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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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Dreaded gangster killed in encounter
New Delhi, July 27
Anil Bhagte, a dreaded gangster carrying a reward of more than Rs 1 lakh, was killed in an encounter by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police in Nangal Kalan village on the Delhi-Haryana border.

Gang rape victim missing, 3 held
Greater Noida, July 27
A sensational incident of gang rape of an 18-year-old girl, who had come to a party with her friends and drunk a peg one too many in the orgy that continued for the better part of night in Greater Noida, has come to light.

NBW issued against murder accused
New Delhi, July 27
A Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) has been issued against murder accused Jitender, alias Kalla, who made a dramatic escape from AIIMS on July 15 after serving soft drinks laced with sedatives to police escorts who took him to the hospital from the Tihar Jail.

Summon doctor for patient’s death: Court
New Delhi, July 27
A Delhi court has directed summoning of a doctor to face trial for his alleged negligence that led to the death of a patient–a doctor himself–in a hospital here. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) O.P. Saini directed Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Madhu Jain to summon Dr Rakesh Gupta.


 

EARLIER STORIES

 

JNU plan for alumni to offer their mite to alma mater
New Delhi, July 27
Jawaharlal Nehru University is evolving a plan to involve its alumni to make “useful contributions” to their alma mater. And it is not just the funds that the university is looking at. They are hoping that the former students step forward to help the university keep pace with the developments in the academic world overseas.

Quacks make hay as diarrhoea strikes
Noida, July 27
With the diarrhoea patients again trooping to government hospital in Sector 30 Noida, the infectious water-borne disease seems to be knocking at the doors of the city. About a dozen patients, including five from Banghel, had been admitted to the government hospital Noida on Sunday.

Employees of Supar Bazar, demonstrating against the privatisation and demanding their 14-month salary, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital
Employees of Supar Bazar, demonstrating against the privatisation and demanding their 14-month salary, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Respect human rights, IG tells
police brass
Ghaziabad, July 27
In view of the increasing incidents of human rights violation in western UP districts, the new Inspector General of Police, Meerut Zone, Mumtaz Ahmed told the police officers to treat people humanely. We must respect the human rights of ordinary citizens. The guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission must be complied with without exception,” the IG told the officers during his visit here.

Gazipur to have modern slaughterhouse
New Delhi, July 27
Despite strong opposition from various sections, including political parties and traders, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to construct its proposed modern slaughter house at the sanitary land fill area of Gazipur in East Delhi following clearance from the Government of NCT of Delhi.

Dry weather a blessing in disguise!
Faridabad, July 27
The abnormal dry weather and failure of the monsoon in the region seem to have proved a blessing in disguise for the Health Department, as the number of water-borne diseases, including malaria, has been low so far.

Kapil Sibbal ‘Great Son of India’
New Delhi, July 27
The president of the Research Council for Outstanding Achievers, Dr Shiv Raj today honoured the Union Minister of State for Science, Technology and Ocean Development, Mr Kapil Sibbal, with Great Son of India award and certificate of merit for his outstanding achievement in law and social work.

Convention emphasises social responsibility of corporate sector
New Delhi, July 27
Speaking at the National Convention of Global Compact Society, organized in association with FICCI at New Delhi today, Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Secretary, Planning Commission, emphasized that Global Compact is a stepping stone for achieving the higher objectives of social responsibility for the larger good of the society.

Privatisation of sanitary work flayed
New Delhi, July 27
The safai (sanitation) workers of the Government of NCT of Delhi are up in arms against the recent decision of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to privatise sanitation work.

Police Commissioner K.K. Paul playing carom after the inauguration of ‘Dost’ at Jama Masjid in the Capital on TuesdayPaul inaugurates club for ‘commoners’
New Delhi, July 27
Inaugurating a club for ‘commoners’ in the Jama Masjid area, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, said ‘Dost’ (friend) is our endeavour to give practical shape to police-public interface and lessen the gap between the two. The club has a library with a gymnasium where anyone can walk in any time to relax and unwind. ‘’It is a common man’s club, which manifests the joint effort of the people and the police, as both have contributed in making it come alive.

