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Pak-based drug trafficker held
New Delhi, July 6
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have apprehended a 70-year-old man who is allegedly a member of an international drug trafficking gang operating from Pakistan.

  • Woman in drug racket

Fraud in NSCs, Kisan Patras worth Rs 84 cr
New Delhi, July 6
With the arrest of four persons, the North district police claims to have busted a gang involved in the fraudulent transfer of National Savings Certificates, Kisan Vikas Patras and money orders worth Rs 84 crore, which were stolen from the Indian Security Press, Nasik, and North-East stamp depot, Guwahati, in 1996.

  • Pahelwan gang members held

Man kills brother for property, buries body
Noida, July 6
A man was hammered to death by his elder brother and his wife over a property dispute in village Nekpur under police station Jahangirpur. The brutal murder has created panic and revulsion in the area.

Richard Gere, actor and activist, at an AIDS seminar organised by Gere Foundation India Trust at India Habitat Centre in the Capital on Tuesday.

Richard Gere, actor and activist, at an AIDS seminar organised by Gere Foundation India Trust at India Habitat Centre in the Capital on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi


Anxious candidates scanning the third and final cut-off list of Delhi University in the Capital on Tuesday.
Last Hope: Anxious candidates scanning the third and final cut-off list of Delhi University in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

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Minor gang raped, strangled
Noida, July 6
A minor girl from a Dalit family of Sorkha village was strangulated after gang rape. The body was found in a field in Sherfabad village. Her mouth had been stuffed with lumps of clay and the body appeared to have been stamped with feet.

10-yr RI for raping minor sisters
New Delhi, July 6
A city court today sentenced a man to RI for ten years for kidnapping two minor sisters from the national Capital and repeatedly raping them in his native village in Uttar Pradesh while his wife was confined to bed following delivery of a baby girl.

  • 3-yr RI for enticing 17-yr-old

3 killed, 12 passengers injured in accidents
Hapur (Ghaziabad), July 6
Three persons lost their life while 12 were injured in two accidents on national highway. The injured have been rushed to various hospitals.

  • Child among three killed in Noida accidents

Lock-up death: Probe by SDM ordered
New Delhi, July 6
In order to ascertain the actual cause of death of Pramod, whose body was found hanging in the Subzi Mandi lockup last night, the police today claimed that an inquiry by an SDM had been ordered into the case.

Debt-ridden shopkeeper commits suicide 
Faridabad, July 6
A footwear shop owner committed suicide in his house here last night. The 40-year-old deceased identified as Poddli, alias Tuli, had a shop in the main bazaar of Ballabhgarh town. He consumed poison after taking some liquor. He had died before he could be removed to hospital.

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No early solution to Dwarka water woes
New Delhi, July 6
Dwarka township gets only half of its requirement of drinking water. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is supplying about three million gallons of water per day (MGD) to Dwarka as against the minimum requirement of six MGD.

MCD warning on causing mosquitogenic conditions
New Delhi, July 6
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today warned that strict action would be taken against those involved in creating mosquitogenic conditions.

Starry-eyed youngsters line up for screen test
New Delhi, July 6
Hordes of aspiring youngsters, with stars in their eyes, were seen on the Rai University campus at Mathura Road for the screen test by the MTV and Balaji Telefilms for their fiction serial “Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi”.

DCE to establish fibre optics centre
New Delhi, July 6
The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) will establish a Centre of Relevance and Excellence in fibre optics and optical communication under the Mission REACH programme of Technology Mission 2020.

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Pak-based drug trafficker held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have apprehended a 70-year-old man who is allegedly a member of an international drug trafficking gang operating from Pakistan.

The sleuths also claimed to have seized about 3.87 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 4 crore in the international market and counterfeit currency worth Rs 4 lakh from his possession. During interrogation, Bahl disclosed that the present consignment had come from Chawdhary Nazeen Ahmed, alias Taimur, of Lahore; his associates were Gurudev, a resident of Naushera, and Hanif, a Pakistani national with whom he came in contact in Nepal.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Ashok Chand said that the consignment seized from Ramesh Kumar Bahl (70) was of extremely fine quality and to be delivered to an African national in the Capital.

