SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
D E L H I   A N D   N E I G H B O U R H O O D

Monorail gets green signal
New Delhi, January 17
The longstanding project of the monorail has got approval in principle for the Trans-Yamuna area after a presentation based on a study was given today by the RITES Limited.

Coldest day of winter
New Delhi, January 17
Children wrapped in warm woollens clothes on a cold morning in New Delhi on Tuesday. Today was the coldest day of the season and the citizens of the Capital shivered as the icy winds blew across the city. The maximum temperature came down to 14 degree Celsius

Children wrapped in warm woollens clothes on a cold morning in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

DU admin awaiting panel report on online admission 
New Delhi, January 17
In its efforts to introduce positive changes in the administrative and academic functioning of Delhi University, the administration is now awaiting the proposal on introducing centralized online admission procedure in the coming academic session.



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BJP seeks white paper on flats for EWS
New Delhi, January 17
The BJP has demanded that the Delhi government should issue a white paper on providing concrete houses to the economically weaker section (EWS) under Rajiv Ratan Aawas Yojna, so that it could be ascertained that whether the government really wanted to provide houses to needy or it was only showing golden dreams on the occasion of the MCD elections.

MCD offers sops to illegal colonies, rural areas 
New Delhi, January 17
With municipal elections round the corner, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) woke up to the concerns of residents of unauthorized colonies and rural areas while announcing several schemes for their welfare in the Budget proposals for the year 2012-2013.
The truck which crashed into a house near Pratap Nagar Metro station (Gulabi Bagh) in West Delhi on Tuesday.
The truck which crashed into a house near Pratap Nagar Metro station (Gulabi Bagh) in West Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Noida expects return of industries
Noida, January 17
This year the district industry department expects return of around 30 units which had been shifted out of the district to other state a decade ago. The reason is the end of the tax exemption of these industries at Uttarakhand this year.

Water supply to be hit today
New Delhi, January 17
The water supply in different parts of the city will be affected due to annual flushing of underground water reservoirs.

IGNOU opens new building
New Delhi, January 17
Prof M Aslam, vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), today inaugurated a new academic building of 6,000 sq m to accommodate 11 schools of the university.

Police training unit opens in Gzb
Ghaziabad, January 17
A training school of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to impart latest investigation techniques to sleuths of central and state intelligence agencies was inaugurated here yesterday.
The five accused in police custody for their involvement in a petrol pump robbery at Faridabad.
The five accused in police custody for their involvement in a petrol pump robbery at Faridabad. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

BSES fines factory owner Rs 1.35 cr for power theft
New Delhi, January 17
A factory owner of east Delhi has been slapped a fine of Rs 1.35 crore by a power discom here for allegedly stealing electricity.

Petrol pump fire: Residents take refuge under flyover
New Delhi, January 17
By the alertness of the staff and the quick response of the fire department a disaster was averted when the leakage of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sparked a fire at an Indian Oil petrol pump at RK Puram yesterday.

Court upholds charges against woman SI
New Delhi, January 17
The framing of forgery and cheating charges against a Delhi police woman has been upheld by a court for allegedly conspiring with her husband and others in procuring a fake US visa for a person who was arrested at a New York airport and deported back.
Three children (from left) Ansa, Anees and Tejasree at Medanta Hospital after liver transplantation, with their mothers and doctors A.S. Soin and Neelam Mohan in New Delhi on Monday. A team of doctors created history by performing swap and domino liver transplant operations simultaneously.
Three children (from left) Ansa, Anees and Tejasree at Medanta Hospital after liver transplantation, with their mothers and doctors A.S. Soin and Neelam Mohan in New Delhi on Monday. A team of doctors created history by performing swap and domino liver transplant operations simultaneously.Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Tutorís life term for killing 15-yr girl upheld
New Delhi, January 17
The life sentence awarded to a private tutor for pushing a 15-year-old girl student, with whom he allegedly had an affair, to death from the fourth floor of his coaching centre in 2001 has been upheld by the Delhi High Court.

