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Lawyer held for Rs 1.63 cr fraud
New Delhi, August 10
With the arrest of a practicing lawyer, the Economic Offences Wing claims to have worked out a forgery and cheating case to the tune of Rs 1.63 crores. The accused has been identified as Basant N Singhvi.

  • Aides of dreaded gangster nabbed

22-yr-old woman’s mystery death:
Inquest ordered

New Delhi, August 10
The Saraswati Vihar police is investigating the demise of a 22-year-old woman, who was brought dead to the Maharaja Agarsen Hospital in the wee hours today. The victim, identified as Swetha, had recently married one Sachin Wadhwa on July 3, 2004.

Police clueless about abducted child
Faridabad, August 10
The family members of Jeet Ram, a lineman in the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) here, are in a state of ‘shock’. Their hope to get back their 14-month-old son seems to be getting faded with the failure of the police to trace out the innocent baby.

Four held after shootout
Ghaziabad, August 10
Four criminals were arrested after an encounter on the Meerut road by Hapur Kotwali police. Three country-made revolvers and knives were recovered from them.






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An RTV bus involved in an accident near Majnu Ka Teela in the Capital on Tuesday
An RTV bus involved in an accident near Majnu Ka Teela in the Capital on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Singer Adnan Sami announcing the search for 'Samsung Super Singer’ at a Press conference in the Capital on Tuesday
Singer Adnan Sami announcing the search for 'Samsung (V) Super Singer’ at a Press conference in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Row over land compensation led to school shootout
Noida, August 10
It is slowly becoming clear that the lingering dispute over the school land worth crores of rupees was the reason for the shootout in the Gandhi Smarak School, in which Rajiv Tyagi, son of the principal, Mr Jaswant Singh, was killed.

Youth gets 5-yr RI for rape bid
New Delhi, August 10
A city court today sentenced a youth to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for attempting to rape a four-year-old girl in a public toilet. “He deserves no leniency. The victim was fortunate enough to have been saved in time from being raped. It is due to such persons that Delhi is so unsafe for little children and women,” Additional Sessions Judge Swaran Kanta said.

Students rue ‘bias’ in internal assessment
New Delhi, August 10
Naveen (name changed) stood first in the internal exams, he managed about 80 percent attendance and scored satisfactorily in the assignments he had submitted.

MCD fails to use Rs 19 cr, loses allocation
New Delhi August 10
Contrary to the claim of the Congress-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi that it has done a lot to improve the education system and spent a huge amount on schools managed by it, Rs 19 crore has lapsed in the annual education fund.

Traders’ body up in arms over new parking charges
New Delhi, August 10
The New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA), an apex body of the Connaught Place-based traders and shopkeepers, submitted a memorandum to the Chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council, Ms Shindhushree Khullar, demanding the roll back of the recently announced hike in parking fees from September 1.

Mehta denies order on house construction
New Delhi, August 10
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, while responding to a councillor who represents Ward number seven, denied giving any directive to the local police on construction and repair of houses in regularised colonies.

Forensic workshop for armymen
New Delhi, August 10
The Army Headquarters has nominated seven senior level officers to attend a course in Forensic Science focussing on Crime Scene Management at the Amity School of Behavioral Health and  Allied Science.

Journalism courses
New academic centre
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Lawyer held for Rs 1.63 cr fraud
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
With the arrest of a practicing lawyer, the Economic Offences Wing claims to have worked out a forgery and cheating case to the tune of Rs 1.63 crores.

The accused has been identified as Basant N Singhvi (52). The sleuths received a complaint from one Gurvinder Kaur, a resident of Safdarjung Enclave, that she was cheated by the accused who had offered to fight her case against the Deutsche Bank in Germany.

Gurvinder told the sleuths that she joined the Deustsche Bank in 1990 and was posted in the bank’s Singapore branch in 1998. Her services were terminated by the bank during the South-East Asian economic crisis.

Since she was not paid any compensation she consulted her family friend Basant N Singhvi and asked him to fight her case.

The accused, who agreed to fight her case, made at least nine trips to Germany on the pretext of fighting her suit against the bank.

He also told Gurvinder that he had engaged a German lawyer, Fraudeen Wang Essn, to fight her case in the German Federal Labour court at Frankfurt.

After this, Singhvi also gave a 30-page photocopy order to Gurvinder stating that the Deutsche Bank had been ordered to pay Euro 2,53,000 before July 31, 2002, as compensation to her.

Then, he demanded Rs 1.40 lakh for paying the German lawyer for his services; the complainant obliged.

