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22 injured as tension wire falls 
Wires cannot be removed, says chief secy
New Delhi, June 23
Following last night's incident at Khajoori Khas in east Delhi where 22 people were injured after a high-tension wire fell in a residential area, the city government has shown its helplessness regarding the removal of such wires from the residentail areas.

NCWEB releases first cut-off
Board to conduct exams with regular students
New Delhi, June 23
A popular option for girl students with lower percentages, Delhi University's Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board (NCWEB) has come up with many changes this year. The board received up to 35,000 forms this year and the first cut-off list declared today

Woman moves court for free treatment 
New Delhi, June 23
A poor ailing woman today approached the Delhi High Court alleging that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had denied her treatment on the ground that she could not bear the cost of liver transplant.


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Everyday a struggle for mother of three disabled kids
New Delhi, June 23
Everyday is a struggle for an old mother and her three disabled children here. They are hardly able to make their daily ends meet with a meagre Rs 20 to Rs 60 earned by selling envelopes apart from Rs 1,000 given occasionally by the woman's eldest son.

Vacation time is project time for kids, parents
New Delhi, June 23
The students across the Capital are busy completing piles of projects assigned by the schools in summer vacations.

Beating the heat. Muggy day, rains likely today
New Delhi, June 23
It was a hot and muggy day for Delhiites today. But there's relief in store as the Met office has predicted rains for Friday.




Beating the heat. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Yamuna Expressway opens in December
Noida-Agra in 90 minutes
Noida, June 23
By December this year, all it would take you to reach Agra from Noida will be just 90 minutes, because the Yamuna Expressway is going to be completed two years earlier than the scheduled date of November 2013.

Residents to help MCG spruce up Gzb
Ghaziabad, June 23
The Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad and the Federation of Ghaziabad Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) today said they would jointly conduct a beautification drive in the city.

Sex detection rampant in Delhi: NGO
New Delhi, June 23
Taking a lead from Delhi's skewed sex ratio, activists today said sex detection tests were rampant in the Capital but these were going unreported.

Activists of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) protest against the increasing prices of commodities and petrol, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday.
Activists of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) protest against the increasing prices of commodities and petrol, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

1 held for robbing trader; partners on the run
New Delhi, June 23
With the arrest of a youth, the Delhi police claims to have solved a case wherein a businessman was robbed at gunpoint on Vikas Marg in east Delhi on Monday.

Man acquitted after 10 yrs
New Delhi, June 23
A Delhi court today acquitted a man named Mohammed Fukran who was arrested 10 years ago for illegally possessing a countrymade pistol and was in jail since then.

Two men killed by sons over land money
Ghaziabad, June 23
Two men were murdered in two separate incidents by their sons over sharing of money received from farmland sale in Ghaziabad, the police said yesterday. The son of one of the victims has been arrested.

Hit by train, 4 of family die
Ghaziabad, June 23
Four persons of a family, including two minors, were killed on the spot when a train hit them while they were crossing a railway track near the Chandi road gate here.

Soon, sports college in Gt Noida
Greater Noida, June 23
The state government has decided to have its third sports college at Dadri in Greater Noida. The first two sports colleges of Uttar Pradesh are already functioning in Lucknow and Gorakhpur.

Lok Mitra Sewa in Noida
Noida, June 23
The district administration in GB Nagar has launched a public facility called Lok Mitra Sewa to make life of the residents more comfortable. This facility of e-governance will enable the residents to record complaints through an integrated voice recording system. The complaints would then be sent to the nodal officers to address within three days.

Power demand up
New Delhi, June 23
Power demand in the Capital today touched an all-time high of 4,909 MW, which resulted in massive outages in several areas.





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22 injured as tension wire falls 
Wires cannot be removed, says chief secy
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
Following last night's incident at Khajoori Khas in east Delhi where 22 people were injured after a high-tension wire fell in a residential area, the city government has shown its helplessness regarding the removal of such wires from the residentail areas.

Reacting to the accident, chief secretary of the government, PK Tripathi, said, "High-tension power wires passing through unauthorised colonies cannot be removed due to lack of alternative space," he said.