Police Commissioner K.K. Paul playing carom after the inauguration of ‘Dost’ at Jama Masjid in the Capital on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Hike in factory licensing fee criticised
New Delhi, July 27
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, today condemned the increase in factory licensing fee and building plan fee by the Delhi Government.

Bharti Yadav directed to contact public prosecutor
New Delhi, July 27
A Delhi court today directed Nitish Katara murder case witness and Rajya Sabha M.P. D. P. Yadav’s daughter Bharti Yadav to contact its Additional Public Prosecutor on his phone number and show evidence of her availability.

MCD for expulsion of councillor held for bribe
New Delhi, July 27
The MCD has recommended expulsion of the councillor from the Trans-Yamuna area, Khazan Singh, who was caught accepting bribe from an employee of the corporation, said the leader of the House, Mr Satbir Singh, here today.

Old man on hunger strike seeks justice
New Delhi, July 27
A 70-year-old man, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike from July 12, has approached President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and the Chief Justice of India to help secure the release of his son, allegedly implicated in a false murder case.

Amity holds Corporate Meet
New Delhi, July 27
The Amity Business School, Noida organised its annual Corporate Meet on Amity campus to express its gratitude to the industry guides who helped the students during their 10-week summer internship programme.
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Dreaded gangster killed in encounter
Tribune News Service

File Photo of Anil Bhagte
File photo of Anil Bhagte

New Delhi, July 27
Anil Bhagte, a dreaded gangster carrying a reward of more than Rs 1 lakh, was killed in an encounter by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police in Nangal Kalan village on the Delhi-Haryana border.

His two other associates, identified as Naresh, alias Nishi, and Sanjay, surrendered to the police after the encounter. The police recovered one 9mm pistol and two country-made pistols from their possession.

On hearing the news of his death, his wife, Bimla, took Celphos tablets in her house at Kundli village around 7.15 a.m. She was rushed to a private hospital, where she died around 9.15 a.m.

The Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mr Ranjit Narayan, said Bhagte, who was involved in at least 19 cases of murder, extortion, attempt to murder and jail break in Delhi and Haryana, was on the list of most-wanted inter-state criminals compiled by the Crime Branch. He carried a reward of Rs one lakh in Delhi and Rs 20,000 in Haryana.

Mr Narayan said that Bhagte did not hesitate in eliminating witnesses against him. He had shot dead one Ram Kumar at Azadpur, Subzi Mandi, in 1999 and also escaped from the police custody in April 2002 while he was being taken to the Ambala jail after an appearance in a Delhi court.

Mr Narayan said that the sleuths received a tip-off last night that he was hiding somewhere in Nangal Kalan village in Sonepat. Accordingly, a special team under the supervision of the ACP, Mr Joy Tirkey, was despatched to the village to arrest him.

Soon, the police team received another tip-off that Bhagte was hiding in a double storied building belonging to one of
his associate identified as Sanjay.

When the team reached the house, the criminals started firing at them. Bhagte was shot dead when the police retaliated in self-defence.

Bangladeshi criminals held

The North-East district police claimed to have arrested four Bangladeshi criminals involved in several cases of robbery and dacoity, and recovered one country-made pistol, two button-actuated knives and some jewellery from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that some Bangladeshi criminals would meet near the New Ambedkar College to commit a dacoity, the police nabbed four persons, who were identified as Manik, alias Mota, alias Imran, Rafigul, alias Raju, Alameen, alias Jakir and Khermiya, all residents of Bangladesh. However, two of their associates, identified as Shamim and Iliyas, managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

In another case, the West district police claimed to have arrested a desperate robber, who was involved in several cases of robbery and dacoity. One country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from their possession.