“The accused, who was nabbed by the sleuths from Rakabganj area in Central Delhi yesterday, also had fake currency notes worth Rs 4 lakh with him. The notes, in the denomination of Rs 500, were brought from Pakistan along with the drug haul.”

Bahl, a resident of Derawal Nagar, is a member of an international gang of drug traffickers which receives supply from Pakistan through smugglers on the borders. “As regards the fake currency, we are still trying to question him as to what was the purpose. Whether it was meant to be delivered to someone or he planned to spend it here,” Chand added.

Bahl was earlier arrested in 1996 along with Hanif and Gurudev with a drug consignment of 29 kg, but was released in 2001.

Woman in drug racket

In another case, the Delhi Police Narcotics Branch claims to have arrested four persons in three different cases and seized 5.270 kg of heroin worth Rs 5.27 crore in the international market.

In the first case, the sleuths nabbed a woman trafficker Raj Rani, alias Topli, a resident of Inderpuri and recovered 2.70 grams of heroin from her possession. Rani’s husband, son and relatives were also involved in heroin trafficking.

In the second case, the sleuths, acting on a tip-off, nabbed one Madan Lal (24), a resident of Neemuch, and recovered four kg of heroin from his possession near the Moolchand Hospital main gate. The accused was operating in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In another case, the sleuths nabbed two persons — Mohammad Rafi (25) and Keshu Ram (39) — residents of Madhya Pradesh and recovered one kilogram of heroin from their possession.

The sleuths nabbed them near Hanuman Mandir while they were waiting to deliver the consignment to a client. 
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Fraud in NSCs, Kisan Patras worth Rs 84 cr
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
With the arrest of four persons, the North district police claims to have busted a gang involved in the fraudulent transfer of National Savings Certificates, Kisan Vikas Patras and money orders worth Rs 84 crore, which were stolen from the Indian Security Press, Nasik, and North-East stamp depot, Guwahati, in 1996.

The postal authorities had notified in 2001 that blank National Saving Certificates and Kisan Vikas Patras were missing.

The accused persons had also encashed certificates worth Rs 8.5 lakh from the Malka Ganj post office, Rs two lakh from the Roop Nagar post office and Rs 1.62 lakh from the Sarai Rohilla post office.

Meanwhile, the postal authorities informed the police that one Dilip Malik was the kingpin of the racket, who was later arrested. During interrogation, Malik confessed that he along with one Daya Ram, alias Lalji, resident of Ashok Nagar, and a suspended postal employee were involved in the racket.

The accused had also roped in a postmaster of Kushmana Mainpuri, identified as Bharat Kumar Rajput, resident of Mainpuri and Rajesh Kumar, resident of Bhajanpura, for encashing the certificates.

Pahelwan gang members held

The Delhi Police Crime Branch claims to have arrested four members of the Kishan Pahelwan gang from Alipur while they were planning to kill one Sanjay, alias Shamsher, resident of Sonepat, and another member of Narendra Jonti gang. 
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Man kills brother for property, buries body
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 6
A man was hammered to death by his elder brother and his wife over a property dispute in village Nekpur under police station Jahangirpur. The brutal murder has created panic and revulsion in the area.

To keep the crime under wraps, the culprits buried the body in the house and filed a missing report with the police!

Arvind of village Nekpur who had a dispute over property with his elder brothers, Karmveer and Yoginder, went missing from the house since July 2. His elder brother Karmveer lodged a missing report with the police the next day.

A day later, a badly bloated body was found from a canal. When the police wanted Karmveer to identify it, he hesitated.

This made the cops suspicious of Karmveer who was then taken in custody for interrogation. Later, when the police questioned his wife Mithlesh, younger brother Yoginder and his wife Rajni, they blurted out the truth that it was not Arvind’s body. He lay buried in their house only, they said.

The police took Mithlesh, Yoginder and his wife Rajni to their house and dug out Arvind’s body. Karmveer confessed that he had planned the younger brother’s murder to usurp his property.

