yesterday with the footfall figures touching 1.56 lakh.

As the trains are being run with a peak-hour frequency throughout the day with additional 23 trains performing over 100 extra trips daily, most visitors prefer to use Delhi Metro.

Additionally, 43 manual token counters with separate counters for specific token denominations and destinations have been opened at the Pragati Maidan Metro station on all the working days.

During weekends and holidays, the number of these counters goes up to 52. Most people purchase their tickets from these counters.

Extra Customer Facilitation Agents (CFAs) and security guards have also been deployed at various stations like Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, etc, including the Pragati Maidan Metro station, to guide and manage the crowd in the ticketing area, AFC gates, escalators, lifts, etc. 

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Schools say no to anti-measles drive
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 22
The Anti-Measles Campaign launched by the union government in five districts of Haryana suffered a setback on the opening day itself with several local schools shutting their doors to the team of health workers.

During the first week of the three-week drive, members of the 393 teams constituted for the purpose are supposed to visit schools for vaccinating the students studying there as more than 50 per cent of the target children are school-going.

However, on the first day itself, the managements of eight private schools in Gurgaon denied entry to the teams to vaccinate the children studying there.

The school managements claimed that it was the parents' decision and they could not go against the wishes of the parents. The eight schools include Salwan Public School, Sectors 5 and 15(II); Suchita Memorial Public School, Sector 5; Open Sky Public School, Sector 5; Sidheshwar Senior Secondary School, Gurdwara Road; Old Lady Fatima Convent School, Old DLF Sector 14; DAV Public School, Sector 14; and DP High School, Rajiv Nagar, Gurgaon.

The principal of DAV Public School, Anita Makkar, gave a written refusal, stating that the parents of the students had objected to getting their wards vaccinated.

Similarly, the principal of Old Lady Fatima Convent School has also given in writing that the parents of the students would be informed about the campaign and if they desired to get their wards vaccinated against measles, they could do so by taking them to the General Hospital.

The principals/managements of the other schools have not given anything in writing, but denied the teams entry to their school premises to vaccinate their students.

Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Saryu Sharma, who is in charge of the Anti-Measles Campaign in the district, maintained that today's progress of the teams would be reviewed.

"The WHO representatives as well as the district administration will be informed about the non-cooperation shown by some private schools in this programme. Further course of action will be decided as per their decision," she said, asserting that the vaccine was completely safe.

It may be pertinent to mention here that the Anti-Measles Campaign commenced today in five districts of Haryana, including Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Faridabad, Mewat and Palwal. It will continue for three weeks, that is, till December 11.

It is for the first time that such a campaign has been launched against measles in the state. Children from 9 months to 10 years are being given second dose for protection from measles during the campaign.

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Dr Gurmeet Singh said measles was a leading cause of childhood mortality and in India, 60,000 to 1 lakh deaths were reported due to measles every year.

"Post-measles corneal scars lead to permanent vision loss and complications due to measles include pneumonia, diarrhoea, otitis media and encephalitis," he said, and added that in view of the after-effects of the disease, the Union Government had decided to launch the campaign with a target to minimise the cases of measles by 2013.

As per the official records, in Gurgaon, the estimated population of children in the age group of 9 months to 10 years is more than 3.81 lakh. Of these, nearly 2 lakh children are in schools.

A total of 393 teams have been formed to cover these children in three weeks. The vaccination posts will be static and the teams will not go door to door.

As many as 57 mobile teams have also been formed to cover the migrant population in farflung areas of the district. 

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Govt gets notice on nursery admission rules
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi government was today served with a notice by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), asking it to release guidelines for nursery admissions at the earliest, without any further hiccups.

The notice further elaborated that as per the Right to Education Act, neighbourhood should be the sole criterion to admit children.

"Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on the issue, the commission has written to chief secretary Rakesh Mehta saying that it is high time that guidelines for nursery admissions be released," a DCPCR official confirmed.

"It was also decided that no screening test should be conducted and capitation fee should attract defaulting of schools. The point system should also be scrapped," the official added.

"The notice reminded the chief secretary of a consultation on nursery admissions guidelines held at the DCPCR office in June this year which had representatives of the directorate of education, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Kendriya Vidayala Sangathan and others, unanimously decided that neighbourhood should be the sole criterion for admissions," the official said.

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Tehsil complex in disrepair
Parmindar Singh

Noida, November 22
Dadri Tehsil complex which houses offices of SDM, tehsildar, civil supplies and land consolidation is in a sorry state.

The building is dilapidated and one can see heaps of litter everywhere. There are no toilets in an office complex visited by thousands of people. The sole toilet on the first floor is locked. The lawns are unkempt with growth of grass.

"The worst affected are the women," says Om Prakash Tyagi, the lone woman advocate of the complex.

"I have not used a toilet for 8 years. Even assistant registrar Sanjay Chauhan does not have a toilet in his office.

He said with most of the land acquired by Noida and Greater Noida, their revenue has gone down to Rs 4.32 lakh from Rs 64 crore in 2008-09.

Another problem that officers have to face is that of stray monkeys. As many as 2,000 to 2,500 monkeys keep sitting on rooftops. Many of them take away files and official records from rooms. They are known to snatch even tiffin boxes.

