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Residential school for SC/ST, minority students soon
New Delhi, May 14
The Delhi Cabinet has decided to set up a residential school for students of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), other backward classes (OBC) and minorities in order to provide them with opportunities to excel in studies.

33 children rescued
New Delhi, May 14
Even as India is gearing towards a blanket ban on child labour, many rich people in the national capital prefer to be conveniently ignorant about the anti-child labour legislation and continue to employ them as domestic helps and workers in hotels, eateries and motor shops.

Cabbies held for murdering woman
New Delhi, May 14
Two taxi drivers have been arrested for sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman in a car and then killing her at Kalkaji, police said today.


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Tibetans light up diyas in memory of their martyrs in New Delhi on Monday.
Tibetans light up diyas in memory of their martyrs in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Body found in bag
New Delhi, May 14
The decomposed body of a man was found in a bag at Prasad Nagar, this afternoon. The body has multiple injuries.

DU students disappointed with goof ups
New Delhi, May 14
Confused and anguished, first year students at Delhi University who have been dealing with the fiascos of wrong question papers amongst other goof ups over the last one year being the first batch of humanities facing semesterisation, today said that the last year has been nothing but disappointing at the university.

CBI sounds alarm on conmen posing as its men
New Delhi, May 14
The CBI has issued an advisory and warned people against conmen who pose as CBI officers or their acquaintances and extort money and favour. People should check the identity card if any person approaches them for bribe or any favour by claiming that he is a CBI sleuth.

East Delhi Mayor visits Dayanand Hospital
New Delhi, May 14
East Delhi Mayor Annapurna Mishra paid a surprise visit to Swami Dayanand Hospital with Commissioner S.S. Yadav and officials of the health department.

Activists of the Economy Radio Taxi Drivers Association shout slogans during their procession from the Ramlila Grounds to Jantar Mantar, demanding the setting up of  prepaid booths for radio taxis at railway stations and exemption of MCD toll tax for them in New Delhi on Monday.
Activists of the Economy Radio Taxi Drivers Association shout slogans during their procession from the Ramlila Grounds to Jantar Mantar, demanding the setting up of prepaid booths for radio taxis at railway stations and exemption of MCD toll tax for them in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Biker falls to death from flyover
New Delhi, May 14
A 30-year-old motorcyclist died after falling from a flyover at Geeta Colony during early morning today.

Student commits suicide
New Delhi, May 14
A 23-year-old aircraft maintenance student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Dwarka this afternoon.

Tuesday to be clear, sunny
New Delhi, May 14
The national Capital witnessed a pleasant Monday today, with the sun playing hide and seek through most part of the day and an overcast sky providing the much-needed break from the scorching sun.





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Residential school for SC/ST, minority students soon
Cabinet approves victim compensation scheme
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The Delhi Cabinet has decided to set up a residential school for students of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), other backward classes (OBC) and minorities in order to provide them with opportunities to excel in studies.

The Cabinet also approved the victim compensation scheme and prescribed the minimum and maximum limits of the compensation.

It has decided to set up a residential school for the SC/ST, OBC and minority students at Ishapur. An agreement to this effect will be signed by the department of welfare of SC/ST, OBC, minorities and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, that is running the biggest residential institute for tribal children in South Asia where 10,000 tribal children are provided residential facilities and education from KG to PG level.

The Chief Minister said that after visiting the institute, it was felt that the experiment could be replicated in Delhi in order to bring the SC/ST, OBC and minority students at par with other students by providing holistic quality education. Further, experienced teachers from KISS would impart education in an innovative manner.

The school will be managed by the KISS. An existing school premises at Ishapur would be renovated by the PWD for this purpose.

The government will provide infrastructure and financial assistance for running the school for five years and after that the school is expected to be self-sustaining.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for operationalisation of victim compensation scheme. The scheme was being already administered in Delhi. However, the Cabinet has decided to implement the Union Government's Victim Compensation Scheme and has also decided to grant a budgetary allocation of Rs 15 crore initially.

The minimum and maximum limit of compensation has been fixed. Compensation on loss of life will be between Rs 3 and 5 lakh, rape between Rs 2 and 3 lakh, loss of any limb resulting in 80 per cent or more permanent disability Rs 2 and 3 lakh, permanent disability above 40 per cent and below 80 per cent between Rs 1 and 1.5 lakh, permanent disability above 20 per cent and below 40 per cent between Rs 60,000 and 1 lakh and permanent disability below 20 per cent Rs 50,000.

The victim of human trafficking, child abuse and kidnapping will be released compensation of Rs 50,000 and on injury to child victim Rs 10,000.