Later, when the compensation money was not remitted to her account, the complainant started making inquiries. To convince her, Singhvi managed to prepare a letter purported to have been written by the German lawyer that the bank had released the amount to the court’s treasury.

When the complainant still did not receive the amount, Singhvi wrote an unsigned letter to the Director of Enforcement, Lok Nayak Bhawan, stating that the said amount was mistakenly transferred to his account. He also said that the amount would be soon transferred to the complainant’s amount.

Again the accused showed her a bank draft purported to have been issued by the Commerz Bank of Germany in his name for an amount of Euro 2,53,000, encashable at the American Express Bank.

The draft turned out to be a forgery.

Fed up, Ms Gurvinder Kaur personally e-mailed to Deutsche Bank, Bar Council, and the Federal Labour Court of Germany, and was shocked to know that she had not won any suit against the bank.

She was even informed that no such case was filed in the Federal Labour Court of Germany.

Aides of dreaded gangster nabbed

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police claims to have nabbed two associates of a dreaded gangster, Fazal-ur-Rehman, and recovered two country made weapons, a briefcase and other incriminating documents from their possession.

The sleuths received a complaint from a businessman, engaged in leather export business, that he had been receiving extortion calls asking him to cough up Rs 25 lakh, failing which he and his family members would be eliminated.

Based on his complaint the sleuths registered a complaint and found that the associates located in Malaysia and Delhi were making the extortion calls. Later, a deal was struck between the businessman and the extortionists and Rs 2 lakh was agreed upon as the installment.

The sleuths nabbed the suspects near Vir Bhoomi, Ring Road, when they had come to collect the money from the businessman on August 9.

They were later identified as Mohammad Gufran (30) and Mohammad Parvez (28), both residents of Bihar.
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22-yr-old woman’s mystery death: Inquest ordered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
The Saraswati Vihar police is investigating the demise of a 22-year-old woman, who was brought dead to the Maharaja Agarsen Hospital in the wee hours today.

The victim, identified as Swetha, had recently married one Sachin Wadhwa on July 3, 2004. Wadhwa owns a departmental store in the Rani Bagh area. Swetha’s in-laws, who took her to the hospital in the wee hours, told the police that she had committed suicide last night despite their best efforts to save her.

However, Swetha’s family members have alleged that the in-laws had killed her in the car before ferrying her to the hospital. Swetha’s uncle, who has a readymade garment business in Patparganj, has also alleged that Wadhwa’s family members had demanded Rs 10 lakh as dowry in addition to Rs 75,000 for construction of two extra rooms in their house.

Further, the victim had not been allowed to speak to her family members and was constantly harassed for dowry. The police have registered a case of dowry death based on the prima facie evidence and the SDM has ordered an inquest. A three-member panel of doctors has also been told to the conduct a post-mortem examination.

Jheemar gang members held

With the arrest of three members of the Jheemar gang the North West district police claims to have worked out five cases of robbery.

The police also claimed to have recovered one loaded country made weapon and a knife from their possession.

One held for cheating

The East district police has arrested one Rajesh Malhotra (27) on charges of cheating and misappropriation and recovered Rs 1 lakh from his possession. The police had received a complaint from the manager of Securitan India, a contract company which delivers cash to various ATMs in Delhi that Rs 3 lakh was found missing from an ATM in Mayur Vihar Phase III.

The police, during investigation on July 30 found Malhotra hanging around an ATM counter and questioned him. He admitted to having withdrawn the said amount after using the official password.
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Police clueless about abducted child
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 10
The family members of Jeet Ram, a lineman in the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) here, are in a state of ‘shock’. Their hope to get back their 14-month-old son seems to be getting faded with the failure of the police to trace out the innocent baby, who had reportedly been abducted by an unidentified person on June 19, from outside the house.

The employees union of the power department and the family members have intensified their pressure on the police administration to make all out efforts to recover the missing child.

The members of the All Haryana Power Corporation Workers Union staged a dharna outside the sub-divisional office of the DHBVN at Palla in Old Faridabad here yesterday in protest against the failure of the police to trace the child. A delegation of the employees met the SHO of the police station of the area, the union announced that it will stage a demonstration at all the sub-divisional offices of the Nigam on August 20, if the police fail to recover the child.

According to the kin of the family, the boy, Himanshu, son of Jeet Ram had been playing with his elder sister, aged about three years, outside the main gate. Later, an unidentified man came and started interacting with them.

The man, reportedly a resident of the same area had taken up the baby in his hands. And he also offered his sister a candy. As the little girl went inside to tell her mother what she had got, the person slipped away with the boy. While the family didn’t trace the baby till several hours after the incident, the matter had been reported to the police.