3 held for raping, killing 3-yr girl
New Delhi, January 17
Three men have been arrested for raping a three-year-old girl at an under-construction building in Ramesh Nagar, West Delhi. After the rape, they strangulated her and disposed of her body at a nearby drain.

3-yr-old kidnapped boy rescued
New Delhi, January 17
Three persons, including two women, were arrested for kidnapping a three-year-old boy, who was rescued from Ghaziabad. The arrested persons are Urmila Srivastav (37), Sunita (32) and Mahipal (36).

SIís son killed in bike accident
New Delhi, January 17
A Delhi police sub-inspector's son was killed when his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle reportedly collided with a road divider near Ashram Chowk today. His two friends were with him on the bike.

AIIMS scam accused in judicial custody
New Delhi, January 17
Seven persons, including three doctors, arrested for their alleged role in the recent leak of the post graduate medical entrance exam papers of AIIMS, were today remanded to two weeks of judicial custody by a Delhi court.

Father, son held for 4 murders
Ghaziabad, January 17
A man and his son have been arrested for murdering four members of a family - three women and an infant - here early January over a dispute over Rs 200, the police said.

Schoolchildren perform at Rajpath during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Schoolchildren perform at Rajpath during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

 





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Monorail gets green signal
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
The longstanding project of the monorail has got approval in principle for the Trans-Yamuna area after a presentation based on a study was given today by the RITES Limited.

The presentation was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, urban development minister A. K. Walia, transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and industries minister Ramakant Goswami, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, chief secretary P K Tripathi and principal secretary Chandramohan. Later, the Chief Minister had a meeting and gave approval in principle to the project.

The project is to be completed by 2017 provided there is no hindrance in its commissioning, said an official.

The monorail is expected to supplement the existing inter-city transport modes like the Metro Rail. The project is being developed in a way that the new system makes it possible to interchange with the three Delhi Metro lines-- Shastri Park Metro station on Dilshad Garden to Rithala Line, Nirman Vihar Metro Station on Anand Vihar to Dwarka Line and Trilokpuri Metro Station on Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar, he said.

Dikshit said that a detailed note will be discussed in a cabinet meeting to give a formal approval.

The proposal has been approved first for the Trans-Yamuna area as it is very congested. The first line of Metro Rail had also been commissioned for the Trans-Yamuna area (from ISBT Kashmere Gate to Seelampur).

The first monorail line will connect Shastri Park to Trilokpuri via Laxmi Nagar. The length of the first line will be 10.8 km with 12 stations- Shastri Nagar, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Dairy, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri. The proposed depot will be Trilokpuri.

During the presentation, an official of the RITES said that the monorail corridor starts from Shastri Park Metro Station and ends at Trilokpuri. After crossing the railway line, the alignment runs on Yamuna Pushta Road. Then the route takes a turn on the left and aligns itself on Raja Ram Kohli Marg. From Geeta Colony, the alignment takes a right turn and runs along the Patparganj road. It crosses Delhi Metro at Nirman Vihar station along with Vikas Marg.

In the beginning, monorail is expected to attract a daily ridership of around 1.37 lakh passengers and will be able to provide an inter-city transport service in the congested localities in East Delhi.

Laying monorail lines is cheaper as compared to Delhi Metro lines. The project will have stations on 9-mt-high pillars, the official added.

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Coldest day of winter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
Today was the coldest day of the season and the citizens of the Capital shivered as the icy winds blew across the city. The maximum temperature came down to 14 degree Celsius and the minimum was 9.3 degrees.

An official of the meteorological department said that the rain at night added to the chill in the morning.

School students were seen wrapping mufflers around their necks due to the icy winds.

The official said that todayís maximum temperature was 14 degree Celsius below normal and down from the previous dayís 20.3 degrees while the minimum temperature was at 9.3 degree Celsius, two degrees above normal but down from yesterdayís 10.5 degrees.
Fog also returned to the national Capital as the mercury dropped overnight after two days of clear sky.

It was a foggy night in Delhi with the visibility falling below 50 metres at one point.

The Capital also recorded a rainfall of 0.5 mm during the night.