"High-tension wire poles were installed on government lands when the nearby areas were not so populated. But with the passage of time, people have encroached upon the lands and constructed unauthorised buildings. Now, the government does not have land to shift the poles," he said.

According to a fire services official, a 1,000-metre-long high-tension wire melted and fell on houses in Khajoori Khas.

"As it fell, people sitting outside their houses got injured, clothes hanging outside caught fire and parts of their houses got burnt. It caused panic and people ran to protect themselves," the fire official said.

The injured were admitted to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

VP Datta, director, operation, Delhi Transco Limited, who visited the spot, said, "The earth wire snapped. The incident tripped a 220-KV line between 400-KV substation at Mandolla and 220-KV substation at Wazirabad."

"A kite with a metal-coatstring was found entangled in the tower. It appears that the string came into contact with the live and earth wires and caused heavy sparks, resulting in the melting of the earth wire. Just beneath the line that snapped, residents had kept some bamboos which also caught fire," Datta added.

He said that Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) had served several notices to the owners of all unauthorised constructions falling under its lines.

The latest notice was served on June 3, 2011 against carrying out any constructions in the way of its lines. Whenever DTL finds any encroachment within the right of way, it gets it removed with the help of land owing agencies, he added.

The DTL has frequently written to the land owning agencies, including the MCD, PWD, DDA etc, to remove the unauthorised constructions in the line of high-tension wires. It has also launched media campaigns to educate the public about not carrying out construction in the vicinity of these lines and not to fly kites near the high-tension lines as it not only creates obstacles in the smooth supply of power, but can also result in injuries or deaths, he said.

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NCWEB releases first cut-off
Board to conduct exams with regular students
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

DU ADMISSION
Admission seekers at a college in New Delhi on Thursday.

Admission seekers at a college in New Delhi on Thursday. Admission seekers at a college in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photos: Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, June 23
A popular option for girl students with lower percentages, Delhi University's Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board (NCWEB) has come up with many changes this year. The board received up to 35,000 forms this year and the first cut-off list declared today

Last year, the NCWEB received 28,000 applications for the 4,500 seats available at the undergraduate level.

The NCWEB offers two courses - BA and BCom for which classes are held on weekends.

The second cut-off for the board will come out on July 8.

The courses have been gaining popularity over the years. The students, who want a DU degree but can't enroll in a regular college, have started to make a beeline for these options.

This year, not only has the board decided to make attendance compulsory for the students, it has also decided to do away with the old system of examination.

"Under the new guidelines, all students would be required to have a compulsory 66 per cent attendance. Also, the exams for the NCWEB students will be conducted with regular college students," said NCWEB director Arti Saxena.

The changes have been introduced to bring students of the NCWEB close to the system of regular colleges. "We have the same syllabi and the faculty. Our students get above 90 per cent marks. It is just that the classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. If our students can get 90 per cent with just one session in a week, I think they will perform better under the new guidelines," she added.

Saxena said, "Earlier, the exams were held with the School of Open Learning (SOL). As a result, the papers were also checked with SOL papers. From now, the students of NCWEB would have their exams with the regular college students and the papers would also be checked with regular college students."

The board's decision to follow a regular college timetable for the exams comes with a view to set in place the entire academic cycle.

"Earlier, the results used to get delayed. But once the papers are getting checked with the regular college papers, the result would be out in time and we would be able to start our academic session. Though we used to start the session in August, there were lesser students and faculty members. Also, it will help save time and infrastructure that was going waste due to students' absenteeism in the classrooms," said Arti.

 

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Woman moves court for free treatment 

New Delhi, June 23
A poor ailing woman today approached the Delhi High Court alleging that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had denied her treatment on the ground that she could not bear the cost of liver transplant.

Manju Devi, 40, suffering from chronic liver disease, approached the court for a direction to the hospital that she should be provided immediate medical aid and assistance.

Her lawyer Rakesh Prabhakar said, "The petition will come up before the court on June 24."

The married woman from Bihar was first admitted to hospital on May 31, 2010. But despite being below the poverty line, she was told to bear the medical expenses, the petition said. -- IANS

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Everyday a struggle for mother of three disabled kids
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
Everyday is a struggle for an old mother and her three disabled children here. They are hardly able to make their daily ends meet with a meagre Rs 20 to Rs 60 earned by selling envelopes apart from Rs 1,000 given occasionally by the woman's eldest son.