According to the family, the person who had abducted the boy, had taken a room on rent just three days ago in the neighbourhood and the their neighbour who had given the accommodation to him, was himself a tenant. The latter, when questioned by the police, reportedly told that he had no information about the accused and he had not even asked the name of the accused at the time of keeping him as tenant.

The family members and the employees of the Nigam had met the DSP on August 5, and had submitted a memo.
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Four held after shootout
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 10
Four criminals were arrested after an encounter on the Meerut road by Hapur Kotwali police. Three country-made revolvers and knives were recovered from them. The criminals had escaped after an encounter with Meerut police last night.

When SI Sanjivee Lochan Tyagi was checking vehicles near a police post in Hapur last night, he spotted a Marshal jeep coming from Meerut side. When the SI tried to stop the vehicle, the incumbents tried to flee while firing on the police party. But cops overpowered them in retaliatory fire.

Three revolvers, knives and some injections were recovered from the criminals. They were identified as Ajit, Ramesh, alias Cheeku of Jahangirpur, Parvinder Kumar of Shahpur Kala and Lokinder of Dankaur. The seized Marshal jeep was being used as a taxi.

The criminals were planning a dacoity in the house of Rajiv Aggarwal, a commission agent of Begum Pul area of Meerut, who had dismissed one of the criminals, Ajit, from his service some time back. Shiv Kumar, arrested by Meerut police, was a dreaded criminal who had served prison sentence for various crimes and was the leader of the gang. He has links will medical profession. He had a novel modus operandi of giving sedative injections to his victims after overpowering them during a loot or dacoity, the Kotwali police station in-charge said.

Dadri colonies to be razed

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has declared 21 colonies carved out under the Dadri Nagar Palika as unauthorized. It is learnt the GDA is shortly expected to demolish the construction works carried out in these Dadri colonies.

The land mafia and colonisers are reported to have carved out colonies and sold the plots at exorbitant rates to the public without having obtained the approval of the Ghaziabad Development Authority.

Many of the allottees in these colonies had started the construction works on their plots. When the matter came to the notice of the GDA, 21 colonies were found to be unauthorised.

The GDA had declared these 21 colonies as unauthorised under section 14 and 15 of the UP Nagar Yojna and Vikas Act, 1973.

The unauthorised colonies include Ram Vatika, Shiv Vatika, Tulsi Vihar (on the Railway road) Panchwatti Nahar Bypass, Arya Nagar Bypass, Maya Vihar Nagar Bypass, Anand Vihar Nagar Bypass, Pink City Daulat Ram Colony, New Colony Enclave, Preet Vihar, Milan Vihar, Gaggan Vihar, Escort Colony, Urmila Vihar, Jarcha Road, Kailash Vihar, Vidha Nagar and Green Park Nai Abadi.

According to sources, as much as 50 per cent constructions in some of these colonies have been completed. Surprisingly, the Dadri Nagar Palika had even extended a number of civic amenities to these colonies even after they had been declared unauthorized by Ghaziabad Development Authority.

The GDA is now gearing up to demolish these unauthorised buildings in these colonies.

It has reportedly created panic among the people who had bought these plots at exorbitant prices and are constructing houses there, while the land mafia who have pocketed their profits are least bothered at the development.
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Row over land compensation led to school shootout
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 10
It is slowly becoming clear that the lingering dispute over the school land worth crores of rupees was the reason for the shootout in the Gandhi Smarak School, in which Rajiv Tyagi, son of the principal, Mr Jaswant Singh, was killed. Mr Jaswant Singh, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospital, is said to be out of danger.

The claim over the compensation of the land acquired by the Noida Authority was the main issue of dispute between the villagers and school management. Four persons from Chaura village have been named in the shootout in Gandhi Smarak School in Chaura Ragunathpur village on Sunday afternoon.

Aman Singh (son of Mohinder Singh), Khemchand (son of Jhadia), Vijander Singh Datak, (son of Khajan Singh), and Dharminder Kumar Sharma (son of Chander Bhan Sharma), all residents of Khoda village were named in the report.

It may be recalled the villagers had extended full cooperation at the time of the opening of the school. Many of the villagers had contributed their land for the school.

However, as soon as part of the school land was acquired by the Noida Authority, a controversy over the issue of compensation started between the principal and the management of the school, which mainly included the predominant people of the village.

Over the years, the land compensation issue became contentious between the principal and the villagers.

