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200 houses razed in Faridabad slum colony
Faridabad, July 13
About 200 houses of Krishna Colony, a slum locality in Sector-20-A here near the main Mathura Road, were demolished by the bulldozers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) last evening.

SC seeks details on loadshedding in Delhi this summer
New Delhi, July 13
Concerned over the dismal power management in the Capital, the Supreme Court today directed three private companies distributing electricity to submit details about the total hours of loadshedding this summer.

3 cops in the dock for taking bribe to hush up smack case
New Delhi, July 13
The Central Bureau of Investigation has chargesheeted three Delhi Police personnel for allegedly taking bribe to hush up ‘recovery’ of smack from a person and also threatening to implicate him in the NDPS Act, if he refused to pay Rs five lakh as bribe to them.

Speaker’s chamber gutted
New Delhi, July 13
A major fire broke out in the Delhi Speaker’s chamber this afternoon. However, no casualty was reported. The fire gutted the Speaker’s chamber. The furniture, the computers, the carpets and the false ceiling were burnt in the fire that broke out at around 12 noon and was brought under control at 12.56 pm.


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Delhi in parliament
Complaints of dirty water attended to on priority basis
New Delhi, July 13
The Delhi Jal Board has said that sometimes due to pipe bursts, damage to the pipelines, corrosion of service connections or unauthorised installation of online booster by consumers, complaints of polluted water are received by them which are attended to on priority basis.

The family members of Delhi policemen living in the police colony in Model Town protesting against the paucity of water in their area. The police officials at the police station appeared confused and found it hard to handle the situation in the Capital on Tuesday.
The family members of Delhi policemen living in the police colony in Model Town protesting against the paucity of water in their area. The police officials at the police station appeared confused and found it hard to handle the situation in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
  • Replies of errant hospitals being evaluated

  • Farmhouses misusing land

Noida Inc impressed by Johannesburg IT expo
Noida, July 13
The UP industries and particularly those from Noida and Greater Noida made a tremendous impact in an international IT and industrial exhibition held at Johannesburg from July 2 to 5.

Feeder buses started from Metro rail stations
New Delhi, July 13
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has started operating feeder buses from Metro rail stations on the 22-kilometre stretch between Shahdara and Rithala.

  • US educationists call on Delhi Mayor

FIITJEE to launch integrated classroom programme
New Delhi, July 13
An initiative has been taken to provide students relief from stress of first attending the school and then coaching classes. A classroom, where a student gets coached for entrance examinations as also for the Board examinations, is being floated by FIITJEE, a coaching institute for engineering entrance exam.

Revenue official sacked for committing fraud
Ghaziabad, July 13
A revenue official, Ameen, who had collected lakhs of rupees from 20 defaulters in some 20 villages in Bhojpur of Modinagar area and kept the money to himself, has been dismissed from service.

Disabled transporter gunned down in his office
Ghaziabad, July 13
A physically challenged transporter, Darshan Singh, alias Puppoo, owner of Shekhwati Golden Transport Co, was shot dead in his office by four assailants on UP border under Sahibabad police station area.

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200 houses razed in Faridabad slum colony
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 13
About 200 houses of Krishna Colony, a slum locality in Sector-20-A here near the main Mathura Road, were demolished by the bulldozers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) last evening.

It is learnt that more houses are likely to be pulled down in the locality tomorrow.

The officials claimed that the colony had been located on the land owned by HUDA. It had been allegedly encroached upon by the labour class and the migrants.

HUDA has decided to develop the area as a commercial centre. It auctioned some of the plots for multiplexes and earned more than 20 crore from the project.

Moreover, the district authorities were reported to be worried by this ‘unauthorised’ colony just near the place where HUDA had developed a ‘Traffic Park’. The park is proposed to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on July 16.

It is learnt that the residents of this colony, in existence for about 20 years, got a rude shock recently when the administration notified that the colony was illegal and had been an encroachment on the government land, and it would be demolished.

They were advised to leave the place and remove their belongings. Several terrified residents then tried to get political backing, but the promised support of a BJP MLA did not come through when the demolition squad reached the spot at about 3 pm yesterday.

