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Lift parking for Capital’s three marketing hubs
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to construct lift-based parking lots (Silo Parking System) in South Extension, M Block Market in GK-I and Shastri Park in Karol Bagh. In these upmarket areas, people generally do not get parking space in peak hours.

The design of the proposed parking lot has been prepared by the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC), a private agency which was hired by the corporation as a consultant. The design has been submitted to the corporation. It will be the first parking lot of its kind in the Capital. The corporation will take a few months to start work on the project, according to Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta.

The work would be undertaken on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis. The developer will invest funds in the parking lot; to recover his investment, he will be give a commercial plot on lease hold basis in the market. The parking charges will be levied by the developer. After he has recovered his investment, he will surrender the commercial plot as well as the parking lot to the MCD.

The total investment in the three parking lots has been pegged at Rs 52 crore.

According to Dr Piyush Tiwari, Manager, Urban Development, IDFC, the lift-based parking will be under ground and fully automated. The vehicle will be parked with the help of the lift. To retrieve the car, the driver will have to insert a card and the vehicle will be delivered by the lift. Such parking lots are popular in Italy and Japan. In India, these are being built in Bangalore and Delhi.

A lift-based parking lot saves space and is generally built in busy market areas, where sufficient parking place is not available. The parking lots are expected to decongest the busy markets considerably and allow smooth flow of traffic.


Will special zone for heavy vehicles take off?
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 8
The lack of civic sense and the tendency to park heavy vehicles in a haphazard manner are major impediments in smooth traffic management. Seized of the problem, the authorities have announced their resolve to tackle the problem effectively by creating a special zone for such vehicles by March end.

According to district officials, 230 plots out of a total 323 have been earmarked for allotment in Transport Nagar in Sector-58, on the National Highway No. 2 and near Jharsentli village. The allotment of the plots would start next week, it is stated.

Transport Nagar will have facilities for accommodating 500 trucks at a time; simultaneously, it will have 128 sites for booking agencies, nine dhabas and 42 showrooms. All the basic amenities and infrastructure will be provided. The work on this project will be completed by March end.

However, despite the administration asking the transporters and the companies involved in the project to apply for the plots and sites, the majority of the transporters are unsure about the feasibility of shifting to a new place, situated 15 to 20 km from the heart of the town. Certain transporters, who did not want to be quoted, claimed that relocation outside the town could hurt their business.

Hundreds of transport companies have been operating from various parts of the town. Most of them have offices along the National Highway and some in the adjoining areas, including residential pockets. The parking of trucks and heavy carriers in these areas causes much inconvenience to the residents.

They have also been a cause of many accidents and done irreparable damage to the roads. The service road built by the authorities to decongest the main Mathura Road has been an exercise in futility owing to rampant encroachments by commercial establishments and transporters.

Residents of many sectors, including Sector 19, Sector 16-A , 15-A , 11, 7 , Old Faridabad, Ballabgarh and parts of NIT have complained about the problems regarding parking and heavy movement of trucks in their areas. Finally, the authorities have given the truck operators a three-week ultimatum: Strict action will be taken against them, if the vehicles are found parked in the town after the expiry of this deadline.


Extra HC sitting to clear backlog of cases
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
In an effort to clear the backlog of cases, for the first time ever, the Delhi High Court has decided to hold a regular court on one Saturday of each month this year, starting January 17.

However, for the present, it has been decided that all 23 judges of the court would hear regular (old) criminal pending matters in an effort to dispose them of first.

Earlier, the high court had earmarked 30 per cent of its working hours to clear the backlog of old cases and decided to devote one full day in a week to hearing only regular cases.

Every Thursday is ‘Old Matters Day’. All benches of the court take up only old hearing matters. On that day, no admission/after notice matters would be taken up, except in urgent cases.

Besides, on Wednesdays too, regular cases are heard after the lunch break. About 5,000 matters are filed in the high court every year while about 6,000 matters are disposed of. The court has about 60,000 pending cases. But notwithstanding the fact that the court’s rate of disposal of cases is lower than the national average of 1976, it disposes of almost as many cases as are filed in the court. The Delhi High Court currently has only 23 judges, as against a sanctioned strength of 36.