The scheme envisages an amount of Rs 20,000 for rehabilitation. Further, the victims of acid attack in case of disfigurement of face will get compensation between Rs 2 and 3 lakh and in other cases of injury Rs 50,000.

The new scheme has been formulated after addition of a new provision, Section 357-A in the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2008.

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33 children rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Even as India is gearing towards a blanket ban on child labour, many rich people in the national capital prefer to be conveniently ignorant about the anti-child labour legislation and continue to employ them as domestic helps and workers in hotels, eateries and motor shops.

In the latest instances of child exploitation, 10 children were rescued from a motor garage in Mayur Vihar Phase II where owners of zooming BMWs and Ferraris come for servicing, leading to the arrest of three employers and ceiling of four garages today. In another case, 23 children were rescued while they were engaged in zari work in Seemapuri and North-East district during a raid here.

All children falling below the permissible age for working, were trafficked to Delhi with promise of a better livelihood and in the case of 10 children rescued from garage, they were brought here from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on the pretext of providing professional training of mechanic.

All less than 14 years of age, had been working for 16 hours for Rs 20 per day and due to extreme working conditions and constant exposure to pollution, the rescued children were said to be suffering from severe respiratory troubles.

These children reiterate the importance of having a "Child Labour Free India Campaign" which aims to bring about an amendment in the existing Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, by ensuring a total abolition of child labourers in the country till the age of 14 years, said activists of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO which led the campaign.

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Cabbies held for murdering woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Two taxi drivers have been arrested for sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman in a car and then killing her at Kalkaji, police said today.

The victim's body was found in a semi-nude condition with strangulation marks on her neck. The body was discovered at an isolated stretch between Kalkaji and Nehru Place Metro stations on April 24.

The woman was later identified by her husband. He works as an autorickshaw driver who lives at Sector-16 of Rohini.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ashok Chand, said that the preliminary investigations had revealed the involvement of the two taxi drivers who worked at Nehru Place. They were identified as Pradeep Singh (30) and Sikander Singh (28). They both belong to Ropar district in Punjab.

"We apprehended the two drivers on Sunday from their residence at Moti Bagh village in southeast Delhi. They confessed to killing the victim. We have also recovered the vehicle in which the offence was committed," added Chand.

According to police investigations, the victim's husband in his autorickshaw had left her at the Defence Colony flyover at 9.30 pm on April 23.

A few minutes later, she telephoned her husband and told him that she was going with two men in a taxi with a registration number- 9551. "That was the last time she contacted her husband," said Chand.

The police conducted an extensive search for the vehicle with the registration number plate. They searched in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi and later found a vehicle with a number plate- PB 01 9551- which was attached to a travel agency at Nehru Place.

"The ownership of the vehicle was found to be registered under the name of Pradeep," added Chand.

On Sunday, the police traced him to his Moti Bagh village and apprehended him with his associate, Sikander. The police also impounded the vehicle.

During their interrogation, Pradeep and Sikander revealed that they had picked up the victim from Defence Colony at 9.40 pm on April 23.

"They took her to Lodhi Institutional Area with her consent and became intimate with her. However, when they became aggressive, she resisted. They then strangulated her," Chand said.

After killing her, they went to Nehru Place and dumped her body there. Pradeep later dropped Sikander at Greater Kailash and went to his office at Nehru Place.

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Body found in bag
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The decomposed body of a man was found in a bag at Prasad Nagar, this afternoon. The body has multiple injuries.

According to the police, the deceased appears to be 30 years old. He has not been identified.

Sources claimed that he was possibly strangulated.

A passerby on Tank Road had informed the police about a foul smell emanating from a bag there.

Sources claim that the youth was possibly murdered in another location and his body was dumped at Tank Road.

The police is trying to ascertain the manís identity.

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DU students disappointed with goof ups
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Confused and anguished, first year students at Delhi University who have been dealing with the fiascos of wrong question papers amongst other goof ups over the last one year being the first batch of humanities facing semesterisation, today said that the last year has been nothing but disappointing at the university.

"As students, we shouldn't be sitting here analysing the administration's glitches. These modalities of the semester system should have been put in place before we were admitted to the university. We have worked really hard to be here. We are not here because we didn't have options to apply abroad or at better universities, but because we chose to come here and study. Wrong question papers, faults in result declarations, problems of internal assessment, course study are not what we signed up for," said Chitranshu, an English (hons) student at the university.