The colony has over 400 houses and hutments and most of them have power connections. Some of the residents, however, alleged that the HUDA action was illegal as they had not been given any notice.

Some of the politicians, including the Congress leaders, who had visited the colony before the last Lok Sabha elections, had promised that the colony would not be demolished but be regularised, claimed a resident.

He said as their votes were no longer required now, the government had ordered their eviction. About 100 policemen had been posted at the site to check violence or protest.

It is learnt that the state government had decided recently to get all the encroachments on its land cleared and place it for auction immediately. This measure, it is claimed, would not only earn the government a huge revenue but it may come handy in evading the problem of encroachment also.

However, the policy and the action taken by the authorities to remove encroachments seem to be completely mismatched and biased. “While the encroachments done by the poor, especially those living in slum areas, were being removed, the encroachments done by the ‘land mafia’, which include influential persons and even politicians were hardly noticed,” says Mr K.L. Gera, a social activist here.
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SC seeks details on loadshedding in
Delhi this summer
S S Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 13
Concerned over the dismal power management in the Capital, the Supreme Court today directed three private companies distributing electricity to submit details about the total hours of loadshedding this summer.

A Bench of Ms Justice Ruma Pal and Mr Justice Arun Kumar gave two weeks to Reliance Industries-owned BSES (Yamuna) and BSES (Rajdhani) and Tata-owned NDPL for furnishing the details about the loadshedding, loss of power due to theft and investments being made by them to improve the infrastructure.

They were asked to furnish the details with figures on these points in the form of affidavits.

While hearing a pending public interest litigation (PIL) highlighting the power crisis in the Capital, the court said the distributing companies should spell out the reasons for loadshedding despite the Capital getting adequate power supply from the national grids.

“Are the citizens going to suffer like this in the Capital. We want to know what you have done to discharge your obligations,” the Bench asked the counsel, appearing for the three companies.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, who has been appointed amicus curiae by the court to assist it in adjudicating the matter, in his report submitted that despite constant monitoring of the situation by the apex court, there was not much improvement in the electricity supply.

The court was earlier informed that the normal requirement of power in Delhi was around 2,600 MW which goes up to 3,100 MW during peak summer.

The court had suo motu registered a PIL in the case in 1999 when the Capital faced acute power crisis and the “transmission and distribution (T&D)” losses were as high as 52 per cent, mainly because of the large-scale theft of electricity.

The Delhi Government had earlier stated that the T&D losses had come down substantially after the distribution was handed over to the three private distributors in the Capital.

The court asked the Delhi Government and the three private distributors to specify the steps taken by them to prevent the power theft, which was the main reason for high T&D losses.

The companies were directed to furnish details as how many power theft cases had been registered by them during the last year and how many offenders had been penalised.

The companies said that they had liberalised allotment of metered connections to ensure that people did not indulge in power theft for want of electricity connections.
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3 cops in the dock for taking bribe to hush up smack case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
The Central Bureau of Investigation has chargesheeted three Delhi Police personnel for allegedly taking bribe to hush up ‘recovery’ of smack from a person and also threatening to implicate him in the NDPS Act, if he refused to pay Rs five lakh as bribe to them.

The CBI today filed the chargesheet against Sub-Inspector Vipin Kumar Yadav, Constables Manohar Lal Sharma and Ashok Kumar Dahiya before Special Judge Pratibha Rani. The chargesheet stated that the Delhi Police personnel, Sharma and Dahiya, went to the Uttam Nagar residence of complainant Abdul Wajid on February 21, 2003, and recovered a packet of smack from beneath the bumper of his car. The CBI also alleged that the cops were not on duty at that time, adding that the constables also did not inform the SHO, Uttam Nagar, about the incident. The CBI said that the cops threatened to arrest Wajid under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Prevention) Act unless he paid Rs five lakh as bribe to them.

Following this, Wajid, who was running Sharafat Sheikh’s guesthouse in Nizamuddin, telephoned Sheikh and briefed him on the matter. In fact, Sheikh, who was in Mumbai at the time, spoke to the cops and agreed to pay Rs two lakh for not implicating Wajid.