Orders to cancel mafia land acquisitions
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, January 8
There are some 27 cases of land scam in Gautam Budh Nagar district. However, the scam cases connected with Moti Goel will be probed separately. Goel is accused of having got village community land transferred by tampering with revenue records. He is also alleged to have acquired some 25 bighas of land, which belonged to the gram sabha, along the Expressway and in Rohilapur village.

This has been stated by member, State Revenue Board, T.George Joseph, who has already instructed Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate L Venketeshwar Lu to cancel these transfers and changes in land deeds, facilitated by Moti Goel by peddling his influence.

Mr Joseph said the inquiry in 27 cases of land scam was already under way. In certain cases, the inquiry report has been completed and further action is awaited.

But since orders for cancellation of these transfers have not been issued, the villagers are suspicious of the efforts that are being made by the government; the delay is generally construed as an attempt to sweep these cases under the carpet.

The DM, therefore, has been asked to issue cancellation orders in all such cases in which the probe has been completed and in which land mafia has been indicted for tampering with revenue records and putting state exchequer to a loss, Mr. Joseph said.

Orders have been issued to cancel the transfer of all village community land in which illegal title registries had been issued.

Registries or titles issued on custodial land belonging to those, who had crossed over to Pakistan, will also be cancelled, the member, Revenue Board, said.

Cancellation orders have also been issued for 25 bighas of land falling under Khasra No.2 of Rohilapur; the case has been cleared and sent to Revenue Board for further action, which entails acquisition of the property. Incidentally, this land also stands in the name of controversial government officer SS Singh.

Mr. Joseph reiterated that all cases connected with the controversial land mafia Moti Goel will be inquired into separately. DM Venketeshwar Lu, Addl DM Dr. Shiv Prasad, Dy Collectors Sheshmani Pande and Yoginder Yadav were also present in the meeting when Mr. Joseph made these announcements.


CNG-powered van gutted, LPG tanker overturns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
A CNG-powered Maruti van was gutted in a fire which broke out following a leak from the gas kit yesterday. However, the five occupants of the van escaped unhurt: they clambered out of the vehicle to safety.

According to a report, the incident occurred on the Sonepat-Murthal road, about five km from the city, when the Maruti van was on its way to Sonepat. By the time the gas leak was detected, the engine of the van had caught fire. The driver immediately applied the brakes and stopped it along the roadside. An SOS was sent to the municipal fire brigade at Sonepat. On receiving information, the municipal fire brigade arrived at the spot and brought the fire under control. Till then, the van continued to burn. However, all the five occupants managed to get out from the car in time and save themselves.

According to another report, a tanker loaded with LPG overturned on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Khewra village, about 13 km from here last evening. When the tanker began leaking, the residents of the village and came out of their houses in panic.

On receipt of information, the municipal fire brigade rushed to the site, but failed to plug the leak after making concerted effort for two hours. Thereupon, the police closed the road to traffic as a precaution.

An SOS was then sent to the Panipat Refinery. The driver and cleaner of the tanker, however, escaped unhurt and had reportedly fled from the site. The police are still investigating the case. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.


DUTA plans dharnas to protest against proposed Model Act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
While most universities agree to disagree with the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) proposed Model Act for universities of the 21st century, the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Association (FEDCUTA) have announced dharnas to register their protest.

“The DUTA, along with the Delhi University Students Union DUSU and the Delhi University Karamchari Union (DUKU), will organise a two-hour dharna in every college of the university on the 21st of January. On the 22nd there will be a complete bandh as the FEDCUTA has given a call for a complete bandh of all central universities”, said the President of the DUTA, Dr. Aditya N Mishra.

Though the Academic Council of Jamia Millia Islamia has registered its disapproval of the proposed Combined Entrance Test mooted by the UGC, the university is still studying the Model Act. “We are studying the Model Act and grasping the implications of what it entails. The Academic Council (AC) did not agree to the combined entrance test and we have already communicated that to the concerned authorities”, said Prof. S M Sajid, of the JMI.

He said that the AC noted in its meeting that the combined entrance test “was an encroachment on the universities autonomy… that autonomy, which has been granted to it by an Act of Parliament”.