On the fateful day, Rajini had called Arvind inside her house to repair a TV set. As he bent to examine it, Karmveer and Mithlesh who had already taken positions, hit him with a hammer on his head. While Rajni stood guard at the door, Karmveer and Mithlesh hammered Arvind into pulp.

They buried him in a pit, already dug up inside the house and let it be known to the whole village that Arvind had gone missing. An uncle, Brijender has also been arrested for his complicity in the case.

He tried to mislead the police by saying that Arvind had slept in his house on July 2. 
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Minor gang raped, strangled
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 6
A minor girl from a Dalit family of Sorkha village was strangulated after gang rape. The body was found in a field in Sherfabad village. Her mouth had been stuffed with lumps of clay and the body appeared to have been stamped with feet. The police have sent it for autopsy, but the rapists could not be identified so far.

According to Sector-39 police, Keshav Ram Jatav lives in Sorkha village. His 9-year-old daughter Sangeeta had gone out to bring water at 4 pm on Saturday. She had not been seen afterwards. The family members thought that she had gone to watch TV in a neighbouring house.

When she did not return till late in the evening, the family and villagers fanned out in various directions to trace her.

On Sunday morning, some women who had gone to the field in neighbouring Sherfabad village to collect fodder, saw a young girl’s body there.

Just a look at the body was sufficient for Sorkha villagers to identify her as Sangeeta. Her mouth had been stuffed with the lumps of clay so that she could not raise the alarm. She was stamped with feet and strangled.

The villagers of Sherfabad had also collected by then. The police took possession of the body and sent it for postmortem. 
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10-yr RI for raping minor sisters
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
A city court today sentenced a man to RI for ten years for kidnapping two minor sisters from the national Capital and repeatedly raping them in his native village in Uttar Pradesh while his wife was confined to bed following delivery of a baby girl.

Additional Sessions Judge Bimla Makin also imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on 30-year-old Rakesh Kumar, who confined the two girls, aged 11 and 13, in his house for several days after kidnapping them from Patel Nagar area on March 10, 1997.

The mother of the victims, who had initially lodged a missing report, later registered a case of kidnapping against the accused on March 14. The police rescued the girls some days later and arrested the accused. The police produced 20 witnesses before the court to prove the charges against the accused. The court, however, relied heavily on the statements of the victims in convicting the accused.

Deposing before the court, the elder sister said that the accused took them to his village and raped them repeatedly in his house for several days. To make the matters worse, she said the accused later started coercing her to marry his old maternal uncle, who lived in the neighbourhood there.

Supporting the story, her sister said they left their house after the accused asked them to accompany him to his village to meet their neighbour Anu, whom he had married. They did not inform their parents as they thought they would not allow them to go with him.

3-yr RI for enticing 17-yr-old

A city court has sentenced a 40-year-old man and father of two children to RI for three years for enticing a Delhi schoolgirl to come with him to Chandigarh and compelling her to marry him.

“The accused, with responsibility towards his children and wife, had broken all moral norms and decided to leave them and enjoy with a 17-year-old girl,’’ observed Mahila Court Judge Swaran Kanta while refusing to be lenient to Suraj Bhan Verma.

According to the police, Verma kidnapped the girl who was his immediate neighbour in Shalimar Bagh area here from outside a coaching institute on February 12, 2002, and raped her repeatedly till she was rescued from Chandigarh on February 20.

In her deposition before the court, the class XII student said that Verma used to address her as ‘’beta’’.
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3 killed, 12 passengers injured in accidents
Our Correspondent

Hapur (Ghaziabad), July 6
Three persons lost their life while 12 were injured in two accidents on national highway. The injured have been rushed to various hospitals.

Two young men astride a motorcycle were crushed by an unidentified vehicle at GT Road near Babugarh at 4 am. Kirshen Kumar Sharma, 23, son of Ramchander Sharma of Sabit Garh village in Khurja Tehsil, along with his friend Narinder Kumar Sharma, of Karyakali Khurja was on way to his village from Lakshmi Nagar, New Delhi at 1 am via Hapur and Garh Mukteshwar.

