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Bank manager sells job dream, attempts rape
Noida, July 31
A marketing manager of the Standard Chartered Bank under Sector-20 police station attempted to rape a young girl by promising to get her a job in the bank. On her complaint, the police arrested the marketing manager. The accused had called the girl, who possesses an MBA degree, to the bank in Sector-18 on the pretext of getting her a job.

  • Schoolboy kidnapped by two youths

Life imprisonment for family in dowry
death case
New Delhi, July 31
A city court today sentenced an executive of a private company and his parents to life imprisonment for causing the death of his wife after subjecting her to extreme cruelty due to dowry demands.

  • Two POs arrested

  • Plastic unit gutted

  • Public protest against wall near temple


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Court summons four Congress leaders
New Delhi, July 31
A Delhi court has summoned senior Congress leaders, Oscar Fernandez, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and Krishna Tirath, in connection with a case of rioting and criminal intimidation registered on a complaint filed by a BJP woman activist nearly two years ago.

  • BJP flays govt for unhygienic mid-day meal

Women defenceless? My foot!
New Delhi, July 31
Taking an initiative to help women overcome cruelty, the FICCI Ladies Organisation conducted a self-defence programme. Listing the reasons for an increase in violence against women, the organisation president, Ms Namita Gautam, said that men are increasingly resorting to crimes against women because they feel threatened by their emancipation.

 

Girls practising during a four-day self-defence programme in the Capital on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Girls practising during a four-day self-defence programme in the Capital

Sanjay Lake remains a dream
New Delhi, July 31
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the DDA created Sanjay Lake in the late 70s in Mayur Vihar. It had been decided then to develop it as not only the biggest tourist spot of Trans-Yamuna but also of the entire city.

Sheila for govt-private collaboration to build libraries
New Delhi, July 31
Expressing serious concern over the lack of libraries in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has urged collaboration between the government and publishers to build new libraries in schools and colonies.

Clouds flatter only to deceive
Clouds flatter only to deceive. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

CM urged to blacklist NGOs involved in corrupt practices
New Delhi, July 31
In the light of the recent controversy over the proposed handing over of public toilets to NGOs for maintenance under the Yamuna Action Plan, the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, has been urged to blacklist NGOs involved in corrupt practices in its dealing with the MCD.

Cop held for taking bribe
New Delhi, July 31
Anti-Corruption Branch has claimed to have arrested a Head Constable for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a complainant. The sleuths received a complaint from one Ms Shammi Bai, resident of Tilak Vihar, that her son had hit a bicycle while riding his motorcycle and the case later ended in a compromise.

Man kills elder brother
Noida, July 31
A man killed his elder brother with a spade and threw his body on the road. The police have arrested the man after identifying the deceased. According to S.P. (rural), M.P. Singh, Dadri police had got the information on May 30 that a man’s body was lying on the highway near Bumbabard.

17 hurt in Hapur group clash
Ghaziabad, July 31
Seventeen persons were injured in a clash between two groups in Morpur village in Hapur on Friday. Both the sides resorted to firing and heavy brickbatting. Arms were freely used in the fracas.

Health camp held in CBI Colony
New Delhi, July 31
The CBI organised a free health check-up camp for family members of the agency at the CGHS dispensary, CBI Colony, Vasant Vihar. Doctors from the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and other medical institutes and CGHS offered their services.

 

A patient being examined at a health check-up camp.

A patient being examined at a health check-up camp

DPS emerges victorious at HelpAge quiz
New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi Public School team from Kanpur won this year’s HelpAge inter-school national quiz competition defeating B P DAV, Hyderabad and Laxmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata.

Fake village development officers
Meerut, July 31
A Village Panchayat Development Officer has been working at Baghpat for the last four years and drawing salary from the government exchequer in the pay scale of Rs 5,500 on the basis of fake transfer order.
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Bank manager sells job dream, attempts rape
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 31
A marketing manager of the Standard Chartered Bank under Sector-20 police station attempted to rape a young girl by promising to get her a job in the bank.