Teacher’s bodies have been vociferously opposing the Model Act. The FEDCUTA sees the act as a means for “paving the way for total privatisation and commercialisation of higher education”. Academics have pointed out that the proposed act will discourage higher learning and encouraging distance learning will seriously hamper the growth of disciplines like Social Sciences and Humanities.

“The Model Act will discourage the poor from seeking education. How will the poor be able to afford an education that costs three to four lakh”, questions Mishra.

He also pointed out that a demonstration will also be held outside the Vice Chancellor’s office on the 29th of this month regarding the “university’s internal issues”. “There were many proposals submitted by us vis-à-vis the internal assessment, mid term exams and recruitment of teachers. There has been no action taken so far”.

Attempt to kidnap

Sonepat: Four unidentified drunkards in police uniforms made an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap Mr Manmohan, husband of a woman municipal councillor in Mamoon-Bhanja Chowk area, here last evening.

According to a report, they also tried to drag him into the van which they have brought with them. When Mr Manmohan raised the alarm, they fled from the scene. Thereafter, Mr Manmohan informed the police about the incident, which has caused panic among the residents of the area. However, no case has been registered so far. The police are still investigating. OC


Sheila under fire on NCERT books

New Delhi: The BJP has questioned the rationale behind the Government of NCT of Delhi’s decision to “junk” the NCERT textbooks and replace them with a new set of books on the ground that the NCERT curriculum has “communal” overtones.

President of Delhi Pradesh BJP Harshvardhan suspects that an estimated seven lakh children studying in schools run by the Government of NCT of Delhi or the Municipal Corporation of Delhi would be compelled to read the “old, objectionable” books. He pointed out that neither the text books containing the new NCERT curriculum. TNS


Mahila HPCC chief resigns from party post
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, January 8
The Mahila HPCC president, Ms Anita Yadav, announced today that she has resigned from the party post and requested the High Command to give this responsibility to any other state woman leader.

Ms Yadav, who is also MLA from Salawas Assembly constituency, said in a press conference here today that she is intended to work in her constituency and no longer interested in any party responsibility. The Congress leader also demanded the resignation of the state Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, on moral grounds as his government’s ‘misdeeds’ are being exposed on various issues.

She held that corruption is deep-rooted in every department. Ms Yadav asked the Chief Minister to issue a white paper on the watershed management schemes.

The leader said that Mr Chautala is collecting crores of rupees in the name of Devi Lal Trust and if he is concerned about the welfare of the people, he should utilise these funds for giving facilities to the nomadic and the scheduled caste people.

Alleging that the state government is neglecting her constituency in terms of development, Ms Yadav said that the party would demonstrate against this negligence in Kosli on January 22 and would gave memorandum of their demand to the state governor through the SDM.

The leader said that people are facing hardships on account of non-availability of power, water, and other basic services.

Expressing concern on the deteriorating law and order in the state, she held that the citizens are in grip of fear and insecurity. It is the criminals who are enjoying freedom.


Sonia to visit Noida, Ghaziabad
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 8
In view of the possible advancing of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit Noida on 10 January.

Mrs Gandhi is also stated to visit Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar and Dev Band later.

She is expected to address public meetings at all these places. The programmes have been finalized at the request of UP State Congress Committee president Jagadambika Pal, it is learnt.

In Gautam Budh Nagar district, Mrs Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address public meeting at Banghel. Later, she will go via villages Barola, Mohia, Hoshiarpur, NH-24, Marmura, and address public meetings at Dadri, and Bulandshahar. On 11 January, the Congress president is scheduled to address public meetings at Hapur, Ghaziabad, Modinagar and Meerut.


51 routes earmarked in Sonepat for private transporters
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
Under its new Haryana Passengers Transport Scheme, 2003, the Transport Department of Haryana Government, which has been implemented from January 4 this year, as many as 51 routes have been earmarked in the district for private transporters to ply their buses. These routes will not be covered by the roadways buses.

According to the General Manager of Sonepat Roadways Depot, Mr Harish Chander Jain, the department has authorised to issue 172 route permits to the private transporters for plying their buses on the allotted routes.

The process for issuing the route permits has been started, he added.