It has affected the rail traffic. According to an official of the Northern Railway, 17 trains run behind the scheduled time while 40 trains were cancelled. The Met department has predicted a downward trend for the mercury during the next two days when the minimum is likely to fall to as low as six degrees and the maximum 16 degrees with thick fog in the morning. The maximum humidity may be 97 degrees while the minimum 70 degrees.

As the temperature is coming down, most of the parents want the schools to be closed again.

Aziz, whose son leaves for school at 6.30 am, said that it is difficult for the children to be ready for the school in the morning. The government should close the schools at least for one week, he said 

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DU admin awaiting panel report on online admission 
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
In its efforts to introduce positive changes in the administrative and academic functioning of Delhi University, the administration is now awaiting the proposal on introducing centralized online admission procedure in the coming academic session.

University officials sometime ago had spoken of the proposal soon after a high-powered committee of 16 college principals was deputed to look into its feasibility.

The committee members will be responsible for framing the admission policy and will also be supervising the admission process.

The DU administration will now look into the report to be submitted by the committee next month and then decide on the matter. If all goes well, the committee will initiate the process wherein parents and aspirants will not have to visit the university again and again during admissions. They may apply online and will have to directly contact the colleges once the cut-off lists are announced.

The new admission process may see the return of common registrations, but online. The last admission season saw the university doing away with the pre-admission registration forms.

The 16 principals on the committee said that the experiment failed as most colleges ended up admitting more students against their infrastructure and the availability of staff.

One of the committee members said, "The need for registration was realized after colleges suffered mismanagement last year. Most of the principals are batting for centralized registration for both the general and reserved categories as well as making registration online. The university will also be relieved of selling prospectuses."

"If recommendations of the high-powered committee are accepted, cut-offs for the general and OBC categories will continue to be released by individual colleges. Further, SC/ST students might be able to change their course at the college level. At present, the selected candidates get a slip from the university allocating them the course and the college, which cannot be changed at the college level," said a senior official of the university.

The committee also had a discussion to fix the minimum eligibility for admission through ECA quota. As the trend shows when the cut-off percentage for the general category students is 90%, students with the ECA quota can make it to the same courses with a cut-off mark of 60%-70%. So the committee has decided to set a benchmark to tackle such situations so as to avoid deviations as many colleges reportedly cancelled their ECA admissions at the last minute this year due to "unfair means" in the selection process.

The committee has also suggested that the cut-off list for OBC students will be independent of the list for the general category students.

The member said, "Till now, the cut-off scores for the OBC candidates used to be 10 per cent lower than that of the general category list. But from the next semester, based on the SC guidelines, the cut-off list will be based on the eligibility criteria."

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BJP seeks white paper on flats for EWS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
The BJP has demanded that the Delhi government should issue a white paper on providing concrete houses to the economically weaker section (EWS) under Rajiv Ratan Aawas Yojna, so that it could be ascertained that whether the government really wanted to provide houses to needy or it was only showing golden dreams on the occasion of the MCD elections.

At the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Delhi government decided that the houses under Rajiv Ratan Aawas Yojna would be allotted by March this year. The J.J. dwellers belonging to the SC category will be provided houses free of cost. The department of the SC/ST and minority welfare will bear the cost of initial deposit required from these categories.

The Cabinet has also decided that the cut-off date for eligibility under this scheme will be extended from December 31, 2002, to December 31, 2007. On this basis, people who became residents up to 2007 will be eligible for allotment of houses.

President of the Delhi unit of the BJP Vijender Gupta said that the promise of the government was an election stunt for securing votes because the government was talking about the allotment 13,700 flats by March 2012, whereas by the second week of February the ideal code of conduct would come into force for the MCD elections. The government would not be able to allot houses to the poor after the code of conduct came into force. The government also knew it, hence, it is trying to mislead the EWS.

About two lakh people have applied for flats under this scheme who are eligible by 2002. After extending the period to 2007, the number will increase to 10 lakh. Will the government be able to provide houses to 10 lakh people, said Gupta.

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MCD offers sops to illegal colonies, rural areas 
Tribune New Delhi

New Delhi, January 17
With municipal elections round the corner, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) woke up to the concerns of residents of unauthorized colonies and rural areas while announcing several schemes for their welfare in the Budget proposals for the year 2012-2013.

