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Kidnapped child freed in 5 hours
New Delhi, October 23
The Delhi police today arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old child from his residence in Malkaganj. The police claimed to have recovered the child from the possession of the accused in five hours. Rajbir (5), son of Gaurav Bali, was reported missing on October 22, informed IB Rani, DCP, north.

Rajbir with his parents and the kidnappers (inset). Rajbir with his parents and the kidnappers (inset). Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Life term for man who raped, killed daughter upheld
New Delhi, October 23
Dismissing the plea of a man who killed his daughter after raping her in 2005, the Delhi High Court has upheld the rigorous imprisonment for life awarded to him by a trial court.


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Schoolchildren take part in a classical dance competition during the closing ceremony of MTNL Perfect Health Mela at Laxmi Bai Nagar in New Delhi on Sunday.
Schoolchildren take part in a classical dance competition during the closing ceremony of MTNL Perfect Health Mela at Laxmi Bai Nagar in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo

Water supply to be revamped
New Delhi, October 23
The Delhi government is planning to raise water tariff to teach people the value of water. An ambitious roadmap to bring significant reforms in the sector of water management and distribution system is on the cards as the state government under the guidance of the Planning Commission is planning a complete revamp in the sector.

Zoo plans warmer environs
New Delhi, October 23
As the winter approaches, the authorities of Delhi Zoo are trying to make the weather comfortable and warmer for its denizens. The officials are planning a special diet and warmer enclosures for the animals to cope with the plummeting mercury.

Man held for first wifeís murder
New Delhi, October 23
With the arrest of Ashwani (26) from Sanjay Camp near Chankyapuri, the police has claimed to have worked out the murder case of a woman. On October 20, the body of a woman was found locked in a room of a house in Shakti Vihar in Jaitpur. There were cut marks on her cheek and the neck was slit.

Delhi sets growth target of 11% during 12th Plan
New Delhi, October 23
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a meeting of the National Development Council said that the government would have a target 11 per cent economic growth during the 12th Five Year Plan. She also identified various priorities, including reforms in water sector.

Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the late President R.Venkataramanís birth centenary at Nehru Memorial Museum, Teen Murty, in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui
Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the late President R.Venkataramanís birth centenary at Nehru Memorial Museum, Teen Murty, in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Discoms have Rs 141-cr dues to DVC
New Delhi, October 23
The Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today said that the private companies have more than Rs 141.25 crore as outstanding dues to Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).

Govt committed to welfare of kids: Walia
New Delhi, October 23
Minister of social welfare, women and child development, Delhi, Kiran Walia said that the government is committed to the development of the children in the Capital, especially those who live in the various homes run by it.

Pleasant Sunday
New Delhi, October 23
Delhi had a sunny and pleasant Sunday, with the maximum temperature settling one notch above the average at 33.5 degree Celsius. The Met office has predicted a misty Monday morning.

 





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Kidnapped child freed in 5 hours
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The Delhi police today arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old child from his residence in Malkaganj. The police claimed to have recovered the child from the possession of the accused in five hours. Rajbir (5), son of Gaurav Bali, was reported missing on October 22, informed IB Rani, DCP, north.

"We learnt that a carpenter, Sarfraz (26), had worked in the complainant's house. It was also learnt that a few days ago, a dispute over money had taken place. We tried to contact him, but could not, " said the officer. "His mobile phone was also found switched off. Hence, suspicion was created and the team raided his hideouts. He tried to mislead the police and contacted the complainant, stating that his phone had been switched off due to low battery and he was reaching his house. As Sarfraz reached the house, he was held by the team," she said.

"He disclosed that he had worked at Gaurav Bali's house, but Bali was not ready to give pay his dues of Rs 4,000. He had then took away the child from his house and handed over to his brothers, Sartaz (23) and Gul (20) Mohammad at the bus stand of Khajoori Khas," the officer added.

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Life term for man who raped, killed daughter upheld

New Delhi, October 23
Dismissing the plea of a man who killed his daughter after raping her in 2005, the Delhi High Court has upheld the rigorous imprisonment for life awarded to him by a trial court.