He disclosed that maximum eight route permits have been authorised on Gohana-Julana (Jind district) route and followed by seven on Sonepat-Sitawali-Chadia route, six each on Gohana-Meham (District Rohtak), Sonepat-Moi Majri-Gohana, Sonepat-Saragthal-Gohana and Sonepat-Bhatgaon-Farmana routes, five route permits on Sonepat-Gannaur-Naya Baas.

Besides, he said, it is for the first time that a Mudrika service has been introduced on Gohana-Khanpur Kalan-Kakana-Niyat-Kheri Damkan-Barota-Naggar-Gohana route.

The last date for receiving the route permit application has been fixed as January 28 up to 10:00 am in the office of the district transport officer.

According to the guidelines issued in the government notification, the Haryana Roadways will not ply its buses from destination to destination on such routes, which have been earmarked for private transporters.

However, the roadways will continue its services on such existing routes, which overlap the privatised route partially.

Under the new scheme, the private transporters will be bound to carry the students on concessional passes and free pass holders and for this they will not be given any subsidy.

The permits will be given for new full body and mini-buses with relaxation to those old permit holders whose buses have not crossed seven years of life after their first registration under the 1993 and 2001 passengers transport schemes of the state government.

Besides, ‘Adda Fee’, passenger tax, route tax, the monthly permit fee for a full body bus has been fixed at Rs 16,000 and Rs 9,600 for a mini bus.


Sonepat plagued by power pangs
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
Unannounced power cuts, low voltage coupled with the fall in day temperature has made the life of the people of the city and its surrounding areas miserable. Not a single day passes when power cuts are not imposed, several times.

According to a report, the voltage sometimes is so low that most of the electricity gadgets do not function. Due to non-functioning of tubewells because of the low voltage, the drinking water crisis has aggravated in the city and its suburbs. The worst affected are the villages falling under the jurisdiction of Kharkhauda, Murthal, Ganaur, Gohana and some other sub-divisions where there is no power for about six to eight hours in a day.

As the temperature fell again today, frequent power shutdowns, failures and voltage fluctuations were witnessed causing inconvenience to thousands of residents. Many residents alleged that all their complaints made to the authorities concerned in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

An official of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) when contacted by this correspondent today brushed aside the complaints about not attending the complaints by saying that “yeh to hota rehta hai, aur individual complaints ko kahan tak dekha ja sakta hai,” (It happens. How often one can attend to individual complaints?).

This is what has been the overwhelming response of the UHBVN employees manning the local offices. However, a senior officer of the UHBVN said that attending to the problems of the consumers would be his priority. He also said that he would be taking steps to check the complaints of the consumers received at the complaints centres.

Referring to voltage fluctuations, he said that the voltage fluctuations were due to disturbance in the 132 KV grid power sub-station at Fazilpur village near the city.

The frequent loadsheddings were also on this account.

When the officials of the UHBVN are contacted by the consumers about the problems, the family members of these officers told them that Abhi Sahab Ghar Par Nahin Hain, baad mein phone keriyega (Right now, sahab is not at home, call him later).

Meanwhile, industrialists are agitated over the erratic power supply. Industrial units in this industrial belt have been hit badly with the increasing cuts in the power supply almost every day. Many industrialists stated that due to erratic power supply, entrepreneurs had been showing tendency of migrating to the neighbouring states like Delhi and UP, where they get uninterrupted power supply and related facilities to set up and run their units. They demanded that the areas should be declared centrally backward.

Some industrialists also said that the metal and steel industry of this region was on the verge of closure due to power crisis. A number of units had already been closed down and the owners had migrated to the neighbouring states.

As per the estimate, the sector accounts for 80 to 85 per cent of total theft. The moulding industry, including plastic industry, ice-making plants and induction furnaces, are the major consumers in the industrial sector. An induction furnace’s daily power consumption is more than a big jhuggi cluster and hence more power theft.

The common man too makes his contribution in saving some money on the power bill. Getting the meter reversed is in vogue courtesy the much-pampered meter readers of the UHBVN who have totally hegemony in this field.

