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Hike in sales tax on diesel deferred
New Delhi, July 29
Bowing to popular demand, the Government of NCT of Delhi has decided not to raise the sales tax on diesel for now. Finance Minister AK Walia told the Delhi Legislative Assembly during the ongoing monsoon session that the hike in sales tax on diesel has been deferred.

  • BJP dharna against Budget ‘leak’

New mixture of CNG fuel to be developed
Faridabad, July 29
The Research and Development Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) here has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the private sector to develop a hydrogen-CNG mixture system for the IC engines to be used in portable gensets, buses and three-wheeler autorickshaws.

Mayawati’s farmhouses raided
Noida, July 29
The farmhouses of former UP Chief Minister Ms Mayawati are once again the focus of police attention. A team of Delhi Police had raided her farmhouses at Mojpur and Rayaspur in Khurja in search of her relatives involved in several cases of loot and kidnapping, it is learnt.

Father accused of sexual assault
New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi Police today claimed to have solved the mystery of two teenage girls, who went missing on the evening of July 27 from a public school in Noida.

Man kills wife with shovel
Meerut, July 29
In a gruesome incident, a man killed his wife by slitting her neck with a shovel. Her fault? She had protested against the man’s attempt to rape his minor daughter. The sensational murder took place around 10 am on Wednesday in the jungle of Doghat village some 50 km from Divisional HQ. The accused, Mumtaz Ahmad, has fled after committing the crime.


Bipasha Basu being escorted by a security guard at Cafe Coffee Day, Connaught Place in the Capital on Thursday.
Bipasha Basu being escorted by a security guard at Cafe Coffee Day, Connaught Place in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photo

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Man gets seven-year RI for rape
New Delhi, July 29
A city court today sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping a woman in 1999. Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Sekhar also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on convict Kapil Ravi Das.

Bigamous husband to pay 50 pc salary as maintenance
New Delhi, July 29
Hearing a case of a wife seeking maintenance from a bigamous husband, the Delhi High Court has directed the man to pay 50 per cent of his “disposable” income as maintenance to his wife and child.

DPT vaccine shortage has crippling effect on children
Noida, July 29
For the last five months, DPT vaccine has not been supplied in government hospital in Sector-30 Noida, putting the parents of small children to great hardship.

Court clarifies DMC’s jurisdiction
New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) cannot take disciplinary action against a doctor who is not registered with it.

Insects found in mid-day meal, probe ordered
New Delhi, July 29
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, alleged that children were being deprived of nutritious meal even though huge expenditure was incurred on this account.

Capital to have ‘Tourist Police’
New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi Police have formed a special ‘Tourist Police’ with a view to protect tourists from harassment at the hands of touts and cheats.

Jal Nigam employees clamour for wages
Noida, July 29
The employees of Jal Nigam, who have not been given wages for the last three months, have sent an SOS to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to intervene and get them justice.

Cong leader held for car robbery
Noida, July 29
The Sector-20 police have disclosed that one of the two persons arrested for loot of Accent car, Rs 30,000 and a cell phone in Sector-29 Ganga Shopping Centre from an industrialist of Sector-12 on July 23, is a local Congress leader.

Scooterist, son killed in accident
Faridabad, July 29
A man and his minor son were killed, while two others, including the wife of the deceased, were injured seriously in an accident that took place on the busy Surajkund Road here yesterday.

Two Maoists get 5-yr RI
New Delhi, July 29
A Delhi court today sentenced two Maoists, nabbed with huge quantity of explosives and some documents in Nepali, to five years’ rigorous imprisonment.
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Hike in sales tax on diesel deferred
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
Bowing to popular demand, the Government of NCT of Delhi has decided not to raise the sales tax on diesel for now. Finance Minister AK Walia told the Delhi Legislative Assembly during the ongoing monsoon session that the hike in sales tax on diesel has been deferred.

The finance minister told the House that he had also decided to withdraw the sales tax on oil and oil cakes as had been announced in the Budget 2004-05 a week ago. A four per cent sales tax on oil cake had been proposed.

Mr Walia said that in view of the drought-like situation and demand by the Opposition, the eight per cent hike in sales tax on diesel would not be implemented at present. In his Budget speech on July 22, he had increased the sales tax on diesel from 12 to 20 per cent.