Meanwhile, Yadav reached the spot and collected Rs 14,000 from Wajid. After sometime, Sheikh’s associate Gaffar came there and gave Rs 45,000 to Sharma and Dahiya, who instructed them to arrange the remaining amount by the next day. However, Wajid lodged a complaint with the CBI next day. The attempted trap on the same day to catch the accused did not materialise as Wajid did not agree to the demand of the accused to leave the money at a particular spot, the CBI said. The policemen became suspicious and decided to call off the deal, the chargesheet said, adding that the probe clearly established that the cops had gone to Wajid’s residence and threatened to implicate him under NDPS Act on the basis of the alleged recovery of smack from the car. The recorded telephone conversations on February 22, 2003, in the CBI office between Sheikh and Yadav in presence of a witness established the demand and acceptance of illegal gratification. The conversation also brought out that the cops had allegedly caught Wajid with smack and left him only after accepting part of the bribe, the agency alleged.
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Speaker’s chamber gutted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
A major fire broke out in the Delhi Speaker’s chamber this afternoon. However, no casualty was reported.

The fire gutted the Speaker’s chamber. The furniture, the computers, the carpets and the false ceiling were burnt in the fire that broke out at around 12 noon and was brought under control at 12.56 pm.

When the incident took place, the speaker’s chamber, located in Old Secretariat, was locked. One of the officials of the secretariat informed the Delhi Fire Service when he saw smoke emanating from the chamber. According to an official of the secretariat, the exact cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. An inquiry committee has been constituted.

DU admissions

The Delhi University has extended the last date of registration for admissions to MA and M.Sc programmes in the faculty of mathematical sciences. 
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Delhi in parliament
Complaints of dirty water attended to on priority basis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
The Delhi Jal Board has said that sometimes due to pipe bursts, damage to the pipelines, corrosion of service connections or unauthorised installation of online booster by consumers, complaints of polluted water are received by them which are attended to on priority basis.

In a written statement in the Lok Sabha, Union Urban Development Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the DJB had reported that drinking water supplied by it was potable and free of impurities. However, complaints of dirty drinking water being supplied have been received from the water-scarce areas like Govindpuri, Garhi, Kotla Mubarakpur, Madangir, Lajpat Nagar, Dakshinpuri, etc.

The minister said that the DJB’s laboratory and field staff lift about 500 water samples for residual chlorine daily at random from the consumer ends. The Treatment and Quality Control Department of DJB also lifts 300 samples daily which are checked for bacteriological examination. About 0.75 per cent of the total samples were found bacteriologically unsatisfactory during the year 2003-2004, which is less than the permissible limit of five per cent.

All the samples are tested in laboratories to check the quality of drinking water supplied by it. The DJB also conducts tests for physio-chemical parameters in raw water and final treated water. The DJB has set up six water-testing laboratories at various water treatment plants with adequate facilities and manned by the qualified personnel for inspection and evaluating the suitability of water supplies for public use. These laboratories also control the water treatment process round the clock.

Replies of errant hospitals being evaluated

The Government of NCT of Delhi is evaluating the replies by 10 hospitals to the show-cause notices issued to them for violating terms and conditions of allotment of land at concessional rates in the NCT of Delhi.

In a written response to another question in the Lok Sabha, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the land had been allotted by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Land and Development Office (L&DO) to 23 hospitals on concessional rates with conditions of providing free treatment to the poor.

The minister said that 18 out of the 23 hospitals were functioning. Eleven of those 18 hospitals were reported to be violating the terms and conditions of allotment. Those 11 hospitals are Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Vikas Marg; Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute for Renal and Digestive Diseases; Dharamshila Cancer Hospital, Vasundhara Enclave; Escort Heart Institute Research Centre, Okhla Road; Jaipur Golden Hospital; Shanti Mukund Hospital, Vikas Marg; National Heart Institute, East of Kailash; Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Society, Rohini; Bhagwati Hospital (Sarvodaya Foundation); Mai Kamli Wali Jan Kalyan Charitable Trust, Rajouri Garden; and Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (VIMHANS), Nehru Nagar.