At Aligarh crossing near Babugarh, an unidentified vehicle coming at a high speed hit them from the rear. The police informed their families on the basis of addresses found on some papers the victims were carrying.

In Pilkhwa, a 17-year-old cleaner was killed and 12 were injured in a collision of three vehicles on national highway. One of the drivers had dozed off which had caused the accident, the police said.

A mango-laden truck was parked on the side of the road due to a puncture on its wheel at 4 am when another truck coming from Hapur side banged into the stationary truck, killing the cleaner, Sunder, 17, of the parked truck and injuring his driver Ram Kumar.

A few minutes later, a roadways bus coming from Hapur side also crashed into the second truck, injuring 12 bus passengers.

Child among three killed in Noida accidents

Noida: Three persons, including a child were killed in three separate accidents in Noida.

While the young men were killed by dumpers at different spots, the girl was crushed under a jeep.

The Sector-49 police said a youth had fallen from his scooter and was crushed by a dumper.

The driver fled in each case, leaving his dumper behind.

The unidentified bodies have been sent for autopsy and the vehicle has been seized. The accidents took place on the side of the Expressway due to lack of streetlight.

In the second accident under Sector-49 police station, a young man Om Prakash was going home in Sorkha village from Noida on his bike when a dumper hit him. Om Prakash died on the spot.

The third accident took place in Harola under Sector-20 police. Nine-year-old Puja was going to market to buy something when she was crushed under a jeep and died on the spot. Though people had caught the jeep driver, He managed to flee somehow. The body has been sent for a post mortem by the Sector-20 police.
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Lock-up death: Probe by SDM ordered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
In order to ascertain the actual cause of death of Pramod, whose body was found hanging in the Subzi Mandi lockup last night, the police today claimed that an inquiry by an SDM had been ordered into the case.

The body of the deceased will also be sent for a post-mortem examination to consider the possibility of foul play.

The police claimed that Pramod was found hanging from the grill gate with his shirt inside the lock-up last night when there was no electricity supply in the Subzi Mandi police station. He was spotted hanging by the SHO Subzi Mandi, Safdar Ali, and Constable Hoshiar Singh.

According to the police, at the time of the incident, the lockup sentry Umesh Rai had gone to meet the Duty Officer to inquire about the restoration of electricity.

Pramod was rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead with no external injuries. At around 1.30 am ADM North Azimul Haq also visited the mortuary and inspected the body.

The police said that the ASI Dhian Singh had earlier spotted Pramod, resident of Sitapur, roaming around in an inebriated state in Kamla Nehru Park. 
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Debt-ridden shopkeeper commits suicide 
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 6
A footwear shop owner committed suicide in his house here last night. The 40-year-old deceased identified as Poddli, alias Tuli, had a shop in the main bazaar of Ballabhgarh town. He consumed poison after taking some liquor. He had died before he could be removed to hospital.

It is learnt that the victim had been under heavy debt and feeling depressed for past several days. He is survived by his wife, children and other family members. This was perhaps the first case in the past one year when a trader committed suicide due to debt in the Ballabhgarh town, according to the residents here.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a mafia of money lenders had been operating in this industrial town which gives loans and credit at a heavy rate of interest. Besides, it gets valuables and property mortgaged in its favour, once one receives the credit. Several complaints of harassment and even physical assault have surfaced in the past four years. The district police had even set up a cell to deal with such problems a couple of years ago.
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No early solution to Dwarka water woes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
Dwarka township gets only half of its requirement of drinking water. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is supplying about three million gallons of water per day (MGD) to Dwarka as against the minimum requirement of six MGD.

The Minister said that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is supplying water in tankers to the township as a short-term measure as and when a specific complaint of non-availability of piped water is received. To augment the water supply in Dwarka, the DJB plans to set up a 40-MGD water treatment plant.

Raw water for this plant would be available after the construction of a channel from Munak to Haiderpur water treatment plant for which work has been taken up, the Minister said in his reply.

In reply to another question, the Minister said that the existing demand of drinking water in the NCT of Delhi is about 900 MGD whereas the water production capacity is about 650 MGD. The quantum of rise in annual demand of water is projected at about 40 to 50 MGD, which would further depend upon the rise and influx of population.