The news of increase in sales tax on diesel had met with stiff resistance from petrol pump dealers, who had threatened to go on a strike in protest against it. They however withdrew it after assurances from the chief minister.

The representatives of petrol pump dealers had met with the chief minister and the finance minister on Tuesday night following which they announced their decision to withdraw their call for a strike on Wednesday in the Capital.

Finance Minister AK Walia had presented the Budget for 2004-05 amid a boycott by the Opposition in which he increased sales tax on diesel and paper while giving exemption on life-saving drugs.

The finance minister proposed to raise the sales tax on diesel from 12 per cent to 20 per cent so that the government could earn an additional revenue worth an estimated Rs 150 crore.

The minister had explained then that the government was losing Rs 75 crore every year due to the decreasing demand for diesel as compared to environment-friendly CNG fuel.

Mr Walia had hoped that this would encourage motorists to shift to cleaner fuel. He had hastened to add that diesel would still cost less in NCT of Delhi than in the other metropolitan cities.

BJP dharna against Budget ‘leak’

The former Members of Parliament, Mr Vijay Goel, Ms Anita Arya and Mr Lal Behari Tiwari and the lone sitting MP from the national Capital, Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, joined the sit-in held by the BJP outside the Delhi Vidhan Sabha to demand the withdrawal of the tax proposals announced in the Budget 2004-05 by the Finance Minister, Mr A.K. Walia.

The party also asserted that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should investigate the Budget leak.
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New mixture of CNG fuel to be developed
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 29
The Research and Development Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) here has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the private sector to develop a hydrogen-CNG mixture system for the IC engines to be used in portable gensets, buses and three-wheeler autorickshaws. The system would help increase the use of hydrogen in the CNG from the present level of 10 to 30 per cent.

According to Dr A. K. Gupta, Senior Manager, Training and Corporate Communication of the R&D Centre, senior officials of the IOC and the Managing Director M/s Minda Industries, Delhi, signed the memorandum to develop a new mixture of the CNG fuel.

It is reported that the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has nominated the R&D Centre of the IOC to work as a nodal agency for hydrogen research in this sector.

While a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore was being created for this purpose, the IOC has planned to take up research projects for the production, storage and application of hydrogen, including the setting up of infrastructure for dispensing of hydrogen for automative vehicles.

The signing of the MoU with private sector was the first step in this direction, claimed the Director of the Centre, Mr M. M. Raje.

It may be recalled that the whole public transport system, including buses and three wheeler auto taxis in the national Capital, were being run on CNG, which has been regarded as clean fuel and the demand of adopting CNG as an alternative to diesel for the heavy transport and the taxis, including three-wheeler autorickshaws in bigger towns like Faridabad, was also gaining momentum.

The Minda group, which has entered into this MoU with the IOC, is already functioning as OEM supplier of the CNG and the LPG systems for the Gensets and the automobile sector.

It is claimed that the experience of the company for working on alternative fuels and its collaboration with some of the well-known groups could be of immense help for development of new technique. The scope of the joint development shall cover on-board hydrogen storage, fuel regulation metering and control for optimum engine performance and emissions. While the Minda group will have the first right of manufacturing the systems jointly developed, the R&D Centre of the IOC will be equal beneficiary of the commercialisation, even if the system design was to be licensed to the third party, says the memorandum.
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Mayawati’s farmhouses raided
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 29
The farmhouses of former UP Chief Minister Ms Mayawati are once again the focus of police attention. A team of Delhi Police had raided her farmhouses at Mojpur and Rayaspur in Khurja in search of her relatives involved in several cases of loot and kidnapping, it is learnt.

The house of Ms Mayawati’s maternal grandfather at Simroli village in Hapur is also reported to have been raided. As a result, the relatives of former Chief Minister are petrified. Meanwhile, the B.S Mathur Committee, probing the irregularities committed in Noida and Greater Noida during Ms Mayawati’s chief ministership has highlighted numerous instances of financial and administrative improprieties and favouritism in awarding the contracts worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

The committee which has completed about 75 per cent of its work has submitted its primary report to the state government. The Mathur Committee is also learnt to have requested the UP government for extension of its term by about 45 days to enable it to complete the probe.