The accused, who was identified as Asgar, alias Abdulla, alias Kalia, resident of Moradabad, is member of one Vijay Pal and Rajeev Dewanji gang. The police nabbed Asgar from Paschim Vihar after receiving a tip-off.

A hunt is on for his other associates, identified as Vijay Pal, resident of Sonepat, Rajeev Dewanji, resident of Khajuri Khas, Tejbir, alias Teji, resident of Karnal and Raju, alias Fauji, resident of Meerut.
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Gang rape victim missing, 3 held
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, July 27
A sensational incident of gang rape of an 18-year-old girl, who had come to a party with her friends and drunk a peg one too many in the orgy that continued for the better part of night in Greater Noida, has come to light.

The incident had occurred about 10 days ago, but remained unreported as the victim had gone missing after the rape. The police have arrested three persons, including two security guards of a factory godown in Greater Noida who are being subjected to intensive interrogation.

There is no trace of the girl who conversed in fluent and stylish English, apparently from an advanced family. Half a dozen rapists have been identified and they would soon be in police custody, says SP (rural) MP Singh.

A group of young men and young women had thrown a party in Alpha Sector of Greater Noida on July 16 where apart from dance and music, booze flowed freely. When one of the girls had consumed too much liquor, three young men escorted her out.

The three boys on two motorbikes had reportedly taken her to a Greater Noida guesthouse. There they molested her and when she raised the alarm, they left her at Durga Talkies crossing at about 2 am.

Soon a Tata-407 passed by. Its driver, an employee of a Faridabad company, was transporting goods from a factory in Udyog Vihar. He somehow took her to the factory godown. The security guards of the factory later told the police that the girl was wearing tight jeans and a short top. She was speaking in fluent English and was in a mood for a dance to the accompaniment of loud music. After a while, four colleagues of the Tata-407 driver also descended on the scene and after threatening the guards, all of them took the girl to the back of the godown and raped her.

At about 3 am, the culprits handed her over to their tempo union colleagues who took her to a jungle behind a big factory. They raped her and fled.

The girl was found by the side of the road after sometime in torn clothes by some of the residents who gave her clothes. She was constantly blurting out that she was daughter of a senior Delhi police officer and would have everybody arrested and sent to jail.

After three hours, the victim felt a little better and went to a tea stall for a cup of tea. After half an hour, she was seen going in a gypsy car. After that nobody has seen her in the area.
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NBW issued against murder accused
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) has been issued against murder accused Jitender, alias Kalla, who made a dramatic escape from AIIMS on July 15 after serving soft drinks laced with sedatives to police escorts who took him to the hospital from the Tihar Jail.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who is hearing two cases of murder allegedly committed by Kalla, passed the order after the jail authorities intimated the court about the escape from All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

As per the procedure an accused can be declared a proclaimed offender (PO) only after exhausting all the initial remedies which would take at least 40 days. After the police submits a report on non-execution of NBW attachment of property would be ordered.

The next date of hearing is August 10

Kalla is alleged to have murdered Delhi University student leader Anil Bhadana at a reception party in Keshavpuram on March 10, 1999. He then went to the residence of an eyewitness Sumit Nayyar in Mukherjee Nagar and killed his father.

According to the police, after killing the Satyawati College president, he met with Jitender Gulati who allegedly guided him to Sumit’s residence. Gulati, charged with being involved in the conspiracy for the second murder, is presently on bail.

Kalla, who is facing trial in the two cases separately, was in the Tihar jail since his arrest in January 2000. Police suspect Kalla could again target Sumit who had deposed against him and have provided security to him. Though the two DAP constables escorting the accused have been suspended, various questions leading to the escape allegedly planned well in advance remain unanswered.

After interception of a letter with elaborate plans of escape, the trial court on May 9, 2002, had directed the DCP (Crime) to take necessary action (investigation) “in view of the seriousness of this case”.