On her complaint, the police arrested the marketing manager. The accused had called the girl, who possesses an MBA degree, to the bank in Sector-18 on the pretext of getting her a job.

According to the SP (City), Mr Anant Dev, the man had introduced himself as the marketing manager of the Standard Chartered Bank when a girl of Sector-16, Faridabad, reached the bank for the promised job.

The girl came along with his father Subash Chander Agarwal and driver Manoj.

In the bank, one Kuljit Singh Walia met the girl and introduced himself as the marketing manager. He questioned the girl about her educational qualifications etc. He then told the girl that he had to collect some important papers from his residence, which was nearby. He asked the girl to come along.

When they reached his residence at 136 F, Kuljit Walia immediately closed the door from inside and started molesting her. When she resisted, he tried to gag her. The girl raised the alarm. Her father and driver waiting nearby immediately came to her rescue. They thrashed Kuljit Walia thoroughly and handed him over to the police.

On the basis of her father’s complaint, the police arrested the manager and sent him to jail.

Schoolboy kidnapped by two youths

A nine-year-old boy Vinod Kumar who was on way to his Indian National Public School, Khora, on Friday was abducted by two unidentified motorcyclists who then headed towards GT Road.

Vinod Kumar, son of Sunil Kumar, a resident of Prem Vihar Colony, Khora, was going along with his sister and another friend. As Vinod saw his sister off at the school, two motorcycle riders came. One of them lifted Vinod when he was just 200 metres from the school gate and sped towards NH-24. One of them also had his feet in a bandage. They were both between 25 and 30 years.

Vinod’s friend told the schoolteachers about the incident who in turn informed his father Sunil Kumar. Sunil reported the matter to the police post, Khora and the Indira Puram police station. Sunil said he had no enmity with anyone.

The police could not get any clue so far.

It may be mentioned that the kidnapping cases are on the increase in Khora Colony. The body of a boy abducted in Khora was found in a vacant plot recently.
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Life imprisonment for family in dowry death case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
A city court today sentenced an executive of a private company and his parents to life imprisonment for causing the death of his wife after subjecting her to extreme cruelty due to dowry demands.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Justice R. K. Yadav, noted that Meena was kept as a slave for two-and-a-half months... she was abused, beaten, forced to do menial jobs, was not provided proper food and was not even allowed to visit her parental home.

It was pointed out that Sanjiv, along with his father Kuljit Singh Saxena and mother Bimla, compelled Meena to end her life. The court has ordered the accused to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each.

The court also castigated the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, Kashmiri Lal, saying he conducted the probe into the matter in a “haphazard manner” and was “not sincere”.

Lal admitted that he got the case diaries recorded by persons not concerned with the investigation, the court said. However, since the material facts were collected by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, any illegality or impropriety on the part of the IO did not destroy the case of the prosecution, the court added.

Meena married Sanjiv on November 30, 2001, and she was found hanging at her in-laws house in Uttam Nagar on April 19, 2002. Sanjiv and his parents had demanded Rs 50,000, household articles and clothes as dowry.

Two POs arrested

The North district police to have arrested two proclaimed offenders from the Lahori Gate and Chandni Chowk areas.

While Amar Yadav, alias Amar Gwala (29), resident of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from the Lahori Gate area, the other accused Ranjit Singh (42), resident of Khyala, was arrested from the Chandni Chowk area last night.

Plastic unit gutted

A massive fire gutted a plastic moulding unit in the Dilshad Garden area, North-East Delhi, late last night. No casualty has been reported.

Sources in the fire department said short-circuit could have been the reason of the fire. The fire was controlled at around 3 am after 14 fire tenders were pressed into service. Sources said that a call was received at 11.42 pm yesterday and nearly 30 vehicles, including a foam vehicle, were sent to douse the flames that had engulfed the entire three-storeyed building.