A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Veena Birbal dismissed the appeal filed by Mangal Singh in an order made available on Saturday and said that the circumstantial evidence led to inescapable conclusion that it was he who murdered his daughter after committing rape upon her.

"No case for interference is made out. Appellant has been rightly convicted by the sessions judge for murder and rape. We find no merit in the appeal and the same is dismissed," said the bench.

The bench based its conclusion on a medical report which indicated that Mangal Singh killed his daughter after raping her.

"The appellant owed a duty to explain how a dead body which was the result of a homicide happened to be on his shoulder. The absence of a credible explanation on his part, in the peculiar circumstances of this case, points towards his guilt," the court said.

Upholding the trial court's conviction and sentence order in 2009, the bench relied upon the statement of Mangal Singh's neighbours who had last seen the victim in the company of her father.

On the night of October 10, 2005 the neighbours heard Mangal Singh scream at his daughter and some of them even saw him carrying the victim on his shoulder in an unconscious state, the prosecution said.

The court accepted the testimony of prosecution witnesses Rakesh and Kuldeep Kumar who told the court that Mangal Singh admitted before them that the girl was not his daughter and he strangled her. IANS

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Water supply to be revamped
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The Delhi government is planning to raise water tariff to teach people the value of water. An ambitious roadmap to bring significant reforms in the sector of water management and distribution system is on the cards as the state government under the guidance of the Planning Commission is planning a complete revamp in the sector.

The overhaul, which will take place in a phased manner, will include involvement of private companies to handle certain areas of water management system.

It will also witness bringing a hike in water tariff to make people understand the value of the scarce resource, besides setting up of a number of waste water treatment plants.

"Water must be priced on a par with electricity and it should not be priced according to the whims and fancies of the public but by an independent regulatory system which is not swayed by emotional consideration," said a senior Delhi government official.

The revamp of the system will be set up on the lines of power regulator DERC (Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission). A similar independent body that will act as watchdog will be set up to control the water distribution system and streamline the water management system and fixing tariff.

Considering the city's ever-increasing population, the Planning Commission has been asking the city government to initiate long-term reform in distribution and management of water.

Officials said the city government will invest sufficient funds on water recycling and waste water treatment in the next five years and recycled waste water would be supplied to construction industries, automobile workshops, power plants and industrial units to reduce demand for fresh water.

They said the government was also working on an ambitious proposal for laying parallel pipelines to provide potable and treated waste water for flushing of toilets, washing of cars, etc.

The government has identified new urban extension areas for implementation of the proposal on a pilot basis and later it may be extended to various other areas.

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Zoo plans warmer environs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
As the winter approaches, the authorities of Delhi Zoo are trying to make the weather comfortable and warmer for its denizens. The officials are planning a special diet and warmer enclosures for the animals to cope with the plummeting mercury.

The zoo authorities said that measures are being taken to ensure the safety and comfort of the over 3,000 species of animals and birds in the 214-acre zoo.

As part of the diet, carnivorous animals will get an increased quantity of meat, while others will be fed with a mix of seasonal fruit and vegetables to help them fight the chill. Animals that feature in the higher rung of the food chain like lions, tigers and leopards will get two extra kgs of meat from the usual 10 kg, as meat keeps them warm.

The authorities are also planning to make the enclosures comfortable for the animals as the chill sets in.

"Most animals in the zoo are extremely sensitive to cold conditions. We are doing all that we can to make sure they are comfortable. Their medical condition will also be constantly monitored," said Riyaz Khan, Delhi Zoo's curator.

"From the next week, we will be introducing a special diet to prepare the animals for the approaching cold wave," he said.

"We will be feeding animals with the items that carry a lot of vitamin C and other heat-generating supplements. Amla and seasonal fruits will be included in the diet of smaller animals as it is rich in vitamin C, which is a must in winter," Khan said.

"Heaters will be installed in enclosures from the next month to ensure that they are kept warm always. We will constantly monitor the temperature using a thermometer installed in each cage," he said.

Besides, a wooden platform will be built for animals to insulate them from the cold ground, while the enclosures of smaller animals will be covered by nets to shield them from cold winds, he added.

Last month, officials were forced to close the zoo after enclosures of some animals were inundated following heavy rains.