Finalizing the budget estimates for the next financial year and revised estimate for the current fiscal year, chairman of the Standing Committee, Yogender Chandolia increased the development funds allocated for the area from Rs 7 crore to Rs 10 crore in the meeting on budget finalization today.

Announcing several sops to the voters in rural areas, Chandolia said that there is a provision of Rs 10 crore for providing civic amenities in the unauthorised colonies by using the power entrusted to the municipal commissioner under section 358 of DMC Act.

Therefore, the Standing Committee finalized Rs 1 crore for each municipal ward falling in the rural area of the city.

In a new initiative to involve Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) for development of civic infrastructure at the local level, the Standing Committee has proposed a budgetary provision of Rs 34 crore.

"Out of the allocated money, Rs 12 lakh will be spent on the advice given by the RWAs to carry out development of civic amenities," said Chandolia.

The provision for carrying out new engineering works has been also increased from Rs 9 crore to Rs 15 crore. To provide better lighting in the MCD parks, the committee has increased the budgetary provision for maintenance from Rs 4 crore to Rs 7 crore.

The scholarship for girl students has been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500.

The committee has proposed to give Rs 5,000 to each girl student who passed class V from MCD's primary school.

"Around one lakh girl students pass out from class V from MCD's school every year and the corporation will invest Rs 10 crore as fixed deposit for giving Rs 5,000 after they submit their class XII certificate," Chandolia added.

In an attempt to woo group C and D employees of the civic body, he said that the MCD will provide interest-free loan for vocational education of children of group C and D employees. A provision of Rs 10 crore has been made for the purpose.

The committee also increased the monthly pension of senior citizens, widows and the handicapped from Rs 200 to Rs 1,200. For the upkeep of heritage property, a budgetary provision of Rs 10 crore has been proposed.

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Noida expects return of industries
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 17
This year the district industry department expects return of around 30 units which had been shifted out of the district to other state a decade ago. The reason is the end of the tax exemption of these industries at Uttarakhand this year.

"We expect around 30 units to start re-production in Gautam Budhh Nagar district. Their tax exemption in Uttarakhand has expired. Type of industries included fan manufacturing, television and electronic consumer goods, gutka, cosmetics and herbal products," Ramesh Chandra, general manager of the District Industry Centre, said today.

"These units will have to invest just Rs 1 or 2 crore to revive the production plants here. These will generate direct employment to about 3,000 persons, besides giving work to around 100 ancillary units supplying raw material and will yield indirect employment to around 5,000 persons," said Chandra.

These units are expected to add annual revenue of around Rs 20 crore to Rs 40 crore, he added.

In 2011, around 900 new small-scale units have set up here while 150 old closed their operations. Till date, there are around 8,000 small-scale units in the district.

President of the Noida Entrepreneur Association Vipin Malhan, however, said, "Unless crisis of power supply is not resolved, these industries may not shift back here."

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Water supply to be hit today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
The water supply in different parts of the city will be affected due to annual flushing of underground water reservoirs.

Tomorrow, the supply will be available at low pressure in the areas like Molor Band Extension, Tuglakabad village, Pocket ABC Nand Nagar, Vikaspuri area, Janakpuri area, C-Block Ranjeet Nagar area, Rajouri Garden area, Hari Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Asha Park, Fateh Nagar and adjoining areas, RK Puram area, Sector VII, D-2 Sector 15; Rohini, Paschim Vihar, AF Block Shalimar Bagh, DDA Flats; Lado Sarai and C Block Tigri.

Further, water supply will be available at low pressure on January 19 in Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanppura, Gamrik and Subhash Mohalla, F-Block Vikaspuri area, Janakpuri area, New Moti Nagar area, 332 Rajouri Garden area, RK Puram Sector I, A 1 Sector 7; Rohini, AJ Block; Shalimar Bagh and DDA Staff Quarters; Ber Sarai.