Their one square meal is hardly one or two slices of bread or "roti" with pickle or some curd. This has been their way of life for a decade after 56-year-old Rajrani Bansal lost her husband, who was an employee at a grocery shop in Kalkaji.

Life was never easy for her, with one of her five children, Neeta (36 years) being hit by polio since birth and two of her sons - Sonu (28 years) and Deepak (22 years) also limping and complaining of pain in their legs. Matters became worse, when Rajrani had an accident 13 years ago. She now walks with the held of a walker.

"My daughter has been disabled due to polio and two of my sons are unable to lift anything or do any work. They used to go to school earlier, but now they can't move out on their own. We earn a living by making envelopes with newspapers," said Rajrani.

Even as none in the family managed to complete the higher secondary education, the eldest son who owns a grocery shop in the locality bought a house.

The hapless family is waiting for a helping hand in the form of widow pension (Rs 1,000, a responsibility of the city's Social Welfare and Women and Child Department), besides the disability certificates for Sonu and Deepak, who started facing trouble in movement and physical activity as they developed skeletal deformities, thin and unequal legs, at the age of 12.

"When I was at school till Class VII, I used to do a lot of work. But now I can't even stand up without the help of the door or wall. At the age of 12, I developed weakness in the muscles of my legs and couldn't lift heavy objects with my hands. The doctor asked for Rs 3,000 for tests and X-rays when I had gone to him some years ago. But I could not afford the fees. Since then, I have been living with it. My brother Sonu also suffers from the same disability," said Deepak.

Neeta managed to get a disability certificate with the help of neighbours from Safdarjung Hospital and she wants to work under the government's aanganwadi scheme.

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Vacation time is project time for kids, parents
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
The students across the Capital are busy completing piles of projects assigned by the schools in summer vacations.

However, the real sufferers as far as school projects is concerned are not groaning students but their beleaguered parents who rush to balance completing exhaustive school projects with the office and home responsibilities.

The parents and kids from a number of CBSE as well as ICSE schools complain that the teachers overburden the students with as many as eight to 10 projects for their summer break. Consequently, the students are hampered in studying their text books for their exams.

Samit Dayal, a student of Ahlcon Public School, said, "I am a Class X student and for my summer vacations I have 10 projects to complete. At the end of the break, we have half-yearly exams, there is just no way that I can finish all the projects on my own and study for the exams. My dad is helping my doing the projects."

Samit's father Vijay Dayal said, "I think it is utterly senseless how these students are overburdened with the projects. They have exams at the end of the vacations. Is my son going to finish his syllabus for the exams or is he going to do the projects? The projects are by no way easy, I am helping him with the project work, in fact, I have half my office staff working on it and I can tell you these are tough. I really don't know how much good this CCE is doing. It is all very well to taper off the Class X exams, but the overburdening the students with 10 projects is totally senseless."

Another student, Shalini, a Class X student of Springdales School said, "I have nine projects for my summer break, one each from all my subjects. There is no way I can manage all of these on my own, my mom has been really working on the projects. I simply do not have the time. We have half term exams in mid August. I can either prepare for the exams or do the projects. So, it's my mom who is working on the projects while I study and attend tuitions."

Shalini's mother Kiran Singh said, "There is no way my daughter can work on all her projects alone. So, I have been working on these. I don't think teachers know what they are asking a child to do, nine projects with half-yearly exams following soon when school opens. I feel school education needs to be better planned then it is right now. What is the point of overburdening the students with the projects that parents end up doing?

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Muggy day, rains likely today

New Delhi, June 23
It was a hot and muggy day for Delhiites today. But there's relief in store as the Met office has predicted rains for Friday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 38.7 degrees Celsius while the minimum touched 30 degrees, both two notches above the average for this time of the season.

The humidity levels fluctuated between 76 and 52 per cent.

"The sky is likely to remain partly cloudy on Friday and there is a possibility of rain and thundershowers in the Capital," said an IMD official.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 37 and 29 degrees, respectively," he added. -- IANS

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Yamuna Expressway opens in December
Noida-Agra in 90 minutes
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 23
By December this year, all it would take you to reach Agra from Noida will be just 90 minutes, because the Yamuna Expressway is going to be completed two years earlier than the scheduled date of November 2013.

