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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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Six face the gallows in rape case
Meerut, August 26
The Fast Track Court here has awarded capital punishment to six persons, accused in a sensational rape case of 1997. The victim had committed suicide just before the medical examination.

HC for compulsory water harvesting in govt buildings
New Delhi, August 26
Concerned over the depleting water table in the Capital and neglect of nearly 800 water bodies, the Delhi High Court has directed the two civic bodies and government agencies concerned to ensure installation of water harvesting system in all their buildings, including the upcoming 13 fly-overs.

Punjab Police ‘involved’ in terrorist’s escape
New Delhi, August 26
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police is questioning the personnel of the Punjab Police who had escorted the dreaded Punjab terrorist to Delhi to produce before a court but he had escaped from their custody from Bara Hindu Rao Hospital where the terrorist had been taken for medical check up.


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Property racket busted, five persons held
New Delhi, August 26
With the arrest of five persons, the Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted a racket of land grabbing, where properties of NRIs were sold by impersonating as the owners of the property.

Candidates of INSO display their manifestos for the DUSU elections in the Capital Manifestos fail to encompass concerns of students
New Delhi, August 26
It is a usual concoction of demands for more U-Specials and hostels, sprinkled with a few new flavours, scraping of the internal assessment for instance. Manifestos released by students factions bring to the fore the problems plaguing students for years, which are raised faithfully prior to each election, only to be made an issue in the next.

Candidates of INSO display their manifestos for the DUSU elections in the Capital on Thursday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Brother stabs sister in Faridabad
Faridabad, August 26
Rakshabandhan, the festival that celebrates the bond of love between brother and sister, is just round the corner. However, a youth of a nearby village did not care for the festive spirit and stabbed his sister at her in-laws’ home today. He did not like his brother-in-law and was against the marriage.

Demolition of historical Matiamahal draws fire
Faridabad, August 26
The MLA from Ballabhgarh, Mr Rajender Singh Beesla, has condemned the demolition of Matiamahal building, the remains of the historical palace of Raja Nahar Singh, who ruled the area in the 19th century.

Fake stamp papers used for payments, files missing
Greater Noida, August 26
Some files pertaining to the release of payments worth lakhs of rupees are missing in Dadri Nagar Palika.

Folk dancers of Cooch Behar during a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in the Capital.
Folk dancers of Cooch Behar during a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Thursday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

DFS to issue notices to buildings on fire safety
New Delhi, August 26
The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) will issue notices to owners of all high-rise buildings in the Capital, including those in unauthorised colonies and “laldora” areas, to comply with fire safety norms.

Schools close down due to waterlogging
Noida, August 26
The heavy downpour has resulted in extensive waterlogging in the low-lying areas of Noida, known as a hi-tech city.

Fruit, vegetable prices soar
Noida, August 26
The prices of fruit and vegetables have risen more than double due to the strike by truckers and the resultant shortage of commodities in the market.

Flesh racket busted, DU student among nine held
New Delhi August 26
With the arrest of seven call girls, including a student of Delhi University, a brothel owner and a pimp, the Delhi Police claims to have busted a call girl racket.

PWD directed to repair roads within 48 hours
New Delhi, August 26
The Urban Development Minister, Mr A.K. Walia, directed the Chief Engineers of PWD and MCD to inspect all roads coming under their jurisdiction and ensure the repair of all potholes on the roads within two days.

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Six face the gallows in rape case
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 26
The Fast Track Court here has awarded capital punishment to six persons, accused in a sensational rape case of 1997. The victim had committed suicide just before the medical examination.

The court acquitted five others in the case.

According to the police sources, accused Rajnish abducted the girl Manju (18) and raped her. The girl’s father Azab Singh complained to the police and a case under Section 376 IPC was registered.

The suspect mounted pressure on the victim’s family for a compromise, but the victim’s family did not agree to it.

The accused also threatened the family with dire consequences.

Subsequently, Rajnish along with 10 associates stormed the house of the victim and opened fire indiscriminately on the family members who were sleeping in the open.

Victim’s father Azab Singh, her grandfather Hari Singh and her sister died on the spot while three others Rajpal, Bir Singh, and Bala got serious bullet injuries. A total of 32 rounds were fired by the accused.