Also, due to the replacement of damaged and cracked pipelines of 900-mm diameter, water supply will be available at low pressure in the evening of January 19 and 20 in the areas of Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj and adjoining area, LNJP Hospital, MAMC, Town Hall and adjoining area, Kashmere Gate, Mori Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Ramlila Ground and the near by area, parts of South Extension and Greater Kailash Old, Nirankari Colony, Gandhi Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar and its adjoining areas.

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IGNOU opens new building
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
Prof M Aslam, vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), today inaugurated a new academic building of 6,000 sq m to accommodate 11 schools of the university.

The three-story building has been constructed in association with RITES Ltd. as project management and architectural consultancy to the university.

The vice-chancellor handed over the space allotment letters to the directors of seven schools to shift in the new building. These schools are School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS), School of Journalism and New Media Studies (SOJNMS), School of Translation Studies and Training (SOTST), School of Foreign Languages (SOFL), School of Vocational Education and Training (SOVET), School of Extension and Development Studies (SOEDS) and School of Performing and Visual Arts (SOPVA).

Along with the space for 11 schools, the building has the provision for 14 classrooms, two committee rooms and six storage rooms with a cafeteria.

According to the chief project official of the university, Sudheer Reddy, the building has been completed in time and is well equipped with all the facilities needed for effective functioning of the schools.

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Police training unit opens in Gzb

Ghaziabad, January 17
A training school of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to impart latest investigation techniques to sleuths of central and state intelligence agencies was inaugurated here yesterday.

BPRD director general Vikram Srivastava said the Central Detective Training School (CDTS) would operate out of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Academy building here till its own premises adjacent to it was ready.

The school will train not only CBI personnel but also investigators of other central and state agencies.

It will also impart education to the investigation agencies of friendly countries like Nepal and Bhutan.

"The syllabus comprises latest investigation techniques, including the seizure of digital evidence and collecting evidence from the traffic accident sites and sending it to forensic laboratories," Srivastava added. -- IANS

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BSES fines factory owner Rs 1.35 cr for power theft

New Delhi, January 17
A factory owner of east Delhi has been slapped a fine of Rs 1.35 crore by a power discom here for allegedly stealing electricity.

The owner of the copper wire factory, located in Shahdara, allegedly stole 135 KW of electricity from discom BSES. The discom slapped the fine of Rs 1.35 crore as per the provisions of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003.

The power theft was detected after an enforcement team visited the spot posing as shoppers. The factory owner had deployed informers to warn him about the presence of any vigilance teams in the area.

Suspecting power theft, an enforcement team changed its strategy and visited the locality as ordinary shoppers which lead to the detection of the power theft.

"If the accused does not pay within the stipulated time-frame, a case will be registered against him in a special court," a BSES spokesperson said.

The factory owner could not be contacted for his comments.

"Though the power was being stolen by hooking a BSES line, it was being done very cleverly. The illegal wire was placed alongside the BSES cables, to give an impression that they were not electricity wires at all," the spokesperson said. The two electricity meters at the site were also found disconnected.

In an another case, Mohammed Ahmed, a resident of New Seelampur, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a special court for missing the deadline for paying a penalty of Rs 11.28 lakh.

The Seelampur resident had been allegedly caught stealing 5.2 KW of electricity by a BSES enforcement team on February 25 last year. - PTI

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Petrol pump fire: Residents take refuge under flyover
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
By the alertness of the staff and the quick response of the fire department a disaster was averted when the leakage of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sparked a fire at an Indian Oil petrol pump at RK Puram yesterday.

The fire could have spread to a nearby residential colony, besides an adjacent Delhi Transport Corporation bus depot and the Bharat Petroleum petrol pump.

The residents of the Shiva Camp colony, which is situated immediately behind the Indian Oil petrol pump, said that the police had ordered them to not cook food in their houses in the wake of the incident.

And in fear of losing their lives, if the fire breaks out again, most of the locals were waiting in the cold under the Outer Ring Road flyover.

The residents of Shiva Camp are bearing the brunt of the situation following the mishap. About 30 houses are situated along a boundary wall behind the two petrol pumps. And close to 80 people reside in these small houses that appear to be crumbling.

