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Call girl racket cracked in Anand Niketan, 3 held
New Delhi, July 23
With the arrest of three foreign women, the Crime Branch claimed to have busted a call girl racket in the posh Anand Niketan area. The women, in their late 20s, were arrested from an apartment after the police received a secret information that they were involved in prostitution. A decoy customer struck a deal for Rs 5,000 and also paid Rs 1,000 as advance to the woman pimp who paraded the girls before the decoy.

Shamefaced: Call girls along with pimps who were arrested by the Connaught Place Police in the Capital on Friday. Shamefaced: Call girls along with pimps who were arrested by the Connaught Place Police in the Capital on Friday.
— Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Budget evokes mixed reactions
New Delhi, July 23
The increase in sales tax on diesel in Delhi will have a marginal impact on cargo freightage while the ad valorem increase in road tax on cars was unlikely to adversely affect vehicle sales in the city, Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training said.





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Bomb hoax in Supreme Court
New Delhi, July 23
The security personnel were in a tizzy after the Delhi Police received a telephone call that a bomb was planted in a room adjacent to the Chief Court in Supreme Court. However, the telephone call was turned out to be a hoax after a thorough search on the premises by a police team.

Sadhu Yadav attends Parliament after court appearance
New Delhi, July 23
A Delhi Court today allowed RJD MP Anirudh Prasad, alias Sadhu Yadav, brother of Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, to attend Parliament after a brief appearance before it in connection with a 1997 case.

Jantar Mantar, a ‘protected monument’
New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi High Court today upheld the Archaeological Survey of India’s plea that the historic Jantar Mantar was a protected monument. A Division Bench of Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmed accepted ASI counsel Sanjay Jain’s plea that Jantar Mantar, situated in the heart of the Capital, was a protected monument as per the 1956 notification issued by the Centre.

6 cops suspended in cylinder loot, murder cases
Noida, July 23
Six policemen, including the SO in charge of Kasna police station and the staff of  Echhar police post, including the SI, have been suspended. Bulandshahr SSP R.P Singh placed them under suspension following loot and dacoity at three LPG godowns and murder of three persons on Sunday night in Greater Noida.

NDMC parking schemes hang fire
New Delhi, July 23
At a time when there is much hype over the newly proposed shift parking scheme announced by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) recently, most of its parking schemes initiated so far have failed or could not take off as planned, the civic body’s detractors have pointed out.

Five UP dists declared drought-hit
Ghaziabad, July 23
Five districts of UP–Ghaziabad, Bagpat, Aligarh, Saharanpur, and Eta have been declared drought affected. These districts have received 65 to 87% less rainfall. If there is no rainfall in the area this week, the situation would become precarious in Bulandshahr, Agra, Badayun, Oriya, Etava, Ferozabad, Mainpuri, Jalaon and Jhawri districts.

Man held for rape of minor daughter
Ghaziabad, July 23
A man in Loni had allegedly raped his 14-year-old daughter for eight months, till his wife caught him one day and informed the police. He had threatened his daughter with death if she ever spoke about it to anybody, the woman told the police.
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Call girl racket cracked in Anand Niketan, 3 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
With the arrest of three foreign women, the Crime Branch claimed to have busted a call girl racket in the posh Anand Niketan area. The women, in their late 20s, were arrested from an apartment after the police received a secret information that they were involved in prostitution. A decoy customer struck a deal for Rs 5,000 and also paid Rs 1,000 as advance to the woman pimp who paraded the girls before the decoy.

The sleuths later arrested the pimp and her two associates.

The women, who had come to India on a tourist visa in March this year, worked in Mumbai as cabaret dancers and even entertained high-profile customers in five star hotels and farmhouses in Mumbai.

The sleuths said that the women had earlier been arrested by the Mumbai police for their involvement in prostitution after which they came to Delhi.

Soon after reaching Delhi, they rented an apartment and started entertaining clients at home and in five star hotels.

7 held for prostitution

The New Delhi district police claimed to have arrested seven persons, including three call girls.

The pimps, who were arrested, were identified as Madan Lal, resident of West Jyoti Nagar, Yogesh alias Harish, resident of Noida, Genesh Prasad alias Sorab, resident of Noida and Neeraj alias Bunty, resident of Faridabad.

The police said that the girls belonged to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The police received a secret information that the pimps were giving advertisements in newspapers for massive service in five star hotels. Accordingly when the police contacted the pimp he agreed to supply girls near Odeon cinema at around 10.30 pm.