“The letter, if true, discloses a serious design on part of the accused in complicity with certain officials of the jail and others,” the court observed.

The letter, handed over to his alleged girlfriend during a hearing, mentions about a jail doctor who was willing to refer him to some hospital outside the jail. It also mentioned that the accused had purchased cyanide (probably he meant sedative) and would tell her in detail what she was supposed to do when she met him in jail

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Summon doctor for patient’s death: Court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A Delhi court has directed summoning of a doctor to face trial for his alleged negligence that led to the death of a patient–a doctor himself–in a hospital here.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) O.P. Saini directed Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Madhu Jain to summon Dr Rakesh Gupta.

Earlier, Murarilal Goel, the father of the deceased, moved the court after the ACMM refused to summon Dr Gupta saying there was not enough evidence against him.

Dr Subhash Goel, admitted to Sunder Lal Jain Hospital here at 2230 hours on February 5, 1997, breathed his last at around 0800 hours the next morning.

Murarilal then filed a case of medical negligence. The chargesheet was filed against Dr Vivek Baniyal and the ACMM had summoned YP Munjal, Dr V K Bindal, Dr Chandra Prakash and VK Jain but refused to summon Dr Gupta.

However, the ASJ allowed the revision petition (against the ACMM’s order refusing to summon Dr Gupta) filed by Murarilal after finding that there was prima facie evidence against him.

A witness, Dr Shyama Gupta, in her statement said the doctor on duty had advised echo test which was to be done by Dr Rakesh, who she said, did not turn up despite her informing him several times.

Dr Shyama said no cardiologist was present at the hospital at that time and Dr Bindal had admitted Dr Rakesh in the Cardiac Care Unit. At around 0600 hours on the fateful day, when she went to the CCU, the ventilator was not working and the lights had also gone off, Dr Shyama alleged, adding that even emergency medicines were not available.
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JNU plan for alumni to offer their mite to alma mater
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
Jawaharlal Nehru University is evolving a plan to involve its alumni to make “useful contributions” to their alma mater.

And it is not just the funds that the university is looking at. They are hoping that the former students step forward to help the university keep pace with the developments in the academic world overseas.

“We have our alumni in various parts of the world, doing various things. We would like them to keep us abreast with what’s happening in the rest of world. This would in turn help us to update our programmes and remain at par with the academic developments abroad,” said Prof. Manmohan Aggarwal who has been appointed the Chairperson of the Alumni Association.

Providing a platform to the former and the current batches of students is also a part of the endeavour. “The former students are also socially engaged. We want to help the students connect with one another, so that they can share their experiences. If there is a group working towards education for children, they can connect with a group working on the same issue. We are looking at networking of various kinds,” said Prof. Aggarwal.

Helping the students find jobs and also raising funds for the university are also on the agenda. “We do hope that the alumni can make useful contribution to the university and can raise funds if need be,” he said.

The committee, which is still working on firming their plans, is now assimilating the information on the alumni and how they plan to contribute to the university.

“We did send out performas, but there was limited response. Now we are going to send out mails and flag off the initiative through JNU News. We are going to meet next month and put forth a concept paper, following which we will chalk the details based on our needs and what the alumni wish for,” Prof. Aggarwal pointed out.

He added, “This is the first time an initiative is being taken by the university. We are aware of the individuals having made such attempts earlier. There was an association operating from Mumbai. But now we wish to make it more regularised, we will seek the alumni’s help in establishing contacts for placements for the students and generate new ideas.”
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Quacks make hay as diarrhoea strikes
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 27
With the diarrhoea patients again trooping to government hospital in Sector 30 Noida, the infectious water-borne disease seems to be knocking at the doors of the city.

About a dozen patients, including five from Banghel, had been admitted to the government hospital Noida on Sunday. The quacks, who had been treating most of the patients, are taking advantage of the situation as the season of ailments continues. Only when the patients become serious, they are rushed to the government hospital or nursing homes.