Inquiring into the misdeeds committed during Ms Mayawati’s tenure, Chairman of the Inquiry Committee and DG Police B.S. Mathur said he had specifically been asked by the state government to probe improprieties.
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Father accused of sexual assault
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi Police today claimed to have solved the mystery of two teenage girls, who went missing on the evening of July 27 from a public school in Noida.

The girls, residents of East Delhi, had reportedly gone missing from the Khaitan Public School, Noida, and never returned to their house. The Noida police started investigating the case after their father lodged a missing complaint.

The missing girls (14 and nine years old), even telephoned their father on the evening of July 27 and told him that they would return home soon but did not come back till late evening.

However, in a dramatic turn of event, the East district police arrested their father, owner of a software company in New Kondli area after the girls alleged that he had been sexually assaulting the elder daughter since February this year.

The accused, an ex-officer of the Merchant Navy, was arrested after the girls made allegations against him after landing up in the office of the SDM, Preet Vihar.

Following this, the accused was arrested last evening from his house in Mayur Vihar. The police have registered a case under Section 370 of IPC and are investigating the case.

The girls told the SDM that after their mother’s death in September last year, the accused used to torture the elder daughter by tearing her clothes. 
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Man kills wife with shovel
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 29
In a gruesome incident, a man killed his wife by slitting her neck with a shovel. Her fault? She had protested against the man’s attempt to rape his minor daughter. The sensational murder took place around 10 am on Wednesday in the jungle of Doghat village some 50 km from Divisional HQ. The accused, Mumtaz Ahmad, has fled after committing the crime.

His minor daughter, Jasmeen, told the police and reporters later that his father had already raped her elder sister. That’s why she sent her to her maternal uncle’s home.

The man tried to rape Jasmeen again on Tuesday night, but her mother protested very strongly and saved her honour.

A considerable panic prevailed in the surrounding villages and hundreds of villagers gathered at the site after the incident.

According to some police sources, Mumtaz Ahmad went to his field in the morning on Wednesday for some farming work.

In the afternoon, his wife Nazro (40) and daughter Jasmeen (16) also reached there with tiffin. After having food, Mumtaz asked his wife to arrange for some fodder from a nearby sugarcane field while he asked his daughter Jasmeen to wait there. After sometime, Mumtaz also headed towards Nazro. Suddenly, Jasmeen heard the cries of her mother and rushed there. His father Mumtaz was coming out of the dense sugarcane field. As the girl made a hue and cry, her father tied her to a tree with a dupatta. Mumtaz then fled from the scene.

Later, Jasmeen secured her release and rushed to the sugarcane field, where she found her mother lying in a pool of blood. She rushed home and narrated the story to her family members. The police were informed about the incident. Her body was being covered with leaves and her limbs and neck were hit by a sharp shovel, which was also recovered from the scene.

Circle officer D. S. Malik said that Mumtaz was a drunkard and sold his one acre of farming land to sustain his addiction.

The police said that Mumtaz was quite annoyed with his wife as she had protested against his beastly act.
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Man gets seven-year RI for rape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
A city court today sentenced a man to seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping a woman in 1999. Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Sekhar also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on convict Kapil Ravi Das.

After raping the woman in the intervening night of September 17/18, 1999 at her residence in Mithai Pul slum near Tis Hazari, Das went absconding and was subsequently declared a proclaimed offender. He was arrested on August 30, 2000.

The victim’s husband Raghubir Singh deserted her and their two children after the incident. Though Das told the court that woman was falsely implicating him as she had owed him Rs 2,000, the court rejected his claim.

The judge said it did not appeal to his mind that the victim, just to teach a lesson to the accused, would falsely implicated him in a sexual offence like this one without caring for her honour and prestige.

The woman said she was sleeping with her two children inside the house and her husband was sleeping outside, when Das came in, gagged her, sexually assaulted her and even threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident to anyone. The victim said she managed to take out the handkerchief which Das stuffed in her mouth and raised the alarm.

As neighbours gathered, Das fled the scene. After an hour, he returned with three to four persons and told her husband that if he does not run away, he would kill him. The police filed a chargesheet in the case on September 20, 2000. Prosecution examined 12 witness to prove
its case.
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Bigamous husband to pay 50 pc salary as maintenance
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
Hearing a case of a wife seeking maintenance from a bigamous husband, the Delhi High Court has directed the man to pay 50 per cent of his “disposable” income as maintenance to his wife and child.