Invariably, the transmission trips in various localities when there is a marriage season. The reason is very simple. Over utilisation of electricity. Under the UHBVN rules, permission is granted for temporary connections. The local UHBVN official strikes a deal and the capacity is increased manifold and all this goes unchecked.

The power theft has assumed dangerous proportions in the absence of any effective checking by the officials. During the shortfall of electricity there is more power theft in connivance with the officials of the UHBVN.


Decks being cleared for annual Surajkund mela
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 8
Preparations have begun to hold the annual Arts and Crafts Fair for the year 2004 at Surajkund tourist complex here. The mela will be held from February 1 to 15.

Jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts and the Haryana Tourism, the ‘theme state’ of the national level mela this year will be Tamilnadu. The district authorities and the officials of the various departments which met here yesterday, discussed the arrangements and the facilities to be set up during the fair. While the Additional Deputy Commissioner of the district has been appointed as the nodal officer, the state transport department has been asked to provide special bus service from various spots in Delhi and Faridabad to the fair venue and back. Arrangements have been done to bring the participating artistes and craftsmen and their luggage from the bus stands and railway stations in Delhi and Faridabad. Facilities like ration shop, a post office, a telecom centre, a dispensary and the lodging of the participating persons would be made at the mela site.

As the police have been asked to look after the safety and security aspect, the Haryana Roadways will have a special bus stop at the site for this duration. The authorities have decided not to allow the sale of eatables by the vendors outside. They have special stalls of food and refreshments inside the complex as done previously.

The health department has been asked to fog and spray insecticides in the area and set up medical facilities at the spot. The mela will have the arrangements for holding workshops and exhibition of various artwork and paintings besides the holding of cultural events in the evenings.


CM to address party workers’ meeting on Sunday
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, is arriving here on January 11 and will address party workers’ meeting on the premises of the municipal park that day.

Mr Ranbir Singh Dehiya, president of the district unit of the INLD, told mediapersons here today that the party workers from all over the district will take part in the meeting.

Congress leader indisposed

Mr Chiranji Lal Sharma, a former MP and a veteran Congress leader was hospitalised here yesterday after he arrived in this city from Kurukshetra where he had addressed the party rally.

According to the doctors attending on him, Mr Sharma’s condition was stable and there was no cause of worry.

Group clash

Three persons, including a woman were injured in a clash that took place between two groups at Pipli village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating the case.

Anti-encroachment drive

The district administration has launched an anti-encroachment campaign at Kharkhauda town in the district.

According to a report, the officials of the demolishing squad pressed the JCB machines to remove the encroachments by the shopkeepers on Kharkhauda-Sampla Road. As a result, the underground telephone cables were cut and at least 400 telephones were dead. This caused widespread resentment among the telephone subscribers and the shopkeepers.

The main aim of the campaign is to widen the road as it had been declared a state highway from Murthal to Jhajjar via Kharkhauda town.

According to another report, the officials of the demolishing squad went into action and demolished a house constructed on the panchayat land about 25 years ago. The

main way between the cremation ground and the fields of the farmers which was blocked by the owner of the house was reopened after about 25 years.

This action was taken at Tharu village near here. Some residents resisted the move but the police pushed them immediately.

The sun is back

Foggy weather conditions cleared for the second day today after three weeks in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, the sun shown brightly giving respite to the people who had been shivered in biting cold during this period.

However, train services on the DUK section of the Northern Railway remained disrupted today on account of the late running of the long-distance trains.

Most of the suburban trains also passed through Sonepat behind schedule causing inconvenience to the passengers mostly commuters, government servants and schoolteachers employed at Delhi and other places.


Rs 43 cr sanctioned for Haryana sanitation
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
The Central Government has approved a pilot project for implementation of total sanitation campaign in eight districts of Haryana and sanctioned Rs 43.65 crore for
the purpose.

Giving this information, a spokesman of the Rural Development Department told mediapersons here today that the project would be launched in the districts of Ambala, Rohtak, Kaithal, Hissar, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Faridabad and Jhajjar.

The state government, he said, has also prepared a proposal for Narnaul, Panchkula and Fatehabad and Jind district which would soon be forwarded to the Central Government for its approval.