Public protest against wall near temple

Confusion prevailed for over two hours in the Preet Vihar area of East Delhi today as large crowds protested construction of a wall near a temple. Massive protests by hundreds of people were finally controlled after the police was called in.

According to the police, public had gathered at around 12 noon in Hazara Park in the area after some private party tried to construct a wall alongside the temple.

The wall, reportedly, had been demolished by the MCD last week. People opposed construction of the wall alongside the temple as it was obstructing the way to the temple. The Vajra anti-riot force was called to control the huge mob. DCP (East) Nuzhat Hassan said the matter was not serious and the situation was well under control.

“The problem has been solved and there is total peace in the area. However, some policemen have been deployed in the area to keep a close watch on the situation.”
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Court summons four Congress leaders
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
A Delhi court has summoned senior Congress leaders, Oscar Fernandez, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and Krishna Tirath, in connection with a case of rioting and criminal intimidation registered on a complaint filed by a BJP woman activist nearly two years ago.

Taking cognisance of the charge-sheet filed by the Delhi police Metropolitan Magistrate Sidharth Sharma asked them to appear before him on September 8.

While Oscar Fernandez is Union Minister of State for Programme Implementation, Krishna Tirath is the Congress Parliamentary Party Whip. Ambika Soni and Wasnik are AIIC General Secretaries.

The court had originally summoned them for July 17, but Fernandez and Tirath sought exemption from personal appearance on the ground that Parliament session was on. The court accepted their plea.

It also directed issue of fresh summons to Soni and Wasnik after the police submitted that they had not served the summons issued against the duo.

The complaint was filed by BJP Mahila Morcha leader Purnima Sethi.

BJP flays govt for unhygienic mid-day meal

The president of the Delhi Pradesh BJP, Dr Harshvardhan, has claimed that rajmah (kidney bean) being served as mid-day meal in schools run by the Government of NCT of Delhi contained insects.

“Rajmah with insects is being served in the children’s mid-day meal,” Dr Harshvardhan said in a statement released to the media this evening. He would not elaborate but claimed instances of schools also without drinking water and tents to pillory the government.

“A government which does not care to abide by the orders of the High Court, how can it think about the interests of the common man?” he asked, and questioned the delay in appointing teachers against vacant posts in spite of relevant directions.

Dr Harshvardhan claimed that 6,000 of teachers were vacant in schools run by the Government of NCT of Delhi and that not filling those posts amounted to contempt of court. He said that the government has also not informed the court.

He said that in several schools, there were only two or three teachers per 1,000 students. “In government schools of Narela, Bawana, Nangloi, etc, the number of teachers is very nominal,” he claimed. He also alleged that textbooks were not available.

“The month of July is coming to an end and in many schools, text and exercise books are not available,” Dr Harshvardhan said. He went on to criticise the hurried implementation of SCERT books by the Chief Minister without proper planning.
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Women defenceless? My foot!
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
Taking an initiative to help women overcome cruelty, the FICCI Ladies Organisation conducted a self-defence programme. Listing the reasons for an increase in violence against women, the organisation president, Ms Namita Gautam, said that men are increasingly resorting to crimes against women because they feel threatened by their emancipation.

“Homes are breaking because women are venturing out to work, making men all the more insecure. This needs to be addressed if the crime against them is to be reduced,” she said addressing a batch of 50 women who participated in the four-day ‘Self-defence programme’.

She said empowering women has been our mission and that various steps are being taken to fulfil this goal. Besides addressing the concerns that threaten men, teaching the self-defence techniques to the women are among the steps initiated to make them feel stronger.

‘’I am sure the programme would instil among the participants a high degree of confidence in facing odds,’’ she added.

The initiative, launched by the FICCI Ladies Organisation in association with the white goods major Electrolux under its ‘Electrolux Femme Force’ programme, focuses on empowering women through addressing their security aspects by training participants in both the mental and physical aspects of self-defence.

“It is taking a leaf from our corporate social responsibility and a small step towards making lives of women a shade better, in tune with our company’s philosophy of making life simpler and safer,” said Electrolux (India) managing director Rajeev Kanwal.