According to Dr Madan Lal of the Government Hospital, diarrhoea causes a serious loss of water and fluids in the body for which glucose drip and a mixture of sugar and salt in water is given to the patients. The problems, according to doctors, become acute because instead of coming straight to government hospitals, people from slums and villages first try quacks who invariably spoil the cases.

Most of the patients of diarrhoea are small children or the aged who have spent up to Rs 1,000 each on treatments by the quacks without any benefit whatsoever.

The Circle Medical Officer, Dr H. K. Sharma, admitted that diarrhoea was spreading in the area and contaminated water was mainly responsible. Only boiled water should be consumed, Dr Sharma added.
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Respect human rights, IG tells police brass
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 27
In view of the increasing incidents of human rights violation in western UP districts, the new Inspector General of Police, Meerut Zone, Mumtaz Ahmed told the police officers to treat people humanely. “We must respect the human rights of ordinary citizens. The guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission must be complied with without exception,” the IG told the officers during his visit here.

Mr Ahmed reminded the force that the police were meant for helping the citizens, but due to their harsh behaviour and use of foul language, people dislike the force and hold it in great dread. Many times it results in clashes between people and the cops.

The National Human Rights Commission has issued certain instructions which every policeman must respect and comply with.

In spite of these instructions, an ordinary man is not treated the way he should be in many police stations. Though the human rights guidelines are written on the notice boards in police stations, they are seldom complied with.

Giving further instructions, the Inspector General of Police said senior officers should review the implementation of human rights and every accused should be told as to under which law and for which crime he has been detained in the police station. At the time of making the arrest, all policemen should be in their uniforms, with the rank badges clearly displayed. The person arrested should be allowed to inform his family or speak to his advocate.
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Gazipur to have modern slaughterhouse
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 27
Despite strong opposition from various sections, including political parties and traders, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to construct its proposed modern slaughter house at the sanitary land fill area of Gazipur in East Delhi following clearance from the Government of NCT of Delhi.

According to MCD sources, state-of-the-art technologies will be used to construct the slaughterhouse which would also help in decongesting the area around the Idgah where the present slaughterhouse and the cattle market are located.

“It will be so sophisticated and high tech that residents of nearby areas would hardly feel the presence of the slaughterhouse. Considering the urgency construction work will be started very soon on five acres of land out of 25 acres earmarked for this purpose. It will be a temporary construction. Rest of the work will be started after some time and will be completed within two years,” revealed a senior official.

He disclosed that the capacity of the slaughterhouse would be about 25,000 animals per day. A unit to produce eatables out of discarded meats and other byproducts is also planned to be established, the official said.

The Central Government, which has already given Rs 40 crores for the construction, is ready to give another Rs 50 crores for the project.

When contacted, former town planner of Delhi and former Director (Planning), DDA, Mr. R.P. Gupta, who was also one of the key members of the planning team said there was no reason for political parties to oppose construction of the slaughterhouse. “It will be constructed at the sanitary land fill area and the residents will get respite from the smell emanating from the dumped garbage.” 

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Dry weather a blessing in disguise!
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 27
The abnormal dry weather and failure of the monsoon in the region seem to have proved a blessing in disguise for the Health Department, as the number of water-borne diseases, including malaria, has been low so far.

According to reports from the department, only five cases of malaria have been detected in June. These include four cases in rural while one case in the urban area.

It is stated that the number of malaria cases has been quite low compared to such cases during this period in the previous years.

It may be recalled that the Health Department in the state observed June as anti-malaria month each year in which extra measures are taken to prevent the outbreak of the disease and provide medical help to the patients. The department prepared as many as 1,4,662 slides for testing the blood samples of the patients having symptoms of malaria. Five cases were found positive.