The spokesman disclosed that earlier a sum of Rs 8.84 crore had been released for the sanitation campaign in the seven districts of Karnal, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani, Gurgaon, Rewari, Sonepat, and Sirsa.

Under the sanitation programme, individual household latrines, anganwari centres toilets and sanitary complexes for women were being constructed and sanitation programmes were also being implemented in schools. A sum of Rs 500 was being made available for the individual units which cost Rs 1,000 having construction up to plinth level without any superstructure.

As many as 1,011 school latrines and 19,227 household latrines had been constructed in the state.

The state government had announced that in every village, the facilities of individual toilets and sanitary complex for women would be constructed, the spokesman added.


Pig-free drive receives a jolt
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 8
The drive launched to make Bhiwani a pig-free city seems to have suffered a setback after a massive protest by the pig breeders. However, the administration is firmed on carrying out the drive.

It may be recalled that the Deputy Commissioner, Mr H. S. Malik, while replying to a question at a press conference that held in the mini-secretariat office recently, had assured of making Bhiwani a pig-free city. He had then disclosed that Charkhi Dadri town had already been made pig-free. The municipal council had announced last week that no pig would be allowed to roam after January 4 on the roads under its cleanliness drive. After a long exercise, the council last week allotted contract to a private contractor who has been empowered to capture and ousted the stray pigs from the city. After the drive, resentment prevailed among pig breeders and they met the Deputy Commissioner to suspend the drive and submitted a memorandum to him today. It has been further learnt that the DC listened to them and assured to look into the matter. The breeders said that the drive would hit them financially, as pig breeding is their sole business.

The municipal council had announced that contract had been given and work would be done from Monday if any pig found roaming on roads would be captured by the contractor. However, the capture work remained slow today but pig breeders did not allow their pigs to come on road.


Truckers’ committee to curb overloading
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
As many as 11 associations of truckers and transporters under the aegis of Delhi Interstate Truck Owners’ Association have formed an action committee to see that no vehicle be overloaded in contravention of the prescribed Gross Vehicle Weight limit.

“We have formed an action committee to enforce and sustain our resolve in the Capital through all legitimate means,” the Delhi Interstate Truck Operator’s Association said in a statement here today.

Earlier, a delegation, led by All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners Association vice-president Chittranjan Dass, met Delhi Transport Commissioner Rajeev Talwar and urged that entry of over-loaded vehicles coming from other states be banned.


Effigy of I&B Minister burnt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The National Akali Dal on Thursday burnt an effigy of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and demanded that he should ban advertisements on pay channels and not “succumb” to the machinations of foreign satellite channels.

President of National Akali Dal Paramjit Singh Pamma, who along with his supporters staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, also demanded that the minister come clean on his dealings with a certain media company. On the occasion, Pamma said that the ministry should not thrust conditional access system (CAS) on consumers and modify the present arrangement instead so that the consumers get to pay and free-to-air channels at a reasonable price.

Workshop on solid waste management

The Government of NCT of Delhi on Thursday hosted the fourth workshop on solid waste management to popularise the concept of segregation of refuse. The workshop, which saw the participation of resident welfare associations (RWAs) and others, also interacted with the officials of the Government of NCT of Delhi to hammer out a consensus on the solutions regarding the disposal of solid waste in the Capital. Almost 30 RWAs and other stakeholders of Shahdara (North), Narela and Karol Bagh zones of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) discussed issues related to specific roles of stakeholders in awareness building, co-ordinating and involvement of women and students.

According to the colour scheme drawn up for segregating waste, the MCD has designated blue bins for recyclable waste like plastic, leather, glass, fabric, rubber, battery and metal. Greens bins would be for bio-degradable waste like fruits, vegetables, meat, plant waste, paper, food waste and wood.

The workshop, facilitated by Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development, will resume tomorrow. It will conclude on Saturday.

Meet on global community of Indians

Promise of India, a global community of Indians reaffirming their faith in a democratic, secular, pluralistic and united India supported by over 190 organisations and individuals representing 30 countries – today held a one-day conference. It was attended by professionals from the business, law, and media.


Two booked for defrauding bank
Our Correspondents

Noida, January 8
A case of a bank loan of Rs 2.30 lakh being procured on the basis of fake share certificates has come to light. The manager of Punjab National Bank, Sector-27, Noida, has filed an FIR in Sector-20 police station against two persons.