With the crime against women increasing, Mr Kanwal said they have plans to train about 3,000 women by the year-end. The training, he hoped, would provide women a sense of self-assurance in times of need.

Mr Kanwal said they are also preparing to conduct a survey on young women and their aspirations to reduce friction in society and make their lives safer and simpler.
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Sanjay Lake remains a dream
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 31
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the DDA created Sanjay Lake in the late 70s in Mayur Vihar. It had been decided then to develop it as not only the biggest tourist spot of Trans-Yamuna but also of the entire city.

Keeping this in mind, green lawns were developed around the lake in about 20 acres. With the passage of time, the area spread to 38 acres.

The Trans Yamuna Development Board wanted to transform this natural lake into a popular tourist destination with facilities like a boat club and an eating joint. However, the best-laid scheme went awry.

The boat club could not be started due to insufficient water level. Ironically, the main source of the water of this lake is the sewer and rainwater from the adjoining slum areas.

About two years back, the DDA developed almost all the facilities for the opening of an eating joint and a boat club.

Twenty specially designed boats were brought from Chandigarh for the purpose and dozens of people also recruited for its operation.

The DDA had invited tenders for its operation twice so far, but no one came forward as yet.

When contacted, the officials concerned said that the two sides of the lake are encroached upon by the slums. “Nobody is ready to take the tender due to security point of view, but we are working out the ways to solve the problem,” a senior official said.

Trans Yamuna Board chairman Narendra Nath said, “Sanjay lake is on our agenda. We are giving priority to it as far as the developmental works of Trans Yamuna are concerned. We are preparing a blueprint for its revival.”
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Sheila for govt-private collaboration to build libraries
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
Expressing serious concern over the lack of libraries in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has urged collaboration between the government and publishers to build new libraries in schools and colonies.

“It is a matter of serious concern that the State has only a few libraries for millions of its residents, particularly children,” Ms Dikshit said after inaugurating the annual conference of the Federation of Indian Publishers in the Capital.

The Chief Minister said the situation could be greatly altered if the government and the publishing houses joined hands. “The government and the publishers can come together to set up libraries in colonies and schools,” she said. Ms Dikshit also sought attention of the publishers to the low number of children’s books published in the country every year.

The Chief Minister presented the annual awards of the Federation of Indian Publishers to Hindi writer Vishnu Prabhakar, fiction writer-poet Sunita Jain and publishers MG Arora and Asoke K Ghosh.
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CM urged to blacklist NGOs involved in corrupt practices
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
In the light of the recent controversy over the proposed handing over of public toilets to NGOs for maintenance under the Yamuna Action Plan, the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, has been urged to blacklist NGOs involved in corrupt practices in its dealing with the MCD.

The President the Indian Association of Voluntary Social Organisation, Mr Vinod Kumar Jha, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking immediate action against such NGOs.

He said that under the cross-subsidisation scheme worked out for the maintenance of public toilets, some NGOs secured public toilets on higher bids. He claimed that more than 300 public toilets have become non-functional and most of the fixtures from the toilets have been stolen.

DPCC minority cell

Mr Raisuddin Malik has been appointed vice chairman of the minority cell of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).
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Cop held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
Anti-Corruption Branch has claimed to have arrested a Head Constable for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a complainant. The sleuths received a complaint from one Ms Shammi Bai, resident of Tilak Vihar, that her son had hit a bicycle while riding his motorcycle and the case later ended in a compromise.

The complainant alleged that Head Constable Govind Ram Sharma demanded Rs 5,000 for releasing the motorcycle and settled for Rs 2,000. Based on this information the sleuths caught the accused red-handed while he was accepting money from the complainant.

DMA award

The Delhi Management Association today announced its award for ‘Excellence in Innovative HR Practice’. The DMA-Watson Wyatt Awards are for professionals who have excelled in their respective fields. Among the dignitaries present at the function included Sharat Kumar, Chairman, Management Committee of IMT, Ghaziabad, Sanjiv Verma of Baxter India and Sanjay Bharwani of Watson Wyatt India.