Farmhouses misusing land

In reply to another question, Mr Azad said that there are 3,022 farmhouses in 134 villages. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has identified 916 farmhouses out of the 3,022 farmhouses that are misusing agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. These 916 farmhouses are located in 55 villages.
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Noida Inc impressed by Johannesburg IT expo
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 13
The UP industries and particularly those from Noida and Greater Noida made a tremendous impact in an international IT and industrial exhibition held at Johannesburg from July 2 to 5.

The Noida industries had bagged international orders for projects and consultancies worth crores. In all, 32 industries from Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Moradabad, Aligarh, Bareilly, Ghaziabad and Lucknow had participated in the exhibition.

This was disclosed by Noida Authority Chairman and CEO Deo Butt who had visited South Africa as a member of a team of senior officials headed by UP Chief Secretary.

The Noida Chairman was impressed with the civic facilities abroad and the general orderliness.

“I think we have learnt a lot from this trip and it shall be our endeavour to introduce some good features of what we had seen in Noida and Greater Noida,” said Mr Deo Dutt.

A single Muzzafarnagar firm of flexible packaging has bagged orders worth Rs 62 crore followed by another entrepreneur who bagged an order worth Rs 20 crore. Indian garments, leather goods, brass and silver wares were top attraction at the international exhibition. UP Chief Secretary UP C.M’s Special Secretary Chandrima Prasad and Industry Development Commissioner and Chairman of Greater Noida Ravi Mathur were members of the team. Hardware, idols, leather, Ayurveda products, brass and silver products and SS unit’s products were the main attraction. In all, some 850 inquiries were received by the UP entrepreneurs.

This will help the UP entrepreneurs expand their trade in foreign countries. Apart from transport system, the provision of parking facilities within the buildings was another lesson learnt by the team.

The Noida Chairman was also impressed by the system of one whole-day ticket which was valid on the tube railways as well as on London bus service within the city.
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Feeder buses started from Metro rail stations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has started operating feeder buses from Metro rail stations on the 22-kilometre stretch between Shahdara and Rithala.

The 18 stations on the Shahdara-Rithala Metro corridor will now have feeder buses from Rithala, Pitampura, Rohini (West), Rohini (East) and Netaji Subhash Place.

These feeder services will be in addition to the existing feeder bus services already available from Shahdara, Shastri Park, Kashmere Gate, etc.

Special bus stops have been provided close to the Metro stations for the convenience of the passengers.

According to a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the bus numbers 102, 987, 990 Ext and Rohini Metro Circular Sewa will start from Rithala Metro Station and touch Rohini Sec 22 Lakhiram Park, Rohini Sec 25 Deep Vihar and Rohini Sec 24 (Pkt 18).

The bus numbers 114, 141, 163, 164, 170, 174, 254, 761, 881, 882, 883, 901, 921, 938, 957, 982, Gramin Mudrika, OMS will start from Pitampura Metro Station and touch Qutab Garh Border, Rithala village, Saraswati Vihar water tank, Kanjhawala, Nangloi JJ colony No 2, Azadpur (T) / Manglapuri, Madhu Vihar, Holumbi Kalan JJ colony / Uttam Nagar (T), Uttam nagar (T), Y Block Mangolpuri, Raqni Khera, Tikri Border, Budh Vihar Phase 2, Sultanpuri and Pitampura.

Similarly, bus numbers 174 stl, 196, 879, 889, 985 Ext, 986, 988, 994, GL 90 will link Rohini West Metro Station with Jounti village, Rohini Sec 18, Janakpuri Block D / Shahbad Dairy, Rohini Sec 27, Shahbad Dairy, Rohini Sec 11 Extn SFS slats, Qutab Garh, Shahbad Dairy and Rohini Sec 16.

The bus numbers 198, 970, 971 and 990 will link Rohini East Metro Station with Bhalswa, Avantika Rohini, Rohini Sec 1 Avantika and Rithala while bus number 601 will connect Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station with RK Puram-1 and Rohini Sec 16.