"There is no way we can control them or cope with them," said Satinder Singh, consolidation officer.

The consolidation work of total land of the district was completed four years ago. Now we are preparing the final land record which send back to the Tehsil office.

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State-level school sports prize money hiked
Kids made to wait for hours at prize distribution event
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 22
The prize money for the state-level school sports competitions has been enhanced by five times. An announcement to this effect was made by the Haryana minister for education, health and social welfare Geeta Bhukal here today.

The minister, who was here to inaugurate the 24th state-level primary schools sports competition, said the first prize winner would now get Rs 1,000 instead of Rs 200, the second prize winner Rs 750 instead of Rs 150 and the third prize winner Rs 500 instead of Rs 100.

Much to the relief of the little schoolchildren waiting for the minister since morning, Bhukal, who arrived at the venue in the evening, hoisted the flag of the sports competition and declared it open.

Nearly 2,500 students from Government Primary Schools of all 21 districts of the state are participating in this event.

They will compete in kho-kho, gymnastics, yoga, rope pulling, atheletics, carom board, chess, on-the- spot painting and cultural events.

In all these events, both boys and girls will participate while in kabaddi, only boys will compete.

District elementary education officer and event organiser Jagvir Singh Malik said there would be seven athletics events, including 100m, 200m, 400m races and 4 x 100 m relay race, besides high jump, long jump and shot put.

In her address, the minister disclosed that the registration for selection of meritorious sports persons in the age group of 8 to 19 years under SPAT 2011 would be held from December 3 to 10.

The students can apply online on the address www.play4india.com for taking part in SPAT.

She said this year, 5,000 budding players would be selected under this programme and they would be given a scholarship ranging from Rs 1,500 to 2,000.

Bhukal also gave away prizes to the winners of the first day of the contest.

The district education officer, Jyoti Choudhary, welcomed the guests.

Haryana financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary (education) Surina Rajan, director (secondary education) Vijender Kumar and director (SCERT) Sneh Lata were also present.

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INLD MLA denies making casteist remark
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Palwal, November 22
Faced with the possibility of arrest in a criminal case, the Palwal MLA of the INLD, Subash Chaudhary, has convened a 'panchayat' here on December 6 to stress the point that he is being framed in a charge at the instance of a senior local leader of the ruling Congress.

The move by Chaudhary has the strong backing of his party whose leaders have warned of mass agitation if their MLA is arrested on 'fictitious' charge.

The proposed panchayat was scheduled to be held on November 26. However, it was shelved after the death of MLA's mother.

The MLA and his supporters have been booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act as well as various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were booked, among others, for allegedly making casteist slur against the president of the Palwal Municipal Council, Netra Pal, who is a Congress leader.

The incident concerning registration of a case against the INLD MLA relates to a scuffle he had with Netra Pal in a meeting convened by the shopkeepers of the camp area here. The meeting was being held after a fight between four youths and shopkeepers.

The shopkeepers had enforced a bandh of the market in the camp area, demanding immediate arrest of all the youths.

The two leaders, in full public view, indulged in verbal duel and later got physical. It was after this incident that Netra Pal complained to the police which led to the registration of case against the MLA. The MLA, however, denies making casteist remark against Netra Pal.

On the other hand, the MLA and his partymen have alleged that Netra Pal and the police are acting at the behest of a senior Congress leader. The Congress leader bears a grudge against Subash Chaudhary as he had won from the Palwal constituency in the last Assembly election, they add.

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Trains delayed due to broken track
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, Novemober 22
A breach in the rail track near Etawah railway station almost caused a serious accident to the Swaran Shatabdi train on Sunday morning.

The residents of the Mohalla near Mainpuri level crossing were the first to know about the broken track. They intimated the driver of Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi through certain signs.

Soon all the railway officials came to the spot. All the down trains passing from Etawah were stopped on the track. It took the technical staff over two hours to repair it.

About a km from the Etawah station, the track was found broken.

A boy of the colony who noticed the breach near Mainpuri level crossing raised the alarm and a crowd collected there. The boy conveyed this to the driver through gestures, who was able to stop the train.

The Down Passenger 2102 and Bhori Express were also stopped at some distance. Other affected trains were Chhatis Garh Rajdhani, Howrah, Rajdhani, Bhubaneswar Rajdhani.

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BJP rally to seek CMís ouster

New Delhi, November 22
Demanding resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi BJP will stage a protest march from the Red Fort to the Legislative Assembly on November 25.

Senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta and Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra will lead the march. They will also gherao the Assembly.

Gupta said that thousands of BJP workers would demand resignation of Sheila Dikshit on the issues of corruption in the CWG , price spiral, unemployment, etc.

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Bride robbed of gold jewellery

Ghaziabad, November 22
A bride was robbed of cash and gold ornaments worth over Rs 2.80 lakh while she was going to her new home with the groom in Ramprastha Colony of Ghaziabad early today.

Yogesh Lamba and Shalini were headed to the groom's house in a car from the wedding venue when two young men riding a bike intercepted them, said the victim's family.