A case of murder was registered against all 11 accused and they were arrested.

The trial had been on for almost six years and six of the accused were convicted. The main accused Rajnish, Surendera, Chendrapal, Inder Pal, Jaivir and Aman Singh, were awarded capital punishment by the Fast Track Court No 4 and the rest of the accused, Gayendra Krishna, Narendra, Sethpal, Mange, and Tejpal who died during the trial, were acquitted by the court.

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HC for compulsory water harvesting in govt buildings
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 26
Concerned over the depleting water table in the Capital and neglect of nearly 800 water bodies, the Delhi High Court has directed the two civic bodies and government agencies concerned to ensure installation of water harvesting system in all their buildings, including the upcoming 13 fly-overs. All government and public sector buildings should have water harvesting system operation in future to save water and ensure that the ground water level in the Capital did not deplete further, a Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice Badar Durez Ahmed said.

The Court also said that it was the duty of MCD, NDMC, DDA, Delhi Jal Board and other concerned agencies to make people aware of the benefits of water harvesting and persuade them to install the system in their houses also.

The direction was issued during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) highlighting the water scarcity in the national Capital and neglect of nearly 800 natural or manmade water bodies in the city by the authorities, rendering 261 of them dry.

The PIL, filed by NGO, Tapas, had stated that due to the neglect of the water bodies which helped in maintaining the water table by recharging of rain water into the earth, posed a grave threat of water scarcity in the Capital.

The ground water level had been going down every year but no remedial measures were being taken by the government despite the available water harvesting technology.

A high powered committee comprising senior officers from the Delhi Government, DDA, DJB, MCD and Central Ground Water Authority, in its report stated that out of 794 water bodies that existed in the Capital some years ago, 261 had been rendered dry and 189 others had become extinct. The committee had found that only 319 bodies had some water but they were also maintained poorly.

Expressing serious concern over the 189 water bodies becoming extinct, the Court directed the committee to find out who were controlling the land of these water bodies after they had become dry. It was feared that the land of the water bodies had been encroached upon by the land mafia.

The high powered committee was constituted by the Court in February this year after the government agencies failed to locate all the water bodies under their jurisdiction and submit the list of the same.

The petitioner NGO in its research paper submitted to the committee as well to the Court had stated that the land of 122 water bodies had been earmarked by different government agencies to be used for other purposes like land fill sites, while that of 141 water bodes, had been encroached upon by the land mafia.

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Punjab Police ‘involved’ in terrorist’s escape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police is questioning the personnel of the Punjab Police who had escorted the dreaded Punjab terrorist to Delhi to produce before a court but he had escaped from their custody from Bara Hindu Rao Hospital where the terrorist had been taken for medical check up.

The information of the terrorist escape was given to the Delhi Police next day only. Sources in the Special Cell said that one Head Constable and three constables, who escorted the terrorist, Gur Sewak Singh, were being questioned thoroughly and they might be arrested. A case has been registered against them in Sabzi Mandi police station.

The Delhi Police are in contact with the Punjab Police to know the credentials of the Punjab Police personnel and the possible hideout of the terrorist.

Following the information of the escape of Gur Sewak, the Punjab Police have become panicky and are reviewing the security arrangement of the VIPs, the sources said.

The sources said that the Delhi Police had a number of reasons to suspect the involvement of the Punjab Police personnel in the escape of the Khalistan Commando Force activist, Gur Sewak. The terrorist should have been brought a day earlier and he should have been kept in the lock up. He was brought to the Capital on the day when he was to be produced before the court. An ASI, along with the Head Constable and Constables, had to escort the terrorist. Why the ASI did not escort him? Who had given permission to the policemen to escort the terrorist to Delhi? The most important question, which has taken the Punjab Police personnel in the suspense, is why they did not inform the Delhi Police just after the terrorist escaped from their custody?

The terrorist had escaped on Monday while the Delhi Police had been informed on Tuesday. The sources said that Gur Sewak was involved in 80 sensational cases. The alleged act of negligence of the Punjab Police personnel, from whose custody Gur Seaqk had escaped, was being connected with a few months old incident when a Punjab terrorist had escaped from Burail Jail in Chandigarh, sources said.