Even as four assailants of the village Chaura have been named in the Sunday shootout, two of the assailants are reportedly unidentified. The police have not been able to nab the accused. The Sector-24 police have registered a case under section 147, 148, 149, 307, 302 and 34 of IPC.

The city police chief has constituted five teams to arrest the accused. Meanwhile, the school has been closed and policemen have been deployed in the school compound.
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Youth gets 5-yr RI for rape bid
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
A city court today sentenced a youth to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for attempting to rape a four-year-old girl in a public toilet.

“He deserves no leniency. The victim was fortunate enough to have been saved in time from being raped. It is due to such persons that Delhi is so unsafe for little children and women,” Additional Sessions Judge Swaran Kanta said.

“A lenient approach would send a wrong message to the society and to such persons who may have similar heinous designs in their mind want to make children an easy prey to satisfy their lust,” the court added.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on convict Abdul Rashid alias Sukha (29).

On the night of on March 21, 2002, the girl had gone to Sulabh public toilet near her residence in Jahangir Puri area to answer nature’s call. Her mother Sunita and her father went in search of her when they got a call from her relative Achal Singh that he and another person had seen Rashid lying on her while the child was crying. Rashid tried to flee but was caught. The prosecution examined 12 witnesses to establish its case.

The court held Rashid guilty, relying on medical evidence and statements of the eyewitnesses.

Held for impersonation

The Crime Branch claims to have arrested one Kamal Kumar (25), an ex-Civil Defence personnel, for impersonating an Inspector of the CBI in the old Delhi railway station. The accused had approached two TCRs and asked them to show their identity cards besides checking the cash carried by them.

When the TCRs asked Kumar for his identity card, the accused flashed an expired identity card of the Delhi Civil Defence. He was immediately handed over to the police.
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Students rue ‘bias’ in internal assessment
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
Naveen (name changed) stood first in the internal exams, he managed about 80 percent attendance and scored satisfactorily in the assignments he had submitted. His final score, however, shows him having scored zero in his internal assessment.

A student of B. Com Pass in Zakir Hussain College, he has been given 49 out of 75 in the theory paper and zero out of 25 in internal assessment. “My teacher, who was as shocked as I am, told me that I have scored well in internal assessment. But I am completely puzzled by the result”, he says.

Gaurav (name changed), also a student of Zakir Hussain, has a similar tale to tell. So do many others. The perceptible difference in marks is however not owing to a technical glitch. It has been done by the university authorities who sensed a “discrepancy” in the pattern of marks scored by a candidate in the internal examinations and in those conducted by the university.

“The university has embarked on this mission to moderate the marks. Without thinking they are making adjustments in the marks of a candidate”, said DUTA President Aditya Narain Misra.

The university, sensing the “bias,” decided to study the marks obtained in the internal as well as the external exam. If a candidate, who has scored fewer marks in the external exams, has been awarded more marks in the internal assessment, the university has deducted the marks to make it seem more plausible.

“Their contention is completely flawed. Academics are about the finer aspects of the brain, not about attendance. If a student has scored 62 in the external exams and just 20 in the internal exams owing to some constraints, does it make him inferior to the student who has scored 59 in the external exams and 24 in the internal exams, just because the latter attended more classes”, questions Misra.

He adds: “The whole concept of internal assessment is erroneous. In internal assessment students know by and large what they will be asked, because it is based on a specific portion of the syllabi. Therefore, they perform better, but in an exam where questions are asked at random, they may not fare well”.

While the university authorities remained unavailable for comment, the teachers complained that despite their reservation about the internal assessment scheme, the VC went ahead with it. “First, the teaching process became complicated, then, the results were delayed and, now, there is discrepancy in results. It only goes to prove the inadequacy of the system”, said Misra.

And while the authorities split hairs on the issue, Naveen is awaiting rectification of marks, “If my marks are increased from zero, I will top my college in the final exams as well”, he says.
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MCD fails to use Rs 19 cr, loses allocation
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi August 10
Contrary to the claim of the Congress-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi that it has done a lot to improve the education system and spent a huge amount on schools managed by it, Rs 19 crore has lapsed in the annual education fund. The amount has been reverted to the Delhi Government. This year, the state government is likely to deduct this amount from the education budget of the corporation.

More than nine lakh children are enrolled with the primary schools of the MCD; 49 lakh books were to be distributed among the students. But sources said that only 20 lakh books had been distributed so far. The MCD had claimed last year that schools, which are being run in tents, would have proper buildings, but it could not deliver on its promise. Still, 11 schools are functioning in tents.