According to some physicians, the reason for the dip in malaria cases and water-borne diseases could be the dry and hot weather so far. They say that stagnant water near the residential areas accompanied with unhygienic surroundings was mainly responsible for the growth of the malaria larva and germs of other diseases.
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Kapil Sibbal ‘Great Son of India’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The president of the Research Council for Outstanding Achievers, Dr Shiv Raj today honoured the Union Minister of State for Science, Technology and Ocean Development, Mr Kapil Sibbal, with Great Son of India award and certificate of merit for his outstanding achievement in law and social work.

Several other achievers were also felicitated during the function.

Mr Sibbal honoured former Miss Universe Nafisa Ali Sodhi with Great Daughter of India award and certificate of merit for her outstanding achievement in social work.

Among other achievers felicitated by Mr Sibbal were Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Ashok Jain, Major Ved Prakash and Captain Praveer Davar, AICC secretaries, Captain Arun Chopra and Vice-Chancellor University of Media Arts Professor Sandeep Marwah.

Apart from them, Rakesh Gupta, CMD, Sadhna TV, Gyan Prakash from Rashtriya Sahara and Sanjeev Gupta from Dainik Jagran were also felicitated.
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Convention emphasises social responsibility of corporate sector
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
Speaking at the National Convention of Global Compact Society, organized in association with FICCI at New Delhi today, Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Secretary, Planning Commission, emphasized that Global Compact is a stepping stone for achieving the higher objectives of social responsibility for the larger good of the society.

In his address, Mr K. K. Sinha, Vice-President and Convenor, Global Compact Society and Director, Human

Resources, NTPC, said that when India is poised to emerge as a strong economic power today, the thrust on corporate social responsibility will go a long way in the growth of business and sustainable development of the society.

He informed that the Global Compact Society of India is venturing to enhance awareness and commitment from corporate houses for societal and environmental concerns.
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Privatisation of sanitary work flayed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The safai (sanitation) workers of the Government of NCT of Delhi are up in arms against the recent decision of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to privatise sanitation work.

They feel they have been betrayed by the government, which had promised them after their agitation last year, that sanitation work would not be given in private hands.

According to Mr Ram Meher, the general secretary of the Delhi unit of the All India Safai Mazdoor Congress, the MCD’s decision to introduce contract system for sanitation work in hospitals, educational institutions, sabzi mandis (vegetable markets), bus stations, garbage dumps and even unauthorised colonies has created resentment among the employees.

The safai workers have demanded an immediate end to the contract system, regularisation of daily wagers, payment of all dues to retired employees in one month’s time, job to one of the dependents of a safai worker dying in harness, end of part-time employment in educational institutions, increase in medical and house allowance and introduction of risk allowance as given to nurses.

The workers have decided to organise a march to the MCD Headquarters at Town Hall and hold a sit-in there on August 3 to highlight their demands.

Life membership for NFTS director

Mr. Roger Crittenden, director of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) of the United Kingdom, has been conferred life membership of the Noida-based International Film and Television Club by its president, Sandeep Marwah.—TNS
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Paul inaugurates club for ‘commoners’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
Inaugurating a club for ‘commoners’ in the Jama Masjid area, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, said ‘Dost’ (friend) is our endeavour to give practical shape to police-public interface and lessen the gap between the two. The club has a library with a gymnasium where anyone can walk in any time to relax and unwind.

‘’It is a common man’s club, which manifests the joint effort of the people and the police, as both have contributed in making it come alive. It is a place where knowledge, entertainment and health of the people are taken care of under a single roof.’’

The basic idea behind this meeting place is to channelise the energy of the youth towards constructive purposes. A place where they can utilise their time in enriching themselves physically as well as mentally, he said.

“The interaction between the people and the police would help in removing the misgivings and misconceptions or misunderstandings about the force. Hence, it is a meeting point for forging closer bonds between the police and the common man.’’

I feel the whole initiative would help in infusing an extra degree of confidence in the minds of the public towards the police force, which often is perceived to be lacking the ‘common touch’. ‘Dost’ will fill that vacuum, Mr Paul added.