Heroin worth Rs 3 cr seized

The Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police has seized three kilograms of fine quality heroin and arrested a person, identified as Shakun Singh of Etah, UP, in this connection.

A special team led by ACP Mehar Singh was constituted after the police received a tip-off that a person would be delivering a huge consignment of heroin in Connaught Place.

A trap was laid and the man was arrested in a raid. The police said the cost of the consignment in the international market was Rs three crore.

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Property racket busted, five persons held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
With the arrest of five persons, the Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted a racket of land grabbing, where properties of NRIs were sold by impersonating as the owners of the property. The arrested persons were identified as Devkinandan, Gurmeet Singh Brar, Rameshwar Singh Brar, Sewa Singh and Roop Chand.

According to the police, Milkhraj and Swatantra Sehgal, both residents of Sirsa, complained to the police that Rameshwar Singh Brar and Gurmeet Singh Brar induced them to purchase a property in Greater Kailash (M-28, Greater Kailash) on the pretext that its owner, Rajender Pal, a resident of Noida, was in dire need of money for his medical treatment.

According to the complainants, Rameshwar Singh Brar and Gurmeet Singh Brar told them that even though the market value of the property was Rs 1.5 crore, the owner was ready to sell it for just Rs 80 lakh because of his immediate need for the money.

The accused also advised them to purchase the property in partnership so that their burden would be reduced.

Thereafter, property papers were made in favour of three partners, including the complainants, after paying the amount in March 2003.

However, when the complainants went to perform puja at the site, one Gurbachan Lal claimed it as his property. When the matter was reported to the local police station, the accused went underground.

Later, the EOW wing of the Delhi Police registered the case and arrested all the accused after conducting raids in UP, Haryana and Delhi. During interrogation, it was revealed that Devkinandan had also cheated one Manoj Goel of Kirti Nagar of Rs 80 lakh.

Software to monitor civil cases

The Delhi Police has developed a software, which will help in monitoring the progress in thousands of civil cases pending before various courts in the city.

The software, called Court Case Monitoring System (CCMS), will allot a unique identification number to cases pending before the Supreme Court, High Court, lower courts and the Central Administrative Tribunal and record developments at each hearing, said the police officials.

More than 30 aspects of each case, including case type, courts and names of counsels, will also be recorded so that progress can be tracked, it said.

The application will soon be made available on the Delhi Police Internet and the status of all cases can be updated directly into it. The Legal Cell of the Delhi Police and its Computer Centre has developed
the software.

Prior to this, the monitoring of the cases was entirely based on the maintenance of files and records.

The Delhi Police set up its Legal Cell in 2000 to deal with legal matters, particularly those where courts have been passing adverse remarks and strictures.

The Legal Cell was entrusted with the job of timely compliance of court’s directions, the police official said.

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Manifestos fail to encompass concerns of students
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
It is a usual concoction of demands for more U-Specials and hostels, sprinkled with a few new flavours, scraping of the internal assessment for instance.

Manifestos released by students factions bring to the fore the problems plaguing students for years, which are raised faithfully prior to each election, only to be made an issue in the next.

Claiming to have been an “effective opposition”, the INSO, which released its manifesto here today, has raised the predictable issues alongside their demands for scrapping the internal assessment and seeking “more respect for Hindi”.

Encouraged by their debut performance last year when the party managed 9,800 votes, INSO is confident of making it to the DUSU panel. The party has inundated the outgoing DUSU with many posers.

“We want to ask them how many of the DUSU members were present in the office last year? What have they done to solve the crisis of U-Specials and hostels,” questioned Rohit Chaudhary.

The party accused the NSUI of betraying the cause of the students and spending more time canvassing for the Congress party bigwigs during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections than attending to the needs of the student community.

“The office bearers were campaigning in other states instead of addressing the issues of relevance to the students,” Chaudhry said.

INSO’s Presidential candidate A. Kapoor Chaudhary added, “we took up the issue of U-Specials with the Delhi Minister, Mr Haroon Yusuf, while the NSUI has not fulfilled any of its promises.”

The party also flayed the NSUI for taking the credit for the implementation of the insurance scheme for the students.

It was pointed out that “The scheme has not been implemented anywhere, provisions for it have been made in 27 out of 73 colleges.”