Justice Vikramajit Sen said since the man was carrying on a bigamous relationship, which is illegal, the expenses and outgoing ought not to be taken into consideration and as a rough and ready calculation half the salary of the husband may apportioned in the present case.

Hence out of a disposable income of Rs 13,500, the man would have to pay maintenance of Rs 6,500 to his wife and child, Rs 3,000 to the wife and Rs 3,500 to the child.

The judge was hearing an appeal by the wife, seeking enhancement of the maintenance granted by the trial court, which had granted only Rs 1,000 per month to the wife and Rs 700 for the child as maintenance.

The High Court said while granting maintenance, some formula or yardstick must be adopted and it must not be whimsical or arbitrary.

The court must first arrive at a conclusion about the status or lifestyle of the spouses and the children.

It must asses the expenses that are likely for the children including their school fees, tuition, clothes. Where their custody is with the mother their expenses should be aggregated keeping status of the father in perspective, it said.

Maintenance is not a penalty imposed by the court on the dominant earner; equally it is not a bounty needlessly inflicted on such spouse, the court added.

The judge said he found it difficult to accept that the expenses of the children could be curtailed to a percentage of the earnings, they should be reasonable in keeping with the family earnings and standings.

In the present case, the parties belong to a middle class background, educational expenses itself would be far in excess of Rs 700 per month. The primary and foremost duty of the father is to provide funds for all essential requirements.

Upon the disposable income found to be Rs 13,500, the trial court has committed an error in awarding a wholly inadequate amount as maintenance, the judge added.
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DPT vaccine shortage has crippling effect on children
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 29
For the last five months, DPT vaccine has not been supplied in government hospital in Sector-30 Noida, putting the parents of small children to great hardship.

The parents troop in for the vaccine from the far-off rural areas, but return disappointed after wasting much time and money.

This despite the fact that the vaccine programme is part of a national campaign started by the Central government.

The DPT (Diphtheria, Protody’s Tetanus) vaccine is administered to the children between the age of 45 days and 18 months for safeguarding against tetanus, diphtheria and cough (kali khansi).

The departmental sources say that about 200 children visit the district hospital on Monday, Wednesday and Friday–the days fixed for vaccination.

It is estimated that some 15,000 children from rural Noida need to be given this shot every month.

CMO, Dr R.C. Gaur says the supply of this vaccine is routed though the divisional office to whom “we have written letters repeatedly and requested on phone also”.

In view of lack of supply, the national campaign suffers and the shortage of vaccine results in prolonged gap between the second dose which negates the effect of the first dose. Thus, the campaign has to be started all over again.

There are hundreds of children like Rahul, who had visited the government hospital time and again but returned empty-handed, says Rahul’s father Devinder Nagar who had come the hospital from a village 20 km away.
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Court clarifies DMC’s jurisdiction
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) cannot take disciplinary action against a doctor who is not registered with it.

Hearing a doctor’s plea, challenging DMC’s action on the ground that the council had no jurisdiction to take action against him, Justice S.K. Kaul quashed DMC’s notice intimating initiation of disciplinary proceedings against him and said since the petitioner was not registered with the council, the DMC could not have proceeded against him.

The judge, however, ordered that the complaint, on which DMC sought to take disciplinary action against the petitioner, who was registered with the Medical Council of India, should be referred to the MCI for necessary action in accordance with the law.

The High Court had, in July last year, stayed another DMC order debarring an orthopaedic surgeon from practice for six weeks acting on a complaint by a patient alleging improper treatment. Meanwhile another patient, learning about the case through the media, allegedly complained to the DMC about some treatment he had received from the orthopaedician 10 years back.

The DMC sent the impugned notice to Dr Yash Nigam, who through counsel R K Saini, challenged it on the ground of prejudice and lack of jurisdiction.

DMC’s first order debarring the orthopaedic surgeon from practice for six weeks was also quashed by the Court. 
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Insects found in mid-day meal, probe ordered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
The Leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta, alleged that children were being deprived of nutritious meal even though huge expenditure was incurred on this account. He criticised the incident where insects were found in the mid-day meal distributed to students of Municipal Primary School in Sector 18, Rohini. Later, senior officers of the Education Department reached the spot and collected the samples of the food served to the children, which was sent to the Sriram Laboratory for testing.