The school session starts from July 15 but so far uniforms have not been provided to the students. The MCD claims that uniforms will be distributed in November. It has also claimed that jerseys will be distributed before the onset of winter season, but no tender has been issued for this purpose. A number of municipal schools still do not have proper arrangement for drinking water. Perforce, the students have to drink bore well water, which is not fit for consumption.

According to the Municipal Commissioner, the education department needs 3441 teachers and the vacancies would be filled up soon. The DSSSB has already given a list of 1269 teachers. Some teachers are already working on contract, he claimed.

The commissioner also claims that the corporation is making arrangement for computer education in 1,000 municipal schools.

The Leader of Opposition in the MCD, Mr. Subhash Arya, has alleged that the corporation has failed to spend the amount allocated under the plan head in the education sector.

Result: The Delhi Government has deducted Rs 15 crore from the Plan Head under this sector.
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Traders’ body up in arms over new parking charges
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, August 10
The New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA), an apex body of the Connaught Place-based traders and shopkeepers, submitted a memorandum to the Chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council, Ms Shindhushree Khullar, demanding the roll back of the recently announced hike in parking fees from September 1.

Under the leadership of its president, Mr Manoj Aggarwal, the delegation of the traders demanded that new parking fee structure should be reviewed, as it would adversely affect their business.

In support of their demand, they also submitted a survey report prepared by its members, which indicated that they would stand to loose 25 per cent of their potential customers if the new parking scheme is implemented.

Other major market associations of Lutyen’s Delhi such as Janpath, Khan Market, Palika Bazar, Palika Place, Pandara Road, Shankar Market, Connaught Place Municipal Market and NDMC Market have also decided to support the NDTA.

They are lobbying with political parties, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) and other powerful organisations to strengthen their demands in this regard.

Seeing the growing opposition from all quarters, it is believed that most of the members of the NDMC are in the favour of reviewing the new parking fee structure.

Meanwhile, hundreds of workers of the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), under the leadership of Dr Harshvardhan today, staged a dharna on this issue in front of the Town Hall.

The party announced that they would even gherao the Chairperson of the NDMC if this matter is not resolved immediately.

They also demanded a CBI inquiry into the parking scams figured out in the recently released CAG report. According to the CAG report, two illegal parking lots were being run by mafias in connivance with the NDMC employees in the inner circle of Connaught Place and Sansad Marg areas.

According to the Secretary, Palika Place Office-cum-Shopkeeper’s Association, Mr Chunni Lal, the NDMC wants to promote the parking lots under its charge. Obviously, they are only charging Rs 10 for four hours of parking and additional Rs 5 for every extra hour in their parking lots. As such, we are being forced to pay extra parking fees in the other parking lots of the same area, he complained.

“The increase in parking fees will only benefit the mafias. They have started encroaching upon new parking lots after the announcement of the new parking fee structure. A number of illegal parking lots have recently come up in the Connaught Place area,” he added.

The Director (PR), NDMC, Mr Madan Thapliyal, said that we are well aware of the voices of opposition in this regard and it will be a major issue in the Council meeting slated to be held at the end of the month.

However, according to the NDMC sources, the parking charge of Rs 100 for more than five hours in the A category area would be rolled back.
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Mehta denies order on house construction
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, while responding to a councillor who represents Ward number seven, denied giving any directive to the local police on construction and repair of houses in regularised colonies. Nor does he have inkling about any court order on construction activities in Jamia Nagar area.

The councillor wanted to know from the Municipal Commissioner whether there was any court directive to the MCD on construction activities in corporation maintained regularised colonies like Zakir Nagar, Batla House, Jogabai, Okhla Village etc.
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Forensic workshop for armymen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
The Army Headquarters has nominated seven senior level officers to attend a course in Forensic Science focussing on Crime Scene Management at the Amity School of Behavioral Health and Allied Science.

The workshop for the army will focus on the importance of intuition, instinct, creativity and observation skills.

The structure of the course would cover both theory and practical. The two-week-long course began here yesterday. It has immense possibilities in army.

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Journalism courses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
In keeping with the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive to colleges to start short-term courses which can be pursued along with the degree courses, Janki Devi Memorial College is now offering two new courses in Journalism and Women’s Studies. The courses, which are aimed at opening more avenues for students, are open to all students of Delhi University. The duration of the courses is four months and provides the students an insight into the basics of the two subjects.
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New academic centre

Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, has opened an academic centre of DDE to offer courses through external mode (distance education) at its Delhi Centre. The university is offering various degree and postgraduate courses under external mode with supportive contact sessions and study material. — TNS
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