Meanwhile, the All India Students Association (AISA), which claims to be the only hope for the Red brigade, is also hoping to make it to the panel, this without the usual paraphernalia of coloured posters and canvassing gimmicks like money and freebies.

“We are the only Left party in the fray. The SFI has joined hands with parties, which are not just alienated from the Left ideology, but have no presence in the DU,” said Kavita Krishnan, the party president.

Releasing its manifesto here today, the AISA is perhaps the only faction seeking to bring in larger issues other than U- Specials and hostels. The party’s choice of candidate for the post of Secretary, Serto Chungjahao Kom, is keen to highlight the ongoing struggle of the North-East people against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

The AISA panel, which comprises Arnav Shukla, Jyotirmay Chopra, Serto Kom and Akhtar Ali, feels that the DUSU being the student body of the largest Central University in the county should be a “voice of solidarity with the people struggling for justice on the streets of the North-East.”

AISA’s demands include a safe campus for women, fulfillment of SC/ST quota, bus pass facilities extended to blue lines and presidential debates to shift focus from glamour and money to ideas and principles. 

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Brother stabs sister in Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 26
Rakshabandhan, the festival that celebrates the bond of love between brother and sister, is just round the corner. However, a youth of a nearby village did not care for the festive spirit and stabbed his sister at her in-laws’ home today. He did not like his brother-in-law and was against the marriage.

The victim identified as Geeta, wife of Parvesh, has been admitted to a hospital in a serious condition. The accused is reported to be absconding.

According to reports, the accused identified as Satish, a resident of Tilpat village, reached the house of his sister at Tigaon village this morning on pretext of meeting her and giving some goods.

It is learnt that the youth, who had not accepted the ‘love marriage’ of his sister, took her to the second floor of the house and stabbed her with a knife. As she shouted for help, her in-laws rushed upstairs. However, her brother had escaped before anyone could reach there. It is stated that Geeta was in love with Satish and she had gone for a court marriage about two years ago when she realised that her parents would not agree to the proposal.

The police have registered a case but no arrest has been made so far.

Man run over

One Ramesh Chander, resident of Sector-9 here was run over by a speeding vehicle near Sector- 15-A here this morning while he was on his way to office. He died on the way to the hospital. A case has been booked. In another incident, Kishan Singh, a resident of Ajronda village received burn injuries, when he caught fire while doing some work in the kitchen.

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Demolition of historical Matiamahal draws fire
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 26
The MLA from Ballabhgarh, Mr Rajender Singh Beesla, has condemned the demolition of Matiamahal building, the remains of the historical palace of Raja Nahar Singh, who ruled the area in the 19th century.

Nahar Singh was hanged to death by the British rulers, for taking part in the 1857 mutiny.

In a statement here today, Mr Beesla alleged that a mafia was encroaching upon the land and buildings of the late king. Besides, the demolition of Matiamahal by some persons recently was shocking for the majority of the residents. It spoke volumes of murky doings of the mafia.

Alleging that certain officials of the local administration had been directly or indirectly involved in this work, he said it was not only an attempt to destroy the precious historical heritage by the mafia but also an insult to the sentiments of the people who had great respect for the former ruler.

He claimed that the state government had set up a district-level committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner in 1993 to maintain the historical remains of the palace of Raja Nahar

Singh, but the committee had failed to save its parts from encroachment and it was demolished by the mafia, he regretted.

He said it was that the mafia got the rubble of the demolished building removed and the administration could not even book a case against the accused. Stating that the Municipal Corporation was still unable to tell
how many persons had claimed or had been claiming their ownership over the land and buildings of the late ‘Raja’.

He announced to file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court soon, if the authorities failed to take action against the accused and restore the historical building.

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Fake stamp papers used for payments, files missing
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, August 26
Some files pertaining to the release of payments worth lakhs of rupees are missing in Dadri Nagar Palika.

According to sources, some Nagar Palika employees thought of an ingenious ruse to conceal the cases where the fake stamp papers had been used for the release of payments to the contractors. They have claimed that the related files are missing from the record. This is estimated to have caused a loss of Rs 25 lakh to the state exchequer. Contractors were paid their bills with fake stamp papers with the connivance of Palika employees.