Accordingly three girls, who came in a Cielo car, were nabbed along with four pimps. The pimps charged Rs 15,000 for each girl. 
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Budget evokes mixed reactions
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The increase in sales tax on diesel in Delhi will have a marginal impact on cargo freightage while the ad valorem increase in road tax on cars was unlikely to adversely affect vehicle sales in the city, Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT) said.

The increase in sales tax from 12 to 20 per cent, announced in the Budget yesterday, would make diesel costlier by Rs 1.76 (Rs 22.74 to Rs 24.50), IFTRT said in a study released today.

“This operational cost escalation would directly impact the local light and medium truck operators engaged in intra-city operations. With regard to inter-state long-distance truck operators, they would continue to purchase diesel from states where the diesel price is lower than Delhi,” it said.

However, over 30,000 to 35,000 light goods vehicles and trucks engaged in moving exclusive local cargo from wholesale markets to retailers would have a daily cost escalation of Rs 25 to Rs 30 as increase in fuel bill.

The Budget has also proposed 2 to 4 per cent ad valorem, one-time, road tax on petrol-run cars and additional 2 per cent road tax on diesel-run cars / multi-utility vehicles, of which the total impact on customer would be Rs 4,000 to Rs 36,000.

The IFTRT said the tax would not halt sales as bank finance for vehicle purchase was more than easily available. It rubbished claims of “environment lobby” that the taxation measure would curb the expansion of personalised vehicles in the city.

Meanwhile, the PHDCCI has said that Budget had focussed only on raising the taxes on a number of products while overlooking the demand for rationalisation of tax structure in certain sectors.

The Chamber said that the increase in tax on diesel should have been avoided since there is already a cess on diesel.

The CII, in turn, said that the government has laid a foundation for making the Capital “world-class” before the Commonwealth Games in 2010 besides shifting points of taxation for better and higher tax collection.

‘Budget, a mismanagement of affairs’

Reacting to the Budget, the Leader of Opposition in the Standing Committee in the MCD, Mr. Vijender Gupta, said the Delhi Budget was nothing but a statement of mismanagement of financial affairs in the Capital.

He said the end of the financial year would see a much higher deficit than the estimated Rs 4,000 crore.

Moreover, the under financial strain for want of necessary funds in respect of grants from the Delhi Government as very provisions made against the claims of the corporation were insufficient.

Gupta added that the budget was not merely anti-middle class, but was also not in favour of economically weaker sections.
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Bomb hoax in Supreme Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The security personnel were in a tizzy after the Delhi Police received a telephone call that a bomb was planted in a room adjacent to the Chief Court in Supreme Court. However, the telephone call was turned out to be a hoax after a thorough search on the premises by a police team.

Normal functioning of the court was disrupted for sometime as a police team rushed to the court number three to search for the explosives. The call, received at around 10.45 am, had specified that a bomb had been planted in the room adjacent to the Chief Court.

“Even after repeated rounds made by the bomb disposal squad and the sniffer dogs in the room, nothing was found,” said an officer of the search team. The Chief Court and the corridor were also vacated during the search.

While the entire block, where the court number three is located, has been sanitised, the outer area of the Supreme Court premises was being combed for any suspicious object, the officer said.
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Sadhu Yadav attends Parliament after court appearance
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
A Delhi Court today allowed RJD MP Anirudh Prasad, alias Sadhu Yadav, brother of Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, to attend Parliament after a brief appearance before it in connection with a 1997 case.

Additional Sessions Judge R.K. Jain continued with the trial in the absence of Mr Yadav who has been charged with firing at a group of students protesting in front of Bihar Niwas here on March 31, 1997.

The students were protesting against the murder of former JNU Student Union president Chandrashekhar Prasad in Bihar. The court recorded the statement of six witnesses, including Jharkhand Governor’s PRO Ajay Nath Jha, in the case. Mr Jha submitted that he had heard sounds of slogans, stone pelting, breaking of glass and firing.

Deposing before the court, Constable Parvinder Singh said that he had fired four rounds in air following orders from Depeswar Khatri. The court also recorded statements of RML Hospital Chief Medical Officer Veena Mahajan, Assistant Engineer (Construction Division) S K Sood and security staff Pritiman Thapa and Qaziman Shah.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on September 1. The CBI has charged Sadhu Yadav and others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including attempt to murder, rioting and causing injuries.

The CBI has alleged that Bihar Chief Minister’s goons, led by Sadhu

Yadav, had fired at the crowd of over 2,000 students who had gathered to protest against the “political murder” of Chandrashekhar Prasad by the henchmen of Janata Dal MP Shahabuddin in Siwan.