The House was informed about the different stages of progress of other projects, including the construction of a 60-metre-wide road below the Rewari Railway line linking NH-8 to Dwarka Sector 22; construction of 45-metre-wide road near the Palam domestic airport through cantonment with a flyover on the Rewari Railway line near Palam Railway station; construction of an approach road from Pankha Road side (Janakpuri side) by covering of the Palam drain; and the construction of the Barakhamba Road-Connaught Place-Dwarka corridor (Line 3 of Delhi Metro).
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MCD warning on causing mosquitogenic conditions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today warned that strict action would be taken against those involved in creating mosquitogenic conditions. Under the DMC (Malaria and other vector borne diseases) laws, 1975, a man is punishable with fine which may be extended to Rs 5,000 for creating mosquitogenic condition and failure to take specific preventive measures.

The Municipal Commissioner has appealed to the administrative heads of all government departments, autonomous bodies, professional bodies, commercial concerns, market associations and residential welfare associations to participate and cooperate in implementing dengue preventive measures.

He said that Delhi faced an outbreak of dengue in 2003 resulting in more than 2,290 cases and 34 deaths. Moreover, 50 malaria positive cases have been reported till today.

Citizens ought to be particularly watchful during the monsoon and post monsoon season since these days are congenial for mosquitogenic conditions, the Municipal Commissioner said.

The corporation has set up control room for anti-malaria operations, which is functioning in the office of the Deputy Health Officer (Malaria and other Vector Borne Diseases), G-47, Connaught Place.
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Starry-eyed youngsters line up for screen test
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
Hordes of aspiring youngsters, with stars in their eyes, were seen on the Rai University campus at Mathura Road for the screen test by the MTV and Balaji Telefilms for their fiction serial “Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi”.

During the auditions, the inimitable creative director of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor, Smriti Malhotra Irani, and MTV VJs Ramona and Cyrus Sahukar encouraged the young hopefuls.

This nationwide audition for the serial to be aired on MTV will go to more than 100 cities with Chandigarh being the first.

Other key cities, include Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai through the Rai University campuses.

‘Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi’ is MTV’s pioneering effort in the youth entertainment space. The entire project will last 30 weeks with 12 weeks dedicated to the hunt, including pre-promotion.

The MTV team along with the Balaji team will audition the aspiring stars between the age group 18 and 28 who have dreams of making it big in the world of television across India. If young Indians have the talent, dream and want to become a ‘bada’ star on the ‘chotta’ screen, all they would have to do is enact a scene at the auditions.

Ekta Kapoor and her stable of well-known actors will be present at some auditions to personally pick the best of talent that is available in the country. The aspirants will be judged on their appearance, ability to act and personality.

The ‘Screen Test’ right up to the selection of the cast, will be shown, as a ‘reality’ show, to the MTV viewers across 24 million households in India. Viewers will be able to share the ‘real’ happiness, joy and ecstasy as well as the disappointment and agony that the young Indians will go through as they aspire to be the next sensations on Indian television.
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DCE to establish fibre optics centre
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6
The Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) will establish a Centre of Relevance and Excellence in fibre optics and optical communication under the Mission REACH programme of Technology Mission 2020.

An agreement to this effect was today signed between the DCE and the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The proposed centre at DCE will be supported by the Union Government and the Government of NCT of Delhi. Leading telecom industries will also be involved in running its educational, research and development activities.

Through the centre, the DCE plans to offer Master of Engineering level programme, strengthen its Research and Development activities and take up joint R and D projects along with telecom industries in fibre optics and optical communications.

The centre will work in close collaboration with Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering.
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Land offered for Dalit Sahitya Akademi

New Delhi: The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, has offered a piece of land for constructing the Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi. However, the offer did not fully satisfy the audience that had assembled at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of the late Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram. They criticised her for not fulfilling her government’s promise of easing caste certificate conditions for migrant Dalits in NCT of Delhi. Chief Minister Dikshit, who inaugurated the function, said a leader like Jagjivan Ram would never be born again. — TNS
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