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Stormy scenes on Day 1 of Budget discussion 
BJP demands rollback of petrol, CNG price hikes
New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Assembly witnessed stormy scenes on the first day of the Budget discussion today. Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi leveled some serious allegations against the government while delivering his speech on the Budget proposals of the government, making Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to stand thrice to protest against some words used by him.

Six minor girls rescued from sex trade
New Delhi, May 29
Six minor girls have been rescued from the Delhi's red-light area, GB Road, by policemen assisted by NGOs Shakti Vahini and Rescue Foundation.

Biker dies as car hits him
New Delhi, May 29
A 27-year-old man was injured when a speeding car rammed into the motorcycle he was driving at Mayur Vihar early last morning. Sanjay works as an assistant manager at Domino's outlet in Noida. He was returning to his residence at Trilokpuri when the accident occurred at 12.15 am on Monday.

Rs 1 lakh for info on copís killers
New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Police Commissioner, B K Gupta, has announced a cash reward to the person who will provide information about the unidentified assailants who shot dead a head constable and injured a constable in an apparent road rage incident at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.


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East Delhi drains to be de-silted by June 15
New Delhi, May 29
In view of the upcoming monsoon season, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation today ordered de-silting of all small and big drains under its jurisdiction by June 15. East Delhi Mayor Annapurna Misra has asked the councillors to submit letters regarding the status of the work in their respective areas.

Google offers DTU boy Rs 55L package
New Delhi, May 29
Delhi Technological University (DTU) has hit an impressive record in campus placement this year, with Google offering Rs 55 lakh annually to Priyanshu Jain, a fourth year student of the department of computer engineering. Besides, three students of the department

 





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Stormy scenes on Day 1 of Budget discussion 
BJP demands rollback of petrol, CNG price hikes
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Assembly witnessed stormy scenes on the first day of the Budget discussion today. Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi leveled some serious allegations against the government while delivering his speech on the Budget proposals of the government, making Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to stand thrice to protest against some words used by him. Following Dikshit's protest, Speaker Yoganand Shastri directed the officials concerned to delete the objectionable words from the records.

Mukhi demanded the government to roll back the hikes in the prices of petrol and CNG.

"Last week, the price of petrol was hiked by Rs 7.50 per litre. On the pretext of giving relief to the citizens, the city government has reduced 20 per cent VAT (Rs 1.26) on the hiked price, which is nothing. But instead of giving relief to the citizens, the government has levied 5 per cent VAT on CNG, which will hike the price of the fuel by Rs 1.77 per kg. The government should withdraw VAT on CNG," said the BJP leader.

Mukhi said CNG was used by private as well as commercial vehicles to transport food and other items. The hiked CNG price would affect general people as it would lead to an increase in the rates of general goods, he added.

Slamming the Budget proposals, Mukhi said the Delhi government did not have an adequate way to finalise the Budget.

"The Union as well as state governments have a planning board comprising academicians, ministers and experts to finalise the Budget before tabling it in the Assembly. But the Delhi government has no such board," he said.

He demanded constitution of a planning board to discuss the Budget before tabling it in the Assembly.

Mukhi, who was the finance minister during the BJP government in Delhi from 1993 to 1998, said the government had allocated Rs 15, 168 crore for plan outlay and Rs 18, 268 for non-plan outlay. But, generally, more money is allocated for plan outlay than the non-plan ones as it is used for developmental works.

The minister then alleged that the Budget was anti- farmer and anti-village as there was no fund allocation for the agriculture sector. Also, for the development of villages, the government had allocated very less amount, he added.

Mukhi also said that due to wrong economic policies of the government, the central assistance fund for Delhi had been reduced this year.

"In 2009-2010, Delhi was given Rs 2,457 crore while this year, it has been given only Rs 1,928 crore by the Centre," he said.

Mukhi further demanded that like many other states, the government should consider people with transplanted kidneys as fully handicapped.

On this, the Delhi health minister said these kinds of patients were given financial assistance during their treatments. 

Donít waste water, urges Speaker

Speaker Yoganand Shastri today reminded the members of the House about a movement launched in South Africa on scarcity of water. Many people were killed during the movement.

He said this when members of the Opposition raised the issue of the shortage of water in their constituencies, particularly South and Outer Delhi where level of groundwater has gone 600 ft deep under the earth.

In some areas, the groundwater is poisonous. Having heard this, the Speaker got emotional and asked the members spread a message among the people not to waste water.

He asked the government to complete the construction of a proposed drain of 32 km from Dhasa to Kakrola that will help in improving level and quality of groundwater.