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Man held for first wifeís murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
With the arrest of Ashwani (26) from Sanjay Camp near Chankyapuri, the police has claimed to have worked out the murder case of a woman. On October 20, the body of a woman was found locked in a room of a house in Shakti Vihar in Jaitpur. There were cut marks on her cheek and the neck was slit.

The victim was identified as as Sheetal, wife of Ashwani. Ashwani was later arrested from the Shri Ram jhuggi colony, Sataya Niketan.

He disclosed that he and Sheetal met four years ago and got married. Some time later, a son was born to them. But, later, he started suspecting Sheetal of infidelity. However, in the meantime, he developed intimacy with another girl Neha and got married to her also. He then shifted to Shakti Vihar near Jaitpur with Neha. When Sheetal got to know about this address 10 to 12 days before the murder, she also shifted there.

On the day preceding the murder, there was a quarrel between Ashwani and Sheetal, after which the former decided to kill her. In the night, he asked Neha to leave the house with his son Gaurav (2) and meet him at Meethapur Chowk. He then strangulated Sheetal with a nylon rope and thereafter slit her throat with a kitchen knife.

The weapon of offence, a kitchen knife, and keys of the room in which the body was locked have been seized.

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Delhi sets growth target of 11% during 12th Plan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a meeting of the National Development Council said that the government would have a target 11 per cent economic growth during the 12th Five Year Plan. She also identified various priorities, including reforms in water sector.

At the meet, the CM said the city government registered an average annual growth of 10.2 per cent in the first four years of the 11th Five Year Plan. The Centre is likely to set an economic growth between 9 and 9.5 per cent on the national level. Pointing out the multiplicity of authorities as the main hurdle in the implementation of various projects, the Chief Minister said her government was faced with the challenge of providing facilities to the ever-increasing influx of people into Delhi.

The NCR Planning Board, an autonomous body under the ministry of urban development, was set up to prepare a regional plan for the NCR and fund important infrastructure development projects. Besides Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are members of the board.

"The NCR Planning Board and participating states will have to accelerate the pace of implementation of National Capital Regional Plan-2021 and the respective sub-regional plans," she said.

Dikshit has been advocating transforming the satellite towns of neighbouring states to become a common economic and taxation zone, a move she feels will cut down the increasing flow of migrants into the city.

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Discoms have Rs 141-cr dues to DVC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today said that the private companies have more than Rs 141.25 crore as outstanding dues to Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).

During the hearing of the litigation between DVC and BSES Rajadhani and BSES Yamuna for the outstanding dues to Damodar Valley Corporation, the Delhi High Court directed both the companies to clear the dues to DVC immediately.

The counsel for these companies put forward the argument stating that with the present tariff, the companies are facing difficulty in supplying electricity to Delhi, that is why there are such huge outstanding dues payable to the DVC.

Reacting to this plea, the high court said in strong words that the companies should surrender the distribution work as there are many other companies in the country. BSES should not think that the distribution work cannot be done without them.

Malhotra said the electricity tariff should be brought down by 29 per cent since these private companies are making extra profit. However, with the connivance of Delhi government, the tariff has been enhanced by 22 per cent.

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Govt committed to welfare of kids: Walia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
Minister of social welfare, women and child development, Delhi, Kiran Walia said that the government is committed to the development of the children in the Capital, especially those who live in the various homes run by it.

The minister was inaugurating a Bumper Diwali Carnival organized by the Department of Women and Child Development for the inmates living in 11 homes situated in the Nirmal Chhaya complex.

Magic show, puppet show, dance and music, tattoo crafting events were held.

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Pleasant Sunday

New Delhi, October 23
Delhi had a sunny and pleasant Sunday, with the maximum temperature settling one notch above the average at 33.5 degree Celsius. The Met office has predicted a misty Monday morning.

"The minimum temperature settled at 18.4 degrees, one notch above the normal," said an India Meteorological Department official.

Humidity wavered between 91 and 41 per cent.

On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 34 and 18 degrees, respectively, while the sky is expected to remain clear. IANS

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Man killed

New Delhi, October 23
A 59-year-old man was killed and his son injured when a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle today. Rajpal and his son Bunty, 19, were on their way to Patparganj when the mishap happened. ó IANS

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