US educationists call on Delhi Mayor

A delegation of educationists from Orlando, USA led by Vicki Elaine Felder, met the Mayor of Delhi, Mr A. R. Verma, to acquaint itself with the functioning of the civic body, especially with regard to primary education. Primary education is the obligatory function of the MCD.

The Mayor apprised the delegation that the MCD is providing free education, textbooks and uniforms to the students. Besides, cooked nutritious mid-day meal is also being made available to the students free of cost.

The civic body is also carrying out frequent survey to admit non-going children to the MCD schools. 
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FIITJEE to launch integrated classroom programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
An initiative has been taken to provide students relief from stress of first attending the school and then coaching classes. A classroom, where a student gets coached for entrance examinations as also for the Board examinations, is being floated by FIITJEE, a coaching institute for engineering entrance exam.

Called ‘Pinnacle,’ this two-year integrated classroom programme will be carried out in collaboration with two schools of the Capital, where students would be prepared for IIT-JEE, other engineering entrance exams and CBSE board exams simultaneously.

This, claims FIITJEE, will help in “overcoming stress that the students presently undergo with separate coaching for schools and engineering entrance exam.’’

“At present, students preparing for competitive examinations attend their regular classes in schools and after that they go to the coaching classes. This puts a lot of pressure on them and they do not get time to participate in any extracurricular activities. Now, they would not have to go through two separate schedules and classes for the same subjects. There would be one class for each subject, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics,” said FIITJEE founder and Chief Mentor Mr D K Goel.
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Revenue official sacked for committing fraud
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 13
A revenue official, Ameen, who had collected lakhs of rupees from 20 defaulters in some 20 villages in Bhojpur of Modinagar area and kept the money to himself, has been dismissed from service.

The defaulters from whom Ameen had collected over Rs 4 lakh are making rounds of Tehsil office. The Noida Tehsildar has filed a fraud case in Bhojpur police station against Ameen.

Ameen Zulfiqar Ahmed had made the collections from defaulter farmers in villages Mohamed Puri, Sujanpur, Akhwara, Mukeempur, Shawti, Alrauli, Kanakpur etc in Bhojpur block. Ameen had not given any receipt to the farmers. But he never deposited the money in the government treasury. He should, according to Naib Tehsildar Akelesh Kumar Gupta, have deposited the collection into the government kitty within eight days of collections.

According to an FIR in Bhojpur police station, Ameen Zulfiqar Ahmed, had collected Rs 11,000 from a resident of village Sujanpur on February 24 but had deposited it in the government treasury on March 26.

A sum of Rs 23,367 received by him on March 23 from Sunita, wife of Veer Singh of the same village, was deposited by him in the government treasury on April 5.

A number of cases have been filed against Ameen.

An amount of Rs 3,800 collected by the accused from Rameshwary and Rs 9,000 from Anil Kumar, Rs 6,000 from Zulfi, Rs 6,400 from Dhanpal and many others were deposited by him late in the government treasury.

While the harassed farmers are visiting the tehsil office daily, the Deputy District Magistrate has dismissed Ameen.
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Disabled transporter gunned down in his office
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 13
A physically challenged transporter, Darshan Singh, alias Puppoo, owner of Shekhwati Golden Transport Co, was shot dead in his office by four assailants on UP border under Sahibabad police station area.

When Puppoo was killed, his accountant was also sitting with him up to 10 pm. As Darshan Singh came out of his office, four assailants approached him, whom he could not identify. Soon gunfires were heard from Darshan Singh’s office. When some people in the vicinity rushed to his office, they found Darshan Singh lying in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to Narinder Mohan Hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead.

The deceased was a paralytic whose right hand and foot did not function, that is why he used to remain in his office most of the time.

Though four assailants were seen fleeing, no one could recognise them due to darkness.

There are many gun injuries on the victim’s chest. His brother Kulwant Singh has filed a report with the police.

The police are not able to say who could be behind the murder.

Dy SP border Dinesh Yadav said the police are inquiring into various angles of the murder which was not committed with loot as a motive.

Transporters have called for an immediate arrest of the culprits. There is much resentment at the murder of a physically challenged transporter.
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