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Six minor girls rescued from sex trade
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Six minor girls have been rescued from the Delhi's red-light area, GB Road, by policemen assisted by NGOs Shakti Vahini and Rescue Foundation.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl CP) (Central District) Devesh Chandra Srivastva said that yesterday the police at the Kamla Market police station was tipped-off about the confinement of six minor girls (15-18 age group) at GB Road.

"These girls were forced into prostitution," said Srivastva.

A police team consisting of representatives of anti human-trafficking NGOs, Shakti Vahini and Rescue Foundation, was formed to raid certain brothels of GB Road.

The raid was conducted late in the evening and the six girls were rescued. Three of them are residents of Nepal, one is from Maharashtra, one belongs to West Bengal and the sixth one hails from Karnataka, added Srivastva.

A case under Section 32 (production before committee) of the Juvenile Justice Act has been registered at the Kamla Market police station.

The Addl CP said that presently no arrests have been made. The girls will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

The investigations revealed that the girls belong to poor families and were lured on the pretext of being provided employment in Delhi.

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Biker dies as car hits him
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
A 27-year-old man was injured when a speeding car rammed into the motorcycle he was driving at Mayur Vihar early last morning. Sanjay works as an assistant manager at Domino's outlet in Noida. He was returning to his residence at Trilokpuri when the accident occurred at 12.15 am on Monday.

Sources said that he was passing by Gazipur Pushta Road when a speeding car coming from the DND flyover rammed into the rear part of his motorcycle. Sanjay was thrown above his vehicle upon impact and landed on the car's windshield.

A PCR vehicle rushed Sanjay to the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The car driver, Lipank Goyal, was overpowered by some locals and handed over to the police after the accident. Lipank is a resident of B-Block in Vivek Vihar.

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Rs 1 lakh for info on copís killers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The Delhi Police Commissioner, B K Gupta, has announced a cash reward to the person who will provide information about the unidentified assailants who shot dead a head constable and injured a constable in an apparent road rage incident at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

Head Constable Sanjeev is a resident of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. He was posted with the South district special staff of the Delhi police. On May 15, the road rage incident occurred when he was conducting a reconnaissance of vehicle thieves at Ganga Nahar.

Gupta has announced Rs 1 lakh to the person who will give information or clues that will help trace the unidentified assailants.

Sanjeev and constable Sachin were allegedly shot at by assailants, who blocked the passage of their vehicle with their car. The assailants shot at the two policemen after an argument turned ugly.

Sanjeev was shot at on the right side of his chest and Sachin was shot at on his knee.

The head constable later succumbed to his injuries during treatment at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Subharti Hospital in Meerut.

A case of murder and attempt to murder is registered with regard to the incident at the Kanker Khera police station in Meerut.

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East Delhi drains to be de-silted by June 15
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
In view of the upcoming monsoon season, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation today ordered de-silting of all small and big drains under its jurisdiction by June 15. East Delhi Mayor Annapurna Misra has asked the councillors to submit letters regarding the status of the work in their respective areas.

"We will inspect the status of the drains after the deadline and action will be taken against the defaulters," said Misra.

During a meeting held with senior officials of Shahdara North to discuss the issue of cleanliness in the area, Misra called for emphasis on the sanitary situation of the unauthorised colonies and expressed concern over insufficient sanitation staff available with the corporation.

Meanwhile, in South Delhi, Mayor Savita Gupta today inaugurated a workshop on dengue, malaria and chikungunya. The workshop was organised to sensitise the councillors of the area about the vector-borne diseases.

Gupta said the public health department of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation would organise workshops from June 1 on vector-borne diseases in all wards to create awareness among the masses.

NK Yadav, municipal health officer of the corporation said temephos, used to check mosquito breeding in clean stagnant water, was available free of cost at the circle office of each ward. 

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Google offers DTU boy Rs 55L package
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Delhi Technological University (DTU) has hit an impressive record in campus placement this year, with Google offering Rs 55 lakh annually to Priyanshu Jain, a fourth year student of the department of computer engineering. Besides, three students of the department

-- Ajay Behari Gupta, Gaurav Kumar and Saikat K. Debnath-have been offered Rs 40 lakh per annum by American software firm EPIC. Another student Debnath has got Rs 20-lakh offer from Google.

The companies that have visited DTU recently include Microsoft, Indian Oil, Maruti, TCS, Mckinsey, Oracle, NTPC, Wipro, Google, and Adobe, according to Neeraj Nimwal, placement officer, DTU.

"A highlight of this year's placement is that besides making job offers to final year students, companies are also offering paid internship to third year students. This will prepare students for the challenges of the industry,"  he added.

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