From December, vehicles are expected to zoom on 100-metre wide, six-lane Yamuna Expressway, at a speed of 120 km/hour on the 165-km-long expressway.

Agra-bound tourists would no longer have to cope with traffic jams or congested roads.

According to chief executive officer of the Yamuna Expressway, Industrial Development Authority, Capt SK Dwivedi, 88 per cent of the work has been completed. The construction of some bridges is in the final stages and the work would be completed by December, 2011.

It would enable people to reach Agra via the Noida expressway. The six-lane expressway later could be widened to an eight-lane highway. There would be six interchanges, five toll plazas, seven facilitation centres and 35 underpasses on the expressway.

However, the state government had asked the completion of service lanes by September 30, 2010, so that visitors from abroad to the Commonwealth Games could visit the Taj without any hassle. But, it could not be completed on time due to the farmers' agitation against land acquisition in Tappal, Aligarh and Mathura.

The expressway will open development opportunities in Greater Noida, Aligarh, Mathura, Mahamaya Nagar and Agra districts, along the entire route of the expressway.

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Residents to help MCG spruce up Gzb

Ghaziabad, June 23
The Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad and the Federation of Ghaziabad Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) today said they would jointly conduct a beautification drive in the city.

In a joint meeting here, municipal officials and RWA representatives also said the problems of the residents would be taken up on a priority basis.

RWA Federation chairman Tejendra Pal Tyagi also demanded that the colonies which were paying house tax should not be denied municipal services just because they had not been officially handed over to the municipality by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). -- IANS

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Sex detection rampant in Delhi: NGO

New Delhi, June 23
Taking a lead from Delhi's skewed sex ratio, activists today said sex detection tests were rampant in the Capital but these were going unreported.

"Blatant violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT Act) is going on in the outskirts bordering Haryana and Uttar Pardesh, but these go unreported. In the past 10 years, only 61 cases of violations have been filed, but that is not possible considering the declining sex ratio," said executive director of the Centre for Advocacy and Research Akhila Das.

According to the Census 2011, there are 866 females per 1,000 males in the Capital.

Of the 61 complains registered in the last decade, 40 were for non-registration of clinics, nine for advertising the availability of sex determination tests, and others under the PCPNDT Act that bans all forms of sex detection.

The maximum number of ultrasound machines were registered in south district (417), followed by west district with 347 machines.

"Sonography in clinics is very much rampant, but it is the zero implementation of the Act that is behind the skewed sex ratio. There has to be a crackdown on medical practitioners and people behind such clinics," said Bijaylaxmi, a member of the Centre for Advocacy and Research. - IANS

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1 held for robbing trader; partners on the run
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
With the arrest of a youth, the Delhi police claims to have solved a case wherein a businessman was robbed at gunpoint on Vikas Marg in east Delhi on Monday.

The youth has been identified as Jaspreet Singh. Jaspreet was arrested yesterday from Akashardham Temple on a tip-off. His accomplices-- Bijender, Manoj, Fakrru, Sonu, Dilshad, Faheem, Sukhdev Singh, Harpreet and Sanjay-- are on the run. They ply autorickshaws in the Trans Yamuna area.

Jaspreet admitted that he along with his accomplices had committed the robbery. According to him, he and Harpreet, on a motor cycle, had intercepted the car and forced the businessman to stop it. Scared, the occupants of the car fled, leaving behind their money. Some of them then sat in the car while the remaining fled on the motor cycle and an autorickshaw. They drove the car for some distance and abandoned it, taking the money along. 

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Man acquitted after 10 yrs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 23
A Delhi court today acquitted a man named Mohammed Fukran who was arrested 10 years ago for illegally possessing a countrymade pistol and was in jail since then.

After a decade-long trial, the court released him, suspecting that the police had planted the weapon on him.

As per the prosecution, a police patrol party arrested Fukran from the Daryaganj area in February 2001. He was nabbed after he tried to escape on seeing the police party.

A chargesheet was filed in 2002 and a case registered under the Arms Act in 2003 against Fukran, a resident of Old Delhi.