When the officer concerned came to know about it, he summoned the files to look into the matter. He was told that the files were missing. According to District Magistrate Santosh Yadav, a special task force has been set up for the purpose. A case of misappropriation of lakhs of rupees had also come to light recently under the development project. During the past one year, fake stamp papers amounting have allegedly been used by the Palika employees for release of payments to the contractors, causing a sizeable loss to the state revenue.

According to rules, stamp papers worth two per cent of the total payment amount have to be affixed on the release of payment to contractors. But the contractors had not only secured the contracts without affixing the stamp papers, but have also managed to get the payments released with the connivance of ‘helpful Palika employees’. Surprisingly, Palika chairman and senior officers had also failed to point out this lapse when the files were put up to them. But they too, it appeared, had looked the other way while approving the payments.

Palika councillor R.K. Chaudhry requested the District Magistrate to get the matter probed. Palika Accounts Officer Rajinder Narain said he had summoned the files, but they were never put up.

District Magistrate Santosh Yadav said a probe has been ordered through the Special Task Force and action will be taken against all the officers, employees and contractors, if found guilty.

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DFS to issue notices to buildings on fire safety
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) will issue notices to owners of all high-rise buildings in the Capital, including those in unauthorised colonies and “laldora” areas, to comply with fire safety norms.

A senior officer in the DFS said that the department would issue a public notice within a few days asking owners of all high-rise buildings having five floors or 15 meters or more in height to comply with the fire safety norms otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

He said that the general notice would be followed by separate notices to individuals, especially owners of 2,500 high-rise buildings identified in a survey conducted by the DFS in various parts of the Capital. These include buildings in “laldora” areas, unauthorised colonies and congested localities.

The officer said that the owners would be given sufficient time to comply with all the 12 conditions of fire safety norms otherwise strict action would be taken against violators. The action against violators include disconnection of power and water supply to the buildings followed by sealing them.

The decision to serve fresh notices to all the building owners has been taken in view of the recent Delhi High Court order that irrespective of ‘laldora’ (village demarcation line) or extended habitation areas any building erected in the Capital must be in accordance with norms laid down in the building bylaws and fire safety must be provided as indicated in the Building Code and bylaw.

Earlier, buildings in laldora areas and other unauthorised localities did not require any fire safety clearance. But the court has directed that they be covered now, he said.

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Schools close down due to waterlogging
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 26
The heavy downpour has resulted in extensive waterlogging in the low-lying areas of Noida, known as a hi-tech city.

Primary schools in Jhandpura and Sadatpur had to be closed as the school buildings were in knee-deep water. Water was being pumped out of all the places from the Noida authority complex in Sector 6. Many low-lying areas and sectors are under water, making commuting a problem.

Many of the Noida villages are submerged. Sadarpur Colony, Yamuna Vihar, Salarpur, Chhijarsi, Baraula, Chhaprauli and Mangrola are in deep water.

Sectors 19, 33, 34, 11, and 27 are also waterlogged. But the worst affected are the industrial sectors. Half-a-dozen factories are under 2 ft water in F Block of Sector 6.

Drains along many roads have been built at higher level than roads. In Sector 6 and 11, Daulgiri flats were found full of technical faults by the engineers during construction. Here roads are at higher level as compared to the flats.

The authority engineers have failed to build drain in Sector 22 in A, B, and C blocks for the last five years. This gap of 30 metres, wreaks havoc on this sector even if there is a light drizzle. This also floods the primary school complex in Sector 22.

Pradhan Daya Ram of Chhaprauli, Sahadara and Nalgarh village Pradhan Bir Singh and BDC representative Sushila Devi have all given a memorandum to Noida Chairman Deo Dutt for immediate relief from the waterlogging.

According to H.S. Yadav, Senior Project Engineer of Jal department, the authority claimed that the pumps sets had been placed in Sectors 6, 11, 19, 27 and Sector 14 to ‘dewater’ the waterlogged areas.

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Fruit, vegetable prices soar
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 26
The prices of fruit and vegetables have risen more than double due to the strike by truckers and the resultant shortage of commodities in the market.