He alleged that despite directions of the Supreme Court the MCD had failed to make adequate arrangements for distribution of safe mid-day meal to the children even though Rs 22 crore were being spent every year on this count.

The Education Department of the MCD ordered an inquiry into the allegation that insects were found in mid-day meal supplied to the students of the Municipal School in Sector 18, Rohini. The Director, Primary Education, Mrs Indira Yadav, said that no complaint whatsoever have been received from any other school. The organisation has been supplying food for the last one year and no complaint had been received so far. 
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Capital to have ‘Tourist Police’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
The Delhi Police have formed a special ‘Tourist Police’ with a view to protect tourists from harassment at the hands of touts and cheats.

The tourist police will be deployed at 10 tourist spots including the IGI airport in Delhi. Other areas that will be covered by the tourist police are IGI airport, New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station, Raj Ghat, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Palika Bazar, Janpath, India Gate and Pahar Ganj.

The proposed ‘force’ also has a provision of a tourist helpline number to be exclusively dedicated to those in distress.

Headed by a Sub-Inspector, the team, in special vehicles marked ‘Tourist Police’, will also have a woman constable besides two head constables.

Each team would be networked with the area district police and the PCR through wireless and will provide details on Delhi City including emergency numbers, fare charts, hotels and information on tourism.
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Jal Nigam employees clamour for wages
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 29
The employees of Jal Nigam, who have not been given wages for the last three months, have sent an SOS to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to intervene and get them justice.

The Jal Nigam employees had taken out a rally in Noida yesterday under the banner of Sangarsh Samiti against the non-payment of their wages as well as against the policies of the state government. The protesters said if no settlement is reached within a few days, the Nigam employees will not hesitate to launch an agitation for securing their rights.

Apart from payment of arrears of wages for three months, the Jal Nigam employees have asked the Chief Minister to grant Jal Nigam the status of an administrative department.
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Cong leader held for car robbery
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 29
The Sector-20 police have disclosed that one of the two persons arrested for loot of Accent car, Rs 30,000 and a cell phone in Sector-29 Ganga Shopping Centre from an industrialist of Sector-12 on July 23, is a local Congress leader. The duo were nabbed after an encounter with two police teams on July 27 night from near Gautam Budh Park.

The SP Noida, Mr Anant Dev Tiwari, has termed them desperate criminals arrested at a great risk to the life of policemen.

The criminal, who has been identified as a Congress leader, is reportedly the general secretary, backward classes cell of UP Pradesh Congress Committee. One of the absconding criminals in this case is reported to be a reporter with a local news channel, the SP City said. The Congress leader identified as Rakesh Verma, general secretary of UP Congress backward classes cell, has also been president of a Residents Welfare Association. The other criminal was Mintu, alias Surjit Chaudhri.
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Scooterist, son killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 29
A man and his minor son were killed, while two others, including the wife of the deceased, were injured seriously in an accident that took place on the busy Surajkund Road here yesterday.

The victim, Rajender Kumar, a resident of Anangpur village, was going on his two-wheeler along with his wife and five-year-old son towards Delhi, when a dumper truck, which had overtaken the scooter, hit a Maruti Esteem car.

According to report, as the truck hit the car, its rear tyres came out and rolled on to hit the scooter just behind it. This led to the death of the scooterist and his son, Deepak, while the woman received serious injuries. The driver of the car was also injured seriously. The truck driver, who escaped unhurt, fled after the accident.

It is reported that the family was on its way to Mahipalpur in Delhi to meet one of their relatives. The deceased had a grocery shop in the village. 
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Two Maoists get 5-yr RI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29
A Delhi court today sentenced two Maoists, nabbed with huge quantity of explosives and some documents in Nepali, to five years’ rigorous imprisonment.

The two men, identified as Surya Bahadur and Kishan Bahadur, both residents of Achal Lumbni in Nepal, were nabbed by the Special Cell with the explosives from the Old Delhi Railway Station in 2001.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had nabbed the duo just before they boarded the Shaheed Express to Nepal and recovered 57 kg of explosives, 189 detonators, 28 gelatin sticks and 46 fuses. Additional Sessions Judge R. K. Jain also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on them. 
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