Sashi, a resident, said, "This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Earlier, there was a small fire at the Indian Oil petrol pump, but this time it was bigger and we were afraid to even stand near our houses. My family with some other residents is merely standing under the flyover in front of the two petrol pumps. We have not been able to cook our food. We are still waiting for the police's decision."

The petrol pump is situated at Sector 5, RK Puram near Munirka. The Bharat Petroleum petrol pump and the Vasant Vihar DTC bus depot are adjacent to it.

Manager of the Indian Oil petrol pump Avdesh said that the leakage from the LPG cylinders sparked the fire about 8.30 pm yesterday. "We were repairing some of the cylinders from which the gas leaked out. One of our employees was filling air into the tyres of a car parked nearby. As the driver started the engine, sparks flew which ignited the cylinders," added Avdesh.

Thirteen fire tenders were sent to the petrol pump to extinguish the fire. At 10.20 pm the fire was doused. The incident left two people severely wounded, who are admitted to Safdarjung Hospital. Three others, including an employee of the petrol pump, sustained minor injuries.

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Fake visa
Court upholds charges against woman SI

New Delhi, January 17
The framing of forgery and cheating charges against a Delhi police woman has been upheld by a court for allegedly conspiring with her husband and others in procuring a fake US visa for a person who was arrested at a New York airport and deported back.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta upheld the charges of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy against sub-inspector Vidhu Sharma, rejecting her contention that no prosecution could be initiated against her without prior sanction as per the Delhi Police Act.

The court observed that her argument "is without any merits as the alleged offence cannot be said to be committed by her in the discharge of her official duties". - PTI

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Tutorís life term for killing 15-yr girl upheld

New Delhi, January 17
The life sentence awarded to a private tutor for pushing a 15-year-old girl student, with whom he allegedly had an affair, to death from the fourth floor of his coaching centre in 2001 has been upheld by the Delhi High Court.

A Bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha Rani upheld the life sentence given to tutor Ravi Ghai, saying there was no error in trial court ruling, convicting him.

"We affirm the findings of the trial court that evidence produced by the prosecution conclusively and unerringly point towards the Ghai's guilt, as the one who pushed the girl from the fourth floor resulting in her instantaneous death," the bench said.

"We do not find any error or infirmity in the impugned judgment and order," it observed, dismissing Ghai's appeal.

The high court ruling, however, did not spell out as to why the tutor pushed the girl student to death.

Ghai had moved the high court challenging the Sessions court order, which awarded him life imprisonment in 2008 for killing the Class X student.

Ghai, who was running a coaching centre at West Patel Nagar in central Delhi, had challenged his conviction contending that testimonies of witnesses, many of whom were minors, were not reliable.

He said that the trial court had committed error in basing his conviction solely on testimonies of child witnesses, who had been tutored.

Opposing Ghai's petition, the prosecution argued that all witnesses were true and had deposed in natural manner. The prosecution also told the court that during the probe various "love letters" exchanged by the girl and Ghai were recovered.

It said, "The postmortem report revealed that relationship between Ghai and the girl was not only that of a tutor and student but went beyond that and their physical intimacy was confirmed from the postmortem report".

The police said Ghai had pushed the victim from the rooftop of the premises from where he used to run the coaching centre and "independent witness had seen the deceased and the appellant going towards the roof".

The Bench declined Ghai's plea for relief, saying, "We are of the considered view that all witnesses to the occurrence were consistent and had corroborated each other on all material aspects and there is no contradiction on any major point."

The Bench also observed that the commercialised coaching centres have mushroomed due to parents' "dream" to provide the best education to their children and this was one such case in which the mother of the victim was staying here for child's studies even as her husband was working in Abu Dhabi. - PTI

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3 held for raping, killing 3-yr girl
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
Three men have been arrested for raping a three-year-old girl at an under-construction building in Ramesh Nagar, West Delhi. After the rape, they strangulated her and disposed of her body at a nearby drain.

The three persons are named Jawahar (30), Birbal (26) and Raj Kumar (24). They raped and killed the girl on January 5.

Jawahar tricked the girl into coming with him. He took her to the under-construction building at Ramesh Nagar, where his two friends, Birbal and Kumar were waiting.