According to Rajan Pandhi, Programme Officer, DMA, the awards are scheduled to be distributed in November.
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Man kills elder brother
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 31
A man killed his elder brother with a spade and threw his body on the road.

The police have arrested the man after identifying the deceased. According to S.P. (rural), M.P. Singh, Dadri police had got the information on May 30 that a man’s body was lying on the highway near Bumbabard.

The police could not identify the man. After registering a murder case, the police came to know during investigations that one Jeetu, son of Bhagat Singh of Sadopur village, had been missing since May 28.

The police took Reetu, the younger brother of Jeetu, in custody and interrogated him. Reetu confessed that he had been fed up with the wayward habits of his elder brother and that was the reason he killed him. Jatinder, 39, had started beating Reetu on May 28 evening when the elder brother came home under the influence of liquor. An angry Reetu then picked up a spade and killed him. The younger brother packed his body in a fertiliser bag and threw him on the highway near Bumbabard.

The police have arrested Reetu and sent him to jail. The spade used in the crime has been recovered.
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17 hurt in Hapur group clash
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 31
Seventeen persons were injured in a clash between two groups in Morpur village in Hapur on Friday. Both the sides resorted to firing and heavy brickbatting. Arms were freely used in the fracas.

The police arrested 15 persons from both the sides. In view of the explosive situation, a posse of policemen has been posted in the village.

The incident occurred when Bobby, son of Bir Singh Jatav, was cleaning his Maruti car in Morpur village under Hafizpur police station.

One Raju, a Jat, came on his motorbike. As he was passing by, Bobby’s nephew sitting inside the car opened the door suddenly. It hit Raju’s motorbike and he fell down.

The incident triggered a clash between the two groups. Some villagers intervened and the matter was then resolved. But after a while, some people of Jat community came to Bobby’s house and beat up his family members. Jatavs also retaliated with stones. There were firing from both the sides. Later, the Jat community members went and filed a case in Hafizpur police station against the Jatav community. The SSP said that tension was there in the village and both sides were looking for an opportunity to settle scores.
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Health camp held in CBI Colony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The CBI organised a free health check-up camp for family members of the agency at the CGHS dispensary, CBI Colony, Vasant Vihar. Doctors from the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and other medical institutes and CGHS offered their services.

The health camp was inaugurated by the CBI Director, Mr Umashankar Misra.

The Director and Zonal Director of the CGHS, Dr Sudhir Chandra and Dr Adarsh Kumar respectively, were also present on the occasion. A large number of people, including 200 women and girls underwent medical check up today. Besides general examinations, cardiological and gynaecological examinations were also done.

The health camp was the brainchild of the CBI Ladies Welfare Association. The Association, under the leadership of Mrs Gayatri Misra, has also been active in other social works.
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DPS emerges victorious at HelpAge quiz
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31
The Delhi Public School team from Kanpur won this year’s HelpAge inter-school national quiz competition defeating B P DAV, Hyderabad and Laxmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata.

The contest, in which nearly 300 schools took part this year, is an annual event organised by the HelpAge India to promote inter-generational bonding.

“The aim of organising this quiz is to sensitise the young, help them value their elders and make them aware of the existing condition of older people in today’s world,” Director-General HelpAge Maj-Gen (retd) Inderjit S Dhillon said.
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Fake village development officers
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 31
A Village Panchayat Development Officer (VPDO) has been working at Baghpat for the last four years and drawing salary from the government exchequer in the pay scale of Rs 5,500 on the basis of fake transfer order.

The so-called VPDO has been arrested.

On the basis of fake orders, as many as four village development officers had been working in Baghpat for over four years.

According to district panchayat raj officer (DPRO) Nandini Jain, the Panchayat Raj department ordered the verification of all the transfer orders, dated July 27, 2004.
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