Amongst those who have been suffering losses of extra curricular activities in the semester system, Kinshu from a South Delhi college said, "I was a national-ranked tennis player a year ago. I left playing tennis to concentrate on the curriculum because I knew there was no way I would be able to complete the attendance criteria. With the present system, there is hardly any time for study, let alone for sports and extra curricular activities. To top it all, there are discrepancies in declaring the results and now a wrong question paper was supplied to us."

"We sat there for two to three hours waiting for the correct paper. There was so much commotion in the halls that it was tough to concentrate on the paper. Many students couldn't even complete their exam. We had a major exam the next day and we wasted the entire day at the exam centre due to the goof up," added Aishwarya, another BCom (hons) student at the North Campus.

Interestingly, the course of study for the fourth semester yet remains undecided for English (hons) and many other subjects. Even after a year that the university implemented the semester system, the problems haven't ended.

"Students continue to suffer. This university has earned a reputation of being one of the best over decades. Some of us have been teaching at the university for over 20 years and never surfaced such instances before. The basic problem that remains is that without addressing issues like draconic technologies, understaffed departments, a massive ad-hoc teaching base, shrinking classrooms, laboratories and libraries and other limitations, the university will not implement any of its ambitious plan," said Debraj Mookerjee, English faculty, DU.

Surbhi from Ramjas College was amongst the Sanskrit students who did not get question papers last Monday and were told to go back home. "We have already applied for internship and many of us have booked the tickets to our hometowns as well. Still there has been no intimation about our exam date from the university till now. When a group of classmates approached the exam branch to ask what should be done, they asked us to get out of their office. We were told that they are not answerable to us, and that we should keep to our business," she said.

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CBI sounds alarm on conmen posing as its men
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The CBI has issued an advisory and warned people against conmen who pose as CBI officers or their acquaintances and extort money and favour. People should check the identity card if any person approaches them for bribe or any favour by claiming that he is a CBI sleuth.

Such imposters generally approach unsuspecting members of the public, public servants and offer to 'settle complaints or cases' in exchange for money or favours. They normally avoid showing any identity card.

It has also been reported that certain e-mails with a CBI logo, and bearing names of senior CBI officers, are being sent to the public, claiming to validate foreign transactions such as fund transfers, overseas employment, payments made by purported international organizations in the form of lottery proceeds, bank transfers, etc. The CBI does not validate any foreign transaction of funds, a press release said.

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East Delhi Mayor visits Dayanand Hospital

New Delhi, May 14
East Delhi Mayor Annapurna Mishra paid a surprise visit to Swami Dayanand Hospital with Commissioner S.S. Yadav and officials of the health department.

The Mayor inspected all the wards and OPD department. She interacted with the doctors and patients to understand their problems. She came to know that there is shortage of staff and the lift is out of order. She directed the officials concerned to take action in this regard to improve the patient care system. ó TNS

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Biker falls to death from flyover
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
A 30-year-old motorcyclist died after falling from a flyover at Geeta Colony during early morning today.

Manoj Kumar was a resident of Ambedkar Vihar. He was heading towards Badarpur from Karawal Nagar, when the accident occurred. Sources claimed that he was driving the motorcycle at a high speed and was under the influence of alcohol.

According to police investigations, Kumar fell from a height of nearly 50 feet when his motorcycle rammed into the railings at the Taj Enclave flyover.

A passerby informed the police about the accident. Kumar was lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Kumar worked for a private company at Badarpur. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Student commits suicide
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
A 23-year-old aircraft maintenance student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Dwarka this afternoon.

According to sources, the victim is identified as Shyam S, a native of Kerela. He was staying at a rented accommodation at Sector 23, Dwarka.

The sources said that the body was found hanging by a rope from a ceiling fan at his residence at 1.40 pm.

Shyam's friends had asked him to accompany them to a tuition class this morning. He refused by saying that he had a stomach ache. When they returned in the afternoon they discovered his body.

Shyam was rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital in Harinagar, where he was declared brought dead on arrival, said the sources.

The police has informed his family members about the incident. The body will be handed over to them after a post-mortem examination.

The police has taken the statements of Shyam's friends and batchmates.

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Tuesday to be clear, sunny
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The national Capital witnessed a pleasant Monday today, with the sun playing hide and seek through most part of the day and an overcast sky providing the much-needed break from the scorching sun.

The maximum temperature settled four degrees below the average for this time of the season at 34.8 degree Celsius. The minimum on the other hand was recorded at 26.4 degree Celsius, one degree above the average. The humidity levels oscillated between 45 and 27 per cent.

The weather department has forecast a clear and sunny day tomorrow, dismissing any possibility of rains.

An official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, "No rains are expected in the Capital tomorrow. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover between 38 and 25 degree Celsius."

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