"The circumstances put a question mark not only on the shoddy manner of investigation, but also on its veracity," said metropolitan magistrate Siddharth Mathur.

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Two men killed by sons over land money

Ghaziabad, June 23
Two men were murdered in two separate incidents by their sons over sharing of money received from farmland sale in Ghaziabad, the police said yesterday. The son of one of the victims has been arrested.

Kishan Pal, 50, was killed by his sons Sandeep, 28, and Praveen, 22, in the Murad Nagar area of Ghaziabad. His body was found on June 12 in the fields near Jalalabad.

Kishan Pal separated from his family around seven-eight years ago and lived in Jalalabad locality in Murad Nagar. He had received Rs 90 lakh for selling his land some time ago.

His sons allegedly killed him with the help of hired killers.

In the other case, Raghunandan Singh, 50, was killed by his son Sumit in the Modi Nagar area on March 14 as he refused to give his family a share in the money he obtained after selling land.

After committing the murder, Sumit got a case registered against unidentified people at Modi Nagar police station. But the police became suspicious during questioning. He was arrested on Wednesday. IANS

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Hit by train, 4 of family die

Ghaziabad, June 23
Four persons of a family, including two minors, were killed on the spot when a train hit them while they were crossing a railway track near the Chandi road gate here.

Premlata (30), Vimla Devi (50), Tanu (4) and Jhilmil (3) were killed when they were crossing a double railway track here, the police said.

They were residents of the Gandhi Road area.

Premlata and her mother Vimla Devi were returning from a temple and while crossing railway tracks they saw a train coming on it and moved away to other track without noticing the approaching train on the same, the police added.

They were hit by Mooradabad-Delhi passenger train and were killed on the spot. 
PTI

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Soon, sports college in Gt Noida
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 23
The state government has decided to have its third sports college at Dadri in Greater Noida. The first two sports colleges of Uttar Pradesh are already functioning in Lucknow and Gorakhpur.

The government has approved the third sports college in Dadri.

The sports department has requested the local authority to provide 100 acres of land for the purpose. The budget of the project is likely to be Rs 200 crore, sources said.

"The department had allotted the third college to the district more than a year ago. We have been asking for land from the local development authority, but the allotment has not yet been done. We hope to resolve the matter soon," said a sports official in Noida.

The state has produced legendary international sportspersons, including Dhyan Chand, KD Singh Babu (hockey), Syed Modi, Jaspal Rana, Mohammed Kaif, Suresh Raina and Rudra Pratap Singh.

"Setting up another infrastructure in western UP will give a great boost to the sports in the state," said Subhash Sharma, a cricket coach.

Apart from the existing two sports colleges - Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow, and Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College, Gorakhpur, there are 35 sports hostels. The one in Gorakhpur was the brainchild of late Chief Minister Veer Bahadur Singh. It has not done too well in providing professional training in eastern UP.

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Lok Mitra Sewa in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 23
The district administration in GB Nagar has launched a public facility called Lok Mitra Sewa to make life of the residents more comfortable. This facility of e-governance will enable the residents to record complaints through an integrated voice recording system. The complaints would then be sent to the nodal officers to address within three days.

"The residents can dial 0120-2555500 for recording complaints," said DM Deepak Aggarwal. They lodge complaints related to revenue, education, social welfare, rural development, health, district supply office and the electricity departments. "The complaints will be reviewed every first and third Monday and in case of any delay, the nodal officers can be contacted on email or phone," DM added.

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Power demand up

New Delhi, June 23
Power demand in the Capital today touched an all-time high of 4,909 MW, which resulted in massive outages in several areas.

Several areas in east, south and south-west Delhi experienced power cuts for several hours.

As the mercury and humidity soared, the power demand shot up to 4,909 MW at 3.35 pm, which is the highest for the city. The previous highest power requirement in the city was recorded on May 18 this year when it touched 4,823 MW.

Last year, the power demand had soared to 4,720 MW on July 1,

"The power load today was the highest ever demand met in Delhi," a Delhi Transco spokesperson said.

In north-east Delhi, snapping of 220 KV Transmission Line at Sri Ram Colony and Khajoori Khas localities resulted in power woes for long hours. - PTI

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