Many students and policemen were injured in the incident. The FIR lodged by JNU students named Sadhu Yadav as one of those who fired at them.

According to the police the students got agitated after being threatened and tried to force their entry which was followed by firing from inside. 
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Jantar Mantar, a ‘protected monument’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi High Court today upheld the Archaeological Survey of India’s plea that the historic Jantar Mantar was a protected monument. A Division Bench of Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmed accepted ASI counsel Sanjay Jain’s plea that Jantar Mantar, situated in the heart of the Capital, was a protected monument as per the 1956 notification issued by the Centre.

However, the court asked the Government to review its 1992 notification as it felt that the uniform requirement of “no-construction within 100 metres” of a protected monument might be needed to be relaxed or tightened depending upon a particular case.

The order came on an appeal filed by the ASI against a single judge order allowing one S Shivdarshan Singh to go ahead with the construction at 14, Janpath Lane, near Jantar Mantar here.

The Bench, which had in May, last year, stayed the construction at the site, allowed the ASI’s appeal and confirmed the stay but did not say anything about the towers being erected by the NDMC near the protected monuments.

However, if the Government does a review of the 1992 notification as directed by the court and relaxes the “no-construction within 100 metres” requirement in case of Jantar Mantar, the NDMC towers as well as the partly built private structure in question might get legal sanction.

Man gets life term for murder

A city court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for stabbing a person to death with an ice-pick.

Rejecting the insanity plea of the accused, Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said the acts of Radhey Shyam, 44, who ran away from the spot after the crime and concealed the weapon of offence, shows he was afraid of being caught and was well within his senses.

However, the court said since Shyam had said that he was mentally ill and had been to the mental hospital for treatment of schizophrenia, he should, during the period of sentence, be administered proper medication and regular check-ups as per the advice of the jail doctors. The court yesterday also ordered Shyam to pay a fine.

Complainant Ashok Malhotra said on March 14, 2000 that he rushed to his Nabi Karim shop on hearing the cries of his elder brother Raghuvir who was being stabbed with an ice-pick by Shyam.

Raghuvir was declared brought dead by a city hospital. Ashok alleged that on January 12, 2000, Shyam had tried to extort Rs 12,000 from Raghuvir, but the latter refused to part with any money. After a quarrel, Raghuvir had reported the matter to the police, which arrested Shyam, Ashok said adding that Shyam had nursed a grudge against his brother after that incident.

Charges were framed against Shyam on November 30, 2000. Prosecution examined 21 witnesses in the case. Eyewitnesses Sunil, Amar Singh, Ashok, Som Prakash and Naresh Kapoor said Shyam stabbed Raghuvir to death, the court noted.

Shyam had produced a certificate by the Medical Board of the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sceinces that it examined him on November 21, 2001 and found him suffering from schizophrenia. But on April 15, 2002, the Board comprising the same doctors opined that Shyam was fit to stand trial. 
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6 cops suspended in cylinder loot, murder cases
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 23
Six policemen, including the SO in charge of Kasna police station and the staff of  Echhar police post, including the SI, have been suspended. Bulandshahr SSP R.P Singh placed them under suspension following loot and dacoity at three LPG godowns and murder of three persons on Sunday night in Greater Noida.

The police have, however, not been able to develop any lead in the case. Some more heads could also roll in the case, the SSP said. The police have sent teams to different places to solve the case.

It may be recalled that about 36 armed criminals had descended on three LPG godowns–Indane gas agency, Bharat gas and IBP gas agency near Echhar police post and taken away some 1,300 cylinders. The criminals also killed three persons.

There was panic in the area. The police have not reached any conclusion in the case yet. Only four persons have been picked up for interrogation.

Inderjit Chaturvedi, SO Kasna police station, Echhar police post in charge Rakesh Yadav, beat constable Veerpal Singh, policemen Surinder Singh, Ajab Singh, and Subash Chander have been placed under suspension and sent to police lines by the SSP Bulandshahr.

Trader’s son abducted, thrown out of car

Ghaziabad: A businessman’s 15-year-old son was kidnapped by four criminals who had first offered him a lift and then beat him up.

When the boy raised the alarm from the running car, a scooterist reportedly gave a chase to the car. Getting panicky, the abductors threw the boy out of the car near Shabu Dayal Inter College and sped towards Delhi.

Gaurav Chauhan, son of Dalip Kumar Chauhan, House No. B-13 Bagh Wali Colony under Kavi Nagar police station, Ghaziabad, was on the way to his PC Secondary School, where he is a 10th class student. He was offered a lift by the driver of a white car near Hapur Road Octroi Post. Three men also got into the rear seat of the car near LT Centre.