The men whipped out a pistol and ordered Shalini to remove her jewellery. Frightened, she gave away whatever had been gifted to her at her wedding a night earlier.

The robbers also took away Rs 16,000 from the couple and escaped."When the incident took place, the road was isolated," a relative of the family said. -- IANS

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Techie shot, robbed of car
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
A 25-year-old software engineer was shot dead and robbed of his Honda City car by some unknown bike-borne assailants barely 500 meters away from his house in Saraswati Vihar, north-west district, last night.

According to the police, the incident was reported from the Pritampura area of Saraswati Vihar around 12.45 am.

"The victim has been identified as Pratik Trikha, who worked for a software firm at Noida. He was rushed to a nearby hospital by a watchman who informed the police about the incident, but the victim succumbed to his injuries. According to the hospital, Trikha bore two bullet injuries in the chest and stomach and died due to excess bleeding," said a senior police officer.

The incident took place when Trikha was returning home from Ashok Vihar after attending a friend's marriage.

The police believes that the assailants, who struck barely 500 metres from his residence, could be chasing him.

"The victim was barely 500 meters away from his residence at Block C, Rajnagar, when he was intercepted near a temple. They dragged Trikha out of the car at gunpoint and robbed him of his valuables. It seems he tried to resist the robbers and they shot him and sped away in his car, leaving behind their bike," added the officer.

After hearing gunshots, a watchman from the nearby houses rushed to the spot and found Trikha lying in a pool of blood. He informed the police and rushed the victim to a nearby hospital.

Trikha is survived by his father S.K. Trikha, who works at the Karol Bagh branch of Oriental Bank, mother and a brother.

"The motorbike used by the culprits has been impounded and the police is trying to establish its ownership. It is possible that the bike had been stolen. We have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the accused," added the officer.

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4 hurt as truck rams shop
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
Five persons were injured in two separate accidents in the national Capital since last night.

In the first incident, four persons received injuries after a speeding truck rammed into a juice shop in the Pahargang area of central district in the wee hours of today.

The police said the incident happened around 3.30 am at Nehru Bazar Chowk near Panchkuian Road. "The injured persons were sleeping inside the shop when the truck rammed into it. All the injured were rushed to the Lady Harding Hospital from where they were discharged after preliminary treatment," said a police officer, adding that the truck driver, identified as Manoj, was under the influence of alcohol.

"The errant driver has been arrested and a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against him. The truck has been impounded," he said.

Tanker hits auto, hurts driver

In the second incident, an auto driver was critically injured when a private water tanker rammed into his auto in Kamla Market last night.

The incident took place around 11.30 pm in the Minto Road area.

"The auto driver, identified as Mahipal (30), is a resident of Wazirpur. He was rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital," said a police officer.

The police said the errant tanker driver fled the spot after the incident.

"A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against him and a hunt is on to nab him while the tanker has been seized," added the officer. 

Blueline hits pillar, 20 hurt

Over 24 people were injured when a Blueline bus hit a pillar in west Delhi's Mundka area today.

The incident took place around 6.45 am.

The mishap happened when the driver lost control and the bus hit a pillar on a divider.

Almost all passengers of the bus were injured. They were rushed to the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

The bus, route number 926, runs from Tikri border to old Delhi railway station. The accident took place when the bus was on its way to railway station.

Sources at the hospital say that three of those injured are critical.

The accident also resulted in a traffic jam at Rohtak road, traffic police sources said.

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Vehicle thievesí gang busted 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
The crime branch of the Delhi police has arrested five persons, including a woman, allegedly involved in looting vehicles after drugging the driver. According to Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), with the arrest of the accused, four cases of vehicle loot-- three in Uttaranchal and one in Haryana-- have been worked out while three stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The accused-- Arshad Ali (23), Iqbal (34), Saleem Ahmed (30), Manoj Verma (24) and Sunita Sabnam (35)-- were arrested from near Majnu-ka-Tilla in north Delhi's Timarpur when they went there to sell the stolen vehicles.

"Ahmed and Verma are receivers of stolen vehicles. Ali, the gang leader, had been earlier involved in robbing a truck loaded with gas cylinders in UP's Khatoli," said Chand.

According to the police, each member of the gang performed specific roles in the crime. Iqbal and Sunita poses as a family for hiring a vehicle. During the journey, the two stayed overnight in hotels by fake names and address.

"Then they used to mix a sedative (Nitrovate) in alcohol or soft drink and give it to the driver. After the driver fell unconscious, they would leave the hotel with the vehicle," Chand said.

The Uttaranchal and Haryana cops have been informed regarding the arrest of the gang members.

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2 more held for Rs 1-cr theft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 22
The Delhi police has arrested two more persons in connection with the Rs 1-crore theft from the house of a south Delhi-based businessman, cops said today.

The accused, identified as Prem Kumar Nishad (21) and Inderpal Nishad (40), are relatives of the main accused Ram Kishore.

On November 13, Karan Bedi, a trader residing in Greater Kailash, filed a complaint with the police that his servant Ram Kishore had decamped with approximately Rs 1 crore while his family was away attending a marriage.

Kishore was working at the Bedi household for the past six years.

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