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Mr Deep Chand, said the ‘Dost’ police station in Jama Masjid area was a giant leap towards community policing. ‘’Its our way of fulfilling the Delhi Police’s motto of ‘Citizens First’.’’

Earlier, the Police Commissioner inaugurated the renovated Jama Masjid police station, re-christened ‘Dost Thana’-an eternal friend of the public.
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Hike in factory licensing fee criticised
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, today condemned the increase in factory licensing fee and building plan fee by the Delhi Government. He described the hike as ‘anti-industry in nature, which would increase corruption.

He said that the earlier fee for sanctioning building plans was fixed on the basis of the number of storeys in a building. Now, however, the fee has been fixed as Rs 10 per square metre. Mr Gupta explained that at present the building plan fee for 100 square metre plot is Rs 20, whereas for first, second and other floors, it is Rs 40 for each storey.

Presently, the fee for a three-storeyed house on 100 square metre plot is Rs 140. According to the new rates, the fee for 100 square metre, 250 square metre and 50 square metre is Rs 36,000, Rs 9,000 and 18,000 respectively.

Mr Gupta said that factory licensing fee at present in industrial areas was fixed as Rs 80 per unit and Rs 4 per horse power per year.

Similarly, the present fee in non- confirming industrial areas is Rs 120 per unit and Rs 12 per horsepower per year.
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Bharti Yadav directed to contact public prosecutor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A Delhi court today directed Nitish Katara murder case witness and Rajya Sabha M.P. D. P. Yadav’s daughter Bharti Yadav to contact its Additional Public Prosecutor on his phone number and show evidence of her availability.

“Bharti Yadav is directed to contact K. K. Singh, Additional Public Prosecutor, on his phone number and show evidence of her availability,” Additional Sessions Judge J. M. Malik said.

The court also directed Bharti to appear before it in person on September 27 and ordered that a non-bailable arrest warrant be issued against her if she does not turn up on that day.
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MCD for expulsion of councillor held for bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The MCD has recommended expulsion of the councillor from the Trans-Yamuna area, Khazan Singh, who was caught accepting bribe from an employee of the corporation, said the leader of the House, Mr Satbir Singh, here today.

He said the corporation had urged the Congress high command to expel the councillor from primary membership of the party and also to constitute a committee to inquire into the bribe case registered against the councillor.

If he is found guilty he should be expelled, Mr Satbir Singh said.

Khazan Singh was arrested by the CBI on Saturday for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10, 000 from a construction supervisor at his residence in Shahadra in North East Delhi.

He had allegedly demanded Rs 50, 000 from the supervisor to stall his transfer from North East Delhi. According to the police, Khazan Singh asked the supervisor to pay him the bribe amount in installments. He was arrested while receiving the first installment of the bribe amount.
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Old man on hunger strike seeks justice
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A 70-year-old man, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike from July 12, has approached President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and the Chief Justice of India to help secure the release of his son, allegedly implicated in a false murder case.

Ram Swaroop Soni of Wadi village in Rajasthan, who has been camping near Jantar Mantar, claims he will fast unto death unless a CBI inquiry is ordered into the case of murder registered in Jagar village against his son, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Swaroop alleged that his son was just 13-and-a-half-year-old when a woman had been burnt alive in the village, for which he had been held responsible. The clout of the then sarpanch, Jawahar Singh, ensured that the culprits got away while his son was framed due to an old enmity.
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Amity holds Corporate Meet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The Amity Business School, Noida organised its annual Corporate Meet on Amity campus to express its gratitude to the industry guides who helped the students during their 10-week summer internship programme.

Dr Balvinder Shukla, Senior Vice-President, Ritnand Baldev Education Foundation, said, “This meet is an annual event to thank the industry guides who have invested time, support and their guidance in the summer training programmes.”

She added, “These training programmes assist the students in more ways than one. Students are helped by way of networking and also get prepared as to what to expect from the industry they would venture into.”
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