The criminals then put a knife at Gaurav’s throat and started thrashing him. Near Clock Tower, as the car slowed down due to heavy traffic, Gaurav raised the alarm and pounded the windowpanes.

Seeing the scooterist still following them, the criminals got scared and threw the boy out of the running car near Shabu Dayal Inter College and sped towards Delhi.

However, SP City Umesh Srivastava said it was not an abduction attempt. Gaurav was having an affair with a girl. Her family had possibly staged this drama to scare and intimidate Gaurav.
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NDMC parking schemes hang fire
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 23
At a time when there is much hype over the newly proposed shift parking scheme announced by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) recently, most of its parking schemes initiated so far have failed or could not take off as planned, the civic body’s detractors have pointed out.

About three years back, the NDMC had announced its decision to construct the state-of-the-art multi-storeyed and multi-purpose parking lots at Baba Kharag Singh Marg, Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Dilli Haat.

But except for the laying of the foundation stone, there is nothing to show any parking lot near Dilli Haat.

Similarly, the NDMC had announced the construction of a state-of-the-art parking lot at Baba Kharag Singh Marg, equipped with unique technology that would allow the entry and exiting of vehicles. But this, too, remains confined on paper only.

Again, about two years back, the NDMC had come up with a unique scheme to promote the existing Palika Kendra parking lot. Under the scheme, provision of parking had been banned in the inner circle of CP for two-wheelers. For their convenience, eight battery-operated small buses were run by the council to take the commuters to their destinations. The scheme too met with the same fate.

Sources said that now the situation was that only two out of the eight buses are running on the route and without any commuters. At the time of introducing the scheme, the NDMC was planning to induct more buses into the fleet but seeing the failure of the scheme, it has now given up the idea.

The Director (PR) of NDMC, Mr Madan Thapliyal, however, was hopeful and asserted that the delayed projects would become a reality soon. “These projects were delayed due to lack of local people’s cooperation and participation. We are also going to revamp our battery-operated bus service for the promotion of our Palika Kendra parking lot,” he said.
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Five UP dists declared drought-hit
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 23
Five districts of UP–Ghaziabad, Bagpat, Aligarh, Saharanpur, and Eta have been declared drought affected. These districts have received 65 to 87% less rainfall. If there is no rainfall in the area this week, the situation would become precarious in Bulandshahr, Agra, Badayun, Oriya, Etava, Ferozabad, Mainpuri, Jalaon and Jhawri districts.

According to scientists, the condition in Jyoti Ba Phule Nagar, Lalitpur, Mainpuri, Mathura, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Pilibit, Rampur etc would also become alarming.

In all, 49 districts have been identified in the country, including the NCR region as affected by drought so far, including five in UP and four in Haryana.

If it does not rain during next week, the condition in another 203 districts would become serious, it is learnt. In Haryana, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Rohtak and Panchkula and most districts of Rajasthan are reeling from the impact of drought.
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Man held for rape of minor daughter
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 23
A man in Loni had allegedly raped his 14-year-old daughter for eight months, till his wife caught him one day and informed the police. He had threatened his daughter with death if she ever spoke about it to anybody, the woman told the police. She told her husband recently that she was going to the house of her relatives for a night, but hid herself in the corner of her own house. Late at night, she saw her husband trying to act in a beastly manner, she immediately raised the alarm. The police arrived and caught the man.

The girl was medically examined. The shameful incident happened in Roop Nagar.

Nanhe Saifi, originally from Bulandshahr, had been living here for a few years. He was a carpenter, employed in a furniture shop in Delhi.

According to police, Nanhe’s wife Nuru Nisah had gone to her parent’s home a week back. At about 10 pm, her next-door neighbour had asked the girl Rupa (not her real name) for an eye-powder (surma). The girl went in to fetch it, but she returned after almost half an hour, drenched in perspiration. The neighbour inquired about it, but the girl was tongue-tied. But the woman became suspicious and cautioned her mother Nuru Nisah when she returned home.

Nuru Nisah who had also been worried at her daughter’s changed behaviour, left for her parental home at 3 pm, but actually stayed in the neighbour’s house. She came back to her own house to catch her husband. She had hid herself beneath the bed and raised the alarm when Nanhe was about to commit the rape. He was overpowered with the help of neighbours and handed over to police. Nuru Nisah said her husband had been abusing their daughter for the last 8 months.
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