Noida and surrounding areas get their vegetables and fruit supply from Ghazipur market where all wholesalers of Azadpur vegetable market have their shops. Fruit and vegetables are brought here from UP, Himachal, Haryana, Karnataka, AP, Gujarat, J&K etc. Large trucks are capable of transporting fruit and vegetables in fresh conditions as compared with mini-trucks.

The shortage has soared their prices, especially the green leafy vegetables. Among the vegetables, loki, brinjal, saags, palak taroi, beans, peas tomato and potato have become very costly. Among fruit, mangoes, papayas, apples, bananas and coconuts have become costlier owing to the shortage in supply.

Fruit and vegetable supplies from the far-off places like Karnataka, AP, Gujarat and J&K are more affected by the strike. Normally 50 trucks used to bring vegetables from Azadpur Market to Ghazipur, which has now trickled down to hardly 10 trucks daily. Though Noida is comparatively better placed, as vegetables are pouring from the nearby villages, yet the impact of strike is discernible in the market and on the budgets of the housewives.

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Flesh racket busted, DU student among nine held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi August 26
With the arrest of seven call girls, including a student of Delhi University, a brothel owner and a pimp, the Delhi Police claims to have busted a call girl racket. Acting on a tip-off that some girls were operating a flesh racket in the area of Malviya Nagar in South District, the sleuth raided the place late last night and arrested all of them after sending a dacoy customer who struck the deal with them.

Book on natural health and yoga

Mr E.V.K.S. Elangovan, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, released the book, “Natural Health and Yoga”, written by Dr Brij Bhushan Goel. The book is published by the All India Nature Cure Federation. This is a comprehensive book, which contains various natural therapies.

Tea pack launched

Actress Priyanka Chopra launched the new pack of Today Tea at a function held at Grand International Hotel. According to a press release, the Chairman of Today Tea, Mr Shambhu Dayal Jain, inaugurated the function by lightening a lamp.

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PWD directed to repair roads within 48 hours
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
The Urban Development Minister, Mr A.K. Walia, directed the Chief Engineers of PWD and MCD to inspect all roads coming under their jurisdiction and ensure the repair of all potholes on the roads within two days.

The Government of NCT of Delhi has banned cutting of roads for one month. The minister said that water gets collected on the road-cutting site during the monsoon and cause hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic. All agencies and institutions, which have already taken permission for road-cutting, will have to postpone their work by a month.

Meanwhile, the government has asked the Director of Agricultural Marketing to prepare a pilot project for developing Chaudhary Hira Singh Fruit and Vegetable Market in Azadpur, as a modern e-market within five years.

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HC wants names of officers responsible for delay in jail construction
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
The Delhi High Court today directed the Home Secretary of the Government of NCT of Delhi to find out the names of officers responsible for delay in the construction of new jail aimed at decongesting Tihar Jail, which has been accommodating prisoners more than its sanctioned capacity.

A Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed directed the Home Secretary to specifically name the officers responsible for the delay in the construction of the Rohini Jail in North-Western Delhi.

The court had asked the Home Secretary to appear before it to explain the delay in the commissioning of the new jail. The Home Secretary informed the court that the new jail would become operational from November 1 this year. The Government of NCT of Delhi had said the new jail was not made operational due to the non-availability of police force for its peripheral security. Earlier, the government had said that barracks for the police force was not ready. Presently, the Tihar Jail accommodates 12,786 inmates, three times more than the sanctioned capacity of four thousand. In a Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate L.R. Luthra, it was alleged that Tihar Jail inmates were “not being treated as human beings”.

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Senior Citizens’ Guide in Hindi and Punjabi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
HelpAge India has brought out the Hindi and Punjabi translations of its popular Senior Citizens’ Guide with a promise to publish it soon in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, to be followed by an Oriya translation.

Veteran gerontologist Dr Kalyan Bagchi released the new translations of the guide, which is a compilation of various facilities and privileges available to the senior citizens. The guide explains the facilities for healthcare of the elderly people and even life insurance policies available for them.

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Bride and groom expo to fortify Indo-Pak ties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26
To strengthen Indo-Pak ties, leading designers will showcase their creations at the Bride and Groom Exhibition 2004, which will begin tomorrow with a fashion show preview “Jashn-e-Aman”.

Models from the two countries will walk the ramp to spread the message of peace and harmony. Rashmi Virmani will choreograph the show in which top models will participate.

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