After drinking liquor, they raped her and strangulated her and disposed of her body in a nearby drain, according to sources.

The next day when the girl's parents could not trace her at home at JJ Cluster in Kirti Nagar, they registered a complaint with the police.

The police recovered her body from the drain at Ramesh Nagar.

The girl's body was sent for a postmortem at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. When the police received the autopsy report on January 8, it learnt that she had been raped and then strangled.

A police team went to Gaya, Bihar, where Jawahar was apprehended. Kumar and Birbal were later arrested from Mayapuri. 

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3-yr-old kidnapped boy rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
Three persons, including two women, were arrested for kidnapping a three-year-old boy, who was rescued from Ghaziabad. The arrested persons are Urmila Srivastav (37), Sunita (32) and Mahipal (36).

On January 11, Gulshan Khan, a resident of JJ Colony, Hastsal in Uttam Nagar, reported to the police that his son Jishan (3) was missing.

Khan suspected that his son was kidnapped, according to the police.

Afruit vendor, Sandeep Kumar Taneja (27), told the police that he saw a woman talking to Jishan. He was directed to inform the police, if he saw the woman again.

Yesterday, Sandeep saw her and accordingly reported the incident to the police. The woman was identified as Urmila Srivastav, a resident of Budh Bazar in Vikas Nagar. She belongs to Badai, Uttar Pradesh and works as a housekeeping staff at RK Eye Clinic in Bindapur.

Confesseng the crime, she said that she kidnapped the boy and gave him to her niece Sunita, who lives at Mansarovar Park Colony in Ghaziabad.

Sources said that Sunita, who was married for about 13 years, could not give birth to a son.

The police apprehended Sunita and her husband Mahi Pal today and rescued Jishan from their residence.

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SIís son killed in bike accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17
A Delhi police sub-inspector's son was killed when his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle reportedly collided with a road divider near Ashram Chowk today. His two friends were with him on the bike.

The deceased, Devesh (23) was the only son of Tejram Sharma, a sub-inspector posted at the Badarpur police station. Devesh and his friends, Daniel and Ashish study at a mass communication institute in Bharat Nagar, New Friends Colony.

Devesh's wedding was fixed for next month.

They were returning from the institute and going via Mathura Road. When they were about to reach Ashram Chowk, the motorcycle collided with a road divider about 4 pm.

Devesh and his friends were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Doctors pronounced the former as brought dead. Daniel and Ashish are presently recuperating from their injuries.

The police is investigating the matter to ascertain the exact cause of the accident.

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AIIMS scam accused in judicial custody

New Delhi, January 17
Seven persons, including three doctors, arrested for their alleged role in the recent leak of the post graduate medical entrance exam papers of AIIMS, were today remanded to two weeks of judicial custody by a Delhi court.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar sent the accused to judicial custody till January 31 after the crime branch of the Delhi police submitted they were not required for further custodial interrogation. ó PTI

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Father, son held for 4 murders
They allegedly killed four members of a family - three women and an infant - early this month over 200 in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, January 17
A man and his son have been arrested for murdering four members of a family - three women and an infant - here early January over a dispute over Rs 200, the police said.

The man's two other sons, also involved in the crime, were arrested earlier.

Superintendent of police (city) JK Shahi said four members of Nawab's family, his wife Rukhsana (37), daughters Shama (18), Alia (9) and one-year-old son Amreen, were murdered in their house in Loni on January 6, while Nawab himself managed to escape.

Rukhsana was pregnant when she was killed.

Nawab named Riyaz and his three sons, Naeem, Kallu and Pali in his complaint to the police.

The latter two were arrested but Riyaz and Naeem were absconding. The two were finally arrested on Monday night.

The arrested persons have confessed their crime, saying it arose over a dispute of Rs 200 in the Sahibabad area where Nawab lived earlier, before shifting to Loni.

According to the police, the four, along with two other people, barged into Nawab's house.

They cut off Shama's arm before killing her and then murdered her younger two siblings.

The criminals then broke into Nawab's bedroom where they stabbed Rukhsana, while Nawab escaped and reached the police station.

However, the criminals had fled when the police reached the spot. - IANS

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