The police have registered a case under Sections 420/467/468 and 474 on the basics of this report and started investigations.

Circle Officer Sewak Ram Yadav said Atutosh Divedi of Sector-19, Noida, had got fake share certificates prepared in connivance with a Reliance official and secured a loan of Rs 2.30 lakh from Punjab National Bank, Noida.

When bank manager realised that he had been cheated, he filed a report in Sector-20 police station.

Dreaded criminal nabbed

Noida: Kakode police claim to have nabbed a dreaded criminal in an encounter. The police have recovered copper wire worth lakhs and a transformer from the arrested criminal on Tuesday night.

SO Kakode police station Promode Yadav said that the police were getting reports of thefts of electric wire and transformers for quite sometime.

SO said that during patrolling near jungle Gram Ber, the police noticed a man hanging around in suspicious circumstances.

When the cops tried to stop him, he opened fire and tried to flee, but the police arrested him and recovered a local revolver and some live cartridges. The arrested criminal has been identified as Jaswant, son of Kunwar Sen of Kakode.

Jaswant was instrumental in police recovering a transformer, 12 kg copper wire and 60 kg steel wire from the jungle of Chooharpur village, Yadav said.

Jaswant, Yadav said, was a dreaded criminal.

A case under Section 25 of arms act and Sections 41/102 and 411 of CRPC has been registered by the police, who have sent the accused to the jail.

White paper sought on development

Jhajjar: Reacting to the demand of the BJP state leadership on issuing a white paper on the development works being carried out in the state, Mr Nafe Singh Rathee, district president of the INLD and MLA from Bahadurgarh, stated that all the facts have been placed before people by the Chief Minister.

Mr Rathee told that the details of the facts on the development works have proved the demand of BJP workers as meaningless.

He told that the Central government has released Rs 3,000 crore less than the allotted quota of funds to the state government.

He elaborates that a sum of Rs 1,500 crore is short of the allotted quota of Central taxes and Rs 544 crore less for the Central government-sponsored projects etc.

Ridiculing the claims of the state BJP leader, the INLD leader said that they are criticising the state government by issuing baseless statements. There is no other issue to raise, the INLD leader added.


Two inter-state autolifters arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The Crime Branch claims to have arrested two inter-state autolifters near the parking of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. The police also recovered two Hero Honda motorcycles, 10 duplicate keys, key-making instrument and fake documents from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Vinod, alias Bhanwra, alias Gurdayal Singh, resident of Kanjhawala Road and Manjeet Singh, alias Raju, resident of Uttam Nagar.

Based on a tip-off, the sleuths nabbed the accused who were riding a stolen motorcycle. During interrogation, they revealed that they were involved in more than 10 cases in Delhi and Faridabad.

Porno CDs seized

The West district police claimed to have seized pirated pornographic CDs worth Rs 10 lakh from one person. Based on a secret information, the police during a raid in the Hari Nagar area, nabbed the accused Hem Raj and seized as many as 98,990 inlay cards, 215 pornographic CDs, 11,000 blank CDs, including other material from their possession.

Three held in dacoity case

Three persons who were evading arrest in connection with a dacoity case in Hoshiarpur, Punjab were caught by the North-West district police. Based on a secret information that the accused have been residing in the Begumpur area of Sultanpuri, the police raided a house and nabbed two persons Ravinder (26), Suraj (23).

During interrogation, they disclosed the hideout of the third person Dhir Singh, who was also apprehended by the police.

A stolen Yamaha motorcycle which was stolen by Singh from the Japanese Park in Rohini was also seized.

Three labourers hurt in wall collapse

Three labourers sustained injuries when the wall of a building under construction collapsed in Ramesh Nagar in West district today.

They were admitted to a nearby hospital from where they were discharged after a first-aid.

They were identified as Roshan Singh, Pappu and Uttam Sahni. They buried under the debris of the wall.

A case of negligent has been registered against the contractor, police said.

Loadshedding in Pitampura

The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced loadshedding in the Pitampura area on January 9 due to some maintenance work from